2018 Craftsman and Craftsman Pro Lawn and Garden Tractor Review

2018 Craftsman and Craftsman Pro Lawn and Garden Tractor Review

Craftsman has made quite a few changes in the Craftsman lawn tractor and Craftsman Pro garden tractors for 2018.  In particular, they have streamlined their offerings so the entire line is easier to understand. Their products continue to be the best in the industry for the price.

I’ll run through the entire rider, lawn tractor, and garden tractor line in this article starting with the least expensive models. I’ll give you quick comparisons to the other brands to help you find the best Craftsman for you.

Note: No matter what the news media wants you to believe – it’s business as usual at the Sears Lawn & Garden Department. Yes, Sears has closed stores but so has every other major retail chain. (My wife is very upset she no longer has a Macy’s within 150 miles) In fact, the only stores that I see doing really well nationwide are the Rural Lifestyle stores like Fleet/Farm, Acme Tools, Tractor Supply, and Blain’s Farm & Fleet. I know the news media has made everyone concerned about what Sears will morph into but I want to assure you that your Craftsman lawn equipment warranty and repair parts are separate from the drama you read about.  Sears Home Services and SearPartsDirect both are doing very well and will continue to operate no matter what the Sears Mall Stores and Sears.com change into.

Note: All links in the rest of this article will take you to Sears.com. There you can read more, check sales prices, special deals, purchase and set up delivery of your new Craftsman. Sears offers free delivery most of the time for any items over $1249.  They also offer a percent off, special financing, cash back points and other incentives to qualified buyers. When you click these links and buy from Sears.com I make a small commission from the sale.  

So. let’s get started!

Rear Engine Rider

Model 29000 RER

Model 29000 RER

RER – NEW $999 Model 29900 Rear engine rider. The rider now has a new Craftsman 382cc Auto Choke engine. Just turn the key to start! 30-inch single blade, Foot Pedal Auto Trans. There will also be a mulch kit included with this riding mower. This is a great mower for small, flat lawns or areas that have 34 inch or larger gates.  (Does Not Cut in reverse) Please do not buy this small rider if you have slopes or mounds around trees greater than 10 degrees.  Buy Here: Craftsman 30 inch Model 29900 

T1000 – Craftsman Economy 42 and 46-inch models.

The T1000 lawn tractors compare directly to the Troy-Bilt TB series, John Deere E100 and Poulan Pro Lawn Tractors

Craftsman economy models are the least expensive riders and the only economy riders from any of the brands that I recommend.  They are designed for first-time buyers who have small, flat, 1/4-1/2 acre lawns. You can pull a small yard cart and all will accept a mulch kit or 2 bin bagger.

The T1000 series are basic lawn tractors and will work well for small, 1/4 acre lawns that you mow every week. If you like to putt around your yard, pull a small cart to pick up sticks and leaves this is a good choice. It is not designed to mow long slopes or hills. You can attach a bagger or pull a sweeper. Craftsman does offer a mulch kit that includes the plug and mulching blades. If your lawn is very thick southern grass or very lush bluegrass/fescue I strongly suggest moving up to the T3000 or Craftsman Pro twin cylinder engines. Don’t let the cheap price fool you – these are capable, simple to use lawn tractors for your small yard.

  • NEW Entry Level Model 27327. 42 inch, 420 cc single cylinder engine. Foot Pedal Auto Trans. Sears mall stores have changed the color of their basic model from gray to silver. Buy Here: Craftsman 42″ 420cc Automatic Riding Mower
  • Model 20372 No Change. Sears Hometown will continue to sell the same mower as the 27327 except red. 42 inch, 420cc single cylinder engine. Foot Pedal Auto Trans.  Available only at your independent Sears Hometown Store.
  • New Model 27373. 42 inch and the better 547cc engine. Foot Pedal Auto Trans. A little more power for your thicker lawn. Available later this year.
  • NEW Model 27374. 46 inch. This deck is a great cutting deck.  Has the better Craftsman 547cc engine. Foot Pedal Auto Trans. Available later this year.
  • NEW Model 27343. 46 inch. This deck is a great cutting deck. If you prefer a Briggs & Stratton engine this one has a single cylinder B&S Gold 19HP engine. Foot Pedal Auto Trans. Buy Here: Craftsman 46 inch Model 27343

