2013 Craftsman LT2500 46 in With 22HP Kohler Model 28915 Review

New Hydrostatic, 22HP Lawn Tractor!  Completely new this year is the Model 28915. Craftsman makes a lawn tractor for every budget and this is great value lawn tractor for the price. On sale at under $1400 it is one of the least expensive lawn tractors on the market with a Kohler motor and hydrostatic transmission. It is not a “cheaply built” mower though and has the dependability and workmanship you come to expect from Craftsman at this price level. It features a good 46 inch deck, a 22 hp Kohler Courage engine, and an easy to use fender controlled hydrostatic transmission. Owners love their “Craftsman”. This mower can be equipped with a bagger, mulch kit and will pull a small yard cart! You can mount a snow blade but not a snow thrower.

by: Paul Sikkema

Is this the right lawn tractor for you? Please read this entire review before you buy this tractor. I am going to spend some time and go over this mower completely. This mower is a great value but it is not for everyone.

See the full specifications at Sears.com here:

49 State Model Craftsman 22HP Kohler 46 Fender Hydro LT2500 Non CA Deluxe high back
California Model   Craftsman 22HP Kohler 46 Fender Hydro LT2500 CA Only Deluxe high back

Here are some highlights:

  • 22HP Kohler engine — I have always had good luck with Kohler engines, but the Platinum Briggs & Stratton in the Craftsman Yard Tractors is just as good.
  • Infinite-speed dual hydrostatic transmission with large 1 in. drive axle provides precise control, and the sealed designed reduces maintenance. I like the “notch” in the speed control so you mow at the correct speed. Most lawn tractors have a 3/4 inch axle so this is a heavier unit than the John Deere, etc.
  • 46 in. twin blade deck provides great cutting performance. This deck got a best buy under the 28885. Deep-design of the deck lifts grass up , for a superior cut. 5 cutting heights from 1.5 in. to 4 in.
  • High back seat and large 13 in. comfort grip steering wheel
  • 18 in. turning radius with Cast-iron front axle with lifetime warranty. The same turning radius as the John Deere 100 series.
  • 2-year limited warranty backed by Sears In Home Service. 5 year Protection Plan available.

Is this the right mower for you? The positive:

If you just want to mow your lawn and you have a fairly flat lawn about 1/2 to 2 acres, this tractor will do the job. It does have anti-scalp wheels on the deck and it does have a deluxe seat. If you have a lawn without a lot of trees and other landscape features to mow around this may be a good choice for you. This tractor will mow up to 1 1/4 acres an hour. This mower does not have the special features like the 6 inch radius turn tight steering found on the Craftsman Yard Tractor Series.

Most owners today prefer a tractor with a hydrostatic transmission: A “hydro” is easier to use than a gear drive transmission and saves you time when mowing around many obstructions. This mower uses a fender mounted control lever.  Using a fender control instead of a foot control is a nice feature if you are under 5 ft 5 in and have a hard time reaching a foot pedal or if you physically have a hard time holding a speed control with your foot.

One complaint you will hear from your local service shop is they can’t get parts for Craftsman Lawn Tractors. Sears has every part available for this new lawn mower through searspartsdirect.com

Is this the right mower for you? The negative:

This mower is a great value, but it is not for everyone. It is designed to primarily mow lawns. If you need a rider that will pull a heavy yard cart, sweeper or ground engaging attachments look at a different tractor.

– You can use a 2 bin bagger on this mower but the bagger off your old Craftsman will not fit. (This tractor is made by MTD, your old green or gray LY1000 was made by AYP) If you insist on using your old bagger you need to buy a Craftsman 28853 Craftsman 46″ 22hp Kohler Powered Turn Tight Hydrostatic Yard Tractor Non CA Up to 2 acres.

– This deck is a high air-flow deck. It has vents in the top to let in a lot of air.  This is a great design because the extra airflow lifts the grass well and it cuts your lawn very evenly. This mower side discharges and bags well. But, if you install a mulch kit it restricts this airflow and a lot of customers complain that the grass clippings get blow out the right front side of the deck and all over you and the tractor.  If you plan on mulching look at a Craftsman 28853 Craftsman 46″ 22hp Kohler Powered Turn Tight Hydrostatic Yard Tractor Non CA Up to 2 acres Yard Tractor before you buy this one.

– This mower will not mow in reverse.


Face it, your new mower is a mechanical device and eventually it will need some repairs. Unlike other retailers, Sears has their own service network. Sears techs come to your home. You never have to take you lawn tractor anywhere and you never have to go find the “authorized” servicing dealer. Just call 1-800-4MY-HOME to set up and appointment for the tech to fix your lawn tractor.

