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What You Should Know About the LT1000 Lawn Tractor



By Matt Hawkins

The Craftsman LT1000 was once one of the most popular lawn tractors offered by Craftsman, but has since been discontinued due to newer, updated models being introduced. However, just because this particular lawn tractor has been discontinued does not mean that accessories and replacement parts cannot be found for it.

Due to its popularity, many LT1000 owners may need information on their yard tractor from time to time when getting it serviced, troubleshooting, or installing parts. This article aims to provide information on the LT1000 for prospective buyers of used models as well as for owners who may need information on routine maintenance, replacing parts, and accessory items.

First of all, it's worth noting that the Craftsman LT100 is actually a series of mowers consisting of three models. Of these models, the Craftsman 27639 has the largest engine and is the best overall value, and so will be the focus of this article.

The Craftsman 27639

The Craftsman LT1000 incorporates an 18hp Briggs & Stratton Intek OHV engine, which is a single-cylinder, two-stroke engine that has a fully pressurized lubrication system with replaceable oil filter and an anti-vibration system to reduce noise and make for a smooth ride. These engines are quite durable in part due to the cast iron sleeve over the cylinder and will last for a long time.

The Craftsman LT1000 features a manual six-speed gear shift transmission, consisting of six forward speeds and one reverse speed. The clutch pedal is positioned on the left just as it is in cars.

The 42 inch deck on the LT1000 will make the same width cut on your lawn and is ideal for lawns between 1 and 1.5 acres, or 40-60,000 square feet. It provides a smooth, even cut and can be adjusted in height from 1.5 inches to 4 inches above the ground to tailor the height of your lawn.

The LT1000 discharges cut grass on the right side like most lawn tractors, but also offers the option of a rear bagger with a side chute and mulching kit. Also available is a connection for pulling a small utility cart and a connection in front for a snow blade attachment, if needed.

One of the reasons behind the popularity of this lawn tractor is undoubtedly its relatively low price - the LT1000 can be found used on sites liked Ebay, for example, for less than $500. However, despite the low price, the LT1000 is still a great entry level lawn tractor.

If you don't mind the manual transmission, lack of a front bumper, plastic engine cover, smaller fuel tank of 1.25 gallons, or lack of anti-scalping rollers to handle hills and uneven terrain, the LT1000 is simply an economical yet efficient and durable machine for getting larger yards mowed.



If you are interested in purchasing the Craftsman LT1000, check to see what's available on Ebay. It may also be available from other private sellers through Craigslist or other advertising media. If you need parts for the Craftsman LT1000, please read on...

Parts and Accessories



If you have your LT1000 owner's manual on hand, identifying and replacing parts should be a breeze. If you've misplaced it, information on finding it online is available on this page.

Once you know what parts you need, visit the Sears Parts Direct website, or pay a visit to your local Kmart or Orchard Supply Hardware. Each of these retailers sell Craftsman mowers and parts. Just make sure you know your mower's model number so you can make sure that you purchase the right part for your specific mower.

If it turns out that you need to repair several parts on your mower's deck, you may want to consider a deck rebuild kit. This cost-effective option includes two complete deck spindle assemblies, two spindle drive pulleys, a drive belt, two mulching blades, and the required mounting bolts and nuts. It can be found at Amazon as well as other Craftsman retailers.

Don't forget about the various accessories that can be attached to the LT1000 to make certain yard tasks easier. Bagging and mulching kits are available, as well as a cart that attaches to the back. There is even a snowplow attachment for the front of the LT1000, so you can use it year-round.

Whether it's parts or accessories you need for the LT1000, rest assured they're out there. Even though the model has been discontinued, the items you need should be readily available for years and years to come.