Model 27327

Model 27372

Model 27343

42 inch Mulch Kit:  Craftsman 19A70041799 42″ Mulch Kit

46 inch Mulch Kit: Craftsman 19B30005799 46″ Mulch Kit

2-bin bagger for Craftsman these 42-46 inch Craftsman Lawn Tractors: Craftsman 19A30003799 42–46 In. Cut 2-Bin Bagger

T2000 – Replaces Craftsman Yard Tractor Series. 42 and 46-inch models. Single cylinder Briggs & Stratton Platinum Engines

Compares directly to the John Deere E110, Cub Cadet XT1 – 42 and Cub Cadet XT1 – 46

The T2000 single cylinder Craftsman Lawn Tractors are unique. They are the ONLY Craftsman lawn tractors with a fender controlled hydro (left fender). These are very good lawn tractors with an economical B&S Series Platinum single-cylinder engine. They will work for lawns up to one acre that you mow every week. If you pull a small cart to pick up sticks, leaves or a few bags of mulch this is a good choice. It is not designed to mow long slopes or hills. You can attach a 2 bin bagger. Craftsman does offer a mulch kit that includes the plug and mulching blades. If your lawn is very thick southern grass or very lush you may want to move up to the T3000 twin cylinder models. Moving up also gives you a foot control hydro.

NEW Model 25587 lawn tractor. 42 inch. 19 HP Briggs & Stratton Platinum Single Cylinder Engine. Fender Controlled Hydro. Buy Here: Craftsman 25587 42″ 19 HP Briggs & Stratton Fender Hydro Automatic Riding Mower
NEW Model 25588 lawn tractor. 46 inch. 19 HP Briggs & Stratton Platinum Single Cylinder Engine. Fender Controlled Hydro.  Buy Here: Craftsman 46″ 540cc Briggs & Stratton Fender Riding Mower with Smart Lawn Technology

Puerto-Rico. Sears has also updated their lawn tractor that is ONLY sold in Puerto-Rico: Craftsman 25586 46″ 19 HP 7-Speed Manual Gear Riding MowerIf want to donate assistance to the people of Puerto-Rico via a lawn tractor this is the model that can be sent. 

Model 25587 – 25588

42 inch Mulch Kit:  Craftsman 19A70041799 42″ Mulch Kit

46 inch Mulch Kit: Craftsman 19B30005799 46″ Mulch Kit

2-bin bagger for Craftsman these 42-46 inch Craftsman Lawn Tractors: Craftsman 19A30003799 42–46 In. Cut 2-Bin Bagger

T3000 – Replaces Craftsman Yard Tractor Series. 42, 46, 54-inch models. V-Twin Cylinder Kohler 7000 and Briggs & Stratton Platinum Engines.

Compares directly to the John Deere E160, E170, E180 and Cub Cadet XT1. Better engine than John Deere E120, E130, E140, E150

Craftsman has had a lot of overlap in this price range for many years and this year they have simplified it into only three lawn tractors. The 42 inch is a lawn tractor similar to the single cylinder models with the good Kohler 7000 series V-Twin, Automatic transmission, and high output 230 amp batteries. The 46 and 54-inch models use a more rugged frame and the long life Briggs & Stratton Platinum V-Twin engines. For the money, the 46 inch model 27333 will go down in history as one of the best cutting – best-priced lawn tractors on the market. I can’t wait for Consumer Reports to test it against the comparable John Deere and Cub Cadet lawn tractors.

