"Secret" answers to "Will this snow thrower fit my Sears/Craftsman Tractor!
This thread is in response to a multitude of questions you find when you Google the question of which Sears snow thrower attachment fits on which Sears tractor. Here is some information that has been virtually held a “Secret”.I hope this will be helpful if you decide to adapt a used snow thrower to your current Craftsman tractor. This thread could be really great if others would simply list their tractor’s model and first 6 digits of their serial number along with the model of the snow thrower that they have actually fitted and works on their machine. Just a thought.
-The first 6 numerals of your tractor Serial number give the Month/day/year of Manufacture.
-There is a sticker attached under your hood that tells you the part number of ALL the attachments that originally fit on your tractor.
-You can find a multitude of information (View videos and download free manuals too) at Sears.com, but you really have to dig for the info. It could be a lot more user friendly.
- Surprise, surprise, the compatibility chart will tell you if the current Sears thrower will fit your tractor, but doesn’t help you tell if previous snow throwers will fit.
-The new Model 24838 42” thrower is designed to work on the newer, lower h.p. Lawn Tractors, but with a $50 kit can be adapted to the Garden Tractors. That is a good business decision, but if you have a GT you may wish to have the more heavy duty 46” model and it is no longer made.
-If the model number of your snow thrower is 486. 24839 (only fits Lawn tractors) or 486.2486 ( 46”only fits Garden Tractors) you have a thrower made by Agrifab during a transition time (about 2002-2005) where Sears ordered newer, lighter throwers that were proprietary. Their first three numerals were 486, not 917 and they were made to fit specific years and tractors. These are great throwers, but are not a universal fit.
-In the late 90’s Sears ordered two stage snow throwers that were dual stage, but they were super heavy duty and bogged down tractors with less than 20 h.p., that’s why the new generation of lighter (plastic??) had to be developed.
I currently run an old fashioned single stage Sears thrower on my standard shift 2001 Sears GT with a 20 h.p. Kohler. It’s been wonderful and I plan to pass it on to my Son, but since Sears has discontinued most parts for it, I just bought a 46” dual stage 486.2486 thrower used. It will fit my GT5000, auto shift which was made in 2003, and should be able to fully utilize it’s 25 h.p. to throw some serious snow. We will see!
I also run a vintage M68 John Deere riding lawn mower to get the spots my 50” mower deck gets cramped in.
In the end: You still need to do your homework. You may have to physically try to fit the parts right on your tractor before you put out the money for a used thrower. Good Luck!