Craftsman Professional PGT 9000 28 HP 54 Inch Garden Tractor Model 28974 Review

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07128974000 Craftsman Professional PGT 9000 28 HP 54 Inch Model 28974 Garden Tractor Review

Sears item# 07128974000 Mfr. model# 28974

This is the top of the line, best tractor in the Sears Craftsman Mower Line-up.  It is a heavy duty garden tractor capable of performing all the tasks for your acreage including using ground breaking attachments.  This is one of the best two wheel drive garden tractors available today and it is priced hundreds of dollars less than the nearest competitor’s tractor.

The PYT9000 model 28974 comes with the Briggs & Stratton 28 hp ELS V twin engine with Electronic Fuel Management (EFM). It features a heavy duty hydrostatic transmission, heavy duty 54 inch precision cut deck, electric clutch, deluxe analog gauges, and tricked out front bumper.

The 54 inch deck is a made of thicker steel than the decks on the red and gray Craftsman mowers. The deck is vented on the top to allow more air into the deck allowing the airflow of the cutting blades to stand the grass up better and give an even cut.

If you want the best garden tractor for the money, with a heavy duty mower that will mow 2 to 5 acres or more well, and can handle a snow thrower ……. this is one.

Specs:

Premium hydrostatic/ automatic transmission with foot control

28 hp Briggs & Stratton ELS (Extended Life Series) V-Twin Engine

Heavy duty 54″ precision cut deck with 4 adj. gauge wheels. Front nose roller. Spring loaded deck lift system. Washout port on deck.

Electric clutch for ease of engaging the blades

Cast iron front axle, bumper included, deluxe gauges

High-back seat with automotive style adjustable seat system

2 year full warranty (manufacture defects only), 5 year frame/front axle, optional 3 yr Protection Agreement (covers all of the lawn tractor including wear and tear, labor, and attachments bought with the mower)

Pros:

Compare this mower to the Model 28861 26 HP/54″ Garden Tractor.   The 28974 has a larger motor and heavier deck. This tractor is more powerful than any garden tractor Sears Craftsman has produced and fills the niche for a high horsepower large deck garden tractor well. I think the PYT9000 28974 represents a very good value and a machine that if taken care of properly will last you a long time.

As you know I like Kohler engines, but Briggs & Stratton has really produced a great motor in the 28 hp Extended Life Series. The Briggs engineers I know are proud of this motor and feel it is the best motor Briggs has ever produced and maybe the best motor for lawn tractors in production today. The ELS motor features advanced debris management, anti-vibration system, chrome plated exhaust valve, Dura-Bore Cast Iron Sleeve (cylinder liner), full pressure lubrication with spin-on oil filter, heavy-duty upper bearing, and automotive style oil fill tube and dipstick.

This yard tractor is capable of handling all attachments Sears offers including a snow/dozer blade and snow thrower.

Cons:

Do not confuse the PYT 9000 with a commercial mower. While this mower is built better than the normal consumer mower it does not have the features or the life expectancy of a true commercial machine. (No one makes a commercial “garden tractor”) Commercial mowers have 7 gauge, 5 inch deep decks and 1/4 inch thick box tube frames. Commercial mowers cost thousands more than consumer models. (A typical 50 inch commercial mower costs 7 to 10 thousand dollars )

There are very few negatives with this mower as long as you understand that it is a good quality garden mower designed to mow lawns well. It is heavier built than a normal consumer mower. I like this lawn mower for what it is designed for.  I give this mower a “best buy”  It is capable of pulling a wide range of attachments.

Craftsman Professional PGT 9000 28 HP 54 Inch Model 28974 Garden Tractor Review

Sears item# 07128974000 Mfr. model# 28974 

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JOEL R WRIGHT

Paul, quick question. I have a Craftsman 2009 YTS 4500, very similar to this one (26 HP Kohler, 54 inch deck) I am trying to find out if the craftsman snowblower part # 486. 248463 will fit. I haven’t been able to find this blower anywhere online. Any advice would be helpful.