NEW Model 27730 $1499. 42 inch. Kohler 7000 Elite 20HP V-twin. Foot Pedal Auto Trans. Buy Here: Craftsman 27330 42″ 725cc Kohler V-Twin Riding Mower with Smart Lawn Technology

The 46 and 54-inch lawn tractors have a reinforced deck, 12 cutting positions, 4 anti-scalp wheels, a huge 3-gallon fuel tank, cruise control, hour meter, 16-inch turning radius, Smart Lawn Technology, and B&S Platinum Twin Cylinder engines (full pressure with oil ports) These engines will last longer than other “full-pressure” engines found on the other brands. If you are mowing slopes of 15 degrees or more I strongly suggest this engine or the Kohler 7000 Elite found in the Craftsman Pro series. The deck height adjustment is no on the right fender so there will be fewer complaints about owners impaling themselves on the old left-mounted deck lift lever.

These new 46 and 54 inch models are built on the same strong chassis as the Craftsman Pro units. The hoods will no longer flop around like they did on the previous versions made by Husqvarna (If you want this heavy chassis in a 42-inch lawn tractor  – it’s the Model 27038 Craftsman Pro in the next section)

I can recommend the 46 and 54-inch models for a snow blade or snow thrower.

NEW Model 27333. 46 inch, 20 HP B&S Platinum V-twin, foot pedal hydro, NX15 chassis, Reinforced deck system, and Smart lawn connected. Buy Here: Craftsman 46″ 20 HP V-Twin Briggs & Stratton Riding Mower 
NEW Model 27334. 54 inch 24 HP B&S Platinum V-twin, foot pedal hydro, NX15 chassis, Reinforced deck system, and Smart lawn connected. Buy Here: Craftsman 27334 54″ 724cc Briggs & Stratton V-Twin Riding Mower with Smart Lawn Technology

Model 27330

Model 27333

42 inch Mulch Kit:  Craftsman 19A70041799 42″ Mulch Kit

46 inch Mulch Kit: Craftsman 19B30005799 46″ Mulch Kit

54 inch Mulch Kit: Craftsman 19A70042799 54″ Mulch Kit

2-bin bagger for Craftsman these 42-46 inch Craftsman Lawn Tractors: Craftsman 19A30003799 42–46 In. Cut 2-Bin Bagger

54-inch bagger: Craftsman 19A30018799 50″/54″ Triple Bin Bagger

Pro Series Riders – Top of the line Craftsman lawn and garden tractors. 42, 46, 50, 54-inch models. Kohler 7000 Elite V-Twin Engines. Available Locking Rear Differential

Compares directly to the John Deere X300 and Cub Cadet XT2 lines. The 46 inch Craftsman Pro Model 27042 continues to be rated equal or better than all the other lawn tractors on the market both by myself and a leading consumer magazine. (Consumer Reports gives the 27042 the same rating as the X350-42 and costs $1000 less!)

I really can’t say enough good things about the Craftsman Pro Lawn & Garden Tractors.  Since their introduction in 2015, they have quickly become the best in the industry for reliability and build quality for the price. For 2018 Craftsman has two new models that help to round out the line. Owners and review sites have given the 46 and 50-inch decks rave reviews for cut quality, bagging, and mulching.

Same great features you know and love!
V-TWIN Kohler 7000 Elite Series Engine
Consistent cut technology. Maintains an excellent quality cut in even heavy, thick lawns.
Automatic Foot Pedal Hydrostatic transmission, Some models have heavy-duty garden tractor transmissions and one model has a locking rear axle.
Turn Tight Extreme and 16” turning radius on select models
Reinforced Cutting deck
12 Spring loaded cutting heights in 1/4 inch increments
Manual or Electric blade engagement on select models
Cast iron front axle w/ 10-year warranty
3.0 Gallon gas tank
High back seat
Connected with Smart lawn app. Personalize your maintenance with the free Smart Lawn App.

  • Run-time tracking and service reminders
  • How to’s
  • Order parts
  • Track weather
  • Download the free Smart lawn™ app for iPhone and Andriod™ mobile devices.

