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Craftsman  46 In. 21hp Briggs & Stratton Turn Tight Hydrostatic Yard Tractor Non CA

  Item#  07128852000 | Model#  28852

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Specifications & Dimensions

Cutting Deck & Blade:
Blade Material: Steel
Blade Type: Hi-Lift
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 Positions: 6
Cutting Width (In.): 46
Deck Thickness (Gauge): 13
Deckwash System: Yes
Discharge Location: Side
Number of Cutting Blades: 2
Number of Deck Anti-Scalp Gauge Wheels: 4
Controls and Features:
Blade Engagement Type: Manual
Blade Lift: Manual
Speed Control: Fender Control
Wheelbase (in.): 48
Product Overview:
Color/Finish: Red
Commercial/Residential: Commercial
General Warranty: 2 year full, 5 year frame limited lifetime front axle
Item Weight (lbs.): 513
Recommended Terrain: Flat with some hills
Recommended Yard Size: Up to 2 acres
Terrain Type: Flat, Hilly, Obstacles
Frame Material: 12 ga. steel
Frame Type: Channel
Front Axle Material: Cast iron
Number of Wheels: 4
Step Thru Frame: Yes
Handling & Operating:
Brakes Type: Disk
Cruise Control: No
Electric Clutch For Attach.: No
Hour Meter: No
Steering Type: Conventional
Steering Wheel Type: Standard
Drive System:
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
Shifter Location: Fender
Turning Radius (in.): 6
Turn Tight: Yes
Air Filter Type: Auto-type paper
Cooling Fan: Yes
Cooling System Type: Fan-cooled
Cylinder Liner: Cast iron
Electronic Ignition: Yes
Engine Brand: Briggs & Stratton(r)
Engine Cycles: 4-cycle
Engine Lubrication System: Full pressure
Engine Displacement (cc): 540
Horsepower: 21
Number of Cylinders: 1
Oil Filter Type: Spin On
Overhead Valve Engine: Yes
Throttle Adjustment: Remote
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: #24903
3 Bin Bagger Part Number: #24904
Accepts Bagger: Yes
Dozer Blade Capable: No
Electric Lift Kit Capable: No
Ground-Engaging Attach.: No
Hauling Equipment: Heavy Hauling, Light Hauling
Mulch Kit Included: Sold Separately
Mulch Kit Part Number: #33746
Snow Blade or Thrower Capable: Snow thrower, Snow blade
Fuel System:
Fuel Capacity (gal.): 2.5
Fuel Gauge Location: None
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Adjustable Seat: Yes
Cup Holder: Yes
Headlights: Yes
Gauge Accessory:
Battery Ammeter: No
Convenience Features:
Power Steering: None
CARB Compliant: Not Compliant with Cali. Air Resource Board
Location: All other
Arm Rests: No


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Product Description

Get Smarter Design and Advanced Features with this Craftsman 46 inch Turn Tight Riding Mower

With a best-in-class 6 inch turning radius, the Craftsman 46 in 21hp Briggs & Stratton powered tractor lets you cut closer to landscape obstacles and delivers optimal mobility. Its Turn Tight™ technology moves freely around lawns to get the best results in less time. A potent Briggs & Stratton 21hp Platinum Series engine powers through grass and up medium inclines with smooth riding action.

This Craftsman 46 inch turn tight riding mower is ideal for large lawns up to 2 acres and professional landscaping applications. The wide 46 inch cutting deck is constructed with stamped steel for long-lasting durability. The steel cutting blades adjust from 1.5 to 4 inches, making it a great solution for getting great, professional results no matter the turf type or season. The mower comes standard with a side discharge, but can be expanded with optional rear bag and mulching kits (both sold separately).

  • Craftsman 46 in 21hp Briggs & Stratton powered tractor delivers consistent, precision cutting
  • Exclusive Craftsman Turn Tight technology delivers best-in-class maneuverability with a 6 inch turning radius
  • Powered by a 21hp* Briggs & Stratton Platinum engine with full pressure lube
  • 46 inch precision-cut mowing system — cutting height adjusts from 1.5 to 4 inches
  • 4 adjustable wheels roll smoothly through thick grass and over tough terrain
  • Premium hydrostatic automatic transmission reaches speeds up to 5.2 miles per hour
  • Fender shift adds convenience
  • Spring-loaded deck lift system for easy operation
  • Includes handy cup holder, wide step-through area and automotive-type sliding seat adjustment system
  • Weighs 515 pounds
  • Fully assembled
  • Backed by a 2-year full warranty, 5-year frame warranty and limited lifetime warranty on cast-iron axle
  • Not available in California
  • *As rated by the engine manufacturer

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Added on December 17, 2010


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134 Reviewers (60.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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Most Helpful Reviews

