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My 12yr old Craftsman (17.5hp Kohler/42") has held up well under much abuse. I've maintained it fairly well & over last 2yrs I've replaced steering assembly(Thanks to much help from you guys here, it was pretty easy), solenoid, switches & more.
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I will replace with either Craftsman #28833 (Kohler) OR one of these B&S(#28921 or #28925). I prefer manual trans for ease of maintenance & very hilly property. PLEASE offer advice on these 3. Is there significant difference between the 2 B&S? Is this Kohler preferable over them?

Model# 28921 http://tinyurl.com/nwougd
Model# 28925 http://tinyurl.com/l5hq5x
Model# 28833 http://tinyurl.com/nq4e6y


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I can't help you with the Craftsman advice but I'm sure someone will be along soon to help. :MTF_wel2: We are glad to have you. There are many friendly and knowledgeable folks here at MTF, so enjoy all the different forums. Click on ”Active Topics” near the top left of the page for all the latest activity. You can also register with other members from your state by clicking here:
 

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If it was me choosing, I'd go with the YT4000, here's why. I looked at the detailed specs and this model has the biggest engine (displacement) which is the same or close to the same as they use on the GT's, and it has a bigger fuel tank (1/2 gallon), and an hour meter.
The frame and deck are the same thickness on all three, tire size is the same. The seat looks to be more comfortable on this model.

I can see why you're having trouble choosing as all three are very close to the same. For me, I have B&S and Kohlers, and there's not much difference between them, except the Kohlers seem to be louder.

Just my opinion,
Dave
 

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Not to stir up the pot, but have you considered the GT5000 garden tractor. It's alot beefier than the YT series and you can get a heavy duty hydro tranny. I know you said you like the gear tranny but many guys use their garden tractor hydro's hard and never have any problems. Alot of the Craftsman GT folks speak highly of them. Just a thought.......
 
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