2015-2016 Craftsman Pro Series Tractors – The Future Is Here

I don’t always agree with Consumer Reports. But this time I do.

There is a lot to like about the 2015-2016 Craftsman Pro Series tractors. Great cutting decks, industry leading Turn-Tight Extreme steering and a frame that is built on the strongest design.  Consumer Reports* tested two of the new tractors and both received their highest rating for side discharge, bagging and mulching. *subscription required to view

Update: Craftsman added four new models this year. An entry level 42 inch, a 46 inch Yard Tractor with Power Steering, a 50 inch Garden Tractor and a 54 inch Garden Tractor with Power Steering

Check out the 28 pictures of the actual Craftsman Pro Series Tractors at the end of this article.

Craftsman really did their homework with the Craftsman Pro series and blew everyone else out of the pool.

I have spent considerable time researching these new mowers. Pouring over the specs, looking at the design and the talking with Craftsman. Every component is designed to work together and give you the best operator experience, the best dependability and the longest life possible. Yes, you can buy other brands with drive over or ground hugging decks but you can’t find any mower on the market that cuts better.

I am going to say this is the best Craftsman overall that I’ve seen in quite some time. I’m not jumping on the bandwagon because everyone else has – I’m telling you this because I’ve done the research and this is one of the best Craftsman mowers in the last 15 years. I really like all the work that went into the design of these new mowers. The design is unique and Craftsman has exclusive features that are not just add-ons but integral parts of the entire tractor.  It has a great deck, the best engines and the fit and finish is what you expect and better than what you have seen with other brands.

These new Craftsman Pro Series Tractors come in eight sizes: Click on the Link to see more at Sears.com

Craftsman 20438 42 inch Model 20438 Yard Tractor. Craftsman Pro Series 42″ Auto 20 HP V-Twin Kohler Riding Mower NO Turn-Tight.

42 inch Model 20440 Yard Tractor. Pro Series 22 HP V-Twin Kohler Elite 42″ Turn Tight Extreme Riding Mower

46 inch Model 20442 Yard Tractor. Pro Series 24 HP V-Twin Kohler Elite 46″ Turn Tight Extreme Riding Mower

46 inch Model 20439 Yard Tractor with power steering. Craftsman Pro Series 46″ 24 HP V-Twin Kohler Power Steering Riding Mower with Turn Tight® Extreme

54 inch Model 20444 Yard Tractor. Pro Series 26 HP V-Twin Kohler Elite 54″ Turn Tight Extreme Riding Mower

50 inch Model 20443 Yard Tractor. Craftsman Pro Series 50″ 26 HP V-Twin Kohler Garden Tractor with Turn Tight® Extreme

54 inch Model 20445 Garden Tractor. Pro Series 26 HP V-Twin Kohler Elite 54″ Turn Tight Extreme Garden Tractor

54 inch Model 20447 Garden Tractor with Power Steering. Craftsman Pro Series 26 HP V-Twin Kohler 54” Garden Tractor with Electric Power Steering

Best Cutting Deck: For 2015 Consumer Reports gave the 46 inch Model 20442 their best overall rating for Lawn Tractors Class. (78 out of 100 – highest score 78) What is so important about that rating is, – it not only beat out all the other $2000 lawn tractors but this lawn tractor rated better than tractors costing twice as much. Craftsman really did their homework with this model and blew everyone else out of the pool. The 54 inch deck on the Garden Tractor also beat out all of the 48-54 inch decks in the Lawn Tractors Wide Deck Class. If you want the best cut, the best bagging and the best mulching in a residential lawn/garden tractor this is it. Removing the deck for cleaning and changing the blades is quick and simple.

2016 UpDate: I expect Consumer Reports will continue the Craftsman Pro decks their highest rating for 2016. There is only one other deck that may beat these this year but that will be on a $3000 lawn tractor (John Deere X330)

Reinforced 42, 46, 50 and 54 inch decks.

Reinforced 42, 46, 50 and 54 inch decks.

Great, comfortable seat and easy to reach controls: Hour meter, electric blade engagement, comfortable foot controls. Fully enclosed engine compartment to reduce noise and dust from the engine.

