2009 Craftsman YT 3000 YT3000 Yard Tractor Review

I just finished the reviews for the new YT 3000 with Turn Tight.  You will want to read all about these new tractors that replace the ones on this page.  Click on the links below to read my reviews:

craftsman-yt-3000-42-inch-B&S 21-hp-riding-lawn-tractor-model-28851-review/

craftsman-yt-3000-46-inch-B&S 21-hp-riding-lawn-tractor-model-28852-review/

craftsman-yt-3000-46-inch-Kohler 22-hp-riding-lawn-tractor-model-28853-review/

2010 Models:  Click on the link below to go to the review.

2010 Model 28921 Review
2010 Model 28922 Review
2010 Model 28924 Review
2010 Model 28934 Review

This review covers the following four yard tractors:

Craftsman YT 3000 21 HP 42″ Yard Tractor
Sears item# 07128921000 Mfr. model# 28921

Craftsman YT 3000 21 HP 42″ Yard Tractor
Sears item# 07128922000 Mfr. model# 28922

Craftsman YT 3000 21 HP/46″ Yard Tractor
Sears item# 07128924000 Mfr. model# 28924

Craftsman YT 3000 22 HP/42″ Yard Tractor
Sears item# 07128934000 Mfr. model# 28934

 

Craftsman YT 3000 21 hp 46 inch deck

For 60 to 370 dollars more than the Craftsman Model 28910 Lawn Tractor you can move up to the mid-sized yard tractor series. These models feature the new Craftsman style step through operator’s platform, pressurized lube engine, and a 42 or 46 inch deck redesigned around the 46 inch Model 28724 Consumer Reports 2008 Best Buy.

If you want a mower that will mow 1 1/2 to 2 acres an hour well, handle a snow blade, and all the non-ground engaging attachments this is the mower in the Craftsman lineup that will do the job for you.  This tractor is heavy enough to handle hilly and rough lawns.  There are other mowers in the Craftsman lineup that will mow faster, or pull more but this is a great all around mowing machine.

Specs:

Model 28921 six speed manual.   Models 28922, 28924, 28934 Hydrostatic transmission

Models 28921,  28922, 28924, 21 hp Briggs & Stratton Platinum Series Full Pressure Engine with oil filter, Model 28934 Kohler Pro Engine

Models 28921, 28922, 28934 42 inch 2 blade mower deck. 13 gauge steel. Model 28924 46 inch 2 blade mower deck

Four gauge wheels.  If your lawn is hilly and rough gauge wheels helps to keep the deck from gouging and tearing up your lawn.  The mower deck does not rest on these wheels during normal mowing so they don’t wear out.

Red tractor, red deck

11 gauge steel frame

Cast iron front axle

High-back seat

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

Pros:

I like the mid-size YT 3000 series.  I think they represent a good value and a machine that if taken care of properly will last you a long time.

These yard tractors are capable of pulling all the non-ground engaging attachments Sears offers including a snow blade.

Cons:

The YT 3000 is heavy enough, but I recommend going to a twin cylinder motor (YT 4000)  if you want to attach a  snow thrower.   You will wish you had bought a larger engine for snow throwing.

Consumer Reports gave the 2008 46 inch model a best buy and Sears.com went though the whole line this winter and redesigned the other decks to mow as well.   (The Craftsman YT 3000 model 28924 is the 2009 version of the 2008 Craftsman YS 4500 model 28724 Consumer Reports best buy)  There are very few negatives with this mower as long as you understand that it is a good quality mid-sized mower designed to mow lawns well.  I like this lawn mower for what it is designed for. It is capable of pulling a wide range of attachments and using a snow plow. 

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I am trying to reinstall my mower deck on my 46 inch Craftsman YT3000. After reinstallation I could not remember how to reinstall the front attachment point to the tractors attachment point. It has an 10 inch I think rod that goes through a hole in the front of tractor then connects to front of mower deck. There are two nuts and a bushing on it and I can’t figure out what goes in front of forward attachment point and what goes behind it.

