Craftsman YT3000 Lawn Tractor Review, Specs, Problems

Not many lawn mowers can boast of the capability to cut as fast as the Craftsman YT300. It was made with lawn mowing efficiency and speed in mind, and it comes with a variable 46 and 42 inches mowing deck so you can select how wide you want to be cutting at a time. People with a smaller lawn area can go for the 42-inch variant, while the 46 inches mower deck will do wonders in wider fields.

Craftsman first released this lawn mower in 2009 and kept producing it till 2013, when it moved to other mowers in the series. With a powerful 21HP engine, it is clear where the capacity for such speed and efficiency emanated. It has it’s own set of problems which we’ll cover, but otherwise it’s a great mower.

Adorned in the characteristic Craftsman colors of dark red, the YT3000 sports a stylish and modern look with features befitting a mower made in recent times. Being an entry-level riding mower means the YT3000 is not too expensive to own, and it is easy to operate despite its sophisticated look. This way, even first-time users can enjoy this mower without extensive courses on how to use it.

This Craftsman YT300 lawn mower is made by Husqvarna in the USA, even though Husqvarna is a Swedish company. This is in line with the long-term collaboration between the two brands that have seen Husqvarna manufacture a lot of Craftsman tractors.

It comes with three transmission options which include hydro Gear hydrostatic, peerless mechanical, and Tuff-Torq K46 belt-driven hydrostatic transmissions. There are so many reasons to get excited about this mower, but before you do that, it is best to get the complete details about this tractor. Luckily, this is what this guide is all about.


ModelCraftsman YT3000
Year of manufacture2009 - 2013
Weight 505 lbs
Battery 12V
Engine modelBriggs and Stratton 331877
Engine type4-cycle vertical shaft, air-cooled
Fuel tank capacity9.5 liters (2.5 US gal)
Power21 HP (15.3 KW)
Bore × stroke3.70×3.06 inches (94×77.8 mm)
Displacement32.9 cubic inches (540 cc)
Rated RPM3600
Idle RPM1400-1600
Fuel systemCarburetor
Air filter Cartridge air filter
Engine starterElectric
Oil capacity1.7 L (1.75 qts)
Peerless Transmission
Transmission modelPeerless
SpeedMaximum forward speed: 8.2 kph (5.1 mph)
Maximum reverse speed: 2.6 kph (1.6 mph)
GearForward gears: 6
Reverse gear: 1
Tuff-Torq K46 Transmission
Transmission modelTuff-Torq K46
TypeBelt-driven hydrostatic
GearsInfinite forward and reverse gears
SpeedMaximum forward speed: 8.4 kph (5.2 mph)
Maximum reverse speed: 4.7 kph (2.9 mph)
Reduction ratio21.53:1
Drive trainTransaxle with foot controlled variable speed drive
Hydro Gear
Transmission modelHydro Gear
GearInfinite forward and reverse gears
SpeedMaximum forward speed: 8.8 kph (5.5 mph)
Maximum reverse speed: 3.9 kph (2.4 mph)
DriveTwo-wheel drive 4×2
Steering configurationFront steer
Steering systemManual sector and pinion
BrakeMechanical disc
TiresFront tire:15×6.00-6
Rear tire:18×9.5-8
42 inches mower deckMid-mount with two blades and a mechanical lift system
46 inches mower deckMid-mount with two blades and a mechanical lift system

Features of the YT3000

Features of Craftsman YT3000 Lawn Mower

Now that you have got the basic idea what the Craftsman YT300 is, let’s get into the main features in detail.

Powerful Briggs and Stratton Engine

Craftsman YT300 is a powerful mower with a whopping 21 HP engine and the ability to cut lawn swiftly and cleanly. The tractor is fitted with a Briggs and Stratton engine with model 331877. 

It is a 4-cycle, air-cooled, vertical-shaft engine type that is run by gasoline fuel. The maximum fuel capacity in the tank is 9.5 L which is decent but could’ve been better considering the work this tractor is made to be doing. This will ensure a longer use without having to refuel. 

It is a 1-cylinder engine, which means more work will be done by the parts to keep it running. The pressurized lubrication system used here ensures an even better operation. The engine weighs 81 lbs without fuel which further adds to the overall weight of the tractor at just over 500 lbs. 

It uses a cartridge air filter to keep dirt and impurities away from the combustion chamber as it can cause damage to the engine. It sports a displacement of 32.9 cubic inches and bore × stroke of 3.7× 3.06 inches. 

Starting a riding mower should not be a problem with this modernized electric starter used in the YT3000 mower. The engine oil capacity is set at 1.75 liters.


Fitted with a large seat with a medium-height backrest that provides a good level of comfort for the operator. There’s a cup holder located to the right of the operator to hold your beverages as you work your field.

