2014 Craftsman G5100 Model 20401 48 in 24 hp Garden Tractor Review

Is The 2014 Craftsman 24 HP V-Twin 48″ Turn Tight Garden Tractor The Best For You?

Many of you want a heavy-duty tractor but don’t need the large 54 inch deck. New for 2014 Craftsman has brought back the 48 inch deck! With this Garden Tractor you can mow around 1.5 acres an hour and ride in comfort with it’s large tires, big seat and heavy duty frame. 

I need to explain this tractor’s capabilities right up front in this review. This tractor has all the heavy-duty features the Craftsman Garden Tractors are know for EXCEPT the transmission. Is is a good tractor for mowing your lawn and doing around-the-yard tasks but the transmission is not rated for ground-engaging tasks. The transmission used is the same transmission found in some of the other great mowers like the D160 and X300 series John Deere, the Husqvarna LGT2654 and the Simplicity Regent EX.


Craftsman/Sears originally coined the phrase “Garden Tractor” back in 1946 and the actual capabilities of the model has gone through many changes over the years. The 60’s and 70’s were the heyday for these tractors with hundreds of available attachments. In the 80’s though compact tractors took over most of the ground engaging and dirt moving activities of these old work horses.  The Craftsman garden tractor is still one of the best values under $3000.

The re-invented 48 inch Craftsman deck mow’s well, mulches well and bags ok. This tractor features the 24 hp Briggs & Stratton Platinum V-Twin motor, a very dependable transmission and a sleek new look. For the features it offers it is a great value mower and will work well for a larger yard.  It is one of the best 48 inch tractors under $3500. With this tractor you get a motor that has an expected life 25% longer than the motors on other comparable lawn tractors, a trustworthy hydrostatic transmission, a good cutting deck, and plenty of available attachments. In addition the industry leading Craftsman Turn Tight 6 inch turning radius makes it a better choice than a zero-turn for most of us. In my opinion it has more features than the competition for the same price.

If you are looking at new lawn tractors because the engine on your old one failed, seriously look at this tractor. It features a Craftsman Platinum engine that is designed to handle hills and slopes that will kill a standard Briggs Intek/ Craftsman Gold engine. The oil lubrication inside the engine works like the oil system in your car. Your old engine used a splash-lube system oil system, this one uses oil pump that pumps the oil right to the bearings and other critical internal engine parts.  

 My Opinion: The Craftsman Garden Tractor is arguably the most popular tractor on the market. The combination of features, price and service has always made it one of the best values around. For 2014 Craftsman kept all the features that make their tractors some of the best and added a sleek, new look! This sleek new look has fixed the biggest complaint previous owners have had. The new metal hood is designed so it won’t rattle around. It features a new hinge that is stronger and keeps the front from vibrating. There are now cushions at the back of the hood just like you would find on the $6000 tractors. In addition new side panels and air plenum keeps the dirt out the engine compartment and funnels clean air into the engine cooling system.

This lawn tractor review covers the Model 20401, 24 HP V-Twin, 48 inch Craftsman Garden Tractor with Turn Tight. There are two models in the Garden Tractor series: This is the smaller of the two.

20401New1 Brand: Craftsman
Manufactured By: Husqvarna
Model/Series: 20401/G5100 Garden Tractor
Item Number:   07120401000 (49 State)
See All Buying Options and Online Only Deals Here:  Craftsman 24HP 48 Hydrostatic Transmission Turn Tight Garden Tractor – Non CA 16″ x 6.5″ – 8″ Buy Online 24/7, Pickup At Your Local Sears at your convenience, or have it delivered to your home.
Street Price: $2499.99 Less when purchased Online. Sears wants you to buy online this year. They will have the best deals online this year and your local store is not able to match this price. Buy Online 24/7, Pickup At Your Local Sears at your convenience, or have it delivered to your home. Check the Special Offers tab on the product page to get the special deals price and exclusive discounts.
CA Model: Craftsman 24HP 48 Hydrostatic Transmission Turn Tight Garden Tractor – CA Only 16″ x 6.5″ – 8″

Craftsman calls this a Garden Tractor. It has more features than a yard tractor but less pulling power than the G5500 garden tractor.