Turn tight Extreme

Automotive Style Front Steering

Beefed Up Heavy Duty Front Axle: Finally – a tractor with automotive style front axles**. To me this is a big deal. Maybe even  bigger than the great cutting deck. With every other tractor the front spindle will bend and deform over time. Depending on how rough you are on your equipment it may bend in the first year, or the 20th year but eventually you will hit that pothole enough times that the front wheels no longer track correctly. The new design of the Craftsman Pro Series front axle eliminates that old weakness. Give this front spindle a shot of grease every 50 hours or so and I expect it to last the life of the tractor.

axles

This new Turn-Tight Extreme Axle will not bend

exclusive cast iron

Exclusive Cast Iron Front Axle With Lifetime Warranty

The exclusive cast front axle comes with a life time warranty. The 5 inch turning radius  will make you forget about wanting a zero-turn.  The rest of the modified rack and pinion steering components uses sealed ball joints, heavy 1/2 inch steering rods and metal gears. **Click here to see a typical auto front steering for comparison: Porshe 928 Steering.

Kohler 7000 Elite Engines:

Kohler Elite

Kohler 7000 Elite

Craftsman Exclusive Premium Kohler V-twin Elite Engines. These engines feature a pro-grade oil and fuel filter for longer engine life. In addition they come standard with a platinum spark plug for more reliable starting.

20445 headlight

Legendary Craftsman Metal Hood.

12 cutting heights

12 position height control so you can cut at exactly the right height for you.

20445 bag

Proven 2 and 3 bin baggers that fill to capacity

42 inch Model 20440 Yard Tractor

42 inch Model 20440 Yard Tractor

54 inch Model 20447 Garden Tractor with Power Steering!

54 inch Model 20447 Garden Tractor with Power Steering!

Want to know more? Just ask in the comments below.

Have you seen this new cart? 12 cu. ft. Swivel Dump Cart with Hydraulic-Assisted Lift & Run-Flat Tires

Craftsman Dump Cart run-flat tires

Craftsman Dump Cart run-flat tires

New Pictures of the Actual Craftsman Pro Series:

Craftsman Pro Series

Craftsman Pro Series Model 20442 and 20445

Craftsman Pro Series 20445

Craftsman Pro Series 54 inch GT

Craftsman Pro Series 20442

Craftsman Pro Series 46 inch

Craftsman Pro Series GT

Craftsman Pro Series GT

Craftsman Pro Series OIL

Craftsman Pro Series Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, Oil Dipstick

Craftsman Pro Series Gas

Craftsman Pro Series EZ Fill Gas Tank. See fuel level from seat.

Craftsman Pro Series Rear

Craftsman Pro Series Rear 1 inch axle.

Craftsman Pro Series 46

Craftsman Pro Series 20442 rear axle

Craftsman Pro Series

Craftsman Pro Series

Craftsman Pro Series 54 deck

Craftsman Pro Series 54 inch deck

Craftsman Pro Series 46 inch deck

Craftsman Pro Series 46 inch deck

Craftsman Pro Series 54 inch deck

Craftsman Pro Series 54 inch deck

Craftsman Pro Series

Craftsman Pro Series Be Sure To Read Each Time You Use Your New Tractor…

Craftsman Pro Series foot

Craftsman Pro Series foot control

Craftsman Pro Series

Craftsman Pro Series Quick Attach Deck

Craftsman Pro Series

Craftsman Pro Series Pulley Cover

Craftsman Pro Series

Craftsman Pro Series Kohler 7000 Elite

Craftsman Pro Series Steering

Craftsman Pro Series Steering

Craftsman Pro Series Steering

Craftsman Pro Series Steering

Craftsman Pro Series Steering

Craftsman Pro Series Steering

Craftsman Pro Series Steering

Craftsman Pro Series Steering

Craftsman Pro Series Steering

Craftsman Pro Series Steering

Craftsman Pro Series

Craftsman Pro Series Looking Down On The 54 Inch Deck

Craftsman Pro Series

Craftsman Pro Series – Plenty of Storage

Craftsman Pro Series

Craftsman Pro Series – Battery under the seat

Craftsman Pro Series

Craftsman Pro Series Cruise. Up for Parking – Down for Cruise

Craftsman Pro Series

Craftsman Pro Series. Deck Height in Inches!

Craftsman Pro Series

Craftsman Pro Series GT Bumper

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Stephen Ogle

I bought the 20443 50″ in Nov. 2015. I also bought the Protection Plan service contract.and I’m glad I did. So far the drive belt tension spring has broken and much to my dismay the top of the tractor where the seat attaches cracked. I’m a big guy, but the the tractor only has 160 hours on it. They spent 3 hours replacing the entire top of the tractor! I hope the new piece will not crack, but at least I have more than 2 years left on the plan so they can come out and replace it again if… Read more »

Anthony Howard
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Anthony Howard

Paul,

I bought the 20445 and I have two questions.

