2016 Craftsman Yard Tractor Line-Up – One Now With Power Steering!

One of the best ways to dust the snow off this blog is to tell you what’s new for 2016.

I always start the year off with what’s new at Craftsman. I’m going to do something new this year and publish four articles. No reviews. Just my opinions and the facts as given to me by Craftsman.

2016 Garden Tractors: Read About them here: Large areas to mow, big tires for rough lawns, 4 of the 5 models will handle all attachments including ground engaging attachments like harrows and pull-behind tillers.

2016 Yard Tractors: This Article: Normal size lawns, easy to use, better engines, 5 or 6 inch Turn-Tight Steering. Will handle most attachments except ground-engaging.

2016 Lawn Tractors: Read About them here: Small yards, great value mower. Good engines, standard steering. Will handle bagging and light pull behind attachments.

2016 Craftsman Zero-Turn Mowers: The article will come later: Craftsman now has residential, Craftsman Pro and Steering wheel versions!

Craftsman Yard Tractors are arguably the best lawn tractor for people who don’t want a zero-turn mower.  They are rugged, affordable, and offer the flexibility to do all the yard tasks around your 1/3 to 5 acre property. With the 5 or 6 inch radius Turn-Tight Steering they can be a better alternative than a residential zero-turn for most people.

For 2016 Craftsman will offer five Pro Series Yard Tractors, two 3000 Series Yard Tractors and two 2000 Series Lawn Tractors. I’ll start with the best deal and work down to the most economical.

1. Craftsman Pro Series 24 HP V-Twin Kohler 46” Yard Tractor  with 5 inch Turn Tight Steering

SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $1999 ish
See Actual Sale Price Here. Be sure to check the special offers tab for extra savings and deals like free home delivery! Craftsman Pro Series 46″ Hydrostatic 24 HP V-Twin Kohler Riding Mower with Turn Tight Extreme

 This may be the best deal on a lawn tractor for 2016! This lawn tractor tied with the $3199 John Deere X350 last year for Consumer Reports Top Rated Lawn Tractor.  Your pick for the best lawn tractor for your 1/2 to 2 acre lawn just became an easy choice. If you could have one of the best cutting lawn tractors on the market for $1000 less than what the green tractor dealer wants you to pay – which one would you pick? In addition to a great lawn tractor in home service is offered through Sears Home Repair. Scheduling your service, maintenance parts or repair parts are available 24/7 through sears.com, searpartsdirect.com and 1-800-4MY-HOME.

20442From sears.com:  The New Craftsman Pro 24 HP* V-Twin Kohler 46” Riding Mower is built to perform and built to last with Turn Tight™ Extreme. A Craftsman Exclusive, Turn Tight Extreme™ technology provides the tightest turning radius in the industry on non-zero turn riding mowers with the ability to achieve a 5″ turning radius. A powerful V-twin Kohler 7000 Elite Series engine runs smooth for a comfortable operation. Kohler Consistent-Cut™ technology excels in tall grass, and hilly terrain, for the perfect cut. The Kohler Elite Series engines feature a pro-grade oil and fuel filter for longer engine life, and a platinum spark plug for more reliable starting.

The Craftsman Pro 46″ Riding Mower is equipped with a reinforced cutting system. Featuring a deep-domed and curved design that produces optimal airflow for excellent cutting performance. The spring-loaded lift system provides low-effort height adjustments and the heavy-duty brackets add stability needed for an even cut. Engineered to prolong belt life and a simple deck removal makes maintenance quick and easy.

Turn Tight™ Extreme – 5″ turning radius is the tightest turning radius on non-zero turn riding mowers in the industry
Spring-assisted lift system provides 12 cutting positions – 1″ to 4″
24 HP* Kohler 7000 Elite Engine
46″ Reinforced Cutting System
Foot Pedal Hydrostatic Transmission is optimized for smooth and quiet operation
Craftsman Cast-Iron Front Axle with Lifetime Warranty
Speed up to 5.5 MPH
Additional Attachments Sold Separately – Mulch Kit (32293)Bagger (24019), Craftsman’s Best Dump Cart (30440), The Best Lawn Sweeper (24644), Rear Mount Dethatcher (24315), Fertilizer Spreader, (24321), Snow Blade (24441), Snow Thrower (24837+11904 kit), all Craftsman Attachments

Vendor: MTD
Brand: Craftsman Pro Series
Series: T8200
2016 49 State Item number: 20442
2015 49 State Item number: 20442
CA Item number 2016: 20242
CA Item number 2015: NA

Defects WARRANTY: 2 Years
FRONT AXLE WARRANTY: Lifetime
FRAME WARRANTY: 5 Years

2. NEW! Craftsman Pro Series 24 HP V-Twin Kohler 46” Yard Tractor with 5 inch Turn Tight Electric Power Steering

SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $2449 ish
See Actual Sale Price Here. Be sure to check the special offers tab for extra savings! Craftsman Pro Series 46″ Hydrostatic 24 HP V-Twin Kohler Power Steering Riding Mower

20439L In my opinion this tractor is the biggest news item in the lawn tractor market for 2016! This is the first lawn tractor under $4000 with power steering!

I stated above that the 20442 was the best deal but this may actually have that tractor beat! This lawn tractor has all the benefits of the 20442 plus power steering! This lawn tractor (minus the power steering) tied with the $3199 John Deere X350 last year for Consumer Reports Top Rated Lawn Tractor.  Your pick for the best lawn tractor for your 1/2 to 2 acre lawn just became a no-brainer. The best bagging, mulching and side discharge deck,. 5 inch turning radius with the Turn Tight Extreme and power steering for less than $2500!

