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Craftsman LT1500 (42") 420cc 7-Speed Lawn Tractor

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Model: 28882
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2.6 out of 52.6 out of 52.6 out of 52.6 out of 52.6 out of 5
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Grade
Entry Level Lawn Mowers
Style
Lawn Tractor
Surface Area
Office Building, Farm, or Parks
Large
Terrain
Hilly Terrain
Hilly
Width
42

Cutting Inches
Engine
Craftsman
17.5 HP Craftsman OHV Engine
Robust, heavy-duty design that can handle any yard, anytime
Full pressure lubrication & spin-on oil filter for longer life
1.5 gallon fuel tank lets you mow longer between fill-ups

Fully Welded Steel Frame
Exceptional durability & stability

42" Wide 12-Gauge Steel Deck
Accepts a bagger;dozer-blade & snow-blade capable for versatility
Twin blades for quality cutting performance
5 cutting positions from 1.5 to 4 inches to match lawn conditions

7 Speed Shift-On-The-Go Transmission
Saves time- no need to stop, brake or clutch to increase speed
18 inch turning radius for versatile performance on all lawns

Fender Mounted Height Control
Convenient & easy to reach

15 Inch Front & Large 20 Inch Rear Tires
Grips the ground on all terrain

Low-Back Seat, Headlights & Cup Holder
Mow longer with less fatigue


Engine
Engine Brand
Craftsman
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
HP
17.5 HP
CC
420 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
1.5 Gallons
Engine Cylinders
1 Cylinder
Oil Filter
Yes
Deck
Cutting Options
Side-Discharge
Deck Material
12-Gauge
Blades
2 Blades
Deck Positions
5 Positions
Cutting Width
42 Inches
Cutting Height
1.5-4 Inches
Deck Lift System
Manual
Engagement
Manual
Drive
Speeds
5 Speeds
Maximum Speed
5.5 MPH
Maximum Reverse Speed
5.5 MPH
Drive Wheels
Rear Wheels
Transmission Type
Manual
Accessories
Rear Bagger
Sold Separately
Engine Guard
No
Seat Type
Low Back w/ Seat Springs
Hour Meter
No
Arm Rests
No
Front Bumper
No
Mulcher Kit
Sold Separately
Headlights
Included
Wheels
Front Tire Size
15 x 6 Inch
Front Axle
Stamped Steel
Rear Tire Size
20 x 8 Inch
Tire Type
Pneumatic Wheels
Overview
Weight
500 Pounds
Product Length
70 Inches
Product Width
47 Inches
Product Height
35.5 Inches
Consumer Warranty
2 Years
UPC
043033563197
Model
28882
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Overall Rating
Features
3/5
Quality
2/5
Performance
3/5
Value
3/5
Overall
2.6 out of 52.6 out of 52.6 out of 52.6 out of 52.6 out of 5
Pros
I'd Buy It Again (3)
Easy To Use (2)
Price (2)
Fast (1)
Exceeded Expectations (1)
Cons
Eats Drive Belts (1)
Not Durable (1)
Low Quality (1)
33% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
15 Reviews  Sort by 
 
