Craftsman LT4000

The Craftsman LT4000 garden tractor lawn mower is one of the older tractor mowers from Craftsman/Sears. The engine that powers the LT 4000 is a Kohler CV14S. This is a gasoline powered engine. This engine uses a splash lubrication system to keep everything moving without any hiccups or wearing too much. The max power output of this Kohler engine is just 14 hp which is a lot lower than any of the engines that currently come with Craftsman tractor lawnmowers. The fuel tank that feeds the engine with gasoline can hold a maximum of 13.2 liters (3.5 US gallons). The engine is keystarted using a 12 volt battery. The battery is then recharged using a 15 amp alternator when the engine is running.

Power from the engine on the Craftsman LT4000 is transferred to the wheels through a gearshift transmission that gives it 6 speeds traveling forwards and 1 for reversing. Going forward, the LT 4000 has a top speed of 8 kph (5 mph) while in reverse it has a top speed of 2.4 kph (1.5 mph). This garden tractor lawnmower is compatible with a huge range of attachments from snow blowers to front blades as well as an aerator, seed spreader, dethatcher, sprayer and of course a bagger also.

The mower deck that comes with the Craftsman LT4000 garden tractor lawnmower has a cutting width of 42 inches. The total width of the mowing deck is actually higher than this due to the plastic discharge flap. The mower deck is raised and lowered using a spring assisted hand lever. The blades in the deck are belt driven and engaged manually. If you have ever owned or used the LT 4000 tractor mower, then please leave a review of your experiences with it below outlining what you liked and what you didn’t like about it.

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2 Reviews of the “Craftsman LT4000”

  1. Cal G says:

    Any machine that can take kids driving and mowing with it and survive has to be pretty tough. Deck is wearing out and will be replaced if I can still find one, but even the mower belt is original yet. Bearings in the deck have been replaced once but other than normal servicing parts, everything is still original. This machine is even tough enough to have towed a few cars around the driveway when batteries went dead. It has done a lot of towing, hauling and pushing all year long, besides just mowing an acre of lawn every week of a growing season for 20 years. I have to say, the transmission is pretty tough to endure what we have done with this machine. It’s big for what it is compared to new models, but when you get on it, you know you are on something heavy and solid for sure. For those of us who are farm and country boys, I’ll take big and solid to small and flimsy any day! The engine just runs and runs, uses very little oil so no complaints there. Over all, I would buy another one at twice the price.

    Year of Manufacture: 1994
    Pros: Built heavy and to last. Lots of metal parts, not as much plastic as those made today. Engine is a Command 14 Kohler and is a pressure lubed system, not just a splash as mentioned in the review. It has an oil pump with a spin on oil filter, just like a car. Mechanics are fairly easy to service throughout the unit.
    Cons: Deck is a little complicated to remove for service if you are not mechanically inclined but then, most are a pain anyway.
    Attachments: Blade, and tag along dump wagon.
    Modifications: None

  2. William Lynam says:

    Excellent

    Year of Manufacture: 1992
    Pros: Never had a single problem with this mower and I still use it to cut my acre of grass every other week. It still has all of the original parts, not counting the battery, belts, and blades. And it still looks good. Best riding mower I could possibly have owned. I never dreamed that this mower would still be running as good as it is after 20 years. What a deal I got back then.
    Cons: none
    Attachments: Bagger; De-thatcher; Aerator; Utility trailer
    Modifications: none

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