Craftsman 54 In. 26hp Turn Tight Hydrostatic Yard Tractor Non CAItem# 07128858000 | Model# 28858
|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:||Vented|
|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.):||54|
|Deck Thickness (Gauge):||11|
|Number of Cutting Blades:||3|
|Number of Deck Anti-Scalp Gauge Wheels:||4|
|Controls and Features:|
|Blade Engagement Type:||Electric|
|Speed Control:||Foot pedal|
|General Warranty:||2 year full, 5 year frame limited lifetime front axle|
|Item Weight (lbs.):||556|
|Recommended Terrain:||Flat with some hills|
|Recommended Yard Size:||Up to 2 acres|
|Terrain Type:||Flat, Hilly, Obstacles|
|Frame Material:||11 ga. steel|
|Front Axle Material:||Cast iron|
|Number of Wheels:||4|
|Step Thru Frame:||Yes|
|Handling & Operating:|
|Electric Clutch For Attach.:||Yes|
|Steering Wheel Type:||Deluxe|
|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:||Pedal control|
|Turning Radius (in.):||6|
|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 Series:||26 HP Vtwin|
|Engine Displacement (cc):||724|
|Number of Cylinders:||2|
|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 10 x 8 in.|
|Wheel Grease Zerks:||Yes|
|Accessory or Attachment:|
|3 Bin Bagger Part Number:||#24917|
|Dozer Blade Capable:||No|
|Electric Lift Kit Capable:||No|
|Hauling Equipment:||Heavy Hauling, Light Hauling|
|Mulch Kit Included:||Sold Separately|
|Mulch Kit Part Number:||#24154|
|Snow Blade or Thrower Capable:||Snow thrower, Snow blade|
|Fuel Capacity (gal.):||3|
|Fuel Gauge Location:||On Tank|
|CARB Compliant:||Not Compliant with Cali. Air Resource Board|
|Tractor Grade:||Yard Tractor|
Ratings & Reviews
The Right Lawn Tractor Makes the Weekend Count
Powered by the Briggs & Stratton® 26 hp Platinum V-Twin engine and coupled Craftsman's exclusive Turn Tight™ technology, this mower gets the toughest yard jobs done in less time. The naturally balanced V-Twin engine delivers greater torque, lower vibration and less noise, while Turn Tight technology delivers the tightest turning radius of any yard tractor available on the market . The tight radius makes maneuvering in congested areas a cinch, while equipped with a pair of wide rear wheels, it digs into slippery turf for a smoother, safer ride no matter where the lawn needs cutting.
Ideal for large yards, this tractor features a massive 54 inch cutting deck delivering wider and better cut quality with less passes. Built to last a lifetime, the heavy-duty design with a cast-iron front axle supports delivers speed and strength, while the spring loaded deck system makes lifting and cleaning easy. A foot pedal drive gives you speed control and maneuverability while premium hydrostatic automatic transmission always delivers smooth power. A solid machine, that’s built to get that grass cut through the seasons, have a seat and get cutting.
- Ideal for mowing large yards, but maneuverable enough for small
- Exclusive Craftsman Turn Tight™ Technology delivers best in class maneuverability with a 6 in. turning radius
- 26 hp Briggs & Stratton® Platinum V-Twin engine
- Widest 54" precision cut deck for covering large areas with less passes
- Spring loaded deck lift system
- 4 adjustable gauge wheels and nose roller
- Premium hydrostatic automatic transmission
- Foot Pedal drive for added convenience
- Handy cup holder
- Headlights for better visibility
- Cast-iron axle for greater durability
- Wider step thru area makes mounting/dismounting easy
- Automotive type slide seat system for a relaxed ride
- Fully assembled
- 2-year full, 5-year frame and limited lifetime cast iron axle warranty
- Not available for sale in California
Added on December 17, 2010
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Most Helpful Reviews
Got my tractor from the Sears in Missoula. The salesman (Bruce) that I purchased it from was very friendly, very knowledgeable, and helpful. So were the two guys in the warehouse that helped me load it on the trailer. I read all the existing reviews on this tractor before buying it, and they were mixed, but I decided to take a chance anyway. I can honestly say that if you just went and hopped on the tractor and tried to start mowing, you would have problems. READ the MANUAL. Do the tires have too much air in them? Yes, but it says that in the manual. Do the deck wheels need adjusted after you get it home? Yes, but it says that in the manual. Does it come with just fumes in the tank? Yes, but it has to ship that way because of D.O.T regs. Check the oil level, deflate the tires to the right pressure, adjust the deck wheels, and then give it a go. I could definitely say if I had just started it up and tried to mow with it "as is" it would have been getting stuck, losing traction, digging into the yard, not mowing evenly, etc, etc. I was mowing 1 to 1 1/2 ft. tall grass on a 5 acre property we had just bought and