2009 Craftsman Professional 52 inch Zero Turn Mower PZT 9000 Model 28875 Review

This Mower has been discontinued.

PZT9000 52 inch

PZT9000 52 inc

Sears item# 07128875000 Mfr. model# 28875

This is the top of the line, best zero-turn mower in the Sears Craftsman riding mower line-up.  I classify this mower as a high end residential zero turn mower.  It has most of the advantages of a commercial zero-turns with the ease of maintenance of a residential mower.  This mower capable of  out performing all the other mowers in the Craftsman line.  For residential use this is one of the best zero turn mowers available today for the price.  It is priced hundreds of dollars less than the nearest competitor’s comparable zero turn.  If you like to mow lawn, and have lots of lawn to mow, this is the Craftsman mower for you.

The PZT9000 model 28975 comes with the Briggs & Stratton 26 hp ELS V twin engine. It features Hydro-Gear ZT-2800 Commercial Duty Hydrostatic Drive Trans-axle w/Variable Displacement Pumps, heavy duty 52 inch fabricated (welded) steel deck, and a 125 lb. ft. Warner electric clutch.

If you want the best zero turn for the money, with a heavy duty mower deck that will mow 3.5 acres an hour or more……. this is one.


  • 26 HP ELS V-Twin OHV engine with electric start
  • Premium spin-on oil filter and platinum spark plugs
  • Advanced Debris Management System with Cartridge-style Top-Loading Air Cleaner
  • Hydro-Gear® Commercial Duty ZT2800 Transaxles with Robust 1″ Axle shafts,cut steel gears for durability-Charge pump and high pressure relief valves for smooth quiet operation
  • Commercial Duty Warner®MagStop Electric Clutch with serviceable mid-pole brake
  • Outstanding quality of cut at speeds up to 8 mph
  • Dual fuel tanks with 8.5 gallon fuel capacity
  • Self adjusting single belt trans-axle drive and single deck drive belt
  • Deck lift foot assist.
  • Adjustable high back bucket seat with adjustable armrests

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)


Compare this mower to the Toro Titan, John Deere Estate Series Z-Trak, Bad Boy ZT series and the Simplicity ZT 4000.    I think the PYT9000 28975 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 26 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 zero turn mower is capable of handling many pull behind attachments Sears offers including a yard carts and spreaders.

At this time Craftsman does not have bagger listed for this mower that I can find on their website.  If you want a bagger you can get one through bobcatturf. Bobcat makes the mower for Craftsman


There is a “learning curve” with zero-turn mowers.  Two lever control zero-turn mowers drive just like a shopping cart, but it takes some practice to keep the inside wheel from digging divots in your lawn when doing 180 degree turns.  ( A 1/2 hour of practicing is usually enough to learn.  When you are turning watch the rear wheel on the inside of the turn and move the levers so it keeps turning as you make your turn.  If you pivot on the inside wheel you will dig holes in your yard.)

Do not confuse the PZT 9000 with a high end commercial zero-turn mower.  Although it is built better, stronger and designed to mow faster than many commercial machines, in my opinion this is a high end residential mower.  It will give you years and years of service on your 15 acre lawn, but it is not designed to mow 8 to 10 hours a days, 7 days a week like the high end ExMark, Wright, Ferris and Toro commercial machines.  The difference between this machine and a high end commercial zero-turn is the drive system.  The heavy duty commercial zero-turns use a pump and motor for each rear wheel.  The PZT9000 uses a dual hydrostatic trans-axle.  You will never break this drive system mowing your 5 to 20 acre lawn, but a commercial mower who uses his machine 40 to 50 hours a week probably would.

This mower is built better than the normal consumer zero turn mower and is well worth the extra money.    It does not have the features or the life expectancy of a high end commercial machine. High end commercial mowers of course cost thousands much more than this one. (A typical heavy duty commercial mower costs 7 to 15 thousand dollars.  I have a 72 inch zero turn KutKwik that retailed for $36,000 )

There are very few negatives with this mower as long as you understand that it is a good quality riding lawn 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 “great value for the money”  rating.

Craftsman Professional 52 inch Zero Turn Mower PZT9000 Model 28875 Review

Sears item# 07128875000 Mfr. model# 28875


    • Paul Sikkema
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