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Craftsman (42") 21HP Briggs & Stratton Hydrostatic Turn Tight Yard Tractor

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Craftsman Power Equipment and AccessoriesModel: 28851
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Grade
Entry Level Lawn Mowers
Style
Lawn Tractor
Surface Area
Office Building, Farm, or Parks
Large
Terrain
Hilly Terrain
Hilly
Width
42

Cutting Inches
Engine
21 HP Briggs & Stratton Platinum OHV Engine
Easily handles a large volume of work
Efficient full pressure lubrication extends engine longevity
2.5 gallon fuel tank delivers hours of cutting with fewer refills

12 Gauge Steel Frame
Exceptional durability & stability

42" Wide 13-Gauge Steel Deck
Cut large areas faster; spring loaded for easy lifting
4 adjustable gauge wheels prevent scalping
6 cutting positions from 1.5 to 4 inches to match lawn conditions

Turn Tight Technology
Super-tight 6 inch turning radius saves time around obstacles

Deck Wash Cleaning System
Easily rinse clippings & debris off 2 steel blades & under deck

High Back Automotive-Type Sliding Seat
Wide step-through area adjusts for shorter & taller operators

Hydrostatic Automatic Transmission
Fender shift moves tractor up to 5.2 MPH forward; 2.9 back

Headlights & Cup Holder
Mow longer with less fatigue


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Engine
Engine Brand
Briggs & Stratton
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
HP
21 HP
CC
540 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
2.5 Gallons
Engine Cylinders
1 Cylinder
Oil Filter
Yes
Deck
Cutting Options
Side-Discharge
Deck Material
13-Gauge
Deck Construction
Stamped
Blades
2 Blades
Deck Positions
6 Positions
Cutting Height
1.5-4 Inches
Deck Lift System
Manual
Engagement
Manual
Drive
Speeds
Variable
Maximum Speed
5.2 MPH
Maximum Reverse Speed
2.9 MPH
Drive Wheels
Rear Wheels
Transmission Type
Hydrostatic
Drive System
Hydrostatic
Accessories
Rear Bagger
Sold Separately
Seat Type
High Back w/ Seat Springs
Mulcher Kit
Sold Separately
Headlights
Included
Wheels
Front Tire Size
15 x 6 Inch
Rear Tire Size
20 x 8 Inch
Tire Type
Pneumatic Wheels
Overview
Weight
505 Pounds
Consumer Warranty
2 Years
UPC
085388586742
Model
28851
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Overall Rating
Features
3/5
Quality
2/5
Performance
3/5
Value
3/5
Overall
2.7 out of 52.7 out of 52.7 out of 52.7 out of 52.7 out of 5
Pros
Price (6)
Easy To Use (4)
Features (3)
Exceeded Expectations (2)
Fast (2)
Cons
Low Quality (5)
Unreliable (3)
Difficult To Use (2)
Poor Design Give Me Back... (1)
Packaging (1)
28% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Chan S.
SW Ranches, FL
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
MAY.
03
2016
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Not Durable
I purchased this Tractor mower about three years ago. First the front wheels went out of alignment. It is also not adjustable.

Next, the blade cable went. After that, it was the belt. Finally, the engine block had a hole. It is now junk.
Pros: Easy To Use, Easy To Store
Cons: Low Quality, Unreliable, Durability
Chan Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Paul F.
Westwood, MA
REVIEWED
NOV.
22
2016
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
B&s / Sears Very Poor Warranty Protection
...in the second year of use it started to burn oil which was caused by bad head casket..unit under manufactures warranty that replaces the head gasket only if replaced by sears service...cost of gasket free but must use sears service $250/$300 to come dianose/replace gasket...the warranty would replace THE GASKET FREE IF REPLACED BY SEARS BUT WOULD NOT GIVE IT TO ME FREE a useless warranty...I bought the gasket locally and replaced it with the help of internet video...since then mower/snow... more
Pros: Price
Cons: Low Quality
Paul Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Jon L.
Eagle Bridge, NY
REVIEWED
JUN.
29
2016
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Very Poor Value.
We purchased this mower a little over 3 years ago. The mower is serviced every year in the spring. for the last 2 years the mower will not go up the smallest hill or turn without the mower coming to a complete stop.