1. Is the 20445 a Garden Tractor or Lawn Tractor? I have seen it listed differently on numerous websites.

2. Which Tuff Torq transmission is in the 20445?

Thanks

Don
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I ‘m thinking of buying this tractor Craftsman 27055 but I don’t like the two steps you have to make to cut in reverse. My yard has a lot of narrow places that I go forward to cut and backup to cut. Sometimes I’m blowing leaves to one side of the yard. I don’t want to have to turn a key every time I have to backup and go forward. What garden tractor doesn’t have this two step reverse? My old garden tractor you can backup and cut and go forward and cut with the lever shift only. Does Sears… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

CAn you tell me if the Craftsman 24441 snow blade will fit a LTX1045 Cub Cadet

Patrick Brady
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Patrick Brady

Hi, what is the towing capacity for the model 27055 (54″ in garden tractor)?

John
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John

I just ordered a up a Craftsman Pro Lawn Tractor 46″ model 27042. I wanted the model 27039 with power steering, but it was unavailable. I had considered the Cub Cadet XT2 46″ fab because it would give me a auto locking differential, but chose the Craftsman for it’s sharp turning radius instead. My property is about a 1/2 acre with small terraces with some shrubs to mow around. I also have a couple of inclines, one where I go up behind my car port to mow the back yard, another where I go down my concrete drive way to… Read more »

Carrie
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Carrie

Hi, Paul, I live in Pittsburgh, PA and last spring I purchased the Craftsman Pro Series 42″ Auto 20 HP V-Twin Kohler Riding Mower (20438). I mow our residential, flat, 1 acre yard. I wrote to you last year regarding difficulties I was having with my mulching blades/kits (Sears item # 07133921000P) in that it was leaving behind rows of grass clippings which persisted when I mowed in the opposite direction. After I accidentally broke the blades on a tree root, I purchased a new set (Sears item #07133049000P) and they resolved this problem. However, now I have a new… Read more »

glenn
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glenn

HI Paul spoke to you about my electric clutch it eas replaced and working fine now.I ordered the dozer blade for my 445 tractor and add said 22 inches and up I received it and manual not for tractors less than 23 inch blades.ordered pt #24414 manual says #244142 is this the same and will it work? Glenn Thanks in advance

Ernest Fischer
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Ernest Fischer

Hi Paul, I recently bought a 20445 . I’ve only mowed with it once but so far very pleased. My question is I am having trouble finding tire chains for it. Is the rear tire size on a 20445 an unusual size? Also what snow blade works with the 20445? The two Sears has on their website, well lets just say the descriptions have me a bit confused and there is quite a big price difference between the two. Also having trouble figuring out what rear wheel weights will work. Oh and one last thing is there somewhere online I… Read more »

PETE
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PETE

I am very confused with all the research I’ve done. Bought a 42″ Ariens 2 years ago and the transmission went out for the second time. Wanted to go cheap but learned my lesson! Now I am in the market again for a new mower for my 1 1/2 acres which is very very uneven. Large pine trees with roots on surface and dips in yard. I would like to use a bagging system and pull a yard cart, sweeper and any other attachments on a hill in Tennessee, therefore I thing I would need at least a Tuff Torq… Read more »

Dave
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Dave

Hi Paul, I have a question regarding this statement:
“You need 20X8X8 Tire chains and a 55 lb rear weight kit. The Pro series won’t take wheel weights.”

The sears site suggested wheel weights for my soon to be coming 07120442000. I read in reviews that people had to drill holes in the wheels to accommodate this part. So I checked with sears parts specialist and they said it was proper part. The way I read it – the instructions suggested drilling holes, it seemed fishy…
Should I return the wheel weights and get the rear weight?

Brian
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Brian

Hi Paul, Sears has a sale on the Craftsman Pro Series 42″ 22 HP V-Twin Kohler Riding Mower with Turn Tight® #20440 for $1609.98. Between Sears points and the additional 5% off, this is the time to buy. I have two questions. There are a few different bagger’s this model can use. Which should I buy for picking up grass and leaves? (I live in CT, many trees in yard) Question two – I want to use the tractor with the Snow Thrower (24837+11904 kit). I have a slight slop to my driveway so I’m thinking I will need Chains… Read more »

