Craftsman YT 4000 46 inch 24 hp Riding Lawn Tractor Model 28857 Review

Introducing the 2011 Craftsman YT 4000 46 inch 24 hp Yard  Tractor Model 28857 with Turn Tight Technology. This new 46 in tractor let’s you spend a lot less time trimming your yard.  Get done faster without the problems of a zero-turn mower. This easy-to-use riding mower is great for your suburban lawn. It feature’s the great 24 hp Briggs & Stratton motor!
It’s Not The Best Lawn Tractor….It’s The Best Lawn Tractor For You!

My Rating of this Craftsman Riding Lawn Mower:

Craftsman Model 28857 with Turn Tight!

My Value/Cost Rating: Yard Tractor,  Mows Lawn Well, Mulches, Gets Through Fairly Tight Spaces Well.  Great for 1/2 to 2  Acre Lawns, Light Hauling, Light Snow Removal. Accepts Light Attachments & Bagger.

Type: Yard Tractor.
Engine Type: Better.
Transmission Type: Hydrostatic. explanation.
Speed Control: Pedal Infinite
Accepts Medium Duty Attachments:

Don’t Forget Your Trailer, Dethatcher, Aerator, Broadcast Spreader.

What I Like!

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 with the new Turn Tight Technology I feel they are the “best mower for about $1500.”   This is the best Craftsman for value, cut, durability and overall satisfaction for your typical suburban yard and snow removal for your driveway.  This Yard Tractor specifically has a 46 inch deck and 24 hp twin cylinder Briggs & Stratton engine. Please read my reviews of all the YT models so you can find the best yard tractor for you.  Over the last 2 years I have mowed with this 46 inch deck and it will cut as well or better than any other mid-sized deck from all the other brands.  You will not be disappointed with the cut.  With correct blades for your lawn 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 they mulch well.  With hi-lift blades both decks bag very well.

Watch the New Turn Tight Technology In Action!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zT_qAsIB28

Craftsman YT 4000 46 inch 24 hp Yard  Tractor Model 28857

Read More Here,Buy Here from Sears:Craftsman 46″ 24hp Turn Tight Hydrostatic Yard Tractor Non CA Up to 2 acres

My Review:

Priced at about $900 less than the highly comparable 48 inch D 160 John Deere and $200 less than the 23 hp LTX1046 Cub Cadet, this Craftsman is one of the best values on the market today.  This model features the new Craftsman Turn Tight Technology,  step through operator’s platform, B&S oil pump lube engine with oil filter, and a 46 inch deck that has been rated a Consumer Reports Best Buy. (2009 Model 28724)

The 28857 has a pedal control hydrostatic transmission.  This transmission is easy to use and will perform well for mowing and medium duty yard tasks.  (it drives more like your car)

If you want a mower that will mow 3/4 to 2 acres well, handle a snow thrower, and all the non-ground engaging attachments this is a great choice for you.  This tractor is heavy enough to handle moderately 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.  This lawn tractor is one riding mower that will work well for your suburban lawn.

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. If I didn’t have 34 inch gates to go through on my own yard I would seriously consider this model for myself.

This yard tractor is capable of using all the non-ground engaging attachments Sears offers including a snow blade.

Cons:

The YT 4000 is heavy enough for a snow plow and snow thrower (with rear weights and chains).  Craftsman does make 4 other models that have larger tires and 6 other models that are heavier for areas of the country that get a lot of snow.

Final Thoughts:

I personally feel the new Turn Tight Technology this yard tractor changes the game for just about all residential yard owners.  For most of you this will mow as quickly as a residential zero-turn.  It is easier to drive, is easier on your lawn and less expensive than the comparable zero-turn models.  There is no “learning curve” like there is with a zero-turn. It will handle slopes that the residential zero-turns won’t.  And………it will pull stuff!

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.  Take care of it (do the normal maintenance all lawn mowers need) and it will last you a long time.  I like this lawn mower for what it is designed for.  With the Turn Tight Technology and at around $1699 on sale it is a great value.

