Craftsman LT1000

The Craftsman LT1000 garden tractor lawn mower is often known by it’s serial number, the Craftsman 27639. Both refer to the same tractor mower. The engine powering the LT 1000 is an Intek model from Briggs and Stratton. This is a two stroke, 1 cylinder model that pumps out 18 hp. The cylinder in this Briggs and Stratton engine has a cast iron cylinder sleeve for an extra long operating life. The engine stay oiled thanks to a fully pressurized lubrication system.

This engine on the Craftsman LT1000 powers the mower deck and the wheels. The mowing deck has a cutting width of 42 inches (it’s total width is a good bit higher than this due to the plastic discharge flap on the side). Inside the deck are 2 blades working together to give a nice smooth, even cut to your lawn. The deck has an operating range of 2.5 inches, from a low of 1.5 inches above the ground to a high of 4 inches above the ground. For dealing with the cut grass clippings, you have 3 choices. Many people just leave the grass clippings to fly out the side of the deck and lay on the grass. Unfortunately this can prove to be rather unsightly, so what some people do is purchase a bagger to collect them or use a mulching kit to turn them into a fast rotting mulch.

Power to the wheels on the Craftsman LT1000 is controlled by a gear shift transmission. This gives the operator 6 different speeds going forwards, while in reverse they just have one speed. The fuel tank that supplies the engine with gasoline can hold up to 4.7 liters (1.25 US gallons). If you have ever owned or operated the LT 1000 garden tractor lawnmower, then please feel free to leave a review of it below, making sure to mention what you like and dislike about it.

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3 Reviews of the “Craftsman LT1000”

  1. Carl says:

    I bought this tractor in 2004 in a hurry as we had just moved into the new house and lawn, about 1.5 acres, needed to be mowed badly. I already owned a Craftsman push mower that I brought with me from California and had owned other Craftsman push mowers over the years so I went to Sears website and this one was on sale for approximately $800 so I bought it and had it delivered. Mind you this was the first tractor I had ever bought as lawns in California are almost non-existent in size. My only other experience with tractors had been an Allis Chalmers B110 that my Father bought and I used in the 60′s and early 70′s when I lived in New Jersey. While this was a decent tractor with more HP, 17.5, than the Allis Chalmers it was nowhere near the tractor that it was. At first I tried mulching with it but it was not capable of that even with the mulching kit. So then I bought a bagger for it which for the most part worked well except when the grass was wet as I tend to mow my grass high. It always started right up and ran flawlessly up until about 2 years ago. First the return spring for the PTO blade engagement broke so it was difficult to disengage the blades. I replaced that but then it broke again early this year. Last year the mower started scalping the lawn on the slopes and this year the flat areas as well so I figured that it was either time for some heavy duty maintenance or time to replace it. I figured that I would service it after I mowed last week and try to finish out the season with it and replace it next year with a bigger and better Craftsman. Well I didn’t finish mowing with it as the engine let go without warning after I was about half way finished mowing and I had to finish with my 12 year old non-self propelled Craftsman, boy what a work out at my age, fortunately it was a relatively comfortable day with low humidity and it was early evening so the sun had gone down somewhat. Had I to do it over again I would not have bought this machine for the size yard I have but having said that I really cannot say anything bad about it. I got just 1 month over 9 years use out of it and put about 1200 hours on an engine that probably wasn’t designed to last that long so I feel that I got my moneys worth out of it. What did I buy to replace it you might be wondering? I ordered a John Deere D130 from John Deere that I should have in a day or so.

    Year of Manufacture: 2004
    Pros: Reliable starting, easy operation
    Cons: No anti scalp wheels on mower deck, poor mulching ability, small gas tank, no fuel gauge.
    Attachments: Grass catcher, dethatcher, utility trailer, snow blade 1st year only.
    Modifications: None

  2. unk says:

    I was once a mechanic and can make almost anything run a long time. it’s not unusual to drive cars far beyond 200k miles. I can attest that this is one of those creations of which the term “planned obsolescence” was coined. I purchased from first owner in 2010 when it was 6 years old. our yard consists of a bit less than an acre of grass with a few shrubs and trees around which I must maneuver. It gets quite hot here so i only mow in the spring and fall due to hot/drought conditions during the summer. Intent was to only have it for a couple of years before trading up. It seems everything wore out at once. Although we only have to mow a few months per year, i had to replace the following last spring: steering drag link, deck mandrels, deck belt and drive idler. That may not sound like much; however, immediately thereafter the deck engagement cable broke. I replaced all of them thinking it would be OK, but then the transaxle started to fail. I found a used one by some miracle but before i could replace it the fuel tank started to leak. Although it is not that difficult to maintain, the frequency of breakdowns rivals that of the worst equipment I’ve ever seen – mind you I was once a mechanic. The engine runs hotter than anything I’ve ever driven. Even after leaving it set for awhile, the oil is still so hot that i cannot hold the container into which it’s draining.
    Although it was relatively inexpensive, I have spent half again as much as I paid to keep it running.
    I need to convince the wife to let me get a Deere.
    If you get an opportunity to own one – either pass it by or turn it to someone else for a buck.

    Year of Manufacture: 2003
    Pros: Size, parts availability, hydrostatic transmission
    Cons: Noisy, bone-jarrying ride, dependability, rising repair costs, lacked oil filter from factory, runs HOT
    Attachments: Mower deck
    Modifications: wheel spinner, mulching blades, deck chute block, oil filter

  3. Dave says:

    Not pleased

    Year of Manufacture: 2003
    Pros: Good cut quality
    Cons: Started burning oil after only 2 years of use, even with regular oil changes. Bagger chute clogged regularly. Would occasionally die while cutting lawn. One time required a spark plug replacement to get it to restart. This was after performing a full service, including new spark plug, one month earlier. I replaced this with another brand tractor after 4 years of use. By then it was using a quart of oil for every 6 hours of use.
    Attachments: Bagger
    Modifications: None

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