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Kevin Craig

Paul; I have a Sears YT3000 Lawn Tractor, 21 hp platinum series Briggs & Stratton gas engine, 46″ deck, model # 917.288526. I have ran it several times this season already, however, yesterday after running it for a while and shutting it off and then trying to restart after a few minutes, it wouldn’t start. It does spin over good and it does fire 3-4 times, but does not start. If you try to start again right away, it only spins without firing. Wait a few minutes and it will fire 3-4 times and not start. It did disconnect the… Read more »

Andrew
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Andrew

Hi Paul, Recently, one of the supports on the deck of my tractor broke off. By support, I mean the painted metal piece that appears to have a tab inserted into a notch in the deck itself and is then spot welded at a few points to the deck. The welds broke off and separate from the deck, so now the left side is hanging down and the tractor is unusable as a lawn mower. Hoping you can picture what I’m trying to explain. In terms of what I think needs to happen: remove the deck, take it to a… Read more »

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matt

I have a yts 3000 like many of yall. 2 make a long story short it was my brothers and he let it sit in the rain for 2 years. So I got it this summer and fixed it up put new gas line on it with new gas filter and changed all the oil and everything. Run it 3 times worked perfect. It got to a point where it wouldn’t run cleaned carburetor twice started working again but when u put it in high mode where it’s suppose to cut grass and u turn the blades on it Boggs… Read more »

doug
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doug

Paul,
I have starting issues with my YT3000. With the clutch pushed in, and turning the key I get nothing. If I hold the key in start, and repeatedly depress the clutch it will start at some point usually three to five depressions. I think either seat switch or a clutch safety. What you think?
Doug in Salem, OR

MJA
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MJA

hello,

it’s been a long time since my last visit 🙂

which fuel filter brand/micron size do you recommend for the 2009 YT 3000 28922 model?

can I use the 125 or 150 micron? it feels like the 40 micron isn’t good enough when the gas level is under 40% in the fuel tank.

jerry
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Hi Paul,
It’s been a while since I sought your expertise. After warming up my YT3000, when I then try to go forward, backward or engage my snowthrower I immediately stall out. The engine sounds fine otherwise…what do you think?
Thanks!
Jerry

MJA
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MJA

2009 YT3000-28922 model

been along time since the last time I posted here.lol

last month I changed oil,,battery,spark plug,Air filter and gas filter(right flow way:-) ) now every time I use it it shots off after 15/25 min during the mowing.

any ideas why? thanks

Bryan
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Bryan

Paul, I have the 28921 and have had it for 2 yrs. its starting to squeak alot around the front wheels when I turn. Do you know what that could be. do I need to grease the front bearings?

Charlie
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Charlie

I’ve had the YT3000 28922 for two years and am not pleased with the unevenness of the cut. I’ve been using the Gator Blades, but recently have taken off the mulch cap and just using the side shoot. I cut the grass in a clockwise fashing leaving a wide strip of clipping at the end which I then pick up with a sweeper. The lawn is healthy and thick and grows quickly especially in the spring and early/mid summer, so that I have to cut it at least once a week and the grass can get quite high even during… Read more »

Phil
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Phil

Paul,

Is there a list of the part numbers I need for the maintenance of my 2009 28922? I want to replace the spark plugs, filters, and change the oil. Does anyone sell a package with these items that I can use?

Thanks,
Phil

mike
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mike

i purchased a 2009 yt3000 46 inch model number 28924 including the three year protection plan a day ago and used it for the first time. start up was smooth, but when i engaged the blades it started to make a loud rattle noise and rattled some. after a while the rattle went away. about 40 minutes later into mowing my yard with the engine started to stall, sputter, and eventually turned off as i was mowing. i tried to turn the mower back on, but was unsuccessful. i then noticed the freewheel control / transmission disengaged on its own… Read more »

jerry
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Hi Paul, I’m back again, with what I fear is a bigger issue. I had no problem getting through nearly 2 ft of snow the other day (couple of passes) with my YT3000 with the 42″ snow thrower. However, when I started to do a little extra clearing yesterday, there was a “bang”, the tractor stopped dead and some smoke came out of the engine. No luck starting it again, with just a click when I turn the key. I appear to have enough oil (5W30 for cold weather), though I might not have warmed it up as long as… Read more »

Kathy
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Kathy

I purchased a Craftsman YTS300— no owners manual left when they delivered it. I can get it started and drive it but am unable to engage the blades to cut the grass. Any suggestions?? I am sure that I am missing something really simple to get it to cut the grass.

jerry
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Hi Paul, I really appreciate all your info here. I'm having another transmission problem after pulling a trailer with about a 250 lb load of wood on a path. I went over a couple of bumps, and noticed the motion control lever felt loose. The tractor continued moving, but gradually slowed to a stop. I discovered the link shift was hanging. After I reattached, the tractor only went in reverse! The belt is fine, and I don't see anything else amiss (though the Rod Spring Bypass is missing, but don't recall ever seeing it before). Right now, the tractor doesn't… Read more »

Phil M.
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Phil M.

