Craftsman YS4500

The Craftsman YS4500 garden tractor lawn mower is not quite as big as the likes of the Craftsman MTS5500 lawnmower, but it’s still a very powerful model when compared to a lot of other brands. The engine that powers the YS 4500 is a Briggs and Stratton Intek Plus that supplies the mower deck and wheels with a maximum power output of 21 hp. This engine is kept running smoothly thanks to a splash lubrication system. The engine is just a one cylinder model with a total volume of 0.502 liters. It uses a dual air filter to purify the air intake of dust and particulate matter. This engine is started using a 12 volt battery.

Power from the engine is transferred to the wheels using a hydrostatic transmission which makes the lawn tractor an automatic with infinite speeds traveling forwards as well as in reverse. The speed of the Craftsman YS4500 is controlled using a foot pedal accelerator and a pedal for the disk brakes. The Briggs and Stratton Intek Plus engine also powers the mower deck on the YS 4500. This mower deck has a cutting width of 46 inches. The deck itself is made from 12 gauge steel and 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. There are gauge wheels attached to this mower deck with work to prevent the deck from accidentally cutting into the ground during operation.

The wheels on the Craftsman YS4500 lawn mower have ‘turf saver’ threads which means that they’ll almost never leave a mark in the ground even if the lawn you are cutting is waterlogged. If you have ever operated the Craftsman YS4500 garden tractor lawn mower, then please leave a review of it below with your thoughts on it.

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  1. Carl says:

    out of the crate? very good. a few cheap upgrades…way more than expected.

    Year of Manufacture: 2007
    Pros: This is a very reliable machine. I have used it way beyond its intentional uses since new. I mow an average of 15 acres a month and use it to pull a log splitter, trailers of logs, and even use it with a choker to drag brush and other large items. I’ve actually tried to wreck this thing so I could justify buying a bigger manly tractor. I just keep the oil clean, blades sharp and it just wont quit. This is a tractor I use for maintenance.
    As is for the average guy with a flat or slightly hilly yard this is the last tractor you will ever need. If you have steep hills and or wet terrain pay the $75 for wheel weights. And go with 10 inch turf master tires. those two mods will make you think you bought the bigger machine. And add stability when ya gotta mow the worst angles.
    Cons: If you can really call em cons. the mower clutch spring works it way through the clutch arm. one dab from your or your local handy guys welder stops that permanently. this only became a problem after 6 years of abuse. Oh and if you’re not listening to your I pod the rattle of the guide wheels can be annoying. I guess if you were trying to make a living with this mower the trips up hill could be painstakingly slow.
    Attachments: Dump trailer, chokers and spreaders
    Modifications: wheel weights, wider more aggressive tires

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