Clay G
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Clay G

Hi Paul, It takes me about 1 hour to mow my half acre and my mower now has 10 hours, so I’ve probably used it about 10 times since I got it in June and last used it 2 weeks ago. I started it up a few minutes ago and it immediately died on me. I checked the tiny screen on it and it says the battery is low. Is there something I should be doing to make sure the battery remains charged? Or did I just get a bad battery with my new mower?

glenn
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glenn

Paul I purchased the445pro has been great .I just hit 21 hrs on it and threw the deck belt .I reinstalled and threw it again. tech came today and it appears electric clutch is faulty.Also will the 24441 snow blade fit my tractor.
P.S. overall pleased with the machine

Greg Smith
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Greg Smith

August 30, I purchased a 20445 garden tractor. I was thrilled with it. It ran really well and the cut was better than the zero turn that I had previously. Then September 24, I was mowing and stopped to grab a bite to eat. I went back out and it wouldn’t start. I let it cool down and tried to start it again, but nothing. The lights would turn on, the parking brake was on, the PTO was not engaged and I was sitting in the seat. I contacted the service number since I bought the protection plan on it.… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

Hey Paul, Last year I picked up a new 20045 Craftsman Pro 54″ tractor. I love the thing. I’m finishing up my 2nd mowing season with it and it has been flawless. I recent picked up a pull behind self powered tiller and a few other pieces of ground engagement equipment. I also purchased from my neighbor a mint 2004 Craftsman GT 5000 Hydro (200hr) with a 54″ deck. He is fanatical in maintaining his belongings. It’s never had any issues and is regularly serviced. Model Number 917.276101 Serial Number 060804B001365 . My question is, next spring I am going… Read more »

Dave
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Dave

Thank you! Cant wait for the tractor to arrive in two weeks, got a great deal on it off-season.
I’ve never owned a thing I have to fuel which is not car, can you recommend a type of gas canister you like? I see a lot of complaints on Amazon about new stuff. Some reviewers say old ones are better, but which one is old?

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Dave
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Dave

Hi, am I understanding correctly that 20442 does not have hitch capability? Its confusing on sears site as it says “hitch – no” , yet recommends a cart for the tractor as attachment…

Thanks!

Samuel Ward
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Samuel Ward

Hi Paul, Based on countless hours of research and in part with your reviews, we finally settled on the 54″ pro series (20445). With the weather we’re having in Indiana I’ve been mowing about twice and week and just hit the 5 hour mark. As we have just under an acre, it doesn’t take long to mow, but we wanted something that was versatile for everything we have planned for our yard as well as the winter months. I have to say this tractor has performed well beyond my expectations and I’ve had zero issues with it since delivery. My… Read more »

kevin
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kevin

I just looked at the 42′”, 20hp at Sears. I was shocked to see that the hood had plastic hinges. Are these brittle, has anyone had issues with these breaking?

Thanks.

Jim
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Jim

Trans was definitely growling and whining in reverse. I will make sure they install a new drive belt. Thank u once again for all your insight and an amazing website. You provide an invaluable source of knowledge and information to us all.
Thanks Jim

Jim
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Jim

My 20442 pro series has 42 hours on it. I mow roughly an acre af flat land once a week. I started noticing it was not moving very well in reverse. Called the repair hotline. They advised me there was air in the trans and gave me a procedure to purge the air. It worked for one cut and the problem came back. 2 repair technicians will be out tomorrow to replace my existing trans with a new one. $770 just for the trans not including 4 man hours of labor. Of course I pay nothing because it’s still under… Read more »

kevin
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kevin

Does the 42″ Pro Series have cast iron cylinder liners?

Steve
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These Pro Series all seem to have the K46 transaxle. Can you confirm that? If that’s so, I’m out. I’ve read too many bad things about that transaxle. Not to mention, I’m doing my research because I have a YT4000 who’s tranny has been slipping on slopes and getting worse.

kevin
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kevin

Hey Paul,

In your opinion, how does the 20hp 42′ Pro Series compare to the older Craftsman YT 4000 24hp? Also, s this a better buy at $1699 compared to the JD 330 & 350 at $2700-2999?

Phillip G.
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Phillip G.

Hi Paul, Thanks for the great info on your site. I purchased the 20442 3 weeks ago and I love everything about the mower except the evenness of the cut. I have gone through the deck/blade leveling procedures three times, and have had a sears technician come out and verify nothing is wrong with the mower. I cut it at 4″. Between passes there are places where there are up to 3/4″- 1″ variances where the passes overlap. I am very disappointed in this problem. When cutting at 4″ the deck wheels are not at the recommended 1/4-1/2″ above the… Read more »

Bill Shaw
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Bill Shaw

Is there a sun canopy available for the 20445 garden tractor?