Paul,

I have a new 28922 that I used for the second time this season. While cutting, the mower stopped moving. The engine still runs, the blades still spin, but I cannot go foward or reverse. I used the tractor maybe 10 times since I got it last August. Any thoughts?

Thanks-Phil

Jesse Williams
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Jesse Williams

Well I finally pulled the trigger and ordered the Craftsman YT 3000 21 HP/46″ Yard Tractor Sears item# 07128924000 Mfr. model# 28924. I have been really reading the reviews for this tractor for over a year contemplating and watching the prices. All reviews looked good a few bad ones here and there that look like they may be fluke items. I did get the extra 3 yr warranty as a precautionary measure as if the tractor does run into problems. I read and read the extra protection plan and it looks like it will cover basically everything except routine mantenice.… Read more »

ron
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ron

paul
I am undecided on the lt2000 or the yt3000 my issue is I have property up in the mountains in ga and really don’t have a lawn but where as it is in the woods I have tons of oak trees and I purchased a dr tow behind leaf and lawn vac for this leaf problem the yard is uneven but not with ruts just sloped now the unit weighs 245lbs with a 300lb capacity I plan to use it just for spring/fall cleanup do I need the yt3000 or will the 2000 19.5 b&s surfice
thanks
ron

steve
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Paul, So I bought the 24 HP YT4000 with the hydro trans. 28926 I think is the item number…It pulls the trailers up the hill easily but makes a whining/grinding noise that seems to be coming from the tranny. There's no loss in power though. Is this normal or does this mean i'm overloading it? It seems to happen when i'm on the steepest part of the slope. However, I just plowed with it and pushed deep, heavy, wet snow and had no problems. The only time it acted up was when i was backing the tractor up with the… Read more »

Andrew
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Andrew

Paul, Thanks for all your help in the past. Another question for you. I got an old 42″ snow blade from my father-in-law, model number 486.24443. I’ll need to search his garage or shed for the brackets, some hardware (bolts, cotter pin, etc), as well as the pivot rod, which appears to be missing. Assuming I can obtain these parts, do you know if it is compatible with my YT3000? Because I don’t have the bracket, I can’t see if it matches up to the YT3000. Fyi, I found the 486.24443 manual here and am going off the diagrams compared… Read more »

Andy
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Andy

I bought a YT 3000 Model 28922 to replace an old Craftsman tractor and want to reuse the bagger. It looks like the bracket that holds the bagger on the back of the tractor will fit on the YT 3000, so I just need to buy a new chute that will fit the new deck. What's the right part number for the chute for the 28922?

Bryan
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Bryan

I tried using the deck wash for the first time. how long do i let it run for? I did for a couple minutes and it still has lots of dirt and grass caked onto the deck. not sure im doing it right.

David
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David

Just purchased a 917.28924 at a Sears Outlet Store. Engine and tranny are smooth as silk. However, with blades engaged, there is a severe vibration. I checked the blades, they seem OK-not bent/no dents. The blade mandrels are securely fastened. I engaged the mower deck with the blades removed, and I notice that the belt seems to flap, specifically on the long run between the two blade pulleys. Same thing happens with the blades installed. The tensioning pulley seems fully engaged on the belt when I move the lever to engage the blades; in other words it is providing as… Read more »

Steve
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Paul, I am looking to purchase the 28922 with he 42″ deck. It seems to get great reviews and do a little of everything. I can’t seem to find a hauling weight limit though. I have a small jetski (about 200 lbs) on a trailer, and a sailboat (about 250 lbs) on another trailer. I would like to use this tractor to move the trailers (separately of course)around in my yard and specifically to get them up the hill in my back yard which is about a 15-20% slope. Is this a possibility for this tractor or do i need… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

Regarding my 28922, I’m noticing a fair amount of clippings being thrown out the right front corner of the mower deck. Happens both when bagging and with the mulching kit adapter plate in place.

Is this normal for these tractors? So far I’ve been using deck height 5 and 6 only.