Model 27038. 42 inch. 20 HPKohler 7000 Elite V-twin. K46 Foot Pedal Hydro Trans with Cruise.  Buy Here: Craftsman ProSeries 27038 42″ 20 HP Kohler V-Twin Riding Mower with Smart Lawn Technology
NEW Model 27040. 42 inch. 679 cc Craftsman V-twin. K46 Foot Pedal Hydro Trans with Cruise.  5″ Turn Tight Extreme Available only at Sears HomeTown Stores.
Best of the Best – Most Popular Model 27042. 46 inch. 24 HP Kohler 7000 Elite V-twin. K46 Foot Pedal Auto Trans with Cruise. 5″ Turn Tight Extreme Buy Here: Craftsman ProSeries 27042 46″ 725cc Kohler Riding Mower with TurnTight Extreme® & Smart Lawn Technology
Model 27044. 54 inch. 26 HP Kohler 7000 Elite V-twin. K46 Foot Pedal Hydro Trans with Cruise. Lawn Tractor. 5″ Turn Tight Extreme Buy Here: Craftsman ProSeries 27044 54″ 747cc Kohler Hydrostatic Riding Mower with Smart Lawn Technology
NEW Model 27046. 50 inch. 26 HP Kohler 7000 Elite V-twin. K58 Foot Pedal Hydro Trans with Cruise. Garden Tractor 16″ Turning Radius Buy Here: Craftsman ProSeries 50″ 26 HP Kohler V-Twin Garden Tractor with Smart Lawn Technology
Model 27055. 54 inch. 26 HP Kohler 7000 Elite V-twin. K58 Foot Pedal Hydro Trans with Cruise. Garden Tractor 5″ Turn Tight Extreme Buy Here: Craftsman ProSeries 27055 54″ 26 HP Garden Tractor with TurnTight Extreme® & Smart Lawn Technology
Model 27048. 50 inch. 26 HP Kohler 7000 Elite V-twin. K58 Foot Pedal Hydro Trans with Cruise and Locking Rear Differential. Garden Tractor 16″ Turning Radius Buy Here: Craftsman ProSeries 27048 50″ 26 HP V-Twin Kohler Garden Tractor w/ Locking Differential

Model 27038

Model 27042

Model 27046/27048

42 inch Mulch Kit:  Craftsman 19A70041799 42″ Mulch Kit

46 inch Mulch Kit: Craftsman 19B30005799 46″ Mulch Kit

50 inch Mulch Kit: Craftsman 19A30016799 50 In. Mulch Kit

54 inch Mulch Kit: Craftsman 19A70042799 54″ Mulch Kit

2-bin bagger for Craftsman these 42-46 inch Craftsman Lawn Tractors: Craftsman 19A30003799 42–46 In. Cut 2-Bin Bagger

50-54-inch bagger: Craftsman 19A30018799 50″/54″ Triple Bin Bagger

Feel free to ask questions in the comments below. So I can help you find the best mower for you please tell me the city, st where you live, the size of your lawn and if you have hills, etc.

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Justin

Hi! Awesome article! I was all set to order a craftsman pro 27048 online at Sears but they seem to all of a sudden not be available in New England. Do you think any other from the pro series will fit our needs or Do any other brands/models jump out. We need a mower we can use as a snowplow and to pull loads of wood/manure. It’s hilly and our driveway is about 150 yards long, so a lot of plowing in our maine winter. Our faithful 2006 toro lx500 (Koehler 22) worked well, but did often get stuck in… Read more »

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Hello Paul,

I recently purchased a Craftsman 27330 42″ 20 HP Kohler V-Twin Riding Mower and I love it.

I was given a Mulch kit as a bonus from Sears for purchasingi on line.

I have no been able to install the MULCH KIt because the BOLTS on the BLADES are larger than anything
in my tool kit 1 inch or more.

Before I put a PIPE wrench on them , do you happen to know the size in metric or standard the get that job done.