Ralph Clark
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Ralph Clark

One last question Paul 🙂 I received a reply from Craftsmen regarding the gauge steel they use on their mower decks. It’s 13 gauge. JD X350 advertises in their specs they use 12 gauge steel. The terrain I mow has some rough spots, so in your opinion is that difference that big of a deal? The Craftsman pros are on sale here in Kentucky and I’d like to made a decision today or tomorrow 🙂 I don’t mind paying more for something that is better I just don’t want to pay more for something that is equal. Thanks for all… Read more »

Greg Smith
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Greg Smith

Glad I stumbled upon your site. I just bought the Craftsman Pro Series 54″ (20445 I think) It’s set for delivery on Tuesday. I know this reviewed pretty well, but I was really happy to see that this is rated so well on Consumer Reports, I left my account expire last year so couldn’t look it up. This is replacing a Husquevarna zero turn to mow about 2.5 acres. I’m on a hill and my yard is far from being smooth. I think this is why my zero turn lost a transmission after just 200 hours. I’m hoping that the… Read more »

Ralph Clark
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Ralph Clark

Hi Paul,
Thanks for all the info you provide.

I’m deciding between a John Deere x350 and Craftsmen 20439. I was all set to buy the John Deere today but the salesman was too busy to see me so I left the store and am now rethinking my decision. My main areas of need mowing 2 acres, with some hills and some trees. I may want to add a blade at some point. The JD has the Kawasaki 18.5 and the Craftsmen a Kohler 24.

Any thoughts ore recommendations? Mostly interested in build quality, reliability, etc.

Thanks.

Timbo
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Timbo

Hi again Paul, The fact that the Pro series has some good parts to it (the engine, better quality transmission, etc) is actually one of the selling points for me, given that I want the mower to be as trouble-free as possible. It’s more a case of what kind of service I receive later if things do go wrong. As for their tools – ugh! Like you I don’t mind buying cheap stuff that doesn’t necessarily last that long if the price point makes them virtually disposable. I buy a lot of stuff from Harbor Freight these days for my… Read more »

Mike Miragliotta
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Mike Miragliotta

Hi Paul,
I wanted to change the oil on my 20442 46 inch tractor and since the Sears tech was out helping to change my blades (than goodness I bought the extended service!) I asked him about it. He showed me the hard to access drain plug and suggested I use a fluid extractor. Have you ever used one? Is this one in the following link a good one to BUY? Hydro-Turf-Oil-Extractor-6-Liter

Timbo
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Timbo

Hi Paul, Glad I lucked into your site. Very interesting. A few thoughts. I’m in the market for our first ride-on mower because at age 57 I feel I’m getting a little old to be working our five properties with a push mower, especially with the central Florida heat and humidity to deal with! Our own home is on one acre, or former home on three quarters of an acre, while the other three are about half that size. So by and large, every time I go out to do our own lawn I’m at it for a few hours,… Read more »

Rob
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Rob

I purchased Model # 20440. I know nothing about grease guns and need one for the mower. Can you recommend one? Thank you.

Jason
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Jason

Hi I’m picking up the 20445 would this fit in a 50″ wide trailer thanks

Clay G
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Clay G

Hi Paul, My new Craftsman Pro 20439 started stalling out yesterday whenever I engaged the blades, so I checked the previous postings and saw that you suggested opening the gas cap by half a turn. That seems to have solved the problem. I could just keep doing that, but I’m assuming there’s some reason that I really should tighten the gas cap. Would a new gas cap be the answer? Or should I call their support line and have them check out the mower?

Clay G
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Clay G

Hi Paul,
Since you’re getting movingsnow.com ready, I have a related question about snow blowers. Do you have any experience with or knowledge of the snow blower attachment for the Craftsman Pro 20439? I’m considering buying the attachment, but it’s pricey enough that I want to make sure it’s the best option for me before I order it.

Mike
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Mike

Have you actually run these Craftsman Pro mowers with the baggers? If so, is there some trick to getting them to actually bag the clippings? I just bought a 20442 with the 2-bin bagger they recommend. Just ran it for the first time. Mowed about 1 acre, got one-half of one bag (the left bin) of clippings. Checked it for clogs 3 or 4 times, nothing. Grass was dry, not too long. Height set at 3.25″ Most of the grass and dirt shot out under the edges of the cutting deck, making a mess everywhere. Both the mower and I… Read more »

Ed Neudorf
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Ed Neudorf

My Honda 4514h just burned up the pto clutch so it may be time to retire that wonderful machine. I have about 2.5 acres to cut, fairly level but some dips and slopes as it is a typical country yard in Alberta. I want a durable machine, cut quality is secondary. I’m thinking of going to a Poulan Pro 54″, but not sure what transmission is in those. I see that they also have a 54 cut zero turn, have you had a chance to try it? Is there any engines or transmissions to avoid besides the TT K46?