I have had it in the shop for new batteries, tires, and several new belts. I just got it back and it is worse now than ever. This mower is a piece of junk i would not recommend.
Jon Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Joe
REVIEWED
MAY.
26
2016
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Piece Of Garbage
Bought this exact mower a year or two ago. Worked fine the first couple of months. In the fall before winter the "battery" dies. We are given another under warranty. The mower is properly winterized and the battery is stored in the basement which is finished therefore same conditions as the rest of the house.

Spring comes, once again the mower wont start. Bring it to sears. They claim its the battery. Same thing happens in august. Once again the claim the battery. Now the warranty... more
Cons: Low Quality, Unreliable
Joe Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Cary
Total Helpful Votes
50 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
26
2013
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
High Quality Tractor - For The Price
Good tractor, many uses, easy to service and repair. Have never experienced problems, but quality feels so-so.
Pros: Features, Easy To Use, Price, Many Optionsattachments For Additional Uses
Cons: Low Quality
Cary Recommends This Craftsman Mower
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Ken G.
Buffalo, NY
Total Helpful Votes
44 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
SEP.
24
2013
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Lots Of Bang For The $$$
Best tractor on the market for the buck, mows in reverse, turn tight steering is great. Hydrostatic trans is a must have, 21hp Briggs Platinum motor, lots of power, pressure lube system, deck cuts flawlessly, has wash out port. Starts and runs flawlessly. Does have some vibration when deck is engaged, seat is a little slippery, hood flops around, fixed with industrial velcro. As for reliability, to soon to tell,but with proper maintenance would expect a long fruitful mowing life. All in all a... more
Pros: Features, Easy To Use, Price, Reliable
Ken Recommends This Craftsman Mower
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446
Ed O.
Centreville, VA
Total Helpful Votes
39 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
FEB.
13
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
It" Made By Husquavarna
It's as good any other similar sized 21hp 42" automatic but about half the price of others when on sale. It's also easier to find parts using Sears part numbers than Husqvarna.
Pros: Features, Price, Exceeded Expectations, Reliable
Ed Recommends This Craftsman Mower
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393
Scott
Total Helpful Votes
26 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
AUG.
17
2014
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Avoid This Tractor
I have had this tractor for 3 years and something has broken on it every year now.
• First year – A mower deck support weld broke and I had to weld it back on.
• Second year – Front tire assembly broke and I had to replace it.
• Third year – transmission mounting bolts broke and the transmission case needs to be replaced because the threads are stripped.

I am without a tractor at this time waiting on parts.

In addition to these issues, functionally the machine is just not engineered... more
Scott Does Not Recommend This Mower
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260
John B.
Miller Place, NY
Total Helpful Votes
17 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
25
2015
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Stuck In Forward
Received the lawn tractor at 9 am and stuck in forward at 9:30. Found that the retaining washer, on the shift lever had come off. I went and called Sears Service and they could not get here for a week. Called the delivery and they will have a new machine here in eight days. For a little retainer they will put this machine in the used store. I followed up by going to the local Sears hardware where it was ordered and spoke to the salesman there, showed him on the floor model what had come... more
John Does Not Recommend This Mower
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171
Hardy
Total Helpful Votes
19 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
11
2014
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Don't Like It
It is fast and has a great turn radius that is all I can say good about the mower. Hand controls for everything is very dated and dangerous. The machine is geared too high to tow sweeper up slight inclines or mow up a little steeper incline without just spinning the wheels. That is why it is fast, Craftsman redesigns their machines often but only the look of their archaic hand operation has never been updated. This mower would be great for flat lawns without many obstacles, I have too many... more
Pros: Price, Fast
Cons: Low Quality, Heavy, Difficult To Use
Hardy Does Not Recommend This Mower
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195
Tim Zarek
Stanton, IA
Total Helpful Votes
14 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
SEP.
14
2014
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Stay Away From Craftsman
Bought 2 riding lawnmowers from Sears, and both had problems with their engines. One was a Kohler, and one a BG.

Kohler, motor cv730 - Sears would not warranty. BG, valve studs came loose - Sears sent out repairman to fix the studs, but the valve cover leaked oil on the muffler. I had to repair that myself.

Then the next year, the motor developed a knock. Now I have $6,500 worth of Sears junk I'm unable to use. Kohler engine replacement was $1900.00. I also have a Craftman tiller, and... more
Tim Does Not Recommend This Mower
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