My Tractor Forum banner

Craftsman CTX9500 for me?

5727 Views 4 Replies 4 Participants Last post by  Ctractor

I'm in the market for a new really good quality Garden Tractor and am wondering if the 2012 Sears Craftsman CTX9500 would be a good match for my needs?

So far I've narrowed my search to the Simplicity Legacy XL, Prestige and maybe even a Deere but the CTX9500 caught my attention being as many have mentioned a Simplicity Prestige clone minus the Kohler Command and the full roller deck. It obviously comes down to how big a bullet do I bite? lol

What will I do with this tractor? I'll definately have it set up for blowing snow with a two stage blower, a version of the soft shell Original Tractor Cab with a light set up and maybe even a hardshell cab depending on the model purchased. Last winter here in South Dakota was brutal.

Full range of ground engagement attachments including a tiller for gardening and of course for mowing. I may even do a little work on the side with this tractor to make some extra $$

I'm not as gifted as many here regarding mechanical abilities but I can do basic maintenance, probably remove the deck and clean or whatever since I'm fussy about taking care of my stuff.

I'm wondering if my needs would be better suited with the support of a full service dealership from Simplicity or maybe Deere or take a chance with this new CTX9500 from Sears and find a good small engine repair shop for my service needs?

A couple things come to mind regarding Sears. Will Sears be around much longer given their dire financial issues? If not, what about parts?

Assembly and delivery are really important for a new big ticket expense like this. Should I consider taking the CTX9500 to a hopefully trusted independent small engine repair shop to go over everything before I start using it to make sure everything is ok given what I've read how Sears has changed over the years and can be inconsistant?

Working in the bicycling industry I remember mass market shops would sell high end good quality racing bicycles but the customers would need to take them to a pro-bicycle shop to have those bargain purchased bikes completely re-assembled since their service was terrible.

Thank you :thanku:
See less See more
1 - 1 of 5 Posts
I'm sorry to say, but a lot of folks on the forum don't seem too satisfied with the newer Sears tractors. They (and myself) seem to prefer the Suburbans and older GT's. Of course, Sears does not (and has never) manufactured their own equipment so they are made by someone else (not quire sure but someone else could probably chime in) and there may be a "sister" model you can also read about. For what the CTX9500 costs, you are getting close to what a used sub-compact tractor would cost and you would have a lot more tractor for the money. Just my $.02...
1 - 1 of 5 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.