2009 Craftsman Revolution Model 28933 – Zero Turn Tractor Review

This tractor has been discontinued. I suggest you look at the Husqvarna 42 inch zero-turn as a better choice!

Craftsman Zero Turn Tractor – Revolution

Sears item# 07128933000 Mfr. model# 28933

Craftsman Revolution

Craftsman Revolution

Intro:

Sears likes to make mowers for every customer and new for 2009 is the Craftsman Revolution.  The Revolution is a new concept in zero-turn tractors that makes the zero turn mower practical for the normal homeowner.  Normal zero-turns take some training and practice to use on your lawn without damaging the lawn.  The new Craftsman Revolution tractor allows you to turn the mower inside it’s own length without divoting the lawn.

I went to the Sears website to look at the reviews and I came across the following.

“Now, I’ll admit … I was a bit worried about purchasing a product such as this brand new on the market. I had seen last year a very similar model offered by Cub Cadet, but decided against purchasing it largely because I’ve had my own issues with the Home Depot maintenance service. The capabilities of this product are endless, considering that I have been able to use both ground engaging attachments, such as my disc harrows, and been able to turn on a dime to avoid the bushes and lawn ornaments the wife likes to keep around. A couple things to note … The transmission system seems like it would be awkward, but it is quick and efficient. Transitioning from a straight drive to a quick 180′ turn takes little effort beyond slowing down. I did some extra research and discovered the deck is all 10gauge steel, and the nuts and bolts run at an 8 gauge, just slightly less then stainless. I was really astounded in the end by the value of the product. I did purchase the maintenance, and it did set me back, but I’m confident it will be worth it. The salesman mentioned that everything, spare the belts and blades, was covered for that full three years, and if the tractor makes it past that, I can’t see it having any issues in the long run. Great buy, though expensive … It will be will worth it.”

The Craftsman Revolution is similar to but not the same as the Cub Cadet iSeries ZTT® 42.   The Revolution has a more powerful 22 hp Briggs & Stratton Platinum V-Twin Engine.  A big advantage of the Revolution over the Cub Cadet is it comes with the Sears support.  No matter where you live in the United States you can receive at home service on your new Revolution Zero Turn Lawn Tractor.  You don’t need to haul it to a dealer,  just call 1-800-4MY-HOME and Sears will come right to your home and repair or service you lawn tractor.

Specs:

22 hp Engine, 42 inch deck,  heavy-duty twin hydrostatic transmission.  This transmission is not a twin hydro like the Sears literature states.  It is an Infinitrak system that is very different from hydrostatic transmissions.   You can go to http://www.infinitrak.com/  to learn more about this revolutionary transmission.  Ground drive CVT systems like the Infinitrak  (Infinitrac), NuVinci, and the automatic on the Model 28908 are going to positively change the way we mow lawns.

Deluxe seat with arm rests, large tires, steering grease zerks. Comes with a free grease gun to lube the steering.

AUTOMOTIVE STYLE RACK AND PINION STEERING

4 anti-scalp wheels, cruise control, electric PTO clutch, large platform, easy on and off the tractor.

Pros:

This mower will mow faster than any other 42 to 46 inch lawn tractor.  If you have 1-2 acres or more of lawn with lots of  obstacles and don’t want to spend the extra money for a commercial zero turn mower this is a good choice.

The 22 hp motor is large enough to mow at full speed under most conditions.

There is no learning curve like a zero-turn mower.  It is much easier to drive and more comfortable than the residential zero-turns.

This is also a lawn tractor and is capable of pulling all the non-ground engaging attachments Sears offers.

This lawn tractor is surprisingly maneuverable. It’s zero turning radius and 42-inch deck allow it to get around trees and shrubs very easily, thereby eliminating the need for a lot of trimming.

Cons:

This lawn tractor will zero-turn but is not a true zero-turn mower.  It will save you a lot of time over using a conventional lawn tractor, but it is not quite as fast in the turns as a true zero-turn lawn mower.

42 inch deck.  The deck size and mowing speed are suited for lawns less than 2 acres. (See “Mower Productivity Chart” tab at the top of this page)

Not as agile as a true commercial zero-turn.  Yes it will mow faster than a lawn tractor, but if you have a lot of landscaping, a large lawn, or many trees and obstacles to mow around a good zero-turn.

Having had my own lawn maintenance company I know how much damage you can do with a commercial zero-turn if you are not trained properly in it’s use.  I have had workers tear up trees, wreck lawn furniture, and even knock down fences using commercial zero turn mowers.  This is an excellent alternative to a true zero turn mower. It allows you to have all the benefits of a lawn tractor and a zero-turn all rolled into one mower.

One of the reviews on the Sears website states excessive transmission whine.  This is not a common problem for this type of mower and is usually a symptom of a tranny going bad.  I hope the new owners are working with Sears to get the problem fixed.  (Sears has a good track record of fixing the problem or getting you a new machine if they can’t fix it right away)  Because this is a new mower for Sears I would strongly suggest you purchase the optional  3YR In-Home Repair Protection Agreement.  This plan will not only fix warranty problems with the mower but takes care of wear and tear on the machine.  History shows that if you purchase this optional service plan Sears REALLY takes care of you.  If you are not mechanically inclined, don’t like to work on mowers, or just want to spend time with your family instead of servicing and repairing you lawn mower this is a good value for you.

