Craftsman LT2500 reviews award this budget model one of the highest ratings in the lineup of lawn tractors at Sears. One user says the mower easily cuts grass even if you're driving it at full speed. Others comment on the lawn tractor's prowess at plowing through wet grass and up hills with barely a hiccup and cutting at a consistent, even height. Reviews on the Sears site also praise the power, speed, and convenience of the 22-horsepower Kohler engine and hydrostatic automatic transmission. One owner claims this model cut his mowing time by hours. Other features that appeal to users include an easy-to-replace oil filter, adjustable seat, and deck washout port, so you can easily clean out grass clippings with a garden hose. All is not perfect, however. We read a few reviews complaining that you cannot put the machine into reverse without turning it off first, and its inability to mow in reverse puts some off as well. But praise for this model far outweighs the minor critiques.
The Craftsman LT2500 (starting at $1,377) is fully featured. It includes a one-cylinder, 22-horsepower Kohler engine and a 1.5-gallon gas tank. It turns a tight 18-inch radius and the spring-loaded 46-inch deck can be moved into five cutting positions ranging from 1.5 to 4 inches. Cruise control comes in handy, especially for larger yards. The Craftsman LT2500 accepts hauling equipment, lawn care attachments, a snow blade thrower, and two- and three-bin baggers. A mulch kit is also available for an extra charge. The Craftsman LT2500 comes with a full two-year warranty, a five-year warranty on the frame, and a lifetime warranty on the cast-iron front axle. Residents of California will have to opt for a similar tractor that carries the model number 28889 and complies with standards set by the California Air Resources Board, or CARB. Unfortunately that version, marked "CA only," costs about $100 more at Sears.
With its strong engine, easy-to-replace parts, and excellent value, the Craftsman LT2500 28915 has the makings of a winner. If you're mowing in tight spaces, check out one of the brand's 42-inch models, which are also well-reviewed.