I’ve been looking at buying a steering wheel zero-turn for my one acre yard but with the introduction of this new lawn tractor I am going to have to reconsider my decision. My wife and I do  lot of landscaping and we are constantly pulling a good sized yard cart around with rocks, landscape bricks and bags of mulch. 
 

Electric power steering units are expensive. If you wanted to do this yourself to your lawn tractor, ATV, UTV or golf cart the parts alone would cost $750-$1200.  So in my opinion the additional $500 is Craftsman basically selling you this option at cost. This is the first time that I am aware of that a brand has kept the price under $3500. 

From sears.com: The New Craftsman Pro 24 HP* V-Twin Kohler 46” Riding Mower is built to perform and built to last with Turn Tight™ Extreme. A Craftsman Exclusive, Turn Tight Extreme™ technology provides the tightest turning radius in the industry on non-zero turn riding mowers with the ability to achieve a 5″ turning radius. A powerful V-twin Kohler 7000 Elite Series engine runs smooth for a comfortable operation. Kohler Consistent-Cut™ technology excels in tall grass, and hilly terrain, for the perfect cut. The Kohler Elite Series engines feature a pro-grade oil and fuel filter for longer engine life, and a platinum spark plug for more reliable starting.

The Craftsman Pro 46″ Riding Mower is equipped with a reinforced cutting system. Featuring a deep-domed and curved design that produces optimal airflow for excellent cutting performance. The spring-loaded lift system provides low-effort height adjustments and the heavy-duty brackets add stability needed for an even cut. Engineered to prolong belt life and a simple deck removal makes maintenance quick and easy.

Electric Power Steering
Turn Tight™ Extreme – 5″ turning radius is the tightest turning radius on non-zero turn riding mowers in the industry
Spring-assisted lift system provides 12 cutting positions – 1″ to 4″
24 HP* Kohler 7000 Elite Engine
46″ Reinforced Cutting System
Foot Pedal Hydrostatic Transmission is optimized for smooth and quiet operation
Craftsman Cast-Iron Front Axle with Lifetime Warranty
Speed up to 5.5 MPH
Additional Attachments Sold Separately – Mulch Kit (32293)Bagger (24019), Craftsman’s Best Dump Cart (30440), The Best Lawn Sweeper (24644), Rear Mount Dethatcher (24315), Fertilizer Spreader, (24321), Snow Blade (24441), Snow Thrower (24837+11904 kit), all Craftsman Attachments

Vendor: MTD
Brand: Craftsman Pro Series
Series: T8600
2016 49 State Item number: 20439
2015 49 State Item number: NA
CA Item number 2016: NA
CA Item number 2015: NA

Defects WARRANTY: 2 Years
FRONT AXLE WARRANTY: Lifetime
FRAME WARRANTY: 5 Years

3. Craftsman Pro Series 26 HP V-Twin Kohler 54” Yard Tractor with 5 inch Turn Tight Steering

SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $2249 ish
See Actual Sale Price Here. Be sure to check the special offers tab for extra savings! Craftsman Pro Series 54″ Hydrostatic 26 HP V-Twin Kohler Riding Mower with Turn Tight Extreme

20444This is a good yard tractor and a good deck but I m not a big fan of a large deck on a yard tractor.  You really need larger tires and a wider stance for this size deck.  So, this tractor is the best for very few people and I will only recommend it for large, flat, smooth lawns. In other words, if you have a 3-5 acre lawn that is very smooth and does not have many dips and bumps this may be a good choice. Think soccer field or baseball field smooth. If you have a “normal” large lawn with dips, swales, and mounds I strongly suggest the 20445 Pro Series Garden Tractor instead.

From sears.com:  The New Craftsman Pro 26 HP*V-Twin Kohler 54” Riding Mower is built to perform and built to last with Turn Tight™ Extreme. A Craftsman Exclusive, Turn Tight Extreme™ technology provides the tightest turning radius in the industry on non-zero turn riding mowers with the ability to achieve a 5″ turning radius. A powerful V-twin Kohler 7000 Elite Series engine runs smooth for a comfortable operation. Kohler Consistent-Cut™ technology excels in tall grass, and hilly terrain, for the perfect cut. The Kohler Elite Series engines feature a pro-grade oil and fuel filter for longer engine life, and a platinum spark plug for more reliable starting.

The Craftsman Pro 54″ Riding Mower is equipped with a reinforced cutting system. Featuring a deep-domed and curved design that produces optimal airflow for excellent cutting performance. The spring-loaded lift system provides low-effort height adjustments and the heavy-duty brackets add stability needed for an even cut. Engineered to prolong belt life and a simple deck removal makes maintenance quick and easy.
Turn Tight™ Extreme – 5″ turning radius is the tightest turning radius on non-zero turn riding mowers in the industry
Spring-assisted lift system provides 12 cutting positions – 1″ to 4″
26 HP* Kohler 7000 Elite Engine
54″ Reinforced Cutting System
Foot Pedal Hydrostatic Transmission is optimized for smooth and quiet operation
Craftsman Exclusive Cast-Iron Front Axle with Lifetime Warranty
Speed up to 5.5 MPH
Additional Attachments Sold Separately – Mulch Kit (30216), Bagger (24080)Craftsman’s Best Dump Cart (30440), The Best Lawn Sweeper (24644), Rear Mount Dethatcher (24315), Fertilizer Spreader, (24321), Snow Blade (24441), Snow Thrower (24837+11904 kit), all Craftsman Attachments

Vendor: MTD
Brand: Craftsman Pro Series
Series: T8400
2016 49 State Item number: 20444
2015 49 State Item number: 20444
CA Item number 2016: NA
CA Item number 2015: NA

Defects WARRANTY: 2 Years
FRONT AXLE WARRANTY: Lifetime
FRAME WARRANTY: 5 Years

4. Craftsman Pro Series 22 HP V-Twin Kohler 42” Yard Tractor  with 5 inch Turn Tight Steering

SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $1799 ish
See Actual Sale Price Here. Be sure to check the special offers tab for extra savings! Craftsman Pro Series 42″ Hydrostatic 22 HP V-Twin Kohler Riding Mower with Turn Tight Extreme

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If you really want a Craftsman Pro and the 46 inch is just too big for you this is the best alternative. You get all of the tractor features of the 46 inch Model 20442 with a good cutting 42 inch deck.

