Yes, the brand Craftsman makes a garden tractor and it is called the Craftsman ProSeries 54″ garden tractor. This particular garden tractor is one of the more popular versions available currently on the market.
Continue reading on to learn more about the Craftsman brand, the difference between a garden tractor and lawn mower, and all of the details about the garden tractor from Craftsman.
History of The Craftsman Brand
The Craftsman brand is a line of tools, work wear, and lawn and garden equipment that was originally created as the store brand for the Sears & Roebuck Company. In 1927 the head of the company’s hardware department, Arthur Barrows, purchased the rights to the Craftsman name from the Marion-Craftsman Tool Company.
The line of Craftsman products was available exclusively to the Sears & Roebuck Company from 1927 until the company purchased another company, Kmart. Upon the successful merger, Sears began selling the popular Craftsman products at that store as well.
The Sears & Roebuck Company continue to sell the Craftsman line at their dwindling stores throughout the 1980s and 1990s before selling the brand to Black & Decker in 2017.
What is a Lawn Tractor?
If you are wondering what the difference between a lawn tractor and riding lawn mower is, the answer might surprise you. At first glance, one would be forgiven if not immediately noticing the difference between garden tractors and riding lawn mowers because they look almost identical.
In fact, aside from technical specifications and the availability of attachments, there is no difference. A garden tractor can be used as a lawn mower. However, a riding lawn mower cannot do the same functions as a garden tractor.
Garden Tractor vs. Riding Lawn Mower
A garden tractor, like a riding lawn mower, is a small to medium size ridable tractor with a blade deck located on the underside that is intended for cutting your grass. A garden tractor features a larger sized engine and usually a larger blade deck.
The larger engine size that is found in garden tractors is used because garden tractors have many different attachments that can be used with them. For example, snow blades, tillers, spreaders, buckets, and brush cutters can all be used on garden tractors.
Craftsman ProSeries 54″ Garden Tractor
The ProSeries Garden Tractor from the Craftsman brand is a standout product in their line up. Bigger and tougher than their standard riding lawn mower series, the ProSeries is designed to tackle difficult yard work in half of the time and with a fraction of the effort.
The ProSeries Garden Tractor comes standard with a 54″ cutting deck, a 5″ ultra tight turning radius, and unmatched connectivity to give you a line of sight into the health of your machine.
ProSeries 54″ Specifications
Unlike Craftsman’s riding lawn mower series, their ProSeries garden tractors are built with a full line of specifications that is clear they kept the user in mind while creating this machine.
Some of the technical specifications of the ProSeries Garden Tractor are:
- Starting off the ProSeries Garden Tractor features a 747cc V-twin Kohler 7000 Elite engine. This is one of the largest engines made by Craftsman and intended for heavy duty lawn use.
- The tractor features a 54″ wide deck and an 18″ blade to cut large paths of grass in less time
- A built in spring assist function gives you 12 levels of blade height to find your perfect fit no matter what.
- An oversized, 3 gallon fuel tank provides hours of run time.
- Top speed clocks in at 5.5 miles per hour and the machine feature a cruise control for bigger, longer jobs.
- 22″ rear wheels, 16″ front wheels, and a cut in reverse function mean you can tackle big or hilly landscapes easily with this garden tractor.
- Heavy duty brackets for stability and a fully cast iron front mean this machine is heavier and tougher than your average riding lawn mower.
- Craftsman left no stone unturned when it came to building a comfortable ride. Adjustable seat backs, cupholders, Bluetooth technology, extra bright LED headlights, and removable arm rests ensure that you aren’t fatigued at the end of a long job.
Craftsman ProSeries Garden Tractor Warranty
No quality product would be worth anything without a warranty and Craftsman provides one of the best ones on the market when it comes to garden tractors and riding lawn mowers. The company gives a standard 3 year warranty and will repair or replace any faulty parts themselves within this time period.
The Craftsman warranty does not, however, cover expendable parts such as mower blades, belts, or spark plugs. You can find out more about Craftsman’s garden tractor warranties by clicking this link.
You should practice keeping your garden tractor in tip top shape by conducting regularly scheduled maintenance on your machine. This could mean changing the oil, filters, and sharpening the blades yourself, or finding a local service provider to complete these tasks for you.
Should I Get a Garden Tractor or Riding Lawn Mower?
If you are trying to decide between purchasing a garden tractor or a riding lawn mower there are a few things that you should consider before making your purchase. The biggest factor is yard size.
If you have acreage that needs more than just mowing, such as brush cutting, hauling debris, or shoveling snow, you may want to opt for the garden tractor. Another advantage to having a garden tractor is that you can purchase only the attachments that you need separately.
If your property is on the smaller side and you do not have a lot of extra jobs that need to be completed, you can save money by choosing the smaller, less functional riding lawn mower.
The downside to getting a riding lawn mower is that if you do have other jobs come up, the riding lawn mower most likely will not be suitable. This means you will either need to have your job contracted out, or do the work manually.
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