Compare it to: John Deere Riding Lawn Mower. D160 48 in. 25 HP V-Twin Hydrostatic Front-Engine BG20731 at 2599, or the Cub Cadet Riding Lawn Mower. 54 in. 26 HP V-Twin Hydrostatic Drive Front-Engine LGT1054 at $2599. It does not have the engine issues and deck issues of the Husqvarna LGT2654 at Lowes. 

Parts – Attachments – Accessories Tractors With 48 inch Decks

Quick Summary Review


  • Foot Control Trans with integral cruise
  • Top Speed 5.5 mph
  • Step-through Platform
  • 6 inch Turn-Tight Steering is the best in the industry.
  • Large 22 in rear tires.
  • 48 inch deck with spring assisted lift and washout port
  • Disperses clippings evenly in side-discharge mode.
  • Mulches well, leaves fine clippings with little or no clumps.
  • Fills 3 bin bagger to capacity.
  • Easy adjust, comfortable high-back seat.
  • 24 HP Full Pressure Briggs & Stratton Platinum V-Twin Engine
  • Type: Yard Tractor
  • Maximum mowing area per hour (acres): 2.0 acres at 5 MPH
  • Recommended for moderate slopes? Yes, Moderate slopes
  • Excels in mowing around obstacles? Yes
  • Will Mow In Reverse? Yes


  • Again, this is not a Garden Tractor with a ground engaging transmission, even those Sears.com states it is. I feel this transmission is great for yard work and is found on many different tractors from all the manufactures, but is not heavy enough to pull disks, harrows, and food plot cultivators.

See All Buying Options and Online Only Deals Here:  Craftsman 24HP 48 Hydrostatic Transmission Turn Tight Garden Tractor – Non CA 16″ x 6.5″ – 8″ Buy Online 24/7, Pickup At Your Local Sears at your convenience, or have it delivered to your home.

My Full Review:

You know I have been doing this blog for a while now and I have spent hundreds of hours researching, testing, reading reviews, analyzing and listening to you about residential lawn tractors. I know that most of you want to spend less than $2000 on a lawn tractor that will mow, mulch, or bag your yard well, do other yard tasks. You want it to last you a long, long time. This yard tractor gives you the all of those features plus a 6 inch turning radius and a great Briggs & Stratton Platinum engine all for less than $2000!

I know zero-turn mowers are the hot topic today but for most of us residential zero-turns are not the best choice. Yes, they are more agile than a conventional lawn tractor so you may mow your lawn faster but they don’t work on slopes. They also take time to learn-to-drive. They are designed just to mow so they don’t pull stuff. They are more expensive than a lawn tractor.  The Craftsman Yard Tractor Series with Turn Tight continues to be the best choice if you need high maneuverability and a want to do more than just mow your lawn.

The Craftsman Turn Tight 6 inch turning radius on this yard tractor allows you to quickly get your lawn done without the pitfalls of using a zero-turn mower.  No learning curve to operate it. No divots or scuff marks in your lawn. No worries about mowing the septic mound or slopes. No extra cost for two transmissions. It will pull stuff.  The Craftsman Yard Tractors have the tightest turning radius in the industry and the steering works well. It is the best value riding mower on the market today for most of us. Compared to all the other brands this yard tractor has more of the features you want at a price lower than a conventional lawn tractor from the competition.  It has a better motor than other lawn tractors in this price range, a very dependable automatic transmission, a great cutting deck, and plenty of available attachments. It will handle all of the non-ground engaging attachments Sears, Lowes and The Home Depot sells.