From sears.com:   The New Craftsman Pro 22 HP* V-Twin Kohler 42” Riding Mower is built to perform and built to last with Turn Tight™ Extreme. A Craftsman Exclusive, Turn Tight Extreme™ technology provides the tightest turning radius in the industry on non-zero turn riding mowers with the ability to achieve a 5″ turning radius. A powerful V-twin Kohler 7000 Elite Series engine runs smooth for a comfortable operation. Kohler Consistent-Cut™ technology excels in tall grass, and hilly terrain, for the perfect cut. The Kohler Elite Series engines feature a pro-grade oil and fuel filter for longer engine life, and a platinum spark plug for more reliable starting.

The Craftsman Pro 42″ Riding Mower is equipped with a reinforced cutting system. Featuring a deep-domed and curved design that produces optimal airflow for excellent cutting performance. The spring-loaded lift system provides low-effort height adjustments and the heavy-duty brackets add stability needed for an even cut. Engineered to prolong belt life and a simple deck removal makes maintenance quick and easy.

Turn Tight™ Extreme – 5″ turning radius is the tightest turning radius on non-zero turn riding mowers in the industry
Spring-assisted lift system provides 12 cutting positions – 1″ to 4″
22 HP* Kohler 7000 Elite Engine
42″ Reinforced Cutting System
Foot Pedal Hydrostatic Transmission is optimized for smooth and quiet operation
Craftsman Exclusive Cast-Iron Front Axle with Lifetime Warranty
Speed up to 5.5 MPH
Additional Attachments Sold Separately – Mulch Kit (33921),  Bagger (24019), Craftsman’s Best Dump Cart (30440), The Best Lawn Sweeper (24644), Rear Mount Dethatcher (24315), Fertilizer Spreader, (24321), Snow Blade (24441), Snow Thrower (24837+11904 kit), all Craftsman Attachments

Vendor: MTD
Brand: Craftsman Pro Series
Series: T8000
2016 49 State Item number: 20440
2015 49 State Item number: 20440
CA Item number 2016: NA
CA Item number 2015: NA

Defects WARRANTY: 2 Years
FRONT AXLE WARRANTY: Lifetime
FRAME WARRANTY: 5 Years

5. NEW! Craftsman Pro Series 20 HP V-Twin Kohler 42” Yard Tractor (No Turn Tight Steering)

SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $1649 ish
See Actual Sale Price Here. Be sure to check the special offers tab for extra savings! Craftsman Pro Series 42″ Hydrostatic 20 HP V-Twin Kohler Riding Mower

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Enough people stated last year that they wanted the Craftsman Pro but really did not want the 5 inch Turn Tight steering that Craftsman has introduced this model just for them.  It has all the features of the other Craftsman Pro Series except the Turn-Tight Extreme steering. It also has a smaller 20 HP V-Twin Kohler 7000 Elite engine. If you want a quality lawn tractor that the same as a John Deere his makes this tractor one of the better deals.

From sears.com:   The New Craftsman Pro 20 HP* V-Twin Kohler 42” Riding Mower is built to performance standards that will surely provide an outstanding mower experience all season long. Adding to the machine’s durability, the cast iron front axle is just one of the many features that stands true to Craftsman quality. A powerful V-twin Kohler 7000 Elite Series engine runs smooth for a comfortable operation. Kohler Consistent-Cut™ technology excels in tall grass, and hilly terrain, for the perfect cut. The Kohler Elite Series engines feature a pro-grade oil and fuel filter for longer engine life, and a platinum spark plug for more reliable starting.

The Craftsman Pro 42″ Riding Mower is equipped with a reinforced cutting system. Featuring a deep-domed and curved design that produces optimal airflow for excellent cutting performance. The spring-loaded lift system provides low-effort height adjustments and the heavy-duty brackets add stability needed for an even cut. Engineered to prolong belt life and a simple deck removal makes maintenance quick and easy.

From sears.com

From sears.com

Spring-assisted lift system provides 12 cutting positions – 1″ to 4″
20 HP* Kohler 7000 Elite Engine
42″ Reinforced Cutting System
Foot Pedal Hydrostatic Transmission is optimized for smooth and quiet operation
Speed up to 5.5 MPH
Additional Attachments Sold Separately – Mulch Kit (33921)Bagger (24019), Craftsman’s Best Dump Cart (30440), The Best Lawn Sweeper (24644), Rear Mount Dethatcher (24315), Fertilizer Spreader, (24321), Snow Blade (24441), Snow Thrower (24837+11904 kit), all Craftsman Attachments

Vendor: MTD
Brand: Craftsman Pro Series
Series: T7800
2016 49 State Item number: 20438
2015 49 State Item number: NA
CA Item number 2016: NA
CA Item number 2015: NA

Defects WARRANTY: 2 Years
FRONT AXLE WARRANTY: Lifetime
FRAME WARRANTY: 5 Years

3000 Series Craftsman Yard Tractors

1. Craftsman 22 HP V-Twin Briggs & Stratton Platinum 48” Yard Tractor with 6 inch Turn Tight Steering

SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $1749 ish
See Actual Sale Price Here. Be sure to check the special offers tab for extra savings! Craftsman 48″ Fast Automatic 22 HP V-Twin Briggs & Stratton Riding Mower with Turn Tight

20391The Craftsman Pro Series has been getting so much attention that you may not know that there is a red Craftsman line. These are the original yard tractors. They have been around for a few years and are a great alternative to the Pro line.  The 48 inch version here has a Briggs & Stratton Platinum engine that will last longer than the B&S Intek found on other brands. I highly recommend this engine if you have hills. In addition the Fast Automatic is one of the strongest transmissions available for this size lawn tractor. You will never have to worry about it wearing out.

