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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