Craftsman PTY 9000 Model 28972 26 HP 48 inch Professional Yard Tractor Review

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Craftsman Professional PYT 9000 26 HP 48 Inch Yard Tractor Model 28972 Review

Sears item# 07128972000 Mfr. model# 28972

PYT9000 Model 28972 26 hp 48 inch Craftsman Professional

PYT9000 Model 28972 26 hp 48 inch Craftsman Professional

The PYT 9000 model 28972 comes with the Briggs & Stratton 26 hp ELS V twin engine. It features a heavy duty 48 inch precision cut deck, Electric clutch,  deluxe analog gauges, and tricked out front bumper.

The 48 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.

If you want a decent mower that will mow 2 acres or more well and can handle a snow thrower this is one of the best mowers in the Craftsman lineup.


Premium hydrostatic/ automatic transmission with fender control

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

Heavy duty 48″ precision cut deck with 4 adj. gauge wheels. 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)


The 28972 is unique to the Craftsman line.  It is the only mower for 2009 with a 48 inch deck.  It fills a gap where the 42 inch decks are too small and the 54 inch decks are too big.  I think the PYT9000 28972 represents a 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 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 the non-ground engaging attachments Sears offers including a snow blade and snow thrower.


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 “lawn 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 48 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 mid-sized 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. It is capable of pulling a wide range of attachments.

Craftsman Professional PYT 9000 26 HP 48 Inch Yard Tractor Model 28972 Review

Sears item# 07128970000 Mfr. model# 28970 


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Hi, Paul.
What kind of oil should I use ? traight 30-W or synthetic 5w-30. I have heard that syn 5w-30 is the best for the pro series. What do you think? Please help. Thank you.


Hi Paul,
My name is Colin I bought this tractor this year and this is my first oil change. I went to Napa gave them the oil filter model number and the tech guy told me that Brigg and Stratton oil filters are all the same (even I told them that it was pro and 26 horse power series) went home and changed the oil. A week latter I was @ Sears and the tech guy told me a different version. I bought the correct filter anyway. Now I’m confused, please help, what should I do?

Thank Paul


I just bought my PYT 9000 46 inch deck,luv it and hope not to have problems. Very powerful compared to the Husky 2448.

Paul your support of the product is amazing-please keep me in the info loop.




I bought one of these in October 2009. I have have problems with many things falling apart. It is still under warranty and the technician has had to come out three times already and will be here again in another week or so. The parts that he has ordered in the past and now are the wrong ones. I am assuming that it is because the machine is discontinued. The mower works well when it is running, but I have not been able to use it for 2 of the 7 months that I have had it because of the… Read more »


How am I to buy maintenance parts for the PYT 9000 Model 28972 48" 26hp mower now that Sears no longer lists this product for sale?

John Westcott
John Westcott

I just bought one these at my local Sears Store. It was “on Sale” and marked as a clearance item. I bought the floor model. After looking at other lawn tractors in the 1300-1800 range I knew I found a great deal. I hope I was right.


Paul your assessment of this 48″tractor is right on target. The only next step for the public is another 3000.00 or more and go with a professional mower. My son bought 2-1/2 acres back in June of 09 and of course he needed a tractor. I let him use my 3 year old LT1042 42″Cub with a Kohler, and of course he likes it and when I cut his yard for him two weeks later I told him he would need a 46″ deck or so. After looking at the new Cubs LTX1046’s I felt the quality was falling off… Read more »

Guest there anyway to find out if my current Craftsman Snow Thrower 486.24853 will fit this machine? Or for that matter the upgraded Garden Tractors? My 2001 DLT 2000 #27223 is on it's last legs. That 20 HP Kohler was a really bad design..Head Gasket problems, and is starting to smoke again, and I'm tired of the machine nickle and diming me. Other than the motor, and I can't blame Sears for that..the tractor has been good, so I'm considering another Craftman. If this Snow Thrower will fit the newer models…this is a huge plus….cost wise. It states on the… Read more »

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