Dwayne Watson
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Dwayne Watson

I have a craftsman 9000 54″ lawn tractor. It has just a little over 40 hrs on it. While cutting the grass, it stalled suddenly…..ever since then it has no power while mowing.
I changed the plugs, one was a bit wet, and this helped some. Any ideas why this mower is losing power?
The tractor has the Koehler engine

Jared Smith
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Jared Smith

I have a PGT 9000, 28hp, Craftsman with the 54″ deck. We mow well graded lawn and pathways on 3+ acres in Vermont. There are slopes and decent hills. It starts and runs nicely. The engine run solid and smooth. This year it does not want respond to the drive pedal. It will eventually groan a bit and creep around on level ground. But the transmission (G7 00) does not have any of its usual pep. I have goofed around with it some; cleaned up around the transmission and rattled the rods and actuator plates for loose or missing parts;… Read more »

Stu
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Stu

I have an unusual problem… at least I have never experienced this issue. My Craftsman PGT 9000 gas tank shows “empty” through the clear plastic gas tank container yet I cannot pour any more gas into the filler hole. The tractor runs for approximately 5 minutes then shuts down. I then pour as much gas into the filler hole as possible (which is only VERY little) until it shows topped off. Again the tank visually shows empty. What do I do? Stu

Laurence
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Laurence

Hi Paul, Thanks for the (very) quick response! It is good to know about the 12 gauge frames being so very durable and hardy even under real-life stress loads as previously mentioned. And yet, even after hearing that, if given the option, you know I’d still prefer a 9 gauge frame (if possible). Additionally, because I want to use it as a little garden tractor (and not for mowing grass), I have no interest in the tight turn steering. Do you know of any Craftsman garden tractors that *do not* have the tight turn technology (but the 12″ to 18″… Read more »

Laurence
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Hi Paul, Just the other day I was over at a Sears store (I’m in N.S., Canada) and they had a PGT 9000 in store, and he told me that more are on the way. The PGT in store looks a lot like the model which is listed as a PYT found at Sears.ca (included link. . .); however the PGT had a Kohler Courage Plus engine (with either a 24 or 26 HP – sorry, don’t recall); and the transaxle on the PGT was marked as a G7 (with a bunch of other digits following). I am wondering if… Read more »

Jerry Maler
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Jerry Maler

The Parking Brake on my 7/2010 PYT9000 24hp/48″ will not disengage, I have a three year Repair Protection Agreement. Before I make the call just wanted to know if there is a simple fix. I have check for trash that may be jammed into any linkage on the underside but all appears to be clean. any ideas?

david
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david

please let me know where i can find a parts list and wiring diagram for craftsman 917.28974 28hp 54″ lawn tractor. thanks

Rusty
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Rusty

Paul,
I purchased the PGT 9000 28hp 54″ in 2009. It has been an excellent mower, up until a week ago. It suddenly stopped while mowing. It blew the fuse. I replaced the battery, solenoid, and ignition switch. It continues to blow the fuse, every time I turn the key on. I have traced out the wiring and placed it on a volt meter. I cannot find where the problem may be. Can you assist me where to look next?

Thank you,

Joe A
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Joe A

I am considering the Craftsman Professional 26 hp 46″ Hydrostatic Yard Tractor versus the Craftsman 42″ 24hp V-Twin Briggs & Stratton Yard Tractor. I have some steep hills on my property but mostly the steep part is to get up to my shed.

Do you know if the hydrstatic drive is different for each of these and is one heavier duty than the other?

I want to make sure the engine is powerful enough and the drive can handle the hills. I recently had 20hp 48″ crafstman but the engine wore out.

Thanks,
Joe

Chad
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Chad

Good afternoon. I am writing to see if anyone else has had any similar problems. I purchased my Craftsman PGT9000 in April 2009. It has worked great for the last two years however, last night, after I had removed the deck for cleaning, I notice there was a huge crack in the frame! After I looked at the parts list, I noticed that the frame is one solid piece and this was not just from a bolt or something coming undone. I have contacted customer support and they tell me that the tractor is only covered for two years however,… Read more »

Stu
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Stu

Hi Paul, I have been enjoying my Craftsman Professional PGT 9000 28 HP 54 Inch Model 28974 Garden Tractor for about 2 years now. I posted when I first took delivery and you were most helpful! Question: I tried to start the tractor yesterday and got nothing but a “clicking” sound. I waited about 10 minutes and then tried again. All I heard during this try was an engine “trying” to kick over… but not coming close. Would this be a near-dead battery? Or something worse? I tried several times with the same result. Also, anything I need to remember… Read more »

Bob
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Bob

We are replacing a Sears GT6500 about 4 years old with 700 hours and abent frame. Looking at the PGT9000 bugt I see two different model numbers. What is the difference? I suspect on is newer nad a different manufacturer – deck is 12 gauge rather than 10 but listed as heavier. The model numbers are 28974 and 28984. I would appreciate any help – which is better? I also have concerns about the Electric Lift and we have uneven ground and obsticles.