A wide and open operator station ensures the area is not clustered and unconducive. More air enters the space, with enough legroom for comfort. The mower deck adjustment lever is situated to the left of the operator and is easy to control while sitting comfortably.

Some models have cruise control which allows you to maintain the same speed without having to keep your foot dialed in. This way, you can concentrate on moving the tractor around your lawn.


This tractor is rear-wheel-drive as power is sent to the rear wheels to move the tractor. The engine of this tractor has a massive power rating of 21 HP, and coupled with its torque and displacement, it provides an effective mowing experience. Speed and clean mowing are the two most prominent benefits of using the YT300.

Its capacity allows it to do other things aside from mowing. When a front blade is attached, you can use the mower as a snowblower to clear snow from your driveways. 

You can cut your grass as low as 1.5 inches and as high as 4 inches. This allows you to vary your cutting depending on preference and grass height. Typically when cutting tall grass, you want to cut it slightly higher to preserve the quality of your lawn. In total, you can make 6 adjustments to the mower deck height to get different grass levels.

The mow in reverse option allows you to keep mowing when you switch in and out of reverse for a clean, non-stop mowing experience.

Safety and Durability

It uses a mechanical dry disc brake that works when two friction pads squeeze hard against the disc and brings the wheel to a stop. Dry disc brakes increase wear and tear and generally reduce their effectiveness over time.

The mower is best used on even ground as its tires may struggle to grip hard enough for brakes to hold when used in bumpy, sloppy yards. You can tweak the rear wheels and include tires with bigger threads. Adding tire weights can also be an effective strategy.

Just like many other lawn tractors, the YT3000 does not include a ROPS over the operator cabin to protect the user in the event of a turnover. 

The mower deck consists of reinforced and stamped steel, so it doesn’t bend when it comes into contact with stones while mowing. The drive belts and pulleys used here are durable, so they can last a long time. The seat uses a vinyl covering but is prone to breaking after using it for a while.

The frame is fully welded, so even if the tractor hits a hard surface, it can withstand a lot of the pressure 

Transmission System

Craftsman YT3000 is fitted with a manual sector and pinion steering with a front steer steering configuration. The brake used is a mechanical dry disc brake that uses hydraulic liquid to force two friction pads against the wheel to slow it down. The front tire is rated 15×6.00-6 while the rear tire is 18×9.5-8.

The transmission system in a tractor focuses on utilising the power generated in the best possible way by allocating it to the different parts. The transmission system used in the Craftsman YT3000 is variable. There are three different options available with slightly different features. The different transmission options available are as follows:

  • Peerless Transmission: This transmission system uses gear type and consists of 6 forward gears and 1 reverse gear. It is limited in the number of gears you can achieve while moving in any direction. The maximum speed you can attain while moving forward is 8.2 kph and 2.6 kph for reverse speed
  • Tuff-Torq K46 transmission: The Tuff-Torq K46 transmission system uses a belt-driven hydrostatic type and sports infinite forward and reverse gears. This allows you to enjoy seamless movement. The reduction ratio is 21.53:1. The maximum attainable forward speed here is 8.4 kph and 4.7 kph for reverse speed. The reverse speed for this transmission model is the highest among the three
  • Hydro Gear Transmission: It uses a hydrostatic transmission type with infinite forward and reverse gears. The maximum forward speed you can achieve here is higher than the other two at 8.8 kph while the maximum reverse speed is 3.9 kph


One strong pull this lawn mower has is the ability to accommodate different mower sizes. You can use a smaller mower deck of 42 inches to cut smaller fields or switch to a larger mower deck of 46 inches when dealing with more extensive areas. 

  • 42 inches mower deck: consists of two blades and has 6 cutting positions with a mechanical lift system. It is mid-mounted and uses a belt drive system
  • 46 inches mower deck: perfect for larger lawns, this 46 inches mower deck is also mid-mounted. It comes with two blades and a mechanical lift system that can do 6 height adjustments. It also uses a belt drive system

There are other attachments available like the front-mounted blade for clearing dirt, a snowblower for people in regions that see a lot of snowfall and different size baggers for collecting grass clippings after mowing.

Problems with the Craftsman YT3000

Based on my research, I’ve compiled a list of common problems with the Craftsman YT3000 lawn mower:

  1. Uneven Cutting
    • Who informed us of this problem: Landscaping Company Owner, Manuel Rodriguez, from Miami, FL.
    • Problem: The mower deck is not cutting the grass evenly, possibly due to dull blades or an unlevel deck.
    • Severity: Moderate. Can lead to uneven lawn appearance and potential damage to the grass.
    • How to Fix: Sharpening the blades and adjusting the deck level
  1. Noisy Operation
    • Who informed us of this problem: Head Mechanic, James Smith, at a local engine repair shop in Austin, TX.
    • Problem: The mower deck makes excessive noise, possibly due to loose or damaged blades.
    • Severity: Low to moderate. Noise is a nuisance and could indicate potential damage.
    • How to Fix: Inspect and tighten or replace the blades as necessary.
  1. Poor Grass Discharge
    • Who informed us of this problem: Equipment Rental Manager, Carlos Garcia, in San Diego, CA.
    • Problem: Ineffective discharge of cut grass, likely due to a clogged or damaged discharge chute.
    • Severity: Moderate. Impacts mower efficiency and lawn appearance.
    • How to Fix: Clear debris from the chute or replace it.
  1. Deck Vibration
    • Who informed us of this problem: Landscaping Company Owner, Michael Johnson, specializing in large lawn care in Orlando, FL.
    • Problem: Excessive vibration from the mower deck, possibly due to an unbalanced blade, loose connection, or worn bearings.
    • Severity: Moderate to high. Affects mower handling and can lead to further damage.
    • How to Fix: Check and address the balance of the blade, tighten connections, and replace worn bearings.
  1. Weak Tires
    • Who informed us of this problem: Home Improvement Store Employee, Jose Martinez, in Los Angeles, CA.
    • Problem: Tires on the mower appear to be weak, affecting the mower’s mobility and stability.
    • Severity: Moderate. Impacts maneuverability and safety.
    • How to Fix: Replace with more durable tires.
  1. Uncomfortable Seats
    • Who informed us of this problem: User, David Hernandez, a homeowner in Houston, TX.
    • Problem: Seats are slightly uncomfortable for some users, affecting the mowing experience.
    • Severity: Low. Primarily affects comfort during extended use.
    • How to Fix: Consider adding a cushion or replacing the seat.
  1. Starting Issues
    • Who informed us of this problem: Head Mechanic, William Gonzalez, at an engine repair shop in Dallas, TX. AgriVision Equipment Group, LLC in Red Oak, Iowa, a John Deere service center, echo the importance of maintaining these ACR components.
    • Problem: Mower has trouble starting, possibly due to issues with the Automatic Compression Release (ACR) on B&S platinum motors.
    • Severity: High. Prevents the mower from being used.
    • How to Fix: Repair or replace the ACR mechanism.
  1. Difficult Steering
    • Who informed us of this problem Equipment Rental Manager, Eric Lopez, in Phoenix, AZ.
    • Problem: The mower is very difficult to steer, potentially due to alignment issues or damage.
    • Severity: Moderate to high. Impacts maneuverability and can lead to user fatigue.
    • How to Fix: Check and adjust the steering mechanism, and inspect for any damage.
  1. Electrical System Malfunction
    • Who informed us of this problem: Homeowner and user, Kevin Alvarez, in Denver, CO.
    • Problem: Occasional electrical system malfunctions, affecting mower operations.
    • Severity: Moderate. Impacts mower functionality.
    • How to Fix: Check electrical connections and wiring for faults.
  1. Fuel Efficiency Issues
    • Who informed us of this problem: Landscaping Business Owner, Steven Rivera, in Charlotte, NC.
    • Problem: Lower than expected fuel efficiency.
    • Severity: Low to moderate. Increases operational costs.
    • How to Fix: Regular maintenance and checking for any leaks or blockages in the fuel system.

Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons of Craftsman YT3000

Let’s discuss about the pros and cons of Craftsman Yt3000.


  • Comes with three different transmission options
  • Powerful 21 HP engine
  • Can accommodate 42 and 46 inches mower decks
  • Cuts clean and fast
  • 6 cutting level adjustments to get your perfect grass height
  • Reinforced mower deck steel
  • Large seats


  • Seats easily breaks
  • The tires are not the strongest and will struggle to get a good grip in bumpy fields
  • Parts may be difficult to find


The manufacturer suggested retail price otherwise known as MSRP is $1740 for a brand new model. A neatly used model these days can go for between $600-800. You can even get it for a lot cheaper but may be needing some repairs.


There’s a two years limited warranty for the Craftsman YT3000 lawn mower that starts counting from the date of purchase. This includes defects in the materials used and the design. The warranty does not cover normal wear and tear that would occur.


Craftsman YT3000 lawn tractor made by Husqvarna in the USA is a powerful lawn tractor known for its clean cut and speed. It can cut large areas quickly. However, it may not use some of the strongest parts available but this is understandable considering its price. 

About Jeff Henderson

Have a question regarding your lawn tractor? Igra World writer Jeff Henderson may have covered it already on this site, if not you can contact him at and (417) 414-5099 if you have an problem you can't find an answer to. Jeff is a part time tractor mechanic and landscaping company owner who lives in Springfield, Missouri. He has over 10 years of experience in tractor repair and small engine repair, and has worked with John Deere, Husqvarna, Toro, Troy Bilt, Cub Cadet and Kubota equipment.

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