Product Description From Sears

Powerful, convenient, durable, and nimble, this yard tractor comes equipped with a Briggs & Stratton® 24 hp Platinum V-Twin engine for long-lasting performance and also features Craftsman’s exclusive Turn Tight™ technology which gives you the tightest turning radius of any yard tractor available in the market at 8″ for best in class maneuverability. A tighter turning radius lets you cut more closely around landscape obstacles and prevents you from needing to repeatedly reposition your tractor. Combining speed and versatility, this yard tractor gets the job done with a large 46″ deck for greater cutting area. Featuring foot pedal drive, this yard tractor is simple and easy to use, and your yard will be looking its best in no time.

  • Exclusive Craftsman Turn Tight™ technology delivers an 8″ turning radius
  • Exclusive 24 hp Briggs & Stratton® Platinum V-Twin Engine with full pressure lube
  • 46″ precision cut mowing system
  • 4 adjustable gauge wheels
  • Foot pedal drive for added convenience
  • Premium hydrostatic automatic transmission
  • Spring loaded deck lift system
  • Handy cup holder
  • Wider step thru area
  • Automotive type slide seat system
  • Weight: 526 lbs
  • Color: Black and red
  • Fully assembled
  • 2-year full, 5-year frame and limited lifetime front axle warranty
  • Not available for sale in California

Craftsman 46″ 24hp Turn Tight Hydrostatic Yard Tractor Non CA Up to 2 acres Buy Online – Pick Up At Your Nearest Sears, Buy Online – Have Delivered To Your Home.

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Paul: I have YT 4000 917-288570 I bought in late 2011. This year the ball and socket steering tie rod ends both broke out, first the right, and then the left. I replaced them both, singly. and two days later the Drag Link LH (61) broke out of the socket. When I ordered the tie rods I noticed several hundred previously ordered . Is this a common, recurring problem, and is it covered under the five-year “front axle” warranty, or should I just order both LH and RH pieces and be done with it? Seems like an excessive waste for… Read more »

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Paul
I have a 288573 and it was time for new tires thinking of 20×10-8 tractor tire for more traction on some hills I have. Wondering if you have heard of any problems with that?

Donald L. Steinke
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Donald L. Steinke

I have 2013 YT4000 Model #917.288573 I have flat tire on the rear and can’t get rubber hub cap off to take of the tire off. Can you help me. Thank you. Donald L. Steinke, 10581 Ashburn Rd. Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Mike Duncan
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Mike Duncan

I have a YT4000 lawn tractor part number 917.28936. I purchased a couple of years ago. My only complaint is the hood does not fit correctly, and moves around when mowing. Do you know if there was an engineering change of any parts that can fix this problem?
Thank You

Ted Como
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Ted Como

Hi Paul: Haven’t seen others with this particular issue but here goes. Purchased my 28857 in March of 2011 and it worked fine on our flat lawn. Last fall we moved and this spring, I had Sears service the mower and went to tackle our sloping back yard (probably about 10 degrees.) The mower is fine on flat ground, and sometimes easily climbs the slope. But other times, it goes so far and then stops. Engine is running, it just won’t climb the hill. Other times, I’m making a turn on a slight slope and the same thing; it won’t… Read more »

Rick Thompson
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Rick Thompson

Rick from Arlington, WA. I have 5 acres of which I mow about 2+ acres. Mostly level but some slight slopes all around. My 288570 mower was going slow (especially uphill) which started the end of last season. I replaced the drive belt but this didn’t help. I looked under it and nothing appears to be broke, bent, or disconnected. It is only 4 years old. Could there be a problem with the trans?

Linda R Johnson
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Linda R Johnson

Bude MS, I have a YT4000. 46″. The metal that holds the deck in alignment is broke in two pieces. Now the deck is rubbing against my left front tire. The mower runs but cannot cut a blade of grass. I was advise to get the piece welded but it was a temporary fix. Is the temporary fix safe? I have 3 acres to cut.

Ron Williams
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Ron Williams

How difficult is it to change out the gas tank on the YT 4000 46″? Mine is leaking fuel, I have replaced gas line.
Hope Mills, N.C.

erv simons
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erv simons

Found this web site when looking for fixes for my yt4000. My transmission link has broke twice now, guess more is wrong with it (of course two months out of warranty) guess I’m going to be out a bunch to fix it.
Erv in Stephenson VA 22656

Darell Wade
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Do they make an adjustable version of the Subasm.Link.Drag LH #436884 or RH #436885 for my Craftsman YT4000 model #917.288561 ? I have replaced both #436887 Subasm.Link’s and both the #436884 and #436885 Subasm.Link.Drag’s and my front wheels are still way out of alignment – so much so that the tires are cutting grooves in the grass when I mow. Both of the #436887 Subasm.Link’s have broken off and I believe it was the 436884 Subasm.Link.Drag LH that has broken off in the last 4 months. The small ball joints are not made very strong and they have wallowed out… Read more »

Matt in Michigan
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Matt in Michigan

Is there a heavy duty replacement that will drop in for the K4 or K46 hydrostatic rear end? I have the Craftsman LT1300 model #917289344. It is a 42″ deck, with the 22HP Kohler Courage.