Paul’s Note: This transmission has had constant improvements over the last three years so when reading reviews on the Internet be aware that any transmission issues have been corrected. In reality, the transmission itself has been reliable> It was things like a captive nut popping off the linkage, a part of the linkage that was not strong enough and a gear noise that new owners were not used to that caused the poor reviews. Those issues have all been fixed and the transmission you get in your new tractor will last you years. This transmission is stronger than the hydro’s that came before it and Craftsman and the transmission manufacture have worked closely together to give you the best trans you can get in a lawn tractor. 

From sears.com:  Craftsman 48 in. Turn Tight® Fast Riding Mower Gets You Around Obstacles in Comfort with the Craftsman 48 in. 22 HP Turn Tight® fast riding mower, you can sit on an adjustable, cushioned seat while getting your yard work done. You will even have a cup holder to keep a nice cold beverage at hand. With cruise control and automatic shifting, there is very little work involved when running this mower. Get a low 1 in. cut or up to 4 in. cut without breaking a sweat.

One of the best things about the Craftsman 48 in. Turn Tight® fast riding mower is that obstacles like decks, water features and flower beds are no longer a hassle. You get a 6 in. turn radius that will let you handle all of your corners with ease. You also can keep your mower clean over the summer, thanks to a deck washing system. When winter comes, the snow plow and thrower-compatible tractor can handle all of your snow removal needs as well.

Craftsman 48 in. 22 HP Turn Tight® fast riding mower has a 6 in. turn radius
Keeping your deck clean is easy with the deck washing system
Snow plow and snow thrower compatible
Minimum 1 in. and maximum 4 in. blade height
7.5 mph top speed so you can get the job done fast
Cruise control so the tractor does most of the work for you
Wide tires protect your lawn as you cut it

Vendor: Husqvarna
Brand: Craftsman
Series: T3200
2016 49 State Item number: 20391
2015 49 State Item number: 20391
CA Item number 2016: 20392
CA Item number 2015: 20392

Defects WARRANTY: 2 Years
FRONT AXLE WARRANTY: Lifetime
FRAME WARRANTY: 5 Years

Additional Attachments Sold Separately – Mulch Kit (24148)Bagger (24916), Craftsman’s Best Dump Cart (30440), The Best Lawn Sweeper (24644), Rear Mount Dethatcher (24315), Fertilizer Spreader, (24321), Snow Blade (24441), Snow Thrower (24837+11904 kit), all Craftsman Attachments

2. Craftsman 22 HP V-Twin Briggs & Stratton Platinum 42” Yard Tractor with 6 inch Turn Tight Steering

SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $1549 ish
See Actual Sale Price Here. Be sure to check the special offers tab for extra savings! Craftsman 42″ Fast Automatic 22 HP V-Twin Briggs & Stratton Riding Mower with Turn Tight

20390

The Craftsman Pro Series has been getting so much attention that you may not know that there is a red Craftsman line. These are the original yard tractors. They have been around for a few years and are a great alternative to the Pro line.  The 42 inch version here has a Briggs & Stratton Platinum engine that will last longer than the B&S Intek found on other brands. I highly recommend this engine if you have hills. In addition the Fast Automatic is one of the strongest transmissions available for this size lawn tractor. You will never have to worry about it wearing out.

Paul’s Note: This transmission has had constant improvements over the last three years so when reading reviews on the Internet be aware that any transmission issues have been corrected. In reality, the transmission itself has been reliable> It was things like a captive nut popping off the linkage, a part of the linkage that was not strong enough and a gear noise that new owners were not used to that caused the poor reviews. Those issues have all been fixed and the transmission you get in your new tractor will last you years. This transmission is stronger than the hydro’s that came before it and Craftsman and the transmission manufacture have worked closely together to give you the best trans you can get in a lawn tractor. 

From sears.com:   Craftsman 42 in. Turn Tight® Fast Riding Mower A Machine For All Seasons

Whether you’re wading through the weeds after the spring rains or clearing the driveway after a winter storm, the Craftsman 42 in. 22 HP Turn Tight® fast riding lawn mower has the power to make quick work of the job. It also has the finesse to make tidy work—with a 6 in. turning radius, this machine will squeeze around trees and fences where many riding lawn mowers just don’t fit. The generous 42 in. blade means fewer laps around the yard. An adjustable deck can raise up to four inches off the ground, letting it chew through heavy growth. Its top speed of 7.5 mph, plus its automatic transmission, makes it a dream to operate on rolling expanses or up or down hills.

The Craftsman 42 in. Turn Tight® fast riding mower has a 4-cycle Briggs & Stratton™ engine that runs on gasoline only – no messing with oil mixing. Its frame and front axle are built of stamped steel and cast iron that are durable enough to last and sturdy enough to handle attachments ranging from a lawn roller in the summer to a snow blower or thrower in the winter.