I am not going to TELL you this is the best tractor for you. But for many of you reading this article it will be the best lawn tractor for you. There are other tractors with larger motors, bigger decks and heavier transmissions. The Craftsman Yard Tractor series continues to be the best value tractor on the market for your average size suburban yard! This is a great lawn tractor with a good cutting deck.  It has four anti-scalp wheels so it will mow your lawn without gouging or scalping the turf.  This tractor is new and it is already getting “best buy” reviews from the review organizations for value, cut, and dependability.  Sears has the best service and repair network. They come right to your home if your ever have a problem with your tractor. You never have to bring your tractor anywhere or arrange for a pickup to have it serviced.

This lawn tractor will mow in reverse.

Owner Reviews: Right now there are no reviews on Sears.com because this is a new model for 2014. I’ll watch them and see if there are trends.

7 reasons why Craftsman Garden Tractors are a good choice for you!

(Disclaimer: All features listed in the remainder of this article are subject to change and my interpretation of the information available on the sears websites.)

1. Look Better:

20401New3 I don’t know about you, but I like the new look. I like the modern hood and smooth fenders. The rounded edges of the control console (dash) make it even more easier to get on and off. And of course the cup holder is essential. That was one of the reasons why I never even considered a Craftsman back in the 80’s and early 90’s. They were UGLY! Today’s hoods have more metal. The front of the old 80’s and 90’s hoods was one big chunk of brittle plastic.  Any bump into a tree or other obstruction and it was time to get out the duct tape, and eventually $140 or more for a new nose piece.  Today’s hood uses less plastic, and the plastic appears to be more flexible to withstand more abuse from your teenagers. (Of course there is an optional brush guard if your spouse has a hard time with trees:)

2. Deck:

For most of us it’s all about the deck and how it mows. 

Decks Cut Better:
Model 20401 shown
Craftsman – It’s all about the 48 inch Deck

 Mow – Mulch- Bag:  It’s been a while since Craftsman has offered a 48 inch deck. Why? because 48 inch decks do not mow/bag as well as 2 blade – 46 inch decks. But many customers have asked again and again for a 48 inch deck so it’s back. It mows perfectly at 3-5 MPH but don’t expect it to mow as fast as the tractor will go (5.5MPH) and give you the same results.  With this tractor/deck you set the height of cut using a spring assisted lever on the left tractor fender. (FYI: It’s not the deck, it’s the government that decides how fast you can mow. Regulations limit the blade tip speed on residential mowers which also limits how fast you can mow well)

48 inch decks cut well for most of us but they seldom get a “Best Buy” Why? A 48 inch deck uses shorter blades than a 42 or 46 inch deck. The shorter blades cut well but don’t always throw wet grass out well. In addition, when you use a bagger the 48 in deck will fill a 3 bin bagger well, but you may find it won’t fill it completely when mowing wet grass or suck up pine needles well.  The deck cuts and mulches well but doesn’t always throw wet grass evenly out the side discharge. I personally have no problems with a 48 inch deck, but if you are a perfectionist look at a 42 or 46 inch deck.

Better Anti-Scalp: These decks come standard with 4 anti-scalp wheels and a rounded bottom lip.  The anti-scalp system and the spring assist deck lift lets it ride over obstacles easier than the older decks.

Decks are easy to adjust: The deck lift is almost as great of a change as the Turn Tight Steering.  Your old lever was always in the way. It was hard to use.  Getting on and off the tractor my sweatshirt, coat etc. always got caught on that lever sticking up in the wind.  The new fender mounted lever is out-of-the-way and the spring assisted system requires very little effort to use.

Leveling the deck is easy. The 3-point linkage is easy to adjust if the deck gets abused and starts to cut unevenly. One adjustable link levels the deck side to side and one adjustable link levels it front to back . By the way: When you read your manual it will tell you to level the deck but I am finding that most decks are leveled correctly from the factory. I suggest to just go out and mow first. If it is not mowing evenly check the tire pressures and then level the deck.

