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Just in case anyone missed the latest news from Sears/Craftsman,
http://todaysmower.com/2010/30-hp-craftsman-garden-tractor/

30 HP Craftsman Garden Tractor. For Real?
Yes, the rumors are true. Sears has come out with a 30 HP Garden Tractor.

Craftsman Professional Premium 30 hp 54” Garden Tractor NEW Item !| | — Online only | Sears Item# 07128985000 | Model# 28985

WHY? Manufactures want you to think sit-down zero-turns are all the rage. All the manufactures want you to buy one. But for the majority of homeowners they are not the correct mower. They don’t work well on hills. You lose traction easily and get stuck a lot. You can’t pull much with them. (let alone back a trailer up with one) They are hard to drive and take a lot of practice before you can mow your yard without leaving a hundred divots. Striping kits cost more than most lawn tractors………..I could go on and on. People want a good mower that will mow as quickly as a zero-turn but work under all conditions. They want safe, strong, dependable.

Here’s the good news: Yes, Sears has introduced the Craftsman Professional Premium 30 hp 54” Garden Tractor. It is a real Garden Tractor (not a lawn tractor with big tires) priced at thousands less than any other one out on the market. Not only is this garden tractor reasonably priced, it will mow on hills! The automatic traction control and power steering will be a time-saver for all of you who had problems mowing your hilly yard in the past!

The bad news: You probably won’t get to see one before you buy it. (Only 50 stores nationwide will have it on display) When you order it on-line it will take about 5 days to get it from the warehouse to your store.

Click here to order your new Craftsman: Model 28985 Garden Tractor Buy it on-line, pick up at your nearest Sears or have it delivered to your home!





30 HP 54 inch Craftsman Garden Tractor GT9500
Product Highlights:

The Craftsman Professional Garden Tractor features the very best that Craftsman has to offer. Power steering, tilt wheel, cruise control and hydrostatic transmission to make quick work of your mowing needs. It will get up and mow at 7 MPH! The hydraulic lift lever, 24″ rear tires and premium transmission with differential lock make this tractor perfect for all your yard and garden duties.

Product Details:

Engine: Briggs & Stratton 30 Gross HP Professional Series™ OHV engine* The 30 HP Briggs & Stratton Professional Series engine™ with Electronic Fuel Management delivers consistent automotive style starting with no choking required.

Deck: 54″ heavy duty steel deck with 3 blades and 4 anti -scalping wheels. It has a large 54″ heavy duty steel cutting deck with electric push button height control – select from an infinite cutting height 1″ -3.75″

Frame & Chassis:

10-Gauge Steel Frame
Pivoting Cast Iron Front Axle
Rear Axle Diameter (inches) 1.0
Turning Radius (inches) 18
Front Turf Tires 16 x 6.5-8
Rear Turf Tires 24.00 x 12-12
Hydraulic Attachment Lift
18″ Adjustable Seat, Tilt Steering Wheel,
Electric dashboard display: fuel and battery levels, hour meter change oil and low oil pressure indicator and a clock.
Electric PTO engagement

Transmission and Drive Controls:

Foot controlled hydrostatic transmission with rear wheel differential lock
Dual speed control – use either the foot or fender mounted controls to select your forward speed.
Advanced traction control – power is continuously supplied to both wheels
Power steering and cruise control

Other Features:

Padded adjustable steering wheel and adjustable seat.
DC outlet and cup holder

*all power levels stated gross HP per SAE J1940 by Briggs & Stratton

Weight: 916 lbs.
Color: Black/Gold
Some Assembly Required (Seat)

Finally…a transmission with an oil filter! This is a “serviceable” transmission. It is designed to have regular oil and filter changes.

Tuff Torq K71 Transmission.

TRANSMISSION (from Tuff Torq)
Type Tuff Torq® K71 Hydro
Speed – Fwd (mph) 0 – 7.2
Speed – Rev (mph) 0 – 4.5

For the guys over on mytractorforum: The filter is not a spin-on. You can climb all over it and never “see” the filter. If you look at the picture, look at the trans right above the deck. See the black circle? The filter is in there.





Tuff Torq K71 Trans
From allbusiness.com “The model K71 narrow drive transaxle is designed for medium-duty garden tractor applications and is available with an axle torque rating of 406 lb.ft. The pump and motor each have a displacement of 18 cc and the transaxle input shaft has a maximum input speed of 3400 rpm. The input shaft is 0.58 in. in diameter, while the axle shaft is 1.0 in. in diameter. The reduction ratio is 26.673:1 with a maximum tire diameter of 23 in. The K71 has a maximum static weight capacity of 728 lb. and a dry weight of 60.5 lb.” (Medium-duty is only a rating for this size Garden Tractor Transmission. Light duty transmissions are what you will find in Lawn and Yard Tractors. Heavy-Duty is what you will find in sub-compact tractors.)





They do build them better than they used to!
Last but not least. This tractor is not made by MTD or AYP. It is from a well known and dependable manufacture that has been making medium and heavy-duty garden tractors for years. It is not a recycled Cub Cadet or Poulan Pro.

This garden tractor is strong enough to pull my 450 lb Acrease Wing mower or till your garden for years without worrying about tearing out the transmission or breaking the frame.

My Recommendation. Is this Craftsman Garden Tractor for you?

I have driven this chassis (with a Kohler motor) and mowed with this deck. You will not find a better mowing deck. (sorry John Deere fans) The frame is strong and rigid. The deck is easily serviceable and comes off and goes on the mower in a flash. It cuts evenly and distributes the clippings really well. The power steering with tilt makes it a dream to drive. With it’s combination foot/fender controls you can have your cake and eat it too! It is a lot easier and comfortable to drive than a zero-turn. There is NO learning curve with this mower.