This Craftsman 42 in. 22 HP Turn Tight® fast riding lawn mower has the speed and the power to make quick work of the lawn, even if it’s several acres
The Briggs & Stratton™ engine can go up to 7.5 mph
The 4-cycle engines runs on gasoline
The 42 in. mowing deck adjusts to 10 positions
The frame is stamped steel and the front axle is cast-iron
An automatic transmission ends awkward shifting
Snow blade or blower attachments are sold separately
The frame and front axle are backed by a five-year warranty
A two-year warranty covers the rest of the mower
Added on January 10, 2014

Vendor: Husqvarna
Brand: Craftsman
Series: T3000
2016 49 State Item number: 20390
2015 49 State Item number: 20390
CA Item number 2016: NA
CA Item number 2015: NA

Defects WARRANTY: 2 Years
FRONT AXLE WARRANTY: Lifetime
FRAME WARRANTY: 5 Years

Additional Attachments Sold Separately – Mulch Kit (32293)Bagger (24891), 3-bin bagger (24892), Craftsman’s Best Dump Cart (30440), The Best Lawn Sweeper (24644), Rear Mount Dethatcher (24315), Fertilizer Spreader, (24321), Snow Blade (24441), Snow Thrower (24837+11904 kit), all Craftsman Attachments

2000 Series Craftsman Yard Tractor

1.NEW! Craftsman 19 HP Briggs & Stratton Platinum 46” Yard Tractor with 6 inch Turn Tight Steering. Foot Controlled Fast Auto CVT

SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $1349 ish
See Actual Sale Price Here. Be sure to check the special offers tab for extra savings! Craftsman 46″ Fast Automatic 22 HP Briggs & Stratton Riding Mower with Turn Tight

25583

The only difference between this yard tractor and last year’s model is Craftsman moved the speed control from the fender to the floor.

From sears.com:  Relax Your Way to a Perfect Lawn with the Craftsman 46 in. Turn Tight® Briggs and Stratton Platinum 19 HP Automatic Riding Mower

Be in the driver’s seat of lawn care with the Craftsman 46 in. Turn Tight® 19 HP riding mower. With the Turn Tight® technology giving your mower an amazing 6 in. inch turn radius you can take on trees, flower beds and play areas in the blink of an eye with the same precision as the rest of your lawn. The automatic transmission means no shifting while you go up hills or around bends.

Don’t let your family know how much fun mowing the lawn with your Craftsman 46 in. Turn Tight® automatic riding mower is or you may just have a chore war going on! They don’t need to know that you are riding in the lap of luxury with cruise control, a padded adjustable seat and integrated cup holder while creating lawn envy for your neighborhood.

Your Craftsman 46 in. Turn Tight® 19 HP riding mower runs on regular gasoline with no mixing oil
The automatic transmission takes away having to shift while navigating hills and turns
Features a 6 in. turn radius with Turn Tight® technology allowing for closer edges around your trees and flower beds
6 position cutting deck gives you precise cuts every time
19 HP Briggs and Stratton Platinum engine give you the power you need
CVT Automatic Pedal Transmission drives just like a cat
46” Vented – Stamped Deck w / 4 Gauge Wheels
Manual Clutch
20” Rear Tires
11” Mid Back Seat and convenient cup holder
Cast Iron Front Axle
2.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
Added on November 03, 2015

Vendor: Husqvarna
Brand: Craftsman
Series: T2500
2016 49 State Item number: 25583
2015 49 State Item number: 25083
CA Item number 2016: 25584
CA Item number 2015: 25084

Defects WARRANTY: 2 Years
FRONT AXLE WARRANTY: Lifetime
FRAME WARRANTY: 5 Years

Additional Attachments Sold Separately – Mulch Kit (33746)Bagger (24903), 3-bin bagger (24904), Craftsman’s Best Dump Cart (30440), The Best Lawn Sweeper (24644), Rear Mount Dethatcher (24315), Fertilizer Spreader, (24321), Snow Blade (24441), Snow Thrower (24837+11904 kit), all Craftsman Attachments

2.NEW! Craftsman 19 HP Briggs & Stratton Platinum 42” Yard Tractor with 6 inch Turn Tight Steering. Foot Controlled Fast Auto CVT

SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $1300 ish
See Actual Sale Price Here. Be sure to check the special offers tab for extra savings! Craftsman 42″ Fast Automatic 22 HP Briggs & Stratton Riding Mower with Turn Tight

25581

The only difference between this yard tractor and last year’s model is Craftsman moved the speed control from the fender to the floor.

From sears.com:  Relax Your Way to a Perfect Lawn with the Craftsman 42 in. Turn Tight® Briggs & Stratton Platinum 19 HP Automatic Riding Mower

Be in the driver’s seat of lawn care with the Craftsman 42 in. Turn Tight® 19 HP riding mower. With the Turn Tight® technology giving your mower an amazing 6 in. inch turn radius you can take on trees, flower beds and play areas in the blink of an eye with the same precision as the rest of your lawn. The automatic transmission means no shifting while you go up hills or around bends.

Don’t let your family know how much fun mowing the lawn with your Craftsman 42 in. Turn Tight® automatic riding mower is or you may just have a chore war going on! They don’t need to know that you are riding in the lap of luxury with a padded adjustable seat and integrated cup holder while creating lawn envy for your neighborhood.

