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I'm looking at a Craftsman YT 3000 for my daughter and her husband to use at their home. Small level yard in Ohio. He's not used to owning equipment. Very smart guy, just not used to being around these things. Trying to find out if these have any problems that I should look for. This one looks well cared for in the pics. I guess it was owned by an older couple who recently gave up their home (yeah, I know, but it really looks good). Anyway, it comes with the 42" deck and bagging system for $575. As stated, their yard is level but also pretty bumpy if that makes any difference. The price doesn't seem too bad but I don't want to get into something that's going to keep me driving out to Ohio from PA for repairs. I tried this with a Cub Cadet but the thing has been an absolute piece of junk and is presently not running again. SIL is happy pushing a mower but really has no time to do so anymore so I figured something with a bagger would really reduce his time mowing in the fall. Anyone own one of these? Good or stay away?
 

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Looks like it is made by Husq...is there an hour meter on it? I would try to get it down to 500 if the battery and belts are decent
check out this video....funny and useful
 

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Looks like it is made by Husq...is there an hour meter on it? I would try to get it down to 500 if the battery and belts are decent
check out this video....funny and useful
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J63_En3D5SI
That is funny. Thanks. That's pretty much everything I do anyway. I was just wondering if there were things specific to this model that I would have to look for. Reading further down I noticed something about the front wheels spreading apart as a problem indicative to this model. Wondering if there is anything else. I appreciate the video though. Good stuff.
 

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It’s more about the engines, the large single cylinder engines can be bad, Briggs platinum or kohler command for example


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It’s more about the engines, the large single cylinder engines can be bad, Briggs platinum or kohler command for example


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Yeah that's one reason I asked the question. I thought it was a twin cylinder until I did some research and found out differently. Needless to say I was surprised. I'm really not into these newer mowers all that much and had no idea they made a single cylinder engine that big. I've not heard good things about the new briggs engines in general but it seems to be getting that way for everything. I know I'm looking for a unicorn here (cheap used tractor with a bagger that won't break) but I gotta try. I have all winter now I guess.
 

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Kohler Command is good. Kohler Courage & later model, not so much.

A YT should be a bit "stouter" than an LT, so should hold up under the bumps better. Most all will loosen the steering eventually.

Would a GOOD self propelled mower work better? A fenced in yard can be a pain in the corners with a larger machine. You basically have to hand mow those anyway.
Much depends on the shape/size to be mowed.
 

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Kohler Command is good. Kohler Courage & later model, not so much.

A YT should be a bit "stouter" than an LT, so should hold up under the bumps better. Most all will loosen the steering eventually.

Would a GOOD self propelled mower work better? A fenced in yard can be a pain in the corners with a larger machine. You basically have to hand mow those anyway.
Much depends on the shape/size to be mowed.
Well he already push mows his yard and doesn't mind doing so. Kinda likes the exercise to be honest. He gets into a lot of time constraints where this would be quite helpful to him, particularly this time of year when he has to collect and bag his leaves. There is a fence along the back of the property but with the landscaping, it's not an issue. Basically a rectangle otherwise. I know, anything will mow that. I think I'm going to take the winter (since mowing season is about done anyway) and keep looking. Thanks for all the input guys. You may see me pop up with the same question in other forums thru the winter. You just never know.
 

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You say push mower and I say self propelled.
Big difference in energy expended & speed.
I'm not physically capable of "pushing" a mower due to fatigue issues from my BCG treatments.
 

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Kohler Command is good. Kohler Courage & later model, not so much.



A YT should be a bit "stouter" than an LT, so should hold up under the bumps better. Most all will loosen the steering eventually.



Would a GOOD self propelled mower work better? A fenced in yard can be a pain in the corners with a larger machine. You basically have to hand mow those anyway.

Much depends on the shape/size to be mowed.


Oh ya, courage, my fault. I have a Briggs platinum but I’m running full syn in it hoping the the connecting rod bearings don’t fuse to the crank.


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