Tim Schulze
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Tim Schulze

Hi Paul – I just purchased a Craftsman 27042 tractor based on your and Consumer Reports reviews. My question:: I have a front mount snow thrower from my previous Craftsman tractor. (essentially brand new) Wondering if it will fit my new tractor. Model number of the blower is 486.248371
Great site btw!
Tim

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Lee Hartwig

I have a few year old Craftsman GT 6000 Craftsman tractor built by Husqvarna.with 54″ deck and Kohler 26HP Engine and +/- 150 Hours. . Bought this specifically because of the Kohler engine and the low turn radius. Has been a good mower , deck never clogs with grass, have used both with mulching and bagging chute. Am not happy about frame flex and hood wobble. I have a steep lawn and did have a Major problem with front end. Had severe toe out issue, replaced cheap worn wheel bearings and entire steering arms and assembly. Problem persisted, finally drilled… Read more »

Paul T
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Paul T

Paul – thanks for a great write up. I’ve read a bunch of your articles over the past couple of weeks. I grew up on Craftsmans but switched to a Deere I bought at Lowes when I moved to my current home 14 years ago. It did a solid job but finally failed me a few weeks back. After far too much research I decided on the 27042 Craftsman over the JD 160 I had been looking at. Mostly after reading several of your articles and reviewing Consumer Reports, not to mention I found a great deal on it with… Read more »

Paul
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Paul

Hello Paul, Thank you so much for this informative site. Direct and lots of information. A++. I read through a lot of the comments and struggling a little on what to pick. I have 3/4 ache and a little bit of a hill. I would like to stay around the 1500 range if possible but would go more if its worth the bang. At first when I started to look into a rider I was considering the Deere 100 or 120 but sounds like the Craftsman might better after reading through this page. Which one would you go with for… Read more »

Harry Jones
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Harry Jones

Why is it that the new Craftsman Tractor manuals don’t have parts diagrams and don’t even give you part numbers for oil filter, air filter, spark plug etc. Additionally the new manuals don’t even tell you how much oil it takes – go figure. $2000 and they won’t tell you anything useful.

Jeff
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Jeff

having a hard time choosing between John Deere E160 & Craftsman Pro 27042. I have a few small hills that my John Deere L130 handled with ease. I budgeted myself at $ 2500.00 that included 7% sales tax. I’m leaning twoards the Craftsman..but hoping you could help. Have about 1 1/2 acres…please help asap…

Denis
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Denis

Hello Paul- I need a good garden tractor to replace an old Huskee riding mower I have. I am considering the Cub Cadet XT lineup, or something in the John Deere 300-500 series. Where would you place the Craftsman Model 27048 against the Cub Cadet XT Enduro Series or John Deere lineup?

Russell
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Russell

you have good direct to the point info—but I do have a question, bought Craftsman 27330 42″ 20 HP Kohler V-Twin Riding Mower, delivery left bag with green unit and 1 in clear hose & said you will need this–called Sears & they say no idea what it is–NOTHING in manuals, on large bag etc..I think it is for draining oil??? any first set-up video or other directions info on a first set up would be appreciated. In store callbacks 2 people said be sure to run a few minutes and drain-refill first oil as a suggestion–but nothing in manuals.… Read more »

Ryan
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Ryan

So is the 27055 the K58 as stated in article? I’m looking to pull the linked trail cutter around 2 sides of my 2 acre mostly flat property to take down briars/small saplings. Cutter shows ship weight of 530 lbs. Would the 27055 be enough to pull it?

https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200622249_200622249

Eric
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Eric

Hi, great article. I am going back and forth between the 27042 and a Husqvarna. Do you know what model Husqvarna would be equivalent to this Crasftsman? Thanks.