Your Craftsman 42 in. Turn Tight® 19 HP riding mower runs on regular gasoline with no mixing oil
The automatic transmission takes away having to shift while navigating hills and turns
Features a 6 in. turn radius with Turn Tight® technology allowing for closer edges around your trees and flower beds
6 position cutting deck gives you precise cuts every time
19 HP Briggs and Stratton Platinum engine giving you the power you need
CVT Automatic Pedal Transmission drives just like a car
42” Vented – Stamped Deck w / 4 Gauge Wheels
Manual Clutch
20” Rear Tires
11” Mid Back Seat
Cast Iron Front Axle
2.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
Added on November 03, 2015

Vendor: Husqvarna
Brand: Craftsman
Series: T2300
2016 49 State Item number: 25581
2015 49 State Item number: 25081
CA Item number 2016: NA
CA Item number 2015: 25082

Defects WARRANTY: 2 Years
FRONT AXLE WARRANTY: Lifetime
FRAME WARRANTY: 5 Years

Additional Attachments Sold Separately – Mulch Kit (32293)Bagger (24891), 3-bin bagger (24892), Craftsman’s Best Dump Cart (30440), The Best Lawn Sweeper (24644), Rear Mount Dethatcher (24315), Fertilizer Spreader, (24321), Snow Blade (24441), Snow Thrower (24837+11904 kit), all Craftsman Attachments

Craftsman Attachment Fit-Up Chart For All Years.

As you know Sears HomeTown and Outlet Stores are no longer part of Sears Holdings Company but they still license Craftsman.  For 2016 they have decided to offer one unique Craftsman Yard Tractor.  They will offer a 42 inch model with a 19 hp Briggs & Stratton engine and a fender controlled hydrostatic transmission. In addition Ace Hardware will offer a unique 46 inch Yard Tractor with a 19 hp Briggs & Stratton engine and a fender controlled hydrostatic transmission.  

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Paul, Thank you SO much for explaining these tractors, and for explaining the differences between lawn mower types. Greatly appreciated the 2016 and 2017 annual reviews, as well as this particular review on Craftsman tractors. I am certain you saved me some headaches down the road. The wife and I purchased a Craftsman Pro 27038 and had it delivered. No, it’s not the ultimate lawn mowing machine, but it has many of the garden tractor features I wanted to secure. Better frame, high rated mowing deck, stout 2-cyl engine, a tranny I can change out for a K-66, etc. One… Read more »

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Paul – Loving the site. Best, most detailed and unbiased information I can find anywhere. Thank You! Oddly enough I had my old Craftsman stolen from my shed recently, so I’m unexpectedly in the market for a new mower in late October. I probably only have 1 or 2 mowings left this year, but I was counting on using the mower to bag my leaves as well. We’re on 3/4 of an acre in the DC suburbs, but I’m on a steep hill and back to woods. It does get pretty rough close to the tree line and the hill… Read more »

Rob
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Rob

Hi Paul, Thanks for your help with question so far. I bought the Craftsman Pro 20440 based on your review. I was thinking of getting a plow for the winter time. I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan and have 125′, 11 to 12′ wide blacktop driveway. My nephew said is never be able to push snow with such a small tractor and suggested buying a snow blower. What do you think? We get anywhere from a couple inches, to (occasionally) a foot plus of snow. The driveway had a slight incline up towards the house, where I’d like to push… Read more »

Rob
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Rob

Hi Paul,
Any idea which mulch kit I should get for my 42″ craftsman pro , model 20440? I saw 3 kits on the craftsman website.

Thanks!
Rob

Matt L
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Matt L

Hello Paul, Great Website! I have recently purchased a home in Maryland and Im already looking to replace my inherited Yard Machines 42″ mower with something a little better. I live on a 1.5 acre rectangle lot of generally flat to slight incline (5% or less) smooth lawn. I would also like to use it for hauling firewood and mulch ect. with a tow behind cart. In addition i also have a 200′ long driveway that would need to be plowed in the winter time. I cannot seem to make up my mind on which tractor to go with. Based… Read more »

Ron
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Ron

Paul, Thanks for a very informative website! We have 28 acres of farmland/woods and mow about 2 total acres around the house and along our 0.3 mile/1600 ft gravel drive. Our JD L110 finally died after 8 years of good use so I’m looking for a new mower/tractor. I really like the 54″ Craftsman Garden Tractor but that is a big deck and a 46″ deck will fit in our pickup bed (the L110’s 42″ deck was fine so 54″ isn’t really needed). The other factor is I might like to be able to attach a snow blower to clear… Read more »

Ward
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Ward

Paul: Based upon your recommendation I bought a Craftsman Pro 20442. I now have about 5 hours on it (half a dozen mowings of my 1/2 acre yard) and thought I’d provide some feedback. Overall, I like the mower very much. It does provide an excellent cut as the review states. With its 24 hp engine it has loads of power and I really like the hydrostatic transmission. It seems to be well built and very stout. It starts instantly and runs smoothly. Access to the air, oil, and fuel filters is great as is the oil drain tube. Oil… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

Do I need to use any special oil or what type of oil is best for the Craftsman Pro Series 24 HP V-Twin Kohler 46” Yard Tractor with 5 inch Turn Tight Electric Power Steering

Evan in MA
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Evan in MA

Hi Paul, Your site is a great resource of mower information. Thank you for the time and effort you’ve put into it. I was hoping you could recommend a mower for me. I just moved into my first home and am in desperate need of a riding mower for my 1.20 acre lot. The lot has several flower beds, ~2 dozen trees, smooth and bumpy areas, and the majority of lot is on a slope ranging from 1-10 degrees. There is one area that has a slope of ~20 degrees that I plan on handling with a push mower. I… Read more »

J. Friedman
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Hello Paul, I just purchased a new craftsman pro T8200 Pro Series Model # 247.202420 Serial # 1E106H40007. This is the California-only model. I also purchased the 2-bin bagger 71.24019 SKU 19A30003799 Model # 247.240192. I’ve read the manual and called Sears 800-659-5917. This bagger does not match up to the frame. Can you provide any insight? Has anyone else mentioned this issue? Here are my findings. #1. The mower comes with pre-installed shoulder bolts to hang the bagger mount. However, the picture on page 9 of the bagger manual incorrectly shows and also incorrectly reads, “…Mount the hitch support… Read more »

Terry
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Terry

One thing that bothered me when looking at the Craftsman tractor is the location of the gas tank behind the engine. Doesn’t it seem a hazard if you have to refuel with a hot engine? What is your take on this? My old tractor has the tank in the rear.