Reliability – New to 3 yrs: This tractor is serviced by Sears. There have been no issues with the build quality. One thing to know – Sears takes the tractor out of the shipping crate but they do not “setup” the tractor. (John Deere dealers are the only retailer who does) You have to put gas in it, and run it for the first time. You may have to hook up the battery and charge it. If there is an assembly problem you call 1-800-4MY-HOME and a service tech comes out and fixes the issue. The store where you picked it up from or the delivery team does not repair the tractor.

If you decide this is the right mower for you take advantage of all the special offers Sears has:

Before I give you the BUY link, Be aware of all the special offers Sears has. Take advantage of these to get the best possible deal.

On the Sears.com page I send you to do the following before you put your items in the cart:

Sign in or Register: These are in the upper-right hand corner. Set up a profile (you do not need to add your credit card) and include you Craftsman Club member number, your Shop Your Way Info etc. Then you will automatically get the best deals all the time.



Here are some examples of special offers. On the Sears.com page click the the "Special Offers" tab to see the current offers. Extra 5% off OR special financing available on lawn & garden items $299 or over with Sears card. Offer ends 21-Feb-2013 See details. Online Only! Extra 10% off all tractor attachments sold by Sears. Offer ends 02-Mar-2013 See details. Online Only! Members Get $70 in points with purchase of delivery on tractors over $1299. Offer ends 16-Feb-2013 See details. Online Only! Save $20 on purchase of $200 or more on select items Sold by Sears w coupon FEBRUARY20 Offer ends 16-Feb-2013 See details. Online Only! Save $35 when you purchase $300 or more on select items Sold by Sears w coupon SNOW35! Offer ends 16-Feb-2013 See details. Redeemed SHOP YOUR WAY REWARDS Points Offer ends 31-Dec-9999 See details. No interest if paid in full within 12 months when you use a qualifying Sears card on all items over $299 through 02/21/2013.Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the purchase balance is not paid in full within the 12 months or if you make a late payment. Minimum payments required. Items sold by Sears only. See details
SYWR It's free and you get a lot of great deals by being a member. Get 1% in points everyday and 2% when you use your Sears Card. Plus you get special bonus points when you purchase selected items. Click on the Shop Your Way Rewards button at the top of the Sears.com page and sign up!

Here are the links: Click on the link to see the specifications and/or buy:

49 State Model Craftsman 22HP Kohler 46 Fender Hydro LT2500 Non CA Deluxe high back
California Model   Craftsman 22HP Kohler 46 Fender Hydro LT2500 CA Only Deluxe high back

Buy Here Online, Pickup at Your Local Sears:  Craftsman 22HP Kohler 46 Fender Hydro LT2500 Non CA Deluxe high back

Buy Here Online, and Have It Delivered To Your Home:  Craftsman 22HP Kohler 46 Fender Hydro LT2500 Non CA Deluxe high back


Mulch Kit: MTD Genuine Factory Parts 46″ Mulch Kit for LT//NX9 Platform
Baggers: Craftsman 42 46 In. Cut 2-Bin Bagger

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How are these mowers holding up over time? There is a local one for sale and I am wondering about known issues I should look for?


I took off the snow blade and I am not sure how the mower deck attaches


Anyone know what wheel weights for 22HP Kohler 46” Fender Hydro LT250. Asked Sears but they didnt seem to have an answer.

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Will got lt2500 a few days ago , disconnected rev switch under left fender , disconnected lights with top connector at lights inside hood , and raised scalping wheels to lowest level . Have no mulch blades yet , still getting tractor where I like it , see about everyone bitching about oil dipstick , just do not get overly forceful when removing , will last for ever , if gets loose , replace O rings , cheap fix . So far like tractor , way stronger than 12.5 brigs I had for 22 yrs .


Got mine and have used it about 5 times. Still don’t know if I like that Hydro, but try to find a rider out there that doesn’t have it now. Got the mulch kit but still have to install the blades. And I use a trailer for it but now making sure I don’t load it up very heavy. I miss my old Craftsman LT1000.


Pretty happy with my mower. Wish I would have realized how much the mow in reverse feature I actually use – what a pain. And the mulch thing is irritating. The kit is cheap and hard to install in a way that is effective (default is too loose). Even then it slips out and let’s stuff through. Overall I do like the sharp turns, speed and effectiveness of the mower. But don’t run over a tree root 😉 Rotor mount is made of solid aluminum. It can only handle one or two hits and you get to replace it. ;-!


[…] faster than the lawn mower deck will actually mow well at. Craftsman introduced for this year the LT2500 lawn tractor that has a notch in the fender control that shows where the normal mowing speed […]


So it basically a Bronco without the mow in reverse feature.

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