Craftsman 42 In. 21Hp Briggs & Stratton Hydrostatic Turn Tight Yard Tractor Non CAItem# 07128851000 | Model# 28851
|Cutting Deck & Blade:|
|Blade Width (in.):||2.5|
|Cutting Deck Material:||Stamped Steel|
|Cutting Deck Nose Roller:||No|
|Cutting Deck Style:||Side Discharge|
|Cutting Deck Type:||Precision cut|
|Cutting Height Adjustment Increments:||Spring assist|
|Cutting Height Adjustment Type:||Spring Assisted Lever|
|Cutting Height Maximum (in.):||1.5|
|Cutting Height Minimum (in.):||4|
|Cutting Width (In.):||42|
|Deck Thickness (Gauge):||13|
|Number of Cutting Blades:||2|
|Number of Deck Anti-Scalp Gauge Wheels:||4|
|Controls and Features:|
|Blade Engagement Type:||Manual|
|Speed Control:||Fender Control|
|General Warranty:||2 year full, 5 year frame limited lifetime front axle|
|Item Weight (lbs.):||505|
|Recommended Terrain:||Flat with some hills|
|Recommended Yard Size:||Up to 2 acres|
|Terrain Type:||Flat, Hilly, Obstacles|
|Frame Material:||12 ga. steel|
|Front Axle Material:||Cast iron|
|Number of Wheels:||4|
|Step Thru Frame:||Yes|
|Handling & Operating:|
|Electric Clutch For Attach.:||No|
|Steering Wheel Type:||Standard|
|Maximum Forward Speed (mph):||5.2|
|Maximum Reverse Speed (mph):||2.9|
|Mow in Reverse:||Yes|
|Number of Forward Speeds:||Infinite|
|Number of Reverse Speeds:||Infinite|
|Turning Radius (in.):||6|
|Housing & Body:|
|Seat Size:||Deluxe high back|
|Air Filter Type:||Auto-type paper|
|Cooling System Type:||Fan-cooled|
|Cylinder Liner:||Cast iron|
|Engine Brand:||Briggs & Stratton(r)|
|Engine Lubrication System:||Full pressure|
|Engine Displacement (cc):||540|
|Number of Cylinders:||1|
|Oil Filter Type:||Spin On|
|Overhead Valve Engine:||Yes|
|Wheels & Tires:|
|Anti-Scalp Gauge Wheels:||Yes|
|Front Tire Size:||15 x 6 x 6 in.|
|Rear Tire Size:||20 x 8 x 8 in.|
|Wheel Grease Zerks:||Yes|
|Accessory or Attachment:|
|2 Bin Bagger Part Number:||#24891/#24897|
|3 Bin Bagger Part Number:||#24892|
|Dozer Blade Capable:||No|
|Electric Lift Kit Capable:||No|
|Hauling Equipment:||Heavy Hauling, Light Hauling|
|Mulch Kit Included:||Sold Separately|
|Mulch Kit Part Number:||#33742|
|Snow Blade or Thrower Capable:||Snow thrower, Snow blade|
|Fuel Capacity (gal.):||2.5|
|Fuel Gauge Location:||None|
|CARB Compliant:||Not Compliant with Cali. Air Resource Board|
|Tractor Grade:||Yard Tractor|
Ratings & Reviews
The Craftsman 42 inch Turn Tight Riding Mower Handles Everything Heavy Duty
The Craftsman Briggs Stratton Powered Hydrostatic Tractor can cut corners, and that's a good thing. With a scrawny 6 inch turning radius that's the best in its class, this Craftsman has the skill to maneuver around fences, porches, swings or planters, plus the speed to get a wide-open field done in no time. It can even handle slight hills. With a sturdy steel frame and a cast-iron axle that's guaranteed for life, it's all the riding mower you'll need for years to come.
The Craftsman 42 inch Turn Tight Riding Mower is powered by a hefty 21 horsepower and a 540 cc engine with an automatic hydrostatic transmission built for low-maintenance durability. The tractor includes a high-back sliding seat and a cup holder, features that make mowing the yard just a bit easier.