Praise24 found this helpful
Apr 28 , 2013
To all the Bashers of this item, get real. A few may have got a lemon (motor problems ect.), but most of the complaints are from people that didn't know how to use the mower, or abused the mower, or just thought it might do the work for them. Going on 3 years with mine and NO problems. Does exactly what it is supposed to do, cut grass, quickly and evenly. Owned a previous model that did well also, this one is better. Only complaint is that I wish the rear tires were taller and a bit narrower to give more stability on inclines.
Criticism11 found this helpful
Sep 30 , 2013
Cuts grass, but low quality manufacturing
I purchased this mower about 11 months ago to mow my 1.5 acre lawn. It has it's pros and cons: Cons: The mower only has 3 height settings low, lower, and strip your lawn to dirt. Of the 6 settings on the adjustment handle, 1-3 are impossible to use. You'd literally have to pick the mower up and keep the wheels off the ground to get the mower deck into positions 1, 2, or 3. As it stands I keep the deck at the highest setting and take care when crossing changes in grade to avoid scalping the lawn. I have lowered the idler wheels on the mower deck to their lowest setting, and this helps. Although I'd rather cut the grass at least an inch taller in the hottest part of the summer...The mower needs taller tires or a redesigned suspension to make this possible. Two days ago I went out to cut my lawn, and found the mower deck dangling free on the right side. One of two brackets on the rear of the mower deck had snapped off. Upon closer inspection, I found that one of two welds holding that bracket on was defective. The weld was cold lapped onto the mower deck, without actually fusing into the steel of the deck. There was paint underneath the weld bead in a few spots. I'm a welder by trade, so I repaired the deck in about an hour, and returned to work. But for the average person, this would have taken the mower out of service for days or weeks and probably cost several hours and a $100 or so to repair. The quality of manufacturing is low in this product. go here for pictures of the repair. I have a bagging attachment. Whoever designed the straps that retain the chute to the mower deck does not have normal hands. It is very difficult to hook and un-hook the rubber bungie straps that keep the bagging chute attached to the mower deck. It's just bad design work... The rear of the mower needs more weight. Backing up on wet grass or up a slope is chancy. I have noted that the mower works much more reliably when the bagger has a heavy load of grass in the bags. I'm considering a way to add some weight to the mower's rear end.... Sears assembled the mower, but lost my spare key and the fitting that allows the operator to connect a garden hose to the mower deck for washing the deck clean. When I returned to the store to ask for these parts, I was dismissed and told to buy them off the shelf. Poor customer service after the initial sale... Pros: The mower cuts grass. It starts easily and the engine runs smoothly. The mower seems stable on uneven terrain. The hydrostatic drive is pleasant to use. It seems relatively fuel efficient, although this is guesswork on my part. I fill the fuel tank every other cut; meaning I get about 3 hours of run time on 2 gallons of fuel. The mulching block for the mower deck works well and leaves the lawn clean looking if I don't feel like bagging.


Elm Grove, LA

Mar 29 , 2014
Great Mower for the $$ YT 3000 46" 21 hp

Im about to start my 4th summer with this mower and Im pretty happy with it. Motor runs nice, starts right up. I put the mulching kit on & it cuts Very nice. I have about 2 acres to cut & it does it on less than a tank of gas. My only problem with this mower has been the cable that engages the blade, Ive had to replace it 3 times. I think its about $20 if I remember correctly.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Fairmont, MN

Mar 11 , 2014

This is a great mower with plenty of power runs very good. I've used it to push snow all winter and hasn't ever let me down so far.I live in Minnesota to and its been a very bad winter.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Knoxville, TN

Feb 14 , 2014
All ready broke

Got this mower in sept of 2012 new used it about 4 time that year, put it up for winter about half way through summer I had to have a pully replaced and at the end of summer I had to have one more pully replaced .what happened to Sears quality? I had a Murray I got new in 1999 and its still running and have only replaced 1 drive belt and 2 deck belts.

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Santa Teresa, NM

Dec 8 , 2013
Going on 13 years

Well, it's about giving out and lots of things going bad! 14 1/2 years and we put a new engine 21/2 years ago. Engine still strong; but electrical going bad; won't start, guess it's time to send it to the scrapheap! Did a lot of work besides cutting grass i.e. (pulling sprayer, cart, dragging leveler and pulling a trailer; never any problems except the norm. Just change oil, lubricate it, clean the air filter and a little TLC! Just like your ole Lady and it keeps going! I hope the next one gives me the same service without the problems; just like the ole Lady!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Glasgow, KY

Dec 7 , 2013
not good

this tractor uses oil starts hard when cold . it does not mow even . never will I buy a craftsman my old cub 20 years old starts quicker . the deck just fell apart I think I will fix it and get rid of this junk .

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Amawalk, NY

Nov 28 , 2013

seems good. it is replacing one from sears that never worked right. this tractor runs well but is a lot noisier than expected.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Nov 27 , 2013
Awesome mower

Awesome mower

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Nov 23 , 2013
Efficient and easy to run

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Virginia Beach, VA

Nov 2 , 2013
Best Riding Mower/Tractor I have had in 35 years

Purchased this at an outlet store where it was reduced over $700 and I just love it. Used it the day I brought it home and can now cut up against a 12 inch pine tree and instantly as well as effortlessly increase/reduce the speed with the hydrostatic infinite speed transmission.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Oct 27 , 2013
good luck

I have had 2 lawn tractors in last 28 years, this was to be my last. It was loud and vribration was bad. Last straw was mower disengauge hammered right hand, thought it was broken. Still not sure. Glad to hear some folks got good ones. My last one was 2cyl so guess im going to have to stay with 2 cyl engines without mower disenguage on top.

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