Problems Fitting Tire Chains On YT3000 & YT4000 Craftsman Tractors?

2011 was such a great year for Craftsman that the manufacture ran out of rear 20x8x8 tires for the YT3000 and YT4000 tractors.  To keep your new tractor coming to you  they substituted a larger tire.

This larger tire was primarily used on some of the Model 28851, 28856, and 28866 YT Yard Tractors.

If you are planning on installing tire chains this winter these larger tires need a different tire chain than what is listed in the fit-up chart your local Sears store has.

In short, to get the correct chain you need to look at your rear tire and get the ACTUAL tire size off the tire.

Tire Chains for 20 x 8 x 8 Wheels

Tire Chains for 20 x 10 x 8 Wheels

Yes, You need to remove the deck to use tire chains on the YT3000 and YT4000 with 20x10x10 tires. The chains will rub on the deck.

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Thanks for the clarification. I’ll check the wheel size tomorrow to make sure I get the right chains. Can you advise on the bagger: according to the fit up chart, it should be the 24891/24892, but the Sears Outlet is selling me the 24019. Will that work. I read the reviews and it issues seem to be with assembly/fitment, so should I have them install it on the tractor? As they are a 45 minute drive away I don’t want to have to go all the way down there again because of issues with the bagger. Thanks again. By the… Read more »


Paul, Thanks for the heads up on the tire chain fitment error. I am picking up my new YT4000 Monday from the Sears Outlet in Newark, DE and am buying these are what is presently on the order: mower: 28856 bagger: 24019 snow thrower: 24837 wheel weights: 24445 chains: 24860 I will tell them to change the chains to the 24862 chains. By the way, earlier this year you listed the 24863 chains as the ones for this tractor: Can you clarify which ones I need? Also, are there any other supplies you recommend I have on hand for… Read more »

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