2010 Craftsman YT3000 42 inch 21 hp Model 28922 Review

This review covers the YT 3000 with a single cylinder, 42 inch, and fender control hydro.  If you want a larger deck or plan to install a snow thrower look at the other YT models.

Listed On Sears.com as:  Craftsman YT 3000 21 hp 42 inch Yard Tractor

Half of you who buy a Craftsman tractor this year will buy a YT 3000 or YT 4000.  The leading consumer magazine and I have rated these mowers as a “Best Buy” and I feel they are the “best mower for about $1500.”  This is the best Craftsman for value, cut, durability and overall satisfaction.  Basically the YT 3000 and YT 4000 series is available with 42 or 46 inch decks, single cylinder or twin cylinder motors, manual or hydro transmissions, and fender or foot control speed controls. Please read my reviews of all the YT models so you can find the best mower for you.  Over the last year I have mowed with both the 42 and 46 inch decks and they cut as well or better than any other mid-sized deck.  The fully vented decks have good lift for poor lawns and get rid of the grass evenly and quickly for well kept lawns.  With premium mulching blades and a mulch cover they mulch well.  With hi-lift blades both decks bag very well.

Specs:

Read My Review Below These Specs:

Brand: Craftsman
Series: YT 3000
Model: 28922
Ca Model: none
Engine HP: 21
Engine Brand: Briggs & Stratton Platinum

Cylinders: One

Transmission: Hydrostatic
Transmission Control: Fender Controls
Mower Width: 42 inch
Blades: 2
Cutting Positions:  6
Gauge Wheels: 4
Washout port: Included
Blade Engagement: Manual
Turning Radius: 16 inches
Front Axle: Cast Iron – Grease-able
Rear Tires:  18 x 9.5
Seat: High-back
Slide Seat Adjust:  Easy Adjust Lever
Service Minder: None

Warranty: 2 year manufacture defects, 5 year frame and axle.  Optional 3 year Protection Plan that includes labor, trip charges and wear and tear.  (See Sears.com for details)

My Review:

For 100 dollars more than the Craftsman Model 28905 LT 2000 Lawn Tractor you can move up to the mid-sized YT 3000 yard tractor series. This model features the new Craftsman style step through operator’s platform, pressurized lube engine with oil filter, and a 42 inch deck designed around the 46 inch Model 28724 Consumer Reports 2008 Best Buy.

The 28922 has the fender control hydro.  If you are replacing your old Craftsman that had fender controls this is the new mower for you.  If you are new to mowers you should look at the 28934 foot control. (it drives more like your car)

If you want a mower that will mow 1/2 to 2 acres well, handle a snow blade, and all the non-ground engaging attachments this is the mower in the Craftsman lineup that will do the job for you.  This tractor is heavy enough to handle hilly and rough lawns.  There are other mowers in the Craftsman lineup that will mow faster, or pull more but this is a great all around mowing machine.

I like the mid-size YT 3000 series.  I think they represent a good value and a machine that if taken care of properly will last you a long time.

These yard tractors are capable of pulling all the non-ground engaging attachments Sears offers including a snow blade.

Cons:

The YT 3000 is heavy enough, but I recommend going to a twin cylinder motor (YT 4000)  if you want to attach a  snow thrower.   You will wish you had bought a larger engine for snow throwing.

Final Thoughts:

Consumer Reports gave the 2010 46 inch models a best buy and Sears has designed this deck to mow as well.   “They” still rate the 46 inch deck the best because in their tests it did a better job of mulching.  There are very few negatives with this mower as long as you understand that it is a good quality mid-sized mower designed to mow lawns well.  I like this lawn mower for what it is designed for. At around $1400 on sale it is a very good value.

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David

I read your reply above about installing a hour meter on a YT3000. Is all the wiring harnes in place to recieve a servicereminder hour meter or is it pretty complicated to connect the hour meter up? Thanks

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Doug
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Bought this riding mower back in June 2010 and am pretty well pleased with it overall. At first it gave me a somewhat flimsy feel while operating but that was because the hood is not latched down in any way. It does vibrate while mowing but it was an easy fix by attaching a couple of strips of Velcro tape to the edge of the hood and the dash where the hood rests. Problem solved. Also, really like the oil change feature, very simple, all you do is unlock the cap and point the tube downward and the oil drains… Read more »
Rich
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What is this “purging ” of the transmission?

Tom
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Is it possible to install the service minder hour-meter on this model. If so what is the part number to order it?

Tom
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How do I know if the YT3000 model number 28922 I just bought is a 2009 or a 2010 model year?

Dan
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What’s the difference between the 42 inch deck and the 46 inch deck? Sears currently lists both tractor with the same price.

Robert
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Robert

I have read a few reviews for this tractor that state the mowers struggle going up hills? Do you know anything about that? I am intrested in this mower but I also have a lot of hills.

Who makes the transmission? what is the model name and number?

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