it performed very nicely. I do think I will replace the two front deck wheels with castor/crazy wheels in the near future for the simple fact that the deck wheels that come with the mower are pointed straight forward and they work fine when you're going straight, but when you try to turn in deep grass or damp areas and lose some steering traction, the deck wheels try to keep you moving in a straight line (they're fighting the steering wheels). If they were castor wheels, they would still do the same job and when you turned, they would go with the flow vs. fight the turning. If you've ever been around a JD garden tractor made back in the 80's, you would know what I mean. A lot of their decks had castor wheels in the front and they worked great. Sears/Husq might want to consider this for future models as it would cut down on a bunch of the complaints and be an easy fix. Not crazy about all the safety stuff on there, but I guess it is 2012. It would be nice if you could re-situate yourself on the seat a little bit without the engine cutting out. The hydrostat transmission was great. No issues. Liked the cruise control. It turns very sharp-almost to the point you could bend a tie-rod if you were going too fast and were in bumpy ground. It might turn a little "too tight" if that's the case, but all the manufacturers are trying to have the tightest turning radius in history, so be cautious when turning all the way L or R. The engine is a flat out monster. No need whatsoever to have it full throttle to mow. You're just wearing things out faster than necessary that way. B&S has a great powerplant. I would buy this tractor again. The last real garden tractor I used was back in the late 80's when I had a B-10 Allis Chalmers with a 42" deck and a 10 HP Briggs. Cutting 12" wider with 16 more HP is definitely a change! This is a major upgrade for me and I am happy with the tractor.
North Liberty, IN
The machine has potential to be great but the design of the "Tight Turn" feature is need of a serious design review. I am only one of many who have had issues with the tires wearing out prematurely (less than 60 hours) due to extreme toe-out on the front tires. This condition cannot be adjusted since the steering link arms have no adjustment and there is no tie-rod as is typical on many machines. Sears/Husqvarna obviously acknowledge the deficiency by offering retro-fit steering links that are adjustable through Sears Parts for about $130 a set. Couple that with the worn out tires and your pushing $250 for a known defect. Other than the frustration of the known steering problem, the YT4500 has been a good value. I've had this unit now 3 years. It mows well and with the big 54" deck takes me less than 35 min. to mow my 1/2 acre lot. I also bought a new snowblower attachment 2 years ago and it works great! The big 26HP engine really eats up the snow. If it weren't for the front end issue, I'd give this thing 5 stars....too bad.
I have had it for 2 years, the front tires have fell off twice, drive it only on grass and the front tires have worn to the cords. it came to me like the axle was bent but sears said it was alright. if the grass is damp has no traction, for a 26 hp has no power. had a murry with a 21 hp that mowed and went faster. this is the digest P.O.S I have ever bought! They wont allow any other rating than poor because if they did I would of used it.
I bought this mower to replace our 14 year old mower that finally conked out last October. People have to understand that there is some work to do to the mower when you get it home. The store guys can't set it up for every yard. Firstly for, shipping purposes, the air in the tires is double what is recommended so you'll have to let some of the air out. If not the tires will not have good traction. Secondly the deck settings are extremely easy to adjust. Find a nice even spot. You want the front of the deck to be between a ?" to ?" higher than the rear of the deck to ensure a good even cut. All it takes is a 3/4" wrench to adjust both sides (rear) and the front. The deck wheels should be adjusted to be just off the ground when in your normal cutting position. I took my deck wheels off and readjusted them then used locking washers when I put them back on the deck. I have had no problems with the deck wheels either coming loose or off. 68 hrs. of usage and not one problem.
This is the most expensive lawn mower I have ever bought, but mostly the WORST I have ever owned. I cut 5 acres with this and almost every time I cut, something breaks. I replaced the cast housing for the blades 3 times, tension spring once, the tires are a joke if someone spits in front of it, I lose traction. I am always getting stuck if the grass is wet or on a hill. The power is disgraceful for 26 h.p. I'm sorry I ever bought this, so please take my advice, BUY SOMETHING ELSE!!!!!