 There is always a discussion about fabricated/welded decks and stamped decks over on the tractor forums. The reality is welded decks take more abuse, stamped decks cut better.Welded decks will take more abuse if you are the type to go around and bang your mower into trees, buildings, rocks and other obstructions. If you are mowing fields and properties where you never know what type of stumps, metal debris, rocks and other junk you may find a welded deck is the best choice. But, besides the extra cost of fabricating the deck, welded decks need special, expensive baffle kits to mulch well. A tractor with a 42 inch fabricated deck will cost over $600 more than this tractor. Plus welded decks have poorer airflow and require you to buy a separate blower to use a bagger ($500-750 for the blower)

The Craftsman 48 inch deck on the G5200 Series is a stamped deck. This deck is engineered to mow well. These decks have channels and other stiffeners built into the design making these decks lighter than welded decks but still very strong. They can handle a direct frontal hit from a stump and not bend at mowing speed. The Craftsman decks have better corrosion resistance than the decks of the past. The powder coated finish resists scratches and rust-through so prevalent with decks 20 years ago.

Aluminum Spindles. This deck uses cast aluminum vented spindles with sealed bearings.  There is no maintenance or lubrication needed. They will last the life of the mower with proper blade maintenance and cleaning.

I have read some reviews where owners complain that they have had to replace the spindles multiple times on their lawn tractor. (Not just this deck, but other brands as well.) Spindles fail for only two reasons, operator abuse and improper maintenance. Lawn tractor decks are designed to mow lawns. They are not designed to mow fields, cut down brush, hit rocks, stumps, concrete, kids toys, water shut-off valves and other debris. If you hit something and you break a spindle be glad it broke. Replacing a $50 spindle is cheap compared to bending the $500 deck housing and having to replace that. You can also break spindles by not balancing your blades when you sharpen them. If one end of the blade is shorter than the other or it is bent out of factory specs the blade will vibrate and eventually wreck the spindle. If you hit something or if you sharpen the blades and the mower has more vibration than it did before, stop and find out what is wrong. If you don’t know how to properly sharpen and balance blades always replace them with new Craftsman blades. (aftermarket blades are not always balanced properly)

One of the key features of this deck is the vented spindles. The top of the spindles has slots that let air into the deck. This creates a powerful vacuum effect that lifts the grass and allows the blades to cut your lawn evenly. The blades are offset just right so there are no uncut strips when you make a turn.

48 in mulch kit The Craftsman 48 deck is designed to mulch well with a set of mulching blades and a simple “plug” that snaps into the discharge hole. With the mulch plug installed you can raise the discharge chute out-of-the-way for closer trimming on the right-hand side of the mower. There are two types of mulching blades available. The standard wavy type and premium mulching blades that enhance the mulching for extra thick lawns and leaves. The other review organizations that test lawn tractors all verify that this deck mulches well.

The available 3 bin bagger is specifically designed to collect all the clippings and fill completely. They have “soft” sided bags that reduce the dust and debris around your neck and back.  3 bin model 24916.

What deck size do I need? Besides how large of a lawn you have to mow consider the gates, doors and strips between your landscape beds.  The 48 deck will NOT fit into a standard size pickup bed. With the discharge chute lifted up the Craftsman 48 inch Precision Cut Deck requires 51 inches of side to side clearance. With the chute down, 57 inches.  (The Craftsman 46 inch Precision Cut Deck requires 47.5 inches of clearance. With the chute down, 54 inches. The Craftsman 54 inch Precision Cut Deck requires 57 inches of clearance. With the chute down, 61 inches.)

I have hills and use tire chains: Tire chains will fit on a tractor with a 48 inch 3-blade deck installed but will not fit on a tractor with a 46, 2 bladed deck. This includes the Craftsman, Husqvarna, Poulan Pro and Ariens tractors. I have not checked the MTD built lawn tractors. John Deere does not have a 46 inch deck.

3. Engine:

People who buy this yard tractor want a dependable mower with a dependable motor.