Jim
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Jim

Wondering if I got a lemon. Wednesday, 9/23, I took delivery of a YT3000 (28922) After checking the oil level and finding it to be OK I added some gas and fired it up. Ran for almost a minute before it quit. Visual inspection showed the fuel filter to be empty. After I removed then reinstalled it the filter now only shows about 1/3 full. But it runs OK. Next I had what I thought to be a transmission problem. Lots of noise. Some before engaging forward or reverse, then it get worse. Making a long story short a close… Read more »

jerry
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Hi, I just purchased the 288922 w/42″ deck. A little disappointed with how it cut slightly higher grass, as it had a harder time moving through it than my LT 2000. However, the 3rd time I used the tractor I was slowly towing an empty trailer to get some wood, and it just flat out stopped – the transmission would no longer engage. I could of sworn I heard what sounded like a high pitched release of air when it happened. The belt seems fine, and I didn’t see any parts that could have fallen off. I even tried going… Read more »

Phil M.
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Phil M.

Hello, I recently purchased the 28922 and replaced the stock blades with the advanced mulching blades. Yesterday I cut the lawn and bagged for the first time with the new blades. The lawn was very dry and there were some leaves on the ground that I was hoping to see shredded into the bagger. However, my bagger filled up rather quickly and I noticed whole leaves in the bagger without being chopped. I had to empty three times. The bagger eventually became clogged with leaves and grass. Am I doing something wrong? I installed the blades with the curved part… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

Hi, I have my selection narrowed down to model # 28934 -Craftsman YT 3000 22 HP with the Kohler Courage Engine versus the Craftsman YT 4000 24 HP with the Briggs & Stratton Platinum V-Twin Engine. They are both currently the same price(although I would have to pay the extra $40 for the service minder on the 3000). These look like the same tractor with only the engine being different. I tend to be a bigger believer in Kohler engines, but the new B&S V-twin seems like a very solid engine. I see that you went with the Kohler over… Read more »

Bill
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Bill

Paul-

I have the 28922. I have a question about the enigne oil. I cannot find a viscocity reccomendation in the manual (am I just not seeing it?). This may be a "marketing" thing to encourage the use of Craftsman brand engine oil?

Can you tell me the visccity I should use if I choose to use non-Sears sources for my oil?

I live in the Southeast, and do not anticipate ever operating my tractor in below freezing temperatures.

Thank you!

Gerry Whitacre
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Gerry Whitacre

I just purchased a YT 42 IN,CM 22HP K HYDR. The ARM BRAKE MOWER Model 917.289342 Mower Deck Key NO 60 PN 199478 is against the pulley with blades engaged. It might appear to be an adjustment, but even it the adjustment nut is all the way in it does not appearr to be a adequate. It also is at a severe angle to the pulley. It will soon wear through and be metal to metal even if it could be adjusted. The parts appear to be correct and nothing looks bent or distorted. What do you suggest. The other… Read more »

Linda
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Linda

Hello,

My husband and I are deciding between the John Deere LA115 and the Craftsman 28934. We have about .5-.75 of an acre with mostly mild slopes. With the sales, the prices are pretty comparable. We plan on just mowing with them and maybe towing brush. What is your opinion of the John Deere LA115?

Thank you

Barry
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Barry

In one of the posts above you mentioned that the 42 inch deck will fit easily in a pickup. Will the 46 inch deck not fit? I would like to pick up the mower when I purchase it.

Barry

Dave
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Dave

I just picked up my 28924 today and followed all of the first time use instructions. After setting it up I cut my yard, which is just over one acre and mostly flat. Overall I am satisfied. It did a nice job with grass, which was very tall and thick, only bogging slightly on the extra thick stuff in a couple of low areas. The mower does vibrate a bit more than I would like with the blade engaged. I do not think it's to the point where something might be wrong, rather just the way a mower in this… Read more »

Armand
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Armand

I am trying to decide between a 28922 and a 28924. The Sears catalog states that it has a 42" deck vs a 46" deck. I see that the 42" deck is more popular and I assume would mean easier replacements and repairs. Another difference that they show is a "2 Three-In-One" vs "2 Hi-lift" blades. What do these mean? Regardless of which mower I pick, I would want them to be able to "mulch". Do I need to buy anything else with either mower to make them mulch? Lastly, under the service minder row, it shows "Optional" for both… Read more »

Don
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Don

A couple of comments and a question about using the 71-24621 brush guard with this mower. I chose this brush guard when I bought the mower instead of the front bumper because my yard is mostly surrounded by forest and I have to mow right up into the undergrowth to keep it from constantly encroaching on the lawn. I wanted something to help ward off scraping the paint with low hanging brush. First the comments. In order to raise the engine cover the brush guard first has to be lowered. To do this you need to simultaneously release the latches… Read more »

Darren
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Darren

I have a 2 month old yt3000 42" with the briggs and hydro. My Mom who is 115 pounds uses it. When she engaged the blades it would almost die. The last time she used it when she engaged the blades it backfired and the lever went limp. I found a cast iron bracket behind the gas tank that had been broke. Sears is coming out next week to look at it. Should this be covered under warrantee? thanks

Alan
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Alan

The Oregeon site is a bit confusing. We're talking about the Gator mulching 3-in-1 blades, I assume? And I don't see the LTX1045 listed. Is looking at a "46 inch" deck all I need to do or should I just call ask them?