Joe
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Joe

Hi Paul. Love your site.
I was interested in the Craftsman Pro 20440 (because of the size), but the price on the 20442 has come down and is only $46 more and like your point that it will cut down on the amount of trimming. Sears website has the same dimensions listed for both models, so I’m guessing they aren’t including the deck. Do you know how wide each model is, deck + shoot? My concern is it fitting through my shed door. Thanks.

Fidel
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Fidel

Hello Paul, I am looking to buy a lawn tractor this year to mow a 3/4 acre lot that is mostly flat, I don’t have many trees to go around and the only thing I plan on pulling is a lawn sweeper to pick grass clipping and leaves in the fall. I want to stay with a 48″ or smaller deck (so I can haul it with my truck) and spend less than $2500 if I can. I have narrow my search down to the Craftsman Pro Series 24 HP V-Twin Kohler 46” and the Poulan Pro PP20VA46 that is… Read more »

Bruce Liere
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Bruce Liere

Thank you. It seemed a little strange to me. I thought that maybe the blades were made of aluminum foil.

Bruce

Bruce
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Bruce

Paul, Thank you for all you do. I am interested in buying the Craftsman Pro Series 46″ 24 HP V-Twin Kohler Riding Mower. I don’t think I need it for the grass in the summer as I have about 3/4 acre to mow, as much as leaves in the fall. Lots of oak leaves until November! Reading the reviews on the Sears website, a few of them mention the blade digging into the turf and bending. Not sure how they accomplished that, but do you know if this is a problem? Seems that the “benders” think the blade is too… Read more »

Tim
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Tim

HI Paul. I bought the 46″ Craftsman Pro 20442 based on your review. Great yard tractor! But ever since I started it up for the second mow (1.3 hours on it), the hour meter display has had an x-like icon flashing on the left side. It’s a rectangle with an “x” in it and two of the resulting quadrants are blacked out. The tractor now has 3.1 hours on it (3 mows), mows great, and runs great, but the icon is still flashing. The manual doesn’t reference this icon anywhere. I bought the Sears service agreement and have talked to… Read more »

Dave
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Dave

Hi Paul, do you have any idea if Cub Cadet will be offering the tight turn steering on their XT2 mowers any time soon? I have a good Cub Cadet dealer close by and would like to buy from him. Additionally, is there any difference in the cut quality and mulching performance between the 42″ and 46″ Cub Cadet XT2 stamped mower decks?

Thanks!

Shawn Mars
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Shawn Mars

Thank you so much. So much good info.

Shawn mars
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Shawn mars

It helps alot, but the big question is are the Poulan’s going to last?

Shawn mars
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Shawn mars

Great Site Paul. From Pittsburgh, PA. Have almost 1 acre, mostly flat yard. Not that smooth. Clay was built up when the house was built, 3 foot slope to neighbors and back yard. Was looking at: (the Poulan’s only available at Amazon, plus have a $100 rebate) Poulan Pro 960420188 Briggs and Stratton 20 hp Pedal Control Automatic Drive Riding Mower, 46″ 46000 Outdoor Power Issue – Over LTL Weight Max $1499.99 Poulan Pro 960420190 Briggs 19 hp Automatic Hydrostatic Transmission Drive Riding Mower, 46″ or $1499.99 Craftsman 42″ Fast Auto 22HP Briggs & Stratton Turn Tight® V-Twin Riding Mower… Read more »

Donald
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Donald

Fantastic site, Paul. Thoroughly examining the information here and reading some forums, I feel stuck between three options, which are the best options I have locally including available used commercial grade mowers. It seems to me that I should consider a higher quality machine so I don’t have to do this search every few years. In the end, one might be as good as the other. I have no mechanical skill beyond routine maintenance. I have about 1.5 acres of grass + weeds to cut on my property. it is an older lawn and bumpy with larger bushes. My goal… Read more »

Max
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Max

Hi Paul,

Thanks for all your time and effort. I live in VT and have about 1.5 acres to mow, pretty flat, and rough in some places.
I have narrowed my search to the 20438 42″ Pro or the 20391 48″ Turn Tight. I want to be able to pull a lawn cart, and maybe do some snow blowing in the future. One of my main concerns is reliability. I am in a pretty rural area and having to take the tractor to the nearest dealer or having one come to me will be difficult.

Thanks for you help,
Max

Mike Miragliotta
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Mike Miragliotta

Hi Paul,
I finally pulled the trigger and ordered the 20442 Pro 46″ with Turn Tight. It’s coming Monday. I am going to order the mulching kit (have to order separately to take advantage of the Shop Your Way Points) but I was wondering if I should purchase Gator blades and use them instead of the blades that come with the mulching kit. Any thoughts? If so, do you know which ones I should order that fit the 20442?
Thanks,
Mike

Mike in Maine
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Mike in Maine

Hi Paul, I am looking into purchasing the T2500 (25583) with a 2 bag grass catcher on it also. I have about 1 acre to mow in Maine which is 98% flat and no real obstacles and pretty smuch smooth. There is one area that has a slight slope of 13-15%, according to the app on my phone, from having to replace a leach field in the past. It is only 10 feet long and 8 feet wide. I went to Sears today and sat on the T3000 because I was thinking about getting one with a cruise control but… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

Thanks. I appreciate you taking the time to reply.