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I have a 2009 Craftsman Revolution Zero Turn Riding Mower Model No. 247.28933. When the brake is pushed in the machine starts OK but when I let off the brake the engine dies. Is this a defective “Switch, Interlock (Brake) part or something else? If it is, the part no. is 725-04363. Where can I get one if this is the problem? If it is something else, where can I get a replacement part?

Jose Tristan
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Jose Tristan

My revolution will not kick the grass cutting past the Shute into the bags, grass is dry and only cutting 1/2 inch at most need help with solutions, Amarillo Texas

david massey
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david massey

My neighbor purchase a Sears riding lawn mower in 2011 and the Drive Train and Transmission are worn out after less than 10 hours of use..Model. no. 917-2800-10 …We were told that this drive unit is defective and not expected to last more than this amount of time,,PLEASE HELP..He has extended warranty and they want him to accept unit (SAME UNIT}

Dan Hobbs
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Dan Hobbs

Have used my Revolution now since the start of the summer, the “timed” blades are a great idea and mower ever blade BUT if the blade hits anything the least bit solid it will throw then out of time and the blades hit together ruining $75 worth of blades, dropping the deck is a “knuckle buster” the trans. noise is barable but is a worry according to many that have locked up. over all out of 10 this unit is a 7 with a potential of a 9

jenny
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Thanks for the review. My husband and I haven't had great luck with our Deere 110. We're looking at reviews like this as a starting point. thanks
.-= jenny´s last blog ..Wood Office Chairs =-.

Pete
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Pete

I purchased a Revolution this weekend and was hoping that this was going to be a good investment. I could not wait to get it out and cut my grass. I did read the owners manual and then got on the unit after I felt pretty familiar with it. I started it up and in doing so, I noticed a yellow sticker on the dash that said not to release the brake pedal with the engine at high throttle. I was curious why that would be on there since no other lawn tractor has anything like that. When I released… Read more »

Debra
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Debra

I just purchased the Revolution Mower. 2 cuttings -2 weeks later I had to call for service to come out for the brake would not lock [machine would jump] and it made all these metal grinding noises. Service said the trans axel needs to be replaced. Called the store, they ordered another one for me to switch out. Went to pick it up, it had a flat tire, the release rods would not work to push it off the crate,. When we hooked up the battery added gas, it sounded just like the machine I returned. So they got the… Read more »

Old Tractors for Sal
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Who designed your page? Looks great! Is it a free template you are using?

George
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George

After reading this review, I went and checked this unit out at the Sears store and it is a very sharp looking unit. I sat on it and the controls were all positioned well, and I was very comfortable. The salesman asked if I wanted to try it out and I took him up on the offer. We had problems pulling the release rods on the back and the transmission was frozen up. We managed to get it to an area to try it out. I started it up, then lifted my foot off of the brake to begin driving.… Read more »

N Kelly
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N Kelly

Hi Paul
I also am a small shareholder in Torotrak
I Thank you so much for your rapid correction to the review
Thanks again
All the Very Best
Nedsez

N Kelly
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N Kelly

Hi There.

22 hp Engine, 42 inch deck, heavy-duty dual hydrostatic transmission. The manufacture calls this transmission Infinitrak ''and is actually two hydro transmissions.'' One for each wheel.

The part between''-'' is still wrong

The infinitrak transmission is not hydrostatic

please go to http://www.infinitrak.com/
to see the full info on this totaly revolutionary transmission

also see http://www.torotrak.com/
for other developments of this system

All the Very Best

Nedsez

M ichael Rosenbaum
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M ichael Rosenbaum

P.S. have noticed one of the reviewers on the Sears Website mentions the Harrier Jump Jet- Overall Rating: 5 guys guys, February 20, 2009 By rubbish from Florida "Wow, Sears and Craftsman have unleashed technology that I can only equate to what I have seen in the Harrier Jump Jet. This thing is so smooth, silky, and quiet. When this thing is running, I liken the symphony produced by the transmissions to angels singing. I can only think to myself, can there be anything more beautiful. I feel so good about my purchase. The developers of this product have ‘cracked… Read more »

John Booth
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John Booth

I hope your use of "infamous" on http://todaysmower.com/?p=70 is a mistake. It is not a good advertisement for Sears' support.

"A big advantage of the Revolution over the Cub Cadet is it comes with the infamous Sears support."

M ichael Rosenbaum
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M ichael Rosenbaum

In your review for the Craftsman Revolution 28933 you provide “Specs” which says this machine has a hydrostatic transmission. However, it is my understanding that this machine’s IVT transmission is an Infinitrak TTT transmission, which is an early market example of a revolutionary new IVT system developed by Torotrak in the United Kingdom, and is definitely not a hydrostatic, which is heavier, louder, more complex and less efficient. Infinitrak is a joint venture by Torotrak and MTD. The TTT transmission is actually two IVT transmissions using toroidal variators to independently drive each rear wheel, making the zero turn facility much… Read more »

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