Carl
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We also need the PGT-9000 or better for our 3.55 acres, only, they all sold out, now we’re waiting for the new models we where told will arrive in mid Feb…

chris
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chris

what month does sears useually come out with the 2010 models

chris
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chris

do you have any info on the snapper tractors they sell at sears I haven’t been able to find any review info on them I spoke to snapper teck department and they said that the Turbo Collection System that is belt driven from the mower deck will work with the LT 125

Kale
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Kale

Great site. Who makes the 9000 series for Craftsman? Also, is getting parts from Sears any better than it use to be?

Jim
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Is there a difference between the PYT and the PGT 9000 with 28hp Briggs?

Web site shows both but does not tell anything different.

Thanks
.-= Jim´s last blog ..By: Carl Mikael Borsing =-.

Carl Mikael Borsing
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Hello, Nice implements there, thank you for those links. Wouldn’t it be nice with a mini loader and backhoe for the Craftsman GT9000 ?, although with the scoop and fastening structure in steel and those arms etc in Aluminum to save weight / increase lift capacity. I don’t believe the GT9000 have a usable hydraulic system built in (we’re getting the hydrostatic transmission) also using the “mower PTO” would mean that the deck would have to come off?. The reason I like the Johnny bucket is that it’s very easy to install, doesn’t interfere with the mower deck and the… Read more »

Carl Mikael Borsing
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Hi, We just purchased a house on 3.44 acres. Because we have many plans for this property we originally intended to purchase a compact tractor such as the Kubota (with loader and backhoe). Later after we thought through how many implements we will need to purchase, I looked at a refurbished Yanmar. Still at “the end of the day” we both decided that the Craftsman GT9000 together with the Craftsman rotary tiller, Chipper vac and a few more garden /yard implements should be sufficient. The missing loader will have to be “compromised” by installing an electric actuated scoop called the… Read more »

Bummed in NC
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Bummed in NC

So I took your advice and ordered the Craftsman GT 5000 26 HP/54" Garden Tractor it would be delivered 9/11. I tried to take your advice and have them to "I would ask them for one of those and have them throw in a deluxe bumper." And since this tractor is LESS than the purchase value of my dead tractor I did not think it was a problem. Oh, we were both wrong. Quick History: I purchased my on April 11th It died in mid-June On July 2nd I call for support (within 90 return window) Tech was scheduled 2… Read more »

Bummed in NC
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Bummed in NC

So, I purchased a PGT 9000 model 289740 was very happy until it just died while mowing. The main fuse blew.. I replaced and it continued to blow every time I would try and start it.. Called Sears and after a few service calls the service tech stated that there was a product recall on the electronic fuel maintenance system and Sears CANNOT get the part. After 2 months and my grass standing at 3feet, Sears is willing to replace it, same model or a different model..

What to do??

Pastor Stu
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Pastor Stu

Paul, I love your Website! I just purchased a Craftsman Professional PGT 9000 28 HP 54 Inch Model 28974 Garden Tractor yesterday. I will take delivery on July 17. I am VERY happy to see you seem to offer a vote of confidence for that model. I have rough terrain where I'll be cutting and felt this model would "hold-up" to that. Is it true the 28974 uses a heavier frame? My only concern is I have noticed on the net that many people are complaining about frequent "broken belts" on the Crafstman models — even when new. Not this… Read more »

WVU Mountaineer Fan
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WVU Mountaineer Fan

I have been all over the net and this town (Columbia, SC) looking at tractors, driving myself, my wife, and all the sales people nuts in the process. Here is my issue, and my concerns: I have a 13 year old MTD Industrial/Commercial Yard Machine. I paid about $1700 at Lowes for it when I bought it in ’96. It has a 18.5 HP twin Kohler, with a 46″ cut. Unknown to me at the time, it would turn out to be one of the best purchases I have ever made in my life. This machine is a BEAST, and… Read more »

Rocco
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Rocco

I bought yesterday the Craftsman Excellerator GT5000 Model 28947 and I was still undecided, even if the salesman help me. I was not sure and I did some research online and I came across your website. You are the only website that gave me the information that I need it. Today I went back to Sears and I cancel my order and I ordered the Craftsman Professional PGT 9000 28 HP 54 Inch Garden Tractor Model 28974. It cost me $200 more, but I finally got what I want it. I will take delivery next Tuesday May 19 and I… Read more »

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