Note: This Briggs & Stratton Platinum motor compares to the Kohler Courage Plus and the new Kohler 7000.  It is better than Briggs & Stratton Gold, Silver, Intek and IC engines found in most lawn tractors.

Ride Mower Engine - 2600 Platinum Craftsman V-Twin Why are These Engines Are Better?

Longer Life Engines: The Platinum Series Engine in the G 5000 series Garden Tractor is a significant improvement over the engine in the 1990’s Lawn Tractors. Briggs & Stratton has made over 80 improvements to this engine ranging from efficient Overhead Valve Design to a better oil drain system that uses no tools and doesn’t get used engine oil all over the frame.

Built for the toughest work in your yard. Craftsman Exclusive Platinum Series™ V-Twin tractor engines deliver more power, less vibration, quieter running and greater durability. Available exclusively on select Craftsman tractors, this lawn tractor engine will last 25% longer under heavy-duty use.

Better Fuel Economy: Today’s engine offer better fuel economy over the 1990’s version. They are also designed to run on todays fuels that seem to have more additives than gasoline. These engines will runs on 10% ethanol BUT WILL NOT RUN ON THE 15% BLENDED FUEL!

Full Pressure Lube: The Platinum engine has an oil pump and actually pumps oil to the critical engine components. These engines will run on slopes that used to kill the old side-valve, splash lubricated engines. In addition, a long-life filter removes contaminants from the oil and provides less wear on the engine.  This engine uses the same yellow filter found on the Briggs & Stratton Professional Series.

More Efficient Air Cleaners:  The air cleaners on the Platinum Series are significantly better than the old paper or foam filters on your old Craftsman.  Cleaner air into the engine means less wear and longer life.

MRS Spark Plug: Most Reliable Starting (MRS) spark plug delivers optimized performance and extended service life

 It’s all about the details:  Sears does two things to this motor that really sets it apart from the competition. First they use the high quality yellow Briggs Filter. This gives you the best oil filtration and this engine is designed to make the best use of the filter. Second, is the oil drain.  The Craftsman no-drip drain is the easiest to use. Just unclasp the no-drip cap, attach the extension hose, tilt it down to your bucket and push/twist the drain. No drips on your frame no cleaning, no oily film that collects dirt and debris on your tractor!

These Craftsman tractors are assembled at the factory in Orangeburg, S.C. Like all mechanical devices I suggest you take some time and completely go over the machine when new and understand it’s operation. Read the manual completely. After you use your new mower for an hour or so I suggest you look at all the fasteners and check to be sure they are tight. Especially check the bolts that hold the transmission to the frame and the engine-to-frame bolts. Here is an article showing you the most critical bolts to check. 8 Bolts On Your Lawn Tractor You Need To Check Now  I recommend this for all new lawn tractors but I especially recommend it on tractors made by Ariens, Husqvarna, Poulan, Cub Cadet, John Deere and Craftsman. 

4. Hydrostatic Transmission

Simple to use, ideal for most terrain. 

K-46-angle Today’s hydrostatic transmissions in Craftsman Yard Tractors are ideal for any type of terrain. The transmission in this mower is sized for it and has a proven to be a very reliable part of the tractor.  This transmission is sealed and never needs maintenance. Just clean the dirt and leaves off the aluminum case every few months. All of the components that make it run are completely enclosed in a sealed aluminum case. This transmission is sized to the tractor. It will give you long life for mowing, snow removal and yard work.   Like most transmissions in lawn tractors it does not have posi-traction or differential lock for steep hills (greater than 15%). 

This tractor has all the heavy-duty features the Craftsman Garden Tractors are know for EXCEPT the transmission. Is is a good tractor for mowing your lawn and doing around-the-yard tasks but the transmission is not rated for ground-engaging tasks. The transmission used is a K46 Tuff Torq and is the same transmission found in some of the other great mowers like the D160 and X300 series John Deere, the Husqvarna LGT2654 and the Simplicity Regent EX.

