2010 Craftsman YT4000 42 inch 24 hp Model 28927 Review

2010 Craftsman YT4000 42 inch 24 hp Model 28927 Review. This item has been updated. Click the link below to see the new tractor!

Listed on Sears.com as:  
Craftsman 42″ 24hp Turn Tight Hydrostatic Yard Tractor Non CA Up to 2 acres

I personally like the Model 28927 the best of the YT 3000 and YT 4000 series but if you plan on using a snowthrower or have really tough grass. This model is a great mower for 1/2 to 2 acres of lawn.   The leading consumer magazine and I have rated this mower as a “Best Buy” and I will again this year rate it as the “best mower for about $1500.”  This is the best Craftsman for value, cut, durability and overall satisfaction.  This model has a  42 inch deck, 24 hp twin cylinder Briggs & Stratton mower, hydro transmission, and foot speed control. 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 this 42 deck and it cuts as well or better than any other mid-sized deck.  The fully vented deck has good lift for poor lawns and gets rid of the grass evenly and quickly for well kept lawns.  With premium mulching blades and a mulch cover it mulches well.  With hi-lift blades it bags very well.

This review covers the YT 4000 with a twin cylinder, 42 inch deck, and foot control hydro.  If you want a larger deck or don’t plan to install a snow thrower look at the other models.  For most first time buyers the foot control is the best way to go.  It drives like your car.

Specs:

Read My Review Below These Specs:

Brand: Craftsman
Series: YT 4000
Model: 28927
Ca Model: 28936
Engine HP: 24
Engine Brand: Briggs & Stratton Platinum

Cylinders: Two

Transmission: Hydrostatic
Transmission Control: Foot 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:

This model is a lot of mower for the money.   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 28927 has the foot control hydro.  If you are replacing your old Craftsman that had fender controls this  mower may not be for you.  The 28922 has fender controls

If you want a mower that will mow 1/2 to 2 acres well, handle a snow blade, snow thrower, 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 4000 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 thrower.

Cons:

I really don’t have any concerns with the Model 28927.  Last year it performed well and had no noticeable repair problems.  There were a few instances of the mower engaging lever breaking on the first models, but this seems to have been fixed.

I read a few reviews on Sears.com stating that the deck needed to be leveled and the transmission purged.  Be sure to read the entire owners manual so you can easily perform these tasks if needed.

You may not need this much power.  24 hp on a 42 inch deck is overkill ……… but you get a nice, quiet, smooth running v -twin motor with this model that will handle a snow thrower well.

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 $1400 on sale it is a very good value.

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I have a craftsman lawn tractor model 917.28927 bought brand new 2010. All the sudden having trouble getting it to start. Changed fuel filter dont know where to go from there.

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Paul-thanks for the helpful support information on these products! I just purchased the YTS4000 917.289272 w/24 hp, 42″ deck, hydrostatic transmission in nov-2010 so I have not used it yet. Although I have a flat lawn under 1 acre-I’m very concerned about the reliability of the K46BT transaxle–especially after you did not reply on the request above by Mr Preston on 03sept10. Can you please comment on the design shortfalls (if any) of this transmission and provide recommendations on how to make it last. Thanks!

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I bought a 917.28927 in May of 2009 to replace a 12 year-old 917.259553. I have always found the new tractor to start hard. It takes several cranks to get it going each time. I noticed in the manual that it says, “When starting the engine for the first time, or if the engine has run out of fuel, it will take extra cranking time to move fuel from the tank to the engine.” This is what it seems like is happening every time I start it cold. When it’s warm it usually starts right up. It has a clear… Read more »

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Paul, We purchase this unit one year ago and now have around 60 hours on it. It seems like it has been running worse and worse this year as the season goes on. While we are running without the blade engaged, the unit continues to run ok. Once we engage the blade, the engine will periodically stop running for a short period. Occasionally, it will stop completely. When it restarts, it will sometimes backfire. We did purchase the extended warranty, however, I am hesitant to trust that the technician will do a good job with a repair. I also find… Read more »

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Peter Preston

I bought the YT4000 with the 24 hp engine and 42 inch deck a month ago and I like it. I does great job of cutting and bagging – with no clogging of the chute (unlike my old 17 hp Crafstman which had a clogged bagger chute regularly). However, the transmission seams to make a lot of groaning type noises, particularly after I have shifted. I purged the transmission as the owner's manual tells you to do before I ran it. I may all on my extended warranty to get some tech support. I don't think it sould be making… Read more »

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Paul, I was thinking of aerating my lawn using #24326 by Craftsman. Looks like I could put up to 100 lbs of weight on it.