Alan
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Alan

So, a local dealer is offering a 2 yea old Cub Cadet LTX 1045 with a 46 inch deck and a brand new Kohlet 20HP engine (apparently the previous owner neglected to put oil in the orginal) for $850. I've been looking at the Sears 28934 because I like automatics and the foot pedals, mostly. Money is a little tight right now so the price appeals to me, but I don't want to be shortsighted either. My lawn is probably about 3/4 acre and the only thing I plan on putting on the back of it is a bagger. Is… Read more »

Bill
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Bill

Paul, I have the 28922. To level the deck, the manual says you need to measure the blade height at each side of the deck. I decided that was too difficult, and as you suggested, I instead made my adjustments by measuring the height of the deck itself at the four corners. I then discovered that the manual is correct. With the deck almost perfectly the same height at the four corners, I found I got a worse cut. When I instead set everything up by blade height, I get an even cut, but the deck height is no longer… Read more »

Bryan
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Bryan

Paul, hopefully you can help me again. I have the 28922 and have been really disappointed in the cut of the mower. now this is my first rider so it could be user error or the fact that i am expecting too much out of it. but the mower does a real bad job on the level of cut and missing spots. i feel like i have to go real slow for it to cut the whole path completely. i have adjusted the mower deck but not the wheels so that could be part. but why would it still miss… Read more »

Evan
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Evan

Hello Paul, I am happy to have found this web page. I am a proud new owner of a 2009 Craftsman YT3000 21HP 42″ deck #28922. I read the manual front to back and created my own check list of things to check/do prior to my first use. IE: check tires for correct air pressure oil, air filter, purge Transmission of air, adjust the 4 Gauge wheels, so not to scalp my Bermuda lawn first time out. This is where I ran into my dilemma… In setting the wheels to the appropriate height, I Discovered that my deck was Very… Read more »

Bill L
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Bill L

I just received my 28921. Its what I expected. No good or bad surprises so far. my old craftsman lawn tractor is 20 years old. I am a maintenance freak. There is no reference to grease fittings on the mandrils. so no grease filling? when they go (and they will) can I get mandrils with grease fittings? The brochure imples that the machine is ready to go on delivery. so I dont have to grease any fittings now? btw my 28921 did come with what appears to be a deck wash fitting. no instructions Loading...

Bryan
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Bryan

I have the 28922 and it seems to really start rough. I just bought it and if I try starting in half choke it dies and if I use full choke it smokes and does alot of popping. This is my first rider so it could just be me but it sounds like the thing is already 5 yrs old.

will
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will

I bought the yt 3000 with the 22 hp Kohler and i love the tractor. I took off the deck and installed my plow just to make sure it fits but i was wondering if you could tell me where the clutch cable goes when i hook up the plow Thanks for your help in advance.

mark
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mark

I recently purchased a YST300 with 46" deck. for maintenance they reccomend a general purpose grease for the axle and wheel bearings. What grease would you say works best? so far pleased with tractor.

Chuck
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Chuck

Hi Paul, Just wanted to report on my Craftsman YT 3000 21 HP 42″ tractor model# 28922. I have had it for a month and mowed my 2/3 acre backyard four times. The 21hp Craftsman saves me about 20 minutes over the old 16hp Cub Cadet I used before. My backyard is on a hill so I am usually either climbing or going downhill. The hydrostatic drive has worked very well but I worry a little about wear and tear. The slope on the hill is 10-15 degrees. Is the maintenance schedule in the manual okay or should I step… Read more »

Aaron
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Aaron
Aaron
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Aaron

I have just recently purchased a YT3000 w/46″ cutting deck, and noticed that it doesn’t have an hour meter on it. I did see in a previous posting the link for it at searspartsdirect.com and am looking at purchasing it to put on the tractor. While on their website, I did a search for all of the parts/accessories that I could get for my tractor and came across a part that I was wondering if anyone else had either gotten, what it is for, or where it would go. It is: It is only for $2.16, so I am guessing… Read more »

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