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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