This review covers the YT 3000 with a single cylinder, 46 inch deck, and fender control hydro. If you want a smaller deck or plan to install a snow thrower look at the other models.
I have rated this model (28924) as the “best mower for about $1500” and the leading consumer magazine* AGAIN agrees for 2010. This is the best Craftsman for value, cut, durability and overall satisfaction.
This tractor is part of the YT Series. It is Craftsman’s most popular line. Basically the YT 3000 and YT 4000 series tractors are available in eight different configurations. They come with 42 or 46 inch decks, single 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.
Read My Review Below These Specs:
Series: YT 3000
Ca Model: 28914
Engine HP: 21
Engine Brand: Briggs & Stratton Platinum
Transmission Control: Fender Controls
Mower Width: 46 inch
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
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)
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 46 inch deck. This is the same deck as Model 28724 Consumer Reports 2008 Best Buy.
The 28924 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 mower will do the job well 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.
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.
The 46 inch deck has a much larger grass deflector than the 42 inch deck. If you have tight areas you may decide the 42 inch is a better choice.
Consumer Reports* gave the 2008 46 inch model a best buy. Again this year the 2010 version of this tractor gets their “best buy” award. I agree. 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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