Jeff G
Suffolk, VA
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
APR.
22
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Purchased 5 Years Ago - Still Going Strong
I purchased this mower through the military exchange a little over 5 years ago. I weekly mow about 1/2 an acre with no issues. I've had to replace the battery once or twice since I've left it connected over the winter, but other than that, no issues.
Pros: I'd Buy It Again, Durable, Price, Reliable
Jeff Recommends This Craftsman Mower
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John Prokovich
St Charles, MO
REVIEWED
MAR.
16
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Great ...for The Price
owned 4 years no major repairs had LT1000 ...used for over 7 years, died from old age and hard use 1000 served me well. Changed oil 10-30 2 times a year.
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Easy To Store, I'd Buy It Again
John Recommends This Craftsman Mower
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Michael L.
Wickes, AR
Total Helpful Votes
74 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
10
2013
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Craftsman Quality Continues To Decline.
Bought this about a year-and-a-half ago to replace an earlier Craftsman that I used for six years before it became a maintenance headache. My first impression of this model was that it was not as sturdily built as the previous one - more vibration, more sensitive to heavy grass, idiotic interlock preventing mowing while in reverse. After about three months, it started throwing mower drive belts. I've replaced three, none of which fit properly. The last was an OEM branded belt at a premium... more
Cons: Low Quality, Not Durable, Eats Drive Belts
Michael Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Christina
Total Helpful Votes
20 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
16
2014
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Just Ok
I bought this mower in 2010 and replaced it today (July 2014). First of all, you get what you pay for. If you have: less than an acre, flat surface, no rocks, no major bumps in your yard, and no holes, then this tractor will suit your needs. Especially if you take care of it. If you have anything other than the above, maintaining it will be a constant struggle. The deck will constantly need to be leveled. After two mows, I had to call Sears and tell them the deck was not level. The repairman... more
Christina Does Not Recommend This Mower
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203
Jon
Total Helpful Votes
23 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
02
2014
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Worst Lawntractor Sears Sells
This tractor is a piece of junk. The motor is under powered and the gear box will lock up at will. In order to change the blades you need an air wrench to loosen the studs on the blades. My experience with Sears is to never buy a tractor made by American Yard Products..
Jon Does Not Recommend This Mower
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237
Rick C.
Lake Worth, FL
Total Helpful Votes
17 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
OCT.
05
2014
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Worst Tractor Ever
I purchased this is Oct 2011. Within a year the engine stopped running and was serviced in warranty. Then the transmission locked up took 3 days of tugging to free it up.

After 2 years and 8 months the front valve disengaged and now it burns oil like mad. I wouldn't get a tractor from Sears ever again.
Rick Does Not Recommend This Mower
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174
William W.
Hemet, CA
Total Helpful Votes
18 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
FEB.
06
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Onion Man
Purchased this tractor/mower 1 year ago . Excellent machine, works perfect every time I use it which is every week, NO complaints .
Pros: Easy To Use, Exceeded Expectations, Fast, I'd Buy It Again
William Recommends This Craftsman Mower
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188
Chris
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
20
2015
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Never Again
Bought it a year ago, got warranty cause I knew I' wouldn't be gentle with it. Had it in the shop for past two weeks got it back and after about ten minutes of working I had to shut it off and went to restart it and bam! Won't start. Was expecting better seeing as it was a Craftsman. Will never buy another one again. Only thing worse then the tractor is the customer service... I mean minimum three calls just to get a distributor they recommend in your area and then crappy service from whomever... more
Chris Does Not Recommend This Mower
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103
Dave Z.
Whitehouse, OH
Total Helpful Votes
12 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
APR.
10
2015
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Fliud Levels
I wanted to change the oil in my tractor, but could not fine out how much oil it takes. The manual does not give fluid levels.

I called the manufacturer's service line and talked to them, and they could not tell me. All they said was start out at 40 oz and check the dip stick. I have purchased Sears products for years. Sears was the first credit I got, but this is not the sears I'm used to. Too bad.
Dave Does Not Recommend This Mower
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125
Tom C.
Spring Grove, IL
Total Helpful Votes
12 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAR.
23
2015
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Craftsman Lawn Mower 38" 6 Speed 2000
Eats drive belts, lost neutral, first gear and sixth gear 6 years old and barely made it last summer. Has good maintenance, grease, oil changes, filter changes, tire maintenance. Never, never again.
Tom Does Not Recommend This Mower
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125
Ron A.
South Beloit, IL
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
28
2015
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Scalps Lawn
This mower is good if you want to cut weeds in a open field and not a lawn that you want to look nice. I would like to know if wheels could be put on the deck to help it cut more even? The vibration leaves a lot to be desired will not buy another craftsman tractor.
Ron Does Not Recommend This Mower
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