David Roberts
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I live in Brazil in the state of Parana, There are no lawn tractors built here but we do have a intec plant in Campo Largo, I just paid $4600.00 for a sears YT4000 46 in deck it is great but several things I would add. or do not like, my terrain is hilly and I cut about 2 acres of grass, this included my lawn and orchard, I wonder about the hydra gear if it will hold up. others in the area with white tractors have problems, also it should have adjustments on both sides, Now why the high… Read more »

James Cook
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James Cook

Have had this mower for almost two years now.When new,I complained to SEARS and they sent out a seasoned tech to fix my deck height problem.He just took an adjust link like the one one the left side and replaced the fixed link,so that now I have adjustable links on both sides of the deck.He said that the deck use to come with adjustable links on both sides.You still cannot get the advertised or spec height to the deck,but close.I would suggest that SEARS make the same adjustment to your deck. Will have to say that the mower has been… Read more »

tony
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tony

Hi Paul, 5 and 6 are the highest setting. I discovered that on the right side of the deck they put in a fixed non adjustable deck linkage, so all you can do is balance the deck even though there is a good two inches you could actually raise the deck to have a higher cut, so what I did was order this to replace the fixed one on the right side: take a look at this post on mytractorforum: http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=111730 I was also at home depot and the Ariens (which are almost the same as craftsman) 42 inch had… Read more »

Tony
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Tony

I just picked up a yt400o 46 and it’s great except the deck has
a fixed linkage on the right side which only allows you to level it.
The result is the deck cuts way to low even at the 5 and 6 settings.

You can order the adjustable linkage from sears parts direct and install
it on the right side and this will allow the deck to be raised up to 1.5 to 2 inches
so the 5 and 6 positions will not scalp as much. The 5 setting is very low.

Other than that the tractor is really nice.

Miles Davis
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Miles Davis

Tom, these are all excellent observations and comments. I am especially troubled by the mess created when attempting to change the oil filter. I would however point out that the smoothness and uniformity of cut with deck height in position 6 are extraordinary.

Miles Davis
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Miles Davis

I think high lift blades are standard issue.

Tony Caduto
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Tony Caduto

Hi,
I am considering purchasing a yt 4000 46 and was wondering if the blades
it comes with are suitable for mulching? Do I simply need the plug or do I need to buy the 52 dollar mulch kit?

Thanks,

Tony

Miles Davis
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Miles Davis

Well Paul, it’s about that time again-to break out the lawn tractor and get busy. I was wondering if you have any brilliant ideas to avoid the mess that accompanies an oil filter change. As you know, there is very little clearance between the filter and the chassis, not enough for a container to catch the oil dripping from the filter and engine. A rag is not sufficient to catch it all, even after a full drainage from the crankcase. Inevitably, I get some on the chassis, deck and ground or concrete. Any suggestions? Loading...

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Steve C
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Steve C

Paul- Around August, I asked about snow-plows for the YT 4000 46″ deck – model 28857. Your reply was: “The 24483 is a heavier blade and attaches to the rear axle. This gives you better traction allowing you to push more snow. It comes with additional brackets to fit all the tractors” I’m getting some kick-back from the guy I go to for service/repair and usually buy more yard toys from. He’s saying that the ass’y when mounted will restrict steerage if setup as described and if brackets are moved then the arms don’t reach the rear axel…says he called… Read more »

Ray Brown
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Ray Brown

I own a Craftsman YT 4000 Model 28857. You can find mulching kits all over the place, but I bought the advanced mulching blades (Gator style), but now am having trouble finding the proper plug for the deck. The Sears store told me one thing and an individual at Sear’s parts told me something else and I can’t find any place that specifically says “for the 46 inch YT 4000)”. It amazes me that there is a plug that shows up everywhere labeled “The Craftsman Mulch Plug” but no where does it say what it fits until you look a… Read more »