The pedal on the left side of the tractor is the parking brake.  You do not need to depress that pedal to shift the tractor.   The forward, reverse speed and braking is controlled one lever on the right side fender.  To go forward move the lever forward.  To stop pull the lever back to the middle position. (The parking brake pedal can also be used to stop the tractor.)  To back the tractor pull the lever back. Because of the way a hydrostatic transmission operates the braking is part of the operation. When you move the lever towards the middle (neutral) the transmission brakes your travel automatically. You only need to use the left hand pedal to park the mower or to leave it stopped on a hill.

To take this a little farther. Lawn tractors with a hydrostatic transmission will not coast down a hill. The pedal on the left side of the tractor is not a clutch and is not a “feathering” brake like the one in your car. When you press on the left pedal you release the power to the transmission which locks the trans. In addition it sets a parking brake either on or inside the transmission. In other words, you can only go down a hill as fast as the transmission will let you and you can’t coast to a stop. This tractor will not “runaway” down the hill like the old tractors with a manual trans. 

The pedal on the left side of the tractor is the parking brake.  You do not need to depress that pedal to shift the tractor.   The forward, reverse speed and braking is controlled with the pedal on the right side fender.  To go forward push the pedal forward.  To stop take your foot off the pedal. (The parking brake pedal can also be used to stop the tractor.)  To back the tractor push the small pedal on the right side. Because of the way an automatic transmission operates the braking is internal and part of the operation. When you release the pedal the transmission brakes your travel automatically. You only need to use the left hand pedal to park the mower or to leave it stopped on a hill.

5. Comfort –

If you are going to mow, you might as well be comfortable.

20401New4 Start with the seat: When comparing this lawn tractor to others sit on the seat and ask yourself these questions.

Sit on the seat and envision yourself sitting there for 2 or more hours. Is it comfortable? Does it give you good back and lumbar support? Does it have side supports to help you stay in the seat on slopes and when mowing rough spots? The seat should be easily adjustable if you have more than one person using your lawn tractor. When you sit on the seat, is it level? (Some tractors have heavy springs under the seat for “suspension” and it feels like you are constantly sliding forward.)

The seat on the G5100 sits level, has a nice high back, good lumbar and side supports> It slides back and forth easily. There is plenty of seat adjustment so any operator from 5 ft 1 inch to 6 ft 4 in can easily operate this lawn tractor.

 The Steering Wheel: Is the steering wheel textured so it is easy to grip? Smooth steering wheels cause your hands to sweat in hot weather. When it’s cold out and you are wearing gloves smooth steering wheels are very hard to use. Your hands keep slipping all over the place. The steering wheel on the G5100 is textured so your hands won’t get sweaty and your gloves won’t slide around.

Sloping Hood: Some big box stores are still using hoods from 10 years ago on their 2013 tractors. They are tall and boxy and you have to look around them to see in front of the tractor. I know this is a minor issue but if you are used to a sloping hood and then use one with the old box style you’ll realize how cumbersome the old hoods are when trimming and getting close to objects.

Getting On And Off: Ease of Use: The first thing potential buyers notice when they get on the G5100 is how easy it is to get on and off. Craftsman has designed this mower with a lot of space between the seat and the steering console to make it as easy as possible to get on and off this tractor. The step through design and rounded control console allows you to get on and off the tractor easier than before.  No more banging your knees trying to get on or off the tractor.

Deluxe high-back seat, easy to use operator controls, good field of view.  This Yard Tractor is very comfortable to operate and drive.

6. Six Inch Turn Tight Steering:

Better Steering Box, Axle and Steering System:

One of the major improvements that I like with the Craftsman Yard Tractors is the steering.  If you own a 90’s green Craftsman LT you probably have at least a 1/2 revolution of play in the steering wheel by now.  Long gone is the old half-moon system with the plastic pinion gear that always wore out.  Today’s Craftsman tractors steer easier and the pinion gears don’t wear out. I have seen Craftsman Turn Tight Yard Tractors with 100’s of hours with no more play in the steering than the day they were purchased.

