2018 Craftsman and Craftsman Pro Lawn and Garden Tractor Review

2018 Craftsman and Craftsman Pro Lawn and Garden Tractor Review

I’m going to leave this article up for a while but Craftsman and Craftsman Pro as you knew them at Sears is dead. Let me give you a few updates and where to buy equivalent lawn & garden tractors.

Craftsman Lawn Tractors, Yard Tractors and Craftsman Pro Tractors and zero-turn mowers sold at Sears

  1. Craftsman Lawn Tractors, Yard Tractors and Craftsman Pro Tractors and zero-turn mowers are no longer being made. You may still find a few at your local Sears Outlet and Sears Hometown stores.
  2. Parts for Craftsman Lawn Tractors, Yard Tractors, and Craftsman Pro Tractors are readily available through searspartsdirect.com. get the model number from under the seat of your tractor, put that model number in the search box and parts diagrams, parts listings and your owners manual will pop up. this is an independent company from the Sears store and I expect it to stay in business and thrive.
  3. Craftsman Yard Tractors and Craftsman Pro were made by MTD and essentially shared all the same components as the current model Cub Cadet Tractors. The only real difference was the engines and front steering. I have an article here going through the Cub Cadet Tractors.

    2020 Cub Cadet Lawn Tractors and Garden Tractors – The Best Selection

  4. Craftsman Lawn Tractors were inexpensive, price point mowers and had lighter components, frames, and cheaper engines. They were also made by MTD and resembled the low-price Troy-Bilt lawn tractors.
  5. The Craftsman name was sold to Stanley, Black & Decker (SBD). It appears they also ended up with the rights to use turn-tight steering and craftsman.com.
  6. SBD is now selling Craftsman branded products and the current lawn tractors appear to be very similar to the inexpensive lawn tractor and medium price yard tractor lines. I can’t verify this because at this time SBD has not made parts lists and parts diagrams available to the public.
  7. Before you buy a new Craftsman please talk to the seller and make sure you understand how to get parts and how to get warranty service BEFORE you buy. If the seller states they have a local repair shop I strongly suggest contacting that shop to make sure they will work on your Craftsman and perform warranty work if needed.

The rest of this article is obsolete: 

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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