Mo
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Mo

Hi Paul, I’ve been reading through your post over the last few days. I have 1 – 1 1/2 acres to mow. Two-thirds of that is sloped. The steepest parts are around 15 degrees. I was thinking 42″ – 46″ deck from Craftsman or the Amazon Poulan Pro line. I had determined a CVT would be better for my needs do to the hills. I went into Sears and sat on some mowers today and the CVT pedal is very uncomfortable for me (6′ 4″ with a size 13 shoe). The 2016 Craftsman Pro hydro pedal was comfortable, so I… Read more »

Greg Grote
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Greg Grote

Hi Paul. Really great site. Thanks for your willingness to share your knowledge and experience! I have a small lot … less than 1/2 acre. I’ve been using a Toro Recycler 22″ for several years and it’s been a good mower, but my zoysia is filling in quite well and I can no longer keep it cut low enough with the Toro, so I have been looking for something with enough power to do the job. The bigger push mowers (e.g., 30″ Toro) seemed to hold promise, but reviews from other owners with zoysia dashed those hopes, so I’m now… Read more »

Alex Wassell
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Alex Wassell

Hi Paul. I’m looking to buy a garden tractor for my 1.5 acre property in upstate N.Y..It will be used mainly for snowblowing a 3oo foot sloped driveway, and moving gravel/dirt (not cutting grass). The John Deere 425 and 445 most interest me, as they seem heavy duty and long lasting. Plastic bodywork doesn’t do a thing for me. The major differences between these models seems to be a higher compression ratio on the 445, as well as fuel injection (the 425 has a carburetor).Do you have a recommendation? (I have not ruled out a newer model John Deere or… Read more »

Mark
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Mark

Hello from jersey. First off, great info, lot of hard work, thank you for your time. Since our landscaper is overpriced moron, I’m looking for new mover for church. I do a maintenance there, so I figured, couple more hours is not big deal. We have little over 2 acres, mostly flat. I’m also planning on getting blower later on. So far I’m leaning toward Poulan pro pp20va46 or craftsman 20390. Which one would be better for my situation? Not many hills, no heavy pulling, occasionally snow blower. What is main difference between them? Please help me decide. Thanks very… Read more »

Paul
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Paul

Hey Paul. Awesome site and thanks so much for all your time and effort you put in to it. I was trying to avoid asking a question but I have read just about all the zero turn and tractor articles and Im still a bit unsure. I just bought a house on a 3/4 acre that is flat with little obstacles. I have narrowed it down to two mowers really.. The Craftsman Pro 20442 and the Hustler Raptor ZT 42″/52″. I really just want the best looking cut (mowing in straight lines without having to drive in circles). I was… Read more »

Edward
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Edward

Hi Paul, Another stuck on the fence situation between the 25581 and the 20390. From what I can tell, stepping up to the 20390 for another $350 at today’s prices gets you: a better seat; cruise; fuel sight; hour meter; and 2hp/V-twin. The dimensions are similar, but the 20390 weighs 100+ more pounds??? What am I missing?

Bill
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Bill

Hi Paul,
Thanks for all the great information on the different Craftsman models. When I went to look at the store I felt I knew more about the mower’s than the salesman. I’m going to buy the T3000 and was wondering about the mowing in reverse. Do I just keep the key in the mow in reverse option or do you have to move it each time you want to go in reverse? Can I bypass the reverse shut off easily? Thanks again!

William Davis
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William Davis

I love this site, I’ve learned alot. Thanks.
I’m looking for my first riding mower (42″) to mow my less than 1/2 acre , flat, residential yard. I’ve narrowed it down to three Sears mowers :
T-series #25581 or #20390 vs the Pro Series #20440
They all sound like great choices, which way would you go?

Steve
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Steve

Hi paul,
Do you have any information on the type of transmissions installed on these yard tractors specifically the craftsman pro 46″ 42″ and 50″ models. The sears site shows them as tuff torq but does does list the model (k58 k46 etc.). Any information i have found has been conflicting and it would be great to know before purchasing.

Ward
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Ward

Paul: I took your advice and now have a new Craftsman Pro 20442 sitting in my garage. Before using it I want to make certain I’v done everything necessary to ensure it is set up correctly and ready to go. Other than adjusting tire inflation to the recommended pressures and checking the blades for level, is there anything I need to do? Things that come to mind are: 1. Fully charge the battery with a charger 2. Verify that the HST has the correct amount of oil in it (or is it safe to assume it was filled correctly?) 3.… Read more »

Steve in Massachusets
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Steve in Massachusets

Hi Paul, Just took delivery today of the 46″ Craftsman Pro Series 24 HP V-Twin Kohler 46” Yard Tractor with 5 inch Turn Tight with Electric Power Steering. While things went smoothly with the delivery and so far am happy with the transaction (have not started up the mower yet), the tractor arrived fully assembled with a 2-bin bagger and mulch kit. I understand the big box stores like Lowe’s / Home Depot charge extra for tractor assembly so kudos to Sears / Craftsman for doing the assembly as part of the free delivery – it saved me some time… Read more »

John
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John

I was directed to this website by a member of another board I read regularly….fantastic info here. I’ve been using a many years old (got it used, cheap!) Craftsman LT1000 for our (about 1/2 acre to mow) yard. Looking at smaller residential Zero Turns and someone pointed me to this review of the Craftsman Pro. Might have to change what I was looking at based on it… But…it still leaves me with a few questions…I have only one (small) hill on the side of the house..not steep, but the ‘corner’ where the front yard meets the side hill is a… Read more »

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