Brett Smith
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Brett Smith

Paul – I bought my YT4000 28857 lawn tractor earlier this year (May 2011) and have found it to be a great unit for my 2+ acre, semi-hilly lawn. The cut is fantastic and doesn’t have any problems that other’s have mentioned (uneven, too low, etc.) I purchased the 3 bag catcher and like it’s capacity too. I just purchased a 42″ blade 486.24441 and am ready for some snow here in the UP of Michigan. I think the machine is everything I was looking for and would recommend it (based on my 47.3 hours of running it). I haven’t… Read more »

DebbieS
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DebbieS

Hi Paul, Just got this tractor delivered today. Before the delivery people left I made sure it had oil and it started. Unfortunately I didn’t actually run the tractor. When I first tried to release the brake and press the gas it would stall every time. Did the same thing for reverse. After starting and letting it run for a few minutes I was able to get it going, but it constantly sputters and almost stalls. It was a challenge just getting it to mow a little bit. I made sure that it didn’t have too much oil, removed the… Read more »

Miles Davis
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Miles Davis

Paul,
How effective is the plug aerator (24326) compared to the gas operated models? And how effective is the Craftsman tractor lift (24610)? Does it really lift high enough to be useful in servicing the deck? Thanks.

Steve C
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Steve C

OK. Got the YT 4000 46″ deck(model 28857). Never having a tractor before, having a lot of fun while trying not to run over the dog!.

Question on mulching though. Does the stock 28857 come with mulching blades? My Husq. push mower seems to do a better job of chopping up debris than the tractor.

If not stock, are mulching blades available and what is the correct part number for them?

Thanks
Steve

Miles Davis
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Miles Davis

Paul,
Can you give me your impression of this lawn sweeper attachment. I am particularly interested in how easy it is to dump and whether with a full bag it creates too much stress on my 28857. Thanks.
Craftsman 42″ High Speed Sweeper
Sold by Sears | Sears Item# 07124222000 | Model# 24222

Dave
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Dave

I’m confused. In your responses to “Doug Minchew” you say first that, ” …or the 24 hp, 28857 are the way to go. The hydrostatic transmissions in these mowers are strong enough to mow your slopes.”

In your next exchange with Doug you say, “I have had enough customers complain about using the 28856/28857 that I know a new one will continue to give your problems on your hills.” You then recommend either the 28858 or the 28008.

Can you explain the difference in the transmission between the 28857 and the 28858/28008? Thx.

Doug Minchew
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Doug Minchew

Thanks Paul — Do you have a preference between the 26 hp Kohler and B&S?

Doug Minchew
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Doug Minchew

Paul –Thanks for your quick response. I need to make a correction. I was having trouble with and am returning a 28857 not a 28885 as stated in my late night note. I really like the 28857 with the 46” deck and am considering getting another one in hopes that my troubled mower was the exception not the rule. If I don’t get it, I will get a 28858 with the 54 inch deck, a 26 hp 54 inch deck Kohler 28945 with a 6 speed gear drive, or a 24 hp v-twin B&S with the 42 inch deck and… Read more »

Doug Minchew
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Doug Minchew

Paul — I’m a first timer on you site. I seriously need help. I purchased a Craftsman 46″ 24 hp V-twin B&S model 2888570 YT 4000 on June 12, 2011. After 4 good cuttings, the transmission began to slip on runs and in turns and on July 18, stopped pulling when I was about 3/4s through cutting the yard (front yd has a 10-15 degree slope). Sears replaced the transmission on August 4th. On the first cutting after the replacement, the mower again had the same problems. Fortunately, the sears store manager agreed to exchange the mower or let me… Read more »

Steve C
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Steve C

@ Paul-
Thanks…placing the order, including the heavier plow. Can’t see why I’d have the deck on in the winter anyway and we get enough snow and muck in Rhode Island to justify the heavier duty blade.

Thanks

Steve C
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Steve C

Paul- All set to pull the trigger on the YT4000/46″ (model 28857) but still a bit confused about which bag system and which snow blade will fit this model. Six bushel soft Bag – Sears has model #24903 listed with the tractor, but I believe your accessories page listed 24891. There are two snow blades that would appear to fit this tractor – the 48″ blade, Model# 486.244283 and a 42″ blade Model# 24441. I’d like the extra pick-up of the 48″, but not sure it fits, even though the Sears page says “…Blade can be sold to fit all… Read more »

Curtis
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Curtis

I have found this site to be extremely helpful. Thanks for all of the great perspective. I’ve pretty much decided to land with this model, but wondered if I should wait until the 2012 model since the season is already 1/2 way in. Any thoughts on this?