The steering wheel feels better: The steering wheel is bigger and has a better feel. I see many of the old 1990’s steering wheels cracked and the plastic bracket that’s supports the steering rod on the dash broken.  This doesn’t happen with the new Craftsman Turn Tight Yard Tractors.

Front axles are better: The front axles are now cast iron and have a lifetime warranty. I have yet to see a broken or bent one!

Turn Tight Tighter Steering: The exclusive Turn Tight steering is one of the “wonders” of the YT Series.  With a 6 inch turning radius this tractor is the most maneuverable tractor on the market today.  In most cases you can trim and mow without ever taking your walk-behind mower out of the shed.  I personally feel for most homeowners this is a better solution than a zero-turn. It works on slopes, requires no training to use and even your spouse will like to drive it.

7. Reliability –

What do I do if it breaks?

This tractor is serviced by Sears.  Sears service techs come to your home to repair your lawn tractor. You never have to take it anywhere.

People who buy this yard tractor know what they are buying and this is just what they want. That is why you will find so many good reviews on Sears.com.  This is a great tractor with a great cutting deck and may just be the best value for you and your suburban lawn.

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. If there is an assembly problem you call 1-800-469-4663 and a service tech comes out to your home and fixes the issue. The store where you picked it up from or the delivery team does not repair the tractor. If you buy another brand make sure you understand the repair policy if you have a problem.  Many of the other brands make you take the mower to an “authorized service center”

Replacement Parts Are Much Easier To Get:

15 years ago to get Craftsman parts you had to go to the Sears Service Center and order them.  Your local repairman wouldn’t touch your Craftsman because he said that he couldn’t get parts.  (He could, he just had to go to the Service center and order the part himself) The Internet is a wonderful thing and today is very easy to get parts. All you need is the model number from under the seat, go to searspartsdirect.com, order the part and within a few days it arrives at your home. You can even use this link: Shop at Sears PartsDirect and get 10% off your purchase with code: 90055 Searspartsdirect has all of the parts diagrams for your mower, making it very easy to get your part. If you are not really mechanically inclined, all you have to do is write down your model number, go to your local Sears and anyone in the Lawn & Garden Department can help you order the part.  Again, it comes right to your home. By the Way: If you lost your tractor manual, get the model number from under the seat, use the link above and you can view or download a copy there for free!

Handling – Traction/Steering:  This tractor has average traction and is similar to all the other lawn tractors from the other retailers. This tractor has better steering than all the other lawn tractors under $4000. I recommend you never use a mower like this on wet or drought-dry slopes.

See All Buying Options and Online Only Deals Here:  Craftsman 24HP 48 Hydrostatic Transmission Turn Tight Garden Tractor – Non CA 16″ x 6.5″ – 8″ Buy Online 24/7, Pickup At Your Local Sears at your convenience, or have it delivered to your home.

Specifications, Features, Benefits

The rest of this article is taken from the retailers website. Specs subject to change. (Note: as of Feb 10, there are some mistakes. I have corrected them here)