You will make every neighbor with a consumer grade zero-turn, lawn tractor, or yard tractor in your sub-division jealous!

There is maintenance required with this unit! It is designed for long life and heavy-duty use. Being built much heavier and stronger than your usual Craftsman’s you will have to learn how to service this unit at regular intervals. (Or have Sears service it for you) This is a much higher quality tractor than you are used to. It will last a long, long, time but to get this long life there is service required. Besides changing the engine oil, you will have to grease the deck and front axle, change the oil and filter in the transmission and a few other tasks that the cheaper models don’t require.

I personally would have no problem buying this Craftsman Garden Tractor sight-unseen. If you want one, but are unsure….Sears has a 30 day return policy on gas powered equipment. Buy it, use it, if you don’t like it return it within 30 days for a full refund.

Click here to order: Model 28985 Garden Tractor Buy it on-line, pick up at your nearest Sears or have it delivered to your home!

Come back after you bought your tractor and tell us all what you like and don’t like about it in the comments section below.
 

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Wow, that is quite a sales pitch they have going. Thanks for the copy and paste. :thThumbsU

I have not seen this in the stores, but as best I can gather this is a re-branded Simplicity Conquest with a large Briggs engine instead of the standard Kohler engine. There is a thread on the Simplicity forum about it.
The parts drawings shows that it does not have the traditional Simplicity full length rollers that will give the signature striping but I am sure the deck is still going to give one of the best cuts in the business.

So if you want to see the near identical tractor you should be able to find it at a Simplicity dealer.

That being said it appears that the Craftsman version is going to be $ 1,500 or more cheaper than the Simplicity version so it may be worth considering if you are in the market for a large garden tractor.
 

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at 6k it is not "thousands less than other Garden tractors" but it is in line with them.

how is the speed on the electric deck lift? i know the common complaint on any tractor with electric lift is that it takes so long to raise the deck just to cross a sidewalk/tree root. not a big deal if you learn to change your mowing pattern, but many folks still complain.

i hope it truly is as strong as they say, it sounds like a good overall GT if it is. about time kmart, i mean Sears, tried to get back in the game.
 

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no it's a 2wd prestige with a brigs engine and no striper
I stand corrected - with the K71 trans and the power steering this would be similar to the Prestige, not the Conquest. That also makes the price point more correct as it will be 20% or so less than the Prestige.
 

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I can't wait till these are 3 or 4 hundred for a used one!
 

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at 6k it is not "thousands less than other Garden tractors" but it is in line with them.

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i hope it truly is as strong as they say, it sounds like a good overall GT if it is. about time kmart, i mean Sears, tried to get back in the game.


I Dun...no, at 6000.00 sale price... this is getting into the JD X500 series territory... actually, this could be trying to compete with the X530 model.. now if I were to invest this type of money into a tractor.... I be more app'd to go for the JD X530 more so because of quality/build/warranty/service that is backing the X series.

Then there is the maintenance/repair aspect of this price catagory... would you want:

DIY + SEARS (white sears van) coming to your home and the reputation of sears service

OR

DIY + JD Service Dealers



When it comes to this price catagory ???? Who's gonna have the better backing/support?
 

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I Dun...no, at 6000.00 sale price... this is getting into the JD X500 series territory... actually, this could be trying to compete with the X530 model.. now if I were to invest this type of money into a tractor.... I be more app'd to go for the JD X530 more so because of quality/build/warranty/service that is backing the X series.

Then there is the maintenance/repair aspect of this price catagory... would you want:

DIY + SEARS (white sears van) coming to your home and the reputation of sears service

OR

DIY + JD Service D
When it comes to this price catagory ???? Who's gonna have the better backing/support?
What does the X530 JD cost?
 

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Sorry, what I meant to ask is I know the X530 list for $6800 but what can it actually be had for out the door?
 

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now put a better warranty on it 4 year maybe? and i would consider one
you know all mtd's brands in canada give 4 years i thinkit might be a law there
 

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you know all mtd's brands in canada give 4 years i thinkit might be a law there
It is not a MTD brand it is simplicity/B&S
 

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In any event, I think it is a good sign that retailers want to bring some heavy duty sutff back into their lineups.

I was at HomeDepot and saw them selling what lools like DRPower stuff under the Beast name.
 

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Which B&S engine is it? For the money I would still like to see a Vanguard or Command.
 

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It is not a MTD brand it is simplicity/B&S
yea I know I'm just saying you buy it here you get only 3 years live i canada you get 4 for the same thing every tractor web site i have looked at are all 4 year I think they have some government law
 

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at 6k it is not "thousands less than other Garden tractors" but it is in line with them.

how is the speed on the electric deck lift? i know the common complaint on any tractor with electric lift is that it takes so long to raise the deck just to cross a sidewalk/tree root. not a big deal if you learn to change your mowing pattern, but many folks still complain.

i hope it truly is as strong as they say, it sounds like a good overall GT if it is. about time kmart, i mean Sears, tried to get back in the game.
I've read it is an electric control for a hydraulic deck lift. Not sure what Simplicity's deck lift speed is, though.
 

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Which B&S engine is it? For the money I would still like to see a Vanguard or Command.
well if you buy a pristage you can get a command but thats made by kohler it's not a vangard they only make a verticl 23hp vangard it's a 30 hp brigs professonial wich is supose to be top of the line prosumer engine they are kind of a new engine last 2 to 3 years so i don't know what there reilibty are yet
 
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