Rick
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Rick

I wanted to put this in with the 46″ Sears mower, even though my YT4000 28928 is not current any longer – but the issues are. 1) The mower deck won’t go high enough as already mentioned. It may be due to the 18 inch tires instead of 20s, but Sears is mum and doesn’t offer any remedies. I don’t like having a mower that can only use levels 5 and 6 AFTER I cranked the front link much tighter. 2) The mower hestiates on hot days once or twice while mowing. I unscrew the gas cap, and it immediately… Read more »

John
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John

Have had my YT4000 with 46″ for about a week and a half now and have mowed the lawn twice in that time. I have enjoyed every minute of it. My only complaint, if you can call it that, is that it seems to be adjusted from the factory to mow super low. There are 6 deck height settings and I can only use 5 and 6 without scalping the lawn. How easy is that to adjust?

Scott Devos
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Scott Devos

I recently purchased a YT 4000 with the 46″ cut and the 24hp v-twin engine. I am very disappointed with the cut. The deck height can’t be adjusted high enough as mentioned already, and the deck seems to be to free floating. I have all these divets around my yard and an uneven cut. I did all the proper adjustments with the blades and tires are inflated properly. Sears sent a service guy out and he ordered a new deck and replaced it. Still has the same bad cut. My yard is a little rough and the deck seems to… Read more »

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Jason
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Jason

Thanks for all the great information. Do you by any chance know the footprint of this tractor? I’m interested in picking one up, but I’d like to make sure I have the space in my garage first. I can’t seem to find dimensional information online.

Jim Cook
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Jim Cook

Got my 28857 June 11th.Only problem is the stated 4″ cutting height is not true.I can get not quite 3″ blade height with keeping the deck level.Trying to get Sears to install shorter mandrel’s(the shaft the blade is attached to) or install a 1″ larger tire to get this cut height closer to the 4″ spec. as stated.Any other comments , or others with same problem?

John
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John

It appears KMart may no longer handle this mower. It doesn’t show up when I followed the link and a further search showed only 10 ‘riders’ available today.

Miles Davis
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Miles Davis

Hey Paul,

Don’t know if you allow posters to provide links. Here is a very helpful Briggs and Stratton site for basic consumer maintenance on the Platinum V twins: http://sears.briggsandstratton.com/ride/oil.asp

Miles Davis
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Miles Davis

Paul, I have used this tractor 3 times and on each occasion have come away extremely impressed with the cut and overall performance. I am grateful to you for your review of this model and for debunking the myths surrounding the turn tight technology. I can literally cut 90-95% of my lawn with this baby. My neighbor has the Deere 135 and his cut is no where near as smooth as the Craftsman. Kudos to Sears. If these tractors prove to be reliable, all the manufacturers will be struggling to catch up and compete. At this price point, there is… Read more »

Mike M
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Mike M

Paul, thanks for all the information on your great site and keeping it updated so frequently. After a ton of research we recently purchased the YT 4000 46″ 24HP 28857. With Friends and Family and another discount we got a great deal under $1,400.00. Although it won’t arrive for another week I am confident I will be very pleased and now the added bonus of the hi lift blades and we were able to use our double shop your way rewards we earned and got the dual bar bumper free today. Thanks again for your great site.

Miles Davis
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Miles Davis

Paul. Mower delivered on May 7 as promised. My early review: First, be skeptical of delivery guys advice regarding set up. I asked if I needed to purge the transmission and adjust tire inflation as per owner’s manual. They responded, “Nah, our technicians handle that.” I checked tire pressure and just as stated in owner’s manual, they were grossly over-inflated. I adjusted tires and purged transmission. Others have mentioned that dismounting tractor from left side is somewhat awkward due to location of lift handle for deck. I found this to be absolutely true. I also purchased the 2 bin bagger… Read more »

Miles Davis
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Miles Davis

Hey Paul, I see your reference in the review to “See Engine types for a complete explanation”. But I can’t seem to locate that information on your site. Could you give me a hand? Thanks.

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