James M
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Paul I’m looking for an upgrade from my 30 year old simplicity, I’m leaning towards craftsman preferably a garden Tractor I have about 2 acres that I mow but would also like to get a snow blade to plow my driveway any help on which model is best for my needs is appreciated

Rita
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Rita

At my Sears store all the craftsman T2200 lawn mowers sake violent when the mower deck is turned on the salesman said they all do why

Mike
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Mike

Hello, could someone recommend a ride on for a 0.41 acre corner lot with parkway trees and slope terrain? Size wise, the lot seems to be relatively small. Should I even consider a ride on? I am thinking that a 42″ deck would be ideal. I like the Craftsman Pro Series and it’s on sale right now. Any reason not to move up to from the entry level 27327 model other than cost?

Alan
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Alan

What is your opinion on oil for the Craftsman 27042? I am at 8 hrs and doing my first oil change and was going to use synthetic until I saw this on Kohler’s website: “To allow the piston rings to seat properly, we recommend operating a new or rebuilt engine for at least 50 hours on standard oil before switching to synthetic oil.”

Ken
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Ken

Paul I really enjoy your articles. I bought a John Deere L111 in 2005 and it has served me well. My son borrowed it a few days ago to cut his (overgrown!) lawn at recently purchased house. He cut it twice to try and disperse the clippings. He did some research as he was going to need his own mower. He bought the 46 inch Craftsman Pro Model 27042. He said it dispersed the clippings without leaving any clumps. I went to his house and tried it. I was impressed with the even mowing job, turning radius and power of… Read more »

Adam
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Adam

Thanks for the article Paul. I am considering a used, 1 year old, Craftsman ProSeries 7400 with a 54″ deck with under 30 hours that I think I can get for $1400, or a new Cub Cadet XT1 with a 46″ deck. I have an acre and will probably be mowing my mother-in-laws lawn which is a little less than 1 acre. What are you thoughts on these options?

Tony H.
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Tony H.

Hi Paul, In the article above you state under the Craftsman Pro Series “Model 27048. 50 inch. 26 HP Kohler 7000 Elite V-twin. K58 Foot Pedal Hydro Trans”, I am in the market for this tractor and best that I can tell that this is equipped with the K62 transmission, instead of the K58. I just had a K51 fail on an old JD LT155 and started to look at mowers with trans that could have the fluid changed easily as opposed to the “sealed” units. According to the Tuff Torq site the K58 is a sealed unit, but the… Read more »

Ellen Peterson
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Ellen Peterson

Hi Paul, Is there anything at Lowes that you think would be good? I have some gift cards I got for 10% off so that would make for some nice savings! I’d also like the option to be able to haul things with whichever mower I get. We have 2.8 mostly flat acres. Slight hill in the front yard where it slopes down toward the basement garage but other than that, very flat. Bumpy in places as it used to be farm land before house built in 1991. We are in northern Mass. It looks like we have 3 different… Read more »

Chris Sylvester
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Chris Sylvester

Hi Paul, I have a 3/4 acre lawn with the majority of it being 15% grade. I am stuck between the Craftsman 27038 @ $1799.99 and the 27330.@ $1399.99. My main concerns are the differences between the transmission and the frame quality and smoothness of acceleration.

Patrick
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Patrick

Hi, Paul–I just bought the 27333 and was very happy to read your opinion (quick shout out to my local Sears store who mistakenly had the wrong sign attached and honored the price of $1200)! Can you let me know the correct mulching kit to purchase? I see the Sears website recommends 32293–just want to be sure that is correct?

Ryan
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Ryan

Hi Paul! Really Enjoy your site! I have been looking at the XT1 Cub w/ 46 inch deck until I came across the rave reviews about the Craftsman 27042. I really like the idea of the 6 inch turn radius. I have about $300 in home depot giftcards I wanted to use up, but wondered if any of the Cub Cadet baggers would simply bolt on the Craftsman 27042 without modification?

George Krick
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George Krick

I live in California, and wanted to purchase a Pro Series # 27055, but it is not CARB compliant, and therefore will not ship to CA. They have a “CA ONLY” #27056 model. Besides the extra ransom fee to the state, what else is the difference?