Wen
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Wen

Paul,
How do you think of Sear #20408. Craftsman 54″ Fast Auto 24 HP Briggs & Stratton V-Twin Turn Tight® Garden Tractor?
Is it a garden tractor with strong transmission?
How is the engine strength and overall tractor reliability. I think it has been on the market for a while, is it?
and how it is cut quality?

Thanks in advance!
Regards, Wen

Susie
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Susie

Hi Paul, Thanks to your information here on the site, I have paid attention to deck height. But I can’t seem to figure out how to get my Red Craftsman 28857 any higher than 3″. Is there a deck adjustment I am just not seeing? The manual says it can mow at 4″, but sheesh…I can’t figure out how to raise it. My Black 20444 is at 4″ and when I have to use the Red 28857 to trim, the difference is huge. And I have gotten the Black 20444 stuck in places the Red 28857 can move through—couple of… Read more »

Clay G
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Clay G

Hi Paul,

That makes sense. It was sunny and in the mid 70s when my wife was mowing. She did say the mower was quite hot to the touch, but didn’t burn her hand. I guess I’m just used to technology always telling me if there’s a problem instead of having to actually figure something out by using my brain. Thanks again for all of your help!

Clay G
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Clay G

Hi Paul,

My wife got tired of waiting for the grass to grow long enough so she could try out our new mower, Craftsman Pro 20439. She lowered the cut to 3 inches and mowed about half an acre. She said the engine got really hot. She checked the oil and it was fine. I noticed the manual says “Clean grass clippings and debris from around the engine’s cooling fins and blower housing,” so I’ll have her do that. My real question, though, is how do you know if the engine is too hot?

Adam
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Adam

I have this exact mower. After cutting my yard the rear tire went flat. I’m trying to remove it, but the owners manual doesn’t say how. I can’t figure it out. Any help would be appreciated. (Craftsman Pro Series 42″ Auto 20 HP V-Twin Kohler Riding Mower)

Tammie
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hello Paul,

Do you have a recommendation over Craftsman 42 inch Model 20438 Yard Tractor
or
Poulan Pro 960420182 Briggs 15.5 hp Automatic Hydrostatic Transmission Drive Riding Mower, 42″ ?
Or something else?
I mow in NW Montana, some rough ground with natural grasses and weeds, some lawn, at least an acre of mowing. I am having such a hard time deciding what the best mower in my price range is. It will be my first mower purchase.

Skywalker
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Skywalker

https://imgur.com/a/PWju0

Paul,

Please help! I just found this on top of my mower deck, I can’t seem to find where this goes or what this does. I have the 20442

John Williams
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John Williams

I just read your review on the Craftsman model 20440 tractor. Do you know who actually builds this for Sears?

Jenny
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Jenny

I am having a hard time trusting Craftsman after suffering through the abysmal 26 hp, 54″ garden tractor 917.288460 from 2008. It’s basic design allowed max cut height of about 2.5″ (according to angry blogs, it was a bad intrinsic design), which over the years ruined our tall fescue lawn. We totally reseeded last year and rigged it up to 3″, but it finally gave up the ghost. Party time! Now you and others rave over Craftsman. I… I just don’t know if I can do that. I have tall fescue on 3 acres which should be cut at 3.5… Read more »

Skywalker
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Skywalker

Paul,

I bought the 20442 per your recommendation!

I have a question regarding engine oil as I can’t seem to find in the manual for oil recommendation.

For 20442, do I use 10W-30 or SAE30?

Thank you!

Kenneth
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Kenneth

Good evening, I love your website, lots of great info, but overwhelming because of the number of choices. I have about an acre of yard I’ve been mowing with a 1975 18 hp sears garden tractor. The onan finally gave up after 40 years and yes I’m going to rebuild it. It’s never been a great mower so I’m looking at new ones. My lot is varied from flat to sloped at about 10 degrees with short little areas about 15 degrees. There’s a dozen trees and some dips scattered around. After using my brothers craftsman YS 4500 to mow… Read more »

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