I am totally disappointed in this mower. The 26 hp and 54 " deck is a let down. I get stuck in my yard, the deck sounds like it is dragging, the hp won't even climb a small incline, won't always crank, uses too much gas, the hood bounces up & down, rough ride. My little 42" Troy Built from ***** took longer to mow but at least it could handle the job. I have a full acre and this Craftsman is not worth what I paid for it. And now I am stuck with it. Maybe my local repair man can figure out how to make it work better. Definitely would not buy another one.
After 21 hrs of use these items failed any measurable test: Difficult to start-engine appears to lose fuel prime after four days Mower deck fills w/grass and boggs down, doesn't mulch or discharge Must use highest deck setting; needs higher available settings Seat does not latch; slides around--locking tangs not long enough Consumes nearly twice as much fuel vs my 1996 26hp Briggs Available turn radius at nominal speed exceeds stated TR-apprx 24 " Noticeable decrease in power on a 1% up grade (rise/run)
Sierra Vista, AZ
YT 4500 with the Briggs & Stratton engine. Used it to mow about 4 acres of prairie desert grassland type land, some of which hasn't been mowed in years. And it's the rainy season right now, so all the grass, weeds, etc. are super thick and high. Took the tractor into some fields that literally have not been mowed in 5+ years. 3 1/2 foot high grass, pig weed and sacaton. Also a lot of dead, woody material from previous summers. This thing went through all of it with power to spare. Rocks? No problem. The deck wheels actually do a good job keeping the deck above objects like large rocks, etc. I must have run over 5 or 6 good-sized rocks accidentally (the biggest was about the size of a hunting dog's head) and when the blades hit them, it split them up and kept on chugging. I even ran into some unseen fencing wire (thick gauge wire) that got wrapped around the blade spindle. It took about 20 minutes to cut it loose, but after I got it off, the mower was fine. Not even slightly out of balance. I ran this thing over sacaton clumps, mesquite tree saplings and super thick, high grass. It handled everything I threw at it without any problems...not even a flat tire. I was very impressed. This tractor is VERY robust and quite maneuverable for its size. I am not exaggerating when I tell you it handled ground that most people would have used a bush hog for. The only problem I noticed was that after about 20 minutes of initial use, the steering wheel was about 90 degrees off from the two front wheels. All i had to do was pop off the center steering wheel cover, take off the retainer nut, re-position the steering wheel and I was good to go. Some of the cosmetic pieces may rattle loose, but the parts that are important (deck, blades, engine) are rock solid IMO. Overall, I am extremely satisfied with this tractor. I think it's as good, if not better, than competitor models, and you won't have to take out a second mortgage to afford it.
Let me start by saying my last mower, Craftsman YTS4000, was.awesome until it was stolen. I replaced it with the yt4500 thinking it would be a step up but boy was I wrong. It would bogg down way too easy. Even after cutting it would bogg down going over the clippings. Too big deck for the Kohler motor I guess. My old 24 hp briggs never had that problem. Unless your grass is very thin, I would not recommend.
1. the turn tight. they claim that w/ the 6" turn radius that it turns almost as fast as a zero turn but what really happens is that the wheels turn but you still go straight and end up pushing the turned tires and mess up your lawn 2. Slow. the salesman claimed that it ran just as fast as a zero turn but this one definitely does not. 3. lastly it alway getting stuck ALWAYS I don't know if the tires aren't aggressive enough or its because theres not a lot of weight to it idk so if your 80+ and have a completely flat piece of land and have all day to cut it then this mower is for you. Ps. don't let the salesman talk you in to this mower like he did me
We previously owned a Murray wide-body 38" rider, which was great for our .75 acres in town. I could mow the whole thing in about 30-40 minutes. About three months ago, we moved to 5.5 acres. Its all flat, but a little rough out in the pasture areas. We have only been mowing the front 3 acres, but it took nearly 6 hours to mow 3 acres with the Murray and I bent a spindle when I hit a hole. Since getting this Craftsman, my mowing time has been cut by over half. It now only takes me about 2.5 hours to mow. Many of the other reviews were very helpful. The tire pressure was high when it was delivered and the delivery guys know nothing about the tractor (keep in mind, these are the same folks that will be delivering your mattress and any other large item). Once I adjusted the deck, which was extremely simple compared to the Murray, and released pressure from the tires, this thing has been mowing the heck out of my 3 acres. Excellent tractor!
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