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deb otlano

hi, i just purchased 42″ pro series 27038 mdl. can u tell me who makes these tractors? i also seen 2 bagger system model is 24019…. on website. BUT i currently have the yts3000 with twin bagger, same model. I WAS going to use bagger on new tractor, but i tried getting in touch with “CHAT” PEOPLE and they don’t know anything about anything with this. on pro series tractor there are NO holes in the back to attach bracket for the bagger. bracket we have needs 4 bolts to hang it on, but nothing on the pro series. CHAT… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

I’m looking into the Craftsman 27042. I have a 1 acre bumpy lawn with minor slopes. Can a deck nose roller be added to the 27042?

Andrea
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Andrea

Hi Paul, thank you for all the great info. We have a new house/lawn and will mow about an acre in southeast PA. The back is flat (2/3 acre) but the front (1/3 acre) has quite a hill to the street and there is a storm water drainage swale on one side and a sand mound on the other side. We don’t have any landscaping yet. I’m convinced the Craftsman Pro will work for us, but can’t figure out which size/model. I’ve never mowed a lawn before. I think I need a push mower for the sand mound, but will… Read more »

Erwin
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Erwin

…this is only an option for…., I meant to say. Sorry, great site with lots of useful info.

Sue
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Sue

Hi Paul don’t see anything about the new Husqvarna’s. I was looking at the HUSQVARNA TS 348D it supposedly has the k66 tranny tuff-torq. Want this to be able to handle a snowblower and driveway drag also. We do have some light sloping on on the side yard. Do you think this is a good option or what else would you suggest thanks.

Billy
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Billy

Thanks for the great content! Your page is awesome. I’m looking at the Craftsman Proseries 27038 for my lawn. I am in Georgia and have about 3/4 of an acre, but it has a pretty large hill at around a 15 degree slope in the backyard. I’m just concerned about the transmission not holding up if I go up and down that hill every week.

Is this a good tractor to buy for my lawn or should I be looking at a different one? My budget is maxed at around $1900.

Thanks!

Phil
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Phil

Hi Paul, I’ve never owned a riding mower and am about to buy my first. I have 1/2 acre (mostly flat) with not that many obstacles to go around. Can you help me understand the benefit of Craftsman’s Tight Turn? Will it save time or makes mowing easier for me? One sales guy at Sears said it will save time with every pass that I need to turn around on because I won’t have to drive as far to turn around. Another sales guy says it won’t save time since I don’t have that much to go around. Which is… Read more »

Ellen Peterson
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Ellen Peterson

Hi Paul, thanks for the informational reviews. This will be our first summer as homeowners so we are fairly clueless when it comes to what we will need for a mower. We are in northern Massachusetts on 2.8 open, mostly flat acres that used to be farmland (front yard slopes sideways a bit as garage is under house). I assume we need at least 46″ deck, but after that I’m not sure of the meaning of all the other specs! Any suggestions you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Mary Ellen
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Mary Ellen

Hi Paul, Nice to see all the effort and information, thank you! I am considering the Husqvarna TS 348D. Partly because the dealer/shop is only 30 miles away and he has it ($3000, Kohler motor). Sears, 30 miles away, has the 27055 for $3000. It is my second choice. Alot to mow here 15 miles from the Oregon coast. Bumps, some 10 degree slope, more bumps, more 8 degree slope, 2 flat large picnic areas. Out of the 75 acres there are a couple acres to mow but I ( my son and nephew ) would mow more if the… Read more »

Alan
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Alan

Grass finally grew enough for its first real cut with my new 27042. I like the look and quality of the cut. A couple issues I wonder if there are solutions for: 1. I leveled the deck as you described in an earlier reply to me. If I level using the deck edge, the blades are off 3/4″ (used a Stens deck leveling gauge). I ended up leveling to the blade, but is that an indication something is not right? Big difference between blade and deck edge. 2. Bagging was terrible. At most, I had 1″ tall in some places,… Read more »

Quaz
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Quaz

Hi Paul. Thank you for putting together this very useful info! Quick question: Currently Sears.com shows only $100 difference between the NEW Model 27046 and Model 27055. I have a ~2 acre property (1 acre flat and open, the rest with some obstacles and a lot of trees). I am about to pull the trigger but could not decide between the two considering the price difference. Any thoughts?

brian
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brian

I also would like to buy a Craftsman pro lawnTractor from Sears. I live in Everett, WA
Are there any other repair services available other than Sears? There is a Town and Country (cub cadet dealer) in snohomish I think…do they repair craftsman tractors? has anyone had their Craftsman tractor repaired by a company other than Sears?

