2010 Craftsman YT4000 42 inch 24 hp Model 28925 Review

2010 Craftsman YT4000 42 inch 24 hp Model 28925 Review

Half of you who buy a Craftsman tractor this year will buy a YT 3000 or YT 4000 series tractor.  The leading consumer magazine and I have rated these mowers as a “2009 Best Buy” and I will again this year rate them as the “best mower for about $1500.”  This is the best Craftsman for value, cut, durability and overall satisfaction.  Basically the YT 4000 series is available with 42 or 46 inch decks, twin cylinder motors, manual or hydro transmissions, and fender or foot control speed controls. (The YT 3000 has single cylinder motors) 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.

This review covers the YT 4000 with a twin cylinder Briggs & Stratton engine, 42 inch deck, and manual 6 speed transmission.  If you want a larger look at the other models.

Specs:

Read My Review Below These Specs:

Brand: Craftsman
Series: YT 4000
Model: 28925
Ca Model: none
Engine HP: 24
Engine Brand: Briggs & Stratton Platinum

Cylinders: Two

Transmission: Six speed manual
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: Yes. Hourmeter

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:

I’m not sure why, but I have heard no complaints about the clutch on the 28925 like I have with the 28921.  The clutch mechanism is the same for both machines. This machine, the 28925 will work well for you for both mowing lawn and moving snow.

Be aware that this is a manual transmission tractor.  With a little practice it is easy to use and anyone can run it just as easily as a fender controlled hydro.  You don’t need to learn shift patterns or clutching.  Just press your foot all the way down on the clutch/brake, put the transmission in the gear number you want and gently release the clutch.   If you have the lever in 1 or 2 it will jerk a little and start moving.  If you put it in 5 or 6 though you may pop the front wheels off the ground until you get used to driving the machine.

I like the cut of the 42 inch deck.  The vented deck lifts even the poorest grass well and cuts evenly.  The 4 anti-scalp wheels on the deck keep it from digging into your  lawn on the rough spots. (the anti-scalp wheels don’t touch the ground normally)  During normal mowing the deck gets rid of the grass quickly and spreads the clippings evenly.  With the optional premium mulch blades and mulch cover this deck mulches well.  With the high lift blades it fills the optional bagger well.

The 24 horse twin cylinder Briggs & Stratton Platinum Motor has more power than you will ever need for mowing and will work very well with an attached snow thrower.  The motor has an oil pump and oil filter and will gives you many years of service.  Just change the oil/oil filter every 50 hours, clean the air filter once a month and change it every year and replace the spark plugs and fuel filter every two years and the motor will last a long time.

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

Final Thoughts:

Consumer Reports gave the 2008 46 inch model a best buy and Sears has designed this deck to mow as well.   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 $1500 on sale it is a very good value.

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I have the YT4000 with 42″ deck but the deck only reaches 2 3/4″ cutting height even on 6. When I try to raise it becomes too uneven, is the deck attached the wrong way possibly?

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Any suggestions on how to get grass clippings up on a 2.5 acre lot? The grass was really high for my last cutting because all of the rain. I may try mulching it in place if it gets dry enough, but I am wondering if a tow-behind lawn sweeper is worth the investment. I’m wary of the baggers, as my lawn is usually damp from being shaded and facing north. Also, any recommendations for replacing the tires? The factory-installed tires don’t shed the damp grass very well.

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I really didn't do a thorough check of everything I could have examined when my YT 4000 28925 was delivered. I did find one problem. The parking brake lever won't engage the parking brake. The lever won't move at all. I called and a service man is available in two weeks or so. I'll probably mow without the parking brake, but do you know if this is a common problem? Is there an easy fix I can perform without dismantling the mower to get to the root of the problem? BTW, this is so much quieter and smoother running than… Read more »

Brian
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Brian

Is this tractor as light in the front end as everyone says? Wouuld you recommend using it on a hilly site?
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Gregg
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Bought the 28925 and so far am very pleased. My first rider I've owned and love the decreased time to do the yard. My question is hill related. I have an approx 45 degree incline to negotiate to get to lower back yard. It is mostly dirt and gravel so it doesn't need mowing. The supplied tires slip a little on a much less steep grass section. Would you recommend wheel weights or chains for summer use. My driveway is short so I won't have any need for snow use. Thanks.

Keith Quintrell
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Keith Quintrell

Bought the YT-4000 28925 based on provided review. Based on comments, I expected to get the most bang for my buck fully expecting to have to give this tractor a thorough check of setup. Those expectations proved to be reasonable, as the following points were true for my tractor: 1. The tires were overinflated, as noted in the tractor manual, as well as by previous posts. 2. The mower deck belt was way too loose, causing a lot of vibration, noise, and minimal scorching of the belt. I ended up tightening it as much as the threads would allow. 3.… Read more »

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