My question is, is this effective enough (I understand it may not be "as effective" as those heavy aerating machines) to be worthwhile to do? I.e. – I can hire someone to aerate my lawn for $300 or I can buy this unit for $180 and aerate my lawn as much as I want and when I want.

Thanks!!!

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Would you have a suggestion as to how often do the standard blades need to be sharpened? Also, would you have any idea how much I should pay to have this done? I.e. – I am wondering if it's worth it to get them sharpened or should I just buy a new set? But I'd hate to throw away that much metal.

Also, would you have a similar suggestion for the "advanced mulching blades? They seem like they would be more difficult to sharpen.

I'm tempted to just take a dremel to both of them!

Keith Collins
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Enjoyed your review. Looking for a new mower that will cut about an acre which is rough. The current MTD has developed electrical problems and no repair man seems to want to touch it. I will be buying my mower through the store, but you should get a commission as it is your reviews that help me make a decision.

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What is the fully assembled width with the 42″ deck? I have a 46″ opening into my shed. Seems like you are high on both this model and the Husqvarna RZ3016…can you give me some advice on how to decide between the two?

Armand
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Hi Paul, I have a question regarding the durability of the 28927. I purchased a 28927 last year 7/2009 and last week it stopped running forwards/backwards. The engine and the deck still run fine. I pushed it into the garage and thought that the drive belt must have come off. It’s not even a year old with only 23 hours of runtime per the clock. To my dismay, the drive belt did come off, but it came off since the transaxle was no longer in the right position! Looks like 2 screws #125 that connects the “Bracket Mount Torque #226”… Read more »

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RJ Bumb

Paul: We mow about an acre of grass with some hills and side-hill slopes in the 25% range. There are some bumpy sections that cuse out old mower to scalp the lawn and get hung up if grass is even a little wet. Only a few trees, etc so do not need it to be super-manueverable just agile. I want a good mulching mower that can handle the hills, bumps etc for approx $1500. This seems to be a good choice but have some questions: My neighbor says he cannot push his hydro trans mower so whenever he wants to… Read more »

Nancy Dudrick
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I just purchased a YTS 4000 42in 24hp tractor. I love the mower but did not realize it did not come with a mulching blade. Which one do you recommend and will Sears install these blades for us? THanks.

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Josh

Hi Paul – Just for a change of pace, I'm going to ask a couple questions about the tractor itself, and not the buying process. 🙂 First, is there an obvious way to know whether the 28927 I ordered is a 2009 or 2010 model? I don't think it really matters too much either way, since the features are pretty much the same as far as I can tell. Second (and this is the main reason I asked the first question), I want to buy the mulch plug and advanced mulching blades for my tractor. I'm not interested in the… Read more »

Josh
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Josh

Thanks Paul. I won’t pretend to understand why the CA model gets the fender controls while the non-CA model doesn’t. 🙂 I decided to go with the foot-pedal hydro. I’m sure I can get used to it, even though the fender-mounted hydro controls seemed more natural to me. My only concern is how the hydro will hold up on some of the steep parts of my yard. But I bought the 3 year warranty partially as a hedge against that. I have two other points/questions. First, what difference is there — if any — between “YT” and “YTS”? I noticed… Read more »

Josh
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Josh

Thanks for the review. Sounds like this is pretty much the same as last year’s YT4000. I do have one question with regard to the fender-mounted controls. Maybe I’m missing it, but it looks to me like Sears took the fender-mounted hydro out of the YT4000 lineup this year. Maybe it didn’t sell very well last year. Any other insight or speculation into why it’s missing this year? I know you mentioned the 28922 as an alternative, but I really wanted the twin-cylinder for snowblowing, and I prefer the fender-mounted hydro controls. Oh well, maybe I’ll look at the outlet… Read more »

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