David
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David

I am impressed with the reviews and info provided on the craftsman Pro 27042 and the price is right… my only hesitation is the terrible local reviews (western washington state) of the poor service response from Sears. Does anyone have experience with good response and service for their Craftsman lawn tractors in the Snohomish county area of Washington.
And is there any other good alternative other than Sears to having repairs done on a Craftsman pro tractor… do Town and Country repair Craftsman tractors?

Marty
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Marty

Thanks for the info. I got the right mulch kit and it is too bad they did away with the easy blade replacement system. Seems to me to have been a good idea but maybe it did not work as well as expected. Anyway, I am looking forward to receiving the mower next week and will report my impressions.

Marty
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Marty

Hi again Paul. I ordered the Pro model 27042, 46″ lawn tractor and it should be here by the middle of next week. In anticipation I started to look at Pro model videos on Youtube and found this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIEU2lRHeT8, which shows the “easy” blade replacement system they have on Pro models. However, I have not seen this advertised as a feature, unless I missed it. It certainly is a good idea but here is the problem – I ordered the mulch kit and the blades for it are star hole blades whereas this “easy” system uses round hole blades.… Read more »

Seth
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Seth

Paul, your articles are best on the web. I am retiring a very old Craftsman manual transmission that I have used for towing a trailer, 4×8 high side often full of construction debris and landscape materials…mowing is secondary to me but a nice bonus…I am on a budget looking to stay around $2k. Am having a hard time understanding which of the New Craftsman’s are actual Garden tractors that would suit my needs. I read one of your other articles about don’t be fooled by low cost impersonators but it seems that in this article you are calling these garden… Read more »

Alan
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Alan

My new 27042 wad delivered yesterday. Any tips on measuring blade height for deck leveling? How are you getting under the deck to measure blade height, especially on the left side? My deck came WAY out of level. One side is 1.5″ higher than the other. The back is 1″ higher than the front. The blades are 3″ off the ground when the deck is all the way up, not 4″. I set the control at 3″ and adjusted the blades to 3″. Now 2″ on the lever is 2.5″ at the blade. I expected to level the deck upon… Read more »

Marty
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Marty

Paul, I bought the old 42″ Craftsman Pro PYT9000 back in 2011, based on many reviews – your included. It has been flawless but time to get another, possibly the new 46″. I wanted a Simplicity or Deere but after looking I simply could not justify the cost. I don’t know if you remember much about the 2011 model but in what ways is the 2018 an upgrade? They have many of the same features and I am particularly interested in any comparison of the two 24hp motors.

Ernest Feltman
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Ernest Feltman

Paul thanks for your comments and knowledge. I am looking into a new mower and would appreciate your input.I have a JD 102 42″ cut< I know it is a Briggs single cylinder. I know it is over 10 years old. It is still running and cutting.It is a Dana transaxle 5 speed. I have between 1/3 and1/2 acre to cut. The front and sides have a lot of zoysias grass.It is mostly rolling ground, The back fescue on 10 to 15-degree slope.The back is cut mostly sideway except when going downhill on the long straight part.I read so much… Read more »

Bryan
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Bryan

I have about 2 acres, semi rough terrain, steep incline on most of the back yard…I’m looking for a Garden Tractor with Diff Lock and have no idea which one to choose, this will be my first riding mower purchase. If it was you Paul, which would be your top 2 choices? Not concerned with the cost too much, although the Deere’s in this catagory are a bit steep.

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