Product Specifications

Cutting Deck & Blade:
  • Blade Material:
  • Blade Type:
    3 and 1
  • Blade Width (in.):
  • Cutting Deck Material:
  • Cutting Deck Nose Roller:
  • Cutting Height Adjustment Type:
    Hand Lever
  • Cutting Height Maximum (in.):
  • Cutting Height Minimum (in.):
  • Cutting Width (In.):
  • Deckwash System:
  • Number of Cutting Blades:
Controls and Features:
  • Blade Engagement Type:
  • Blade Lift:
  • Cruise Control:
  • Item Weight (lbs.):
  • Overall Item Dimensions:
    72.75 x 49.5 x 46
  • Wheelbase (in.):
Product Overview:
  • Commercial/Residential:
  • General Warranty:
    2 Year
  • Terrain Type:
  • Terrain Type:
  • Frame Material:
  • Frame Type:
    Stamped steel
  • Front Axle Material:
    Cast iron
Drive System:
  • Maximum Forward Speed (mph):
  • Maximum Reverse Speed (mph):
  • Mow in Reverse:
  • Number of Forward Speeds:
  • Number of Reverse Speeds:
  • Transmission Type:
    Hydrostatic Automatic
  • Turning Radius (in.):
  • Turn Tight:
  • Cooling System Type:
    Air Cooled
  • Engine Brand:
    Briggs & Stratton(r)
  • Engine Cycles:
  • Engine Displacement (cc):
  • Horsepower:
  • Number of Cylinders:
Wheels & Tires:
  • Front Tire Size:
    16″ x 6.5″ – 8″
  • Rear Tire Size:
    22″ x 9.5″ – 12″
Accessory or Attachment:
  • 3 Bin Bagger Part Number:
  • Accepts Bagger:
  • Hauling Equipment:
    Light Hauling
  • Hauling Equipment:
    Heavy Hauling
  • Ground-Engaging Attach.:
  • Mulch Kit Part Number:
  • Snow Blade or Thrower Capable:
    Snow thrower
  • Snow Blade or Thrower Capable:
    Snow blade
Fuel System:
  • Fuel Capacity (gal.):
  • Fuel Gauge Location:
    On Tank
  • Fuel Type:
Gauge Accessory:
  • Gauges:
Convenience Features:
  • Power Steering:
  • Speed Control:
    Fender Control
  • CARB Compliant:
    Not Compliant with Cali. Air Resource Board
  • Location:
    All other
  • Arm Rests:
  • Tractor Grade:
    Garden Tractor

The Craftsman lawn and yard tractors are one of the most popular lawn tractors ever offered to mow your lawn. Just search “Craftsman Lawn Tractor” and you will find millions of pictures and articles of Craftsman Tractor owners proudly showing off their pride and joy. In fact on Google there are more pictures and articles for Craftsman Lawn tractors than John Deere or Cub Cadet.Why a Craftsman Yard Tractor?

  • Most of the tractors bought in the late 90’s are still around and mowing lawns every week. Unlike owners of the other makes, Craftsman owners are not complaining about “they don’t make them like they used to.” From my observation many owners of these old lawn tractors come in to Sears today and buy a new tractor not because their old one is wore out.  They are just tired of it and want something new.
  • The design is stable: Using computer terms this “build” has been around for a few years now. This year they added a great new look, a bulletproof transmission for the V-Twins, and a 48 inch deck is back but otherwise the tractors are using the same proven designs that made this series so popular. The bugs you normally find with a new product are all fixed and there are no known issues with the G5100 series.  The consumer review magazines continue to like the tractor, the cut and the dependability for the price. Craftsman continues to “tweek” the models by adding features like the Turn-Tight steering but in general this is a proven, reliable platform that will offer years of use….. Just like your old green Craftsman. Craftsman owners are still loyal to the brand because they know the new 2014 tractors are actually better than they used to be. Go here to read about all of the improvement Craftsman has made just for you! 12 Reasons Why Craftsman Lawn Tractors Are Better Today,
  • FYI: The new 2014 Craftsman Yard Tractors are still made right here in the U.S.A. in the same factory where your 1990’s Lawn Tractor was made.  The same quality “craftsmanship” you have come to know and trust.

See All Buying Options and Online Only Deals Here:  Craftsman 24HP 48 Hydrostatic Transmission Turn Tight Garden Tractor – Non CA 16″ x 6.5″ – 8″ Buy Online 24/7, Pickup At Your Local Sears at your convenience, or have it delivered to your home.


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  3. Phil June 28, 2015
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  4. Mike April 6, 2015
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  5. George October 12, 2014
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  11. Mike May 1, 2014
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  13. Dick Knowles April 26, 2014
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  15. Mike March 28, 2014
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  16. David March 20, 2014
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