- The Craftsman Briggs Stratton Powered Hydrostatic Tractor is built with exclusive Craftsman Turn Tight Technology that allows it to take only six inches' leeway to go the other way. It also has a powerful engine and wide cutting area that lets it get more work done faster
- A 21 hp* Platinum engine can go up to 5.2 mph and has the power to handle hills as well
- Adjust the precision mowing system into one of six positions, from 1.5 to to four inches. Mulch or catch clippings in a bag that's sold separately
- The gear shift is on the right fender, within easy reach. The positioning also keeps the middle clear so you can step through without tripping
- A handy cup holder and cushioned, sliding seat keep you comfortable while you work
- From its steel frame to its four adjustable gauge wheels, this mower is meant to last
- The cast-iron axle has a limited lifetime warranty
- Not for sale in California
*As rated by the engine manufacturer
Added on December 17, 2010
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Most Helpful Reviews
Saint Paul, MN
The problem is the right rear deck suspension arm "Link Asm Lift Fixed" (key #101 in repair manual) is fixed length and so the deck can only adjust for tilt but not increase the height. If you replace it with another "Link Lift Susp Mower Rear" (key #91 [part no. 197984] which is already on the left rear) you can then adjust rear deck height as well as still adjust tilt. Even the repair manual states "key 91 may be substituted for key 101". At the highest setting my brand new tractor deck height was 3" (from the floor) in the rear but I now have it up to 4" with this substitute part (and front went from 3" to 3 1/2"). This is what all the other major lawn tractor brands have (I measured 4 of them). [For some reason the compareable Arien tractor (which is also made by Husqvarna with the identical deck) has part 91 on both sides.] So order part no. 197984 to replace the right rear one so it's the same as the left rear one. Many web sites have this part (not just Sears).
I bought this tractor to replace a 13-year old Craftsman tractor (Transaxle pulley snapped from transaxle). Too bad, because the Kohler Pro engine was running fine. Anyway, I elected to replace rather than repair due to age and bought this model. The end of season sale made the deal too good to pass up. I've used it a couple of times mainly to pick up leaves (bought 3 bin bagger as well). Seat is comfortable, performance is excellent, and although it's early I have not had any of the problems experienced by other reviewers. I'm looking forward to the Spring to test it further, but based upon recent use I think I'm really going to like this mower. Delivery was quick and smooth. No problems.
I ordered this tractor preassembled and set up for immediate use. I advise you do the same unless you have some time on your hands and like to tinker. Everything was set up and ready to go upon delivery. I did have to set the height on the roller wheels, and had to level the mower deck slightly, but both are easy tasks. The setup tech did a good job, all bolts were tight, oil level correct, and everything was greased. After filling with gas(has a huge gas tank) began first mowing of grass and fall leaves. Did a great job, the 21 HP motor is low RPM's but it never faded or stalled in heavy areas. The cut is beautiful, and the turn radius is awesome! The reverse mowing feature came in handy too. have used four times since purchase and I am very happy with tractor. Last use was a cold start, and though it started right up, I had some difficulty with smoothing out the idle.Strange choke set up goes from choke to high RPM's, but it did not stall. just sputtered for a minute until idle smoothed out. Overall though I am happy with this purchase.
Mount Morris, PA
I reciently bought a Craftsman 42 in. hydrostatic turn tight riding mower. Even though it is late in the mowing season where I live, I have used it a few times. Although, backing-up with this machine, is a little slow, it is not a problem in my yard. It has cut the mowing time in half for me. There are several obstickles in my yard to mow around. With the 6 inch radius turning, this cuts down on trimming with a push mower. My lawn looks better then it ever has, it is evenly cut and the clippings are not wind-rowed throughout the yard. With this mower, mowing the lawn is a relaxing enjoyment. For the money this machine is well worth the money. I would have no problem to recommed it to everyone. perhaps, if I had used it all summer, I could have giveni it an excellent rating.
Purchased in Apr 2009. Had a mulching kit installed. First time used cut a 42" trench in my yard. Blades were installed upside down. Had hard time cranking since purchased. To get it to run gas cap has to be real loose. We bounce and slide in seat. On a slope get off and push up slope. Problem is the rear wills spend. Stearing column stays loose. Gas tank filler is almost under top of mower. Need a long spout on gas can to fill. Now engin is locked up. Waiting on an appoitment in 16 days. Also rod that connects deck to front of tractor snapped in half for no reason. This tractor is mainly used by my wife to cut 1/4 acre of lawn. Great mower when running properly.
I've owned this tractor for over three years and I can't say enough good things about it. Lots of power, cuts the yard well, runs great. It gets the job done. Thanks Craftsman.
We have about an acre, with some quick, small elevation changes and a lot of trees, and we have had a great summer with this mower! Transitioning to fall, the bagging attachment has been a lifesaver with the trees, and while sometimes the turning radius isn't quite suited for the tight corners I needed, for the price I paid, I couldn't get much better!
Started with first turn of the key right off the delivery truck. I ordered a mulch kit assuming it would come with cutting blades. It came with the mulching blades installed but didn't mention it on the Sears website or in the specifications. That kind of information would be helpful. Sales clerk said it would be delivered, set up, and configured per my request. He also stated the delivery person would review the how to use the basic features and controls. Not true. It was drop shipped and I had to read much of the manual before I could even move it. I didn't know how to disengage the hydrostatic transmission so that I could free wheel it. That being said, it appears to operate as advertised. I love the tight turning radius and hydrostatic transmission. No need to increase the engine RPM to increase mowing speed. If you do not know how a hydrostatic transmission works . . . It is helpful to search the web for an explanation and recommendations that are not included in the operating manual.
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