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What to Know About the Craftsman LT2000 Lawn Tractor

By Matt Hawkins

For a lawn tractor that can power through even the toughest jobs at an affordable price, it is hard to go wrong with the Craftsman LT2000.  If you have a large area up to about 2 acres and/or uneven terrain to mow, it is a great choice. A powerful 540cc, 21 hp Briggs & Stratton engine cuts through thick grass with ease, and the automatic transmission can achieve speeds as high as 5.5 mph.

The LT2000 also features a fairly tight turning radius of 18” for maneuvering around obstacles and in tight spots. This also helps you to cut closer to objects like trees and flower beds, saving time and improving the result.

The sheer mowing capability of the LT2000 is virtually unmatched. The height of its 46 inch precision cutting deck can be adjusted from 1.5 to 4 inches high to determine the depth of the cut, and the large turf-saver wheels ensure that the lawn is not damaged due to scalping while mowing.

Needless to say, like all Craftsman mowers and lawn tractors, the LT2000 is extremely durable and will provide reliable performance for years on end. The frame is made of 12-gauge welded steel, and the cast-iron front axle is built to withstand the rigors of mowing difficult and uneven terrain. What’s more, the LT2000 is great for towing light loads, such as other lawn care equipment.

In addition to exceptional durability and performance, the LT2000 also includes some nice features for you, the operator. It incorporates a deluxe adjustable padded seat for optimum comfort, a cup holder, and can be fitted with a bagger for grass clippings, a snow blade as necessary, and various other accessories.

The Craftsman LT2000 is available through Sears, as well as various private sellers on Ebay, Craiglist, and elsewhere.  New LT2000s come with a 2-year full warranty backed by Sears In Home Service, plus a limited lifetime warranty on the front axle. The LT2000 is available in every state but California.

If you’re looking for a reasonably priced lawn tractor that can handle almost any job with and will last a long time, the Craftsman LT2000 really fits the bill. It is a popular model and well-reviewed by owners.  If you already have an LT2000 and are looking for parts and/or accessories, the information below should help you find what you’re looking for.

Parts and Accessories

If your lawn tractor isn't working properly, but you're not sure which part or parts may need to be replaced, consult your owner's manual. In the event you've misplaced it, check out this page to learn where to find it online.

After you have identified which parts require replacement, you have a few options. You can head to your local hardware store or shop online. Sears Parts Direct is perhaps the most efficient way to find and purchase Craftsman parts online, so you may want to check out that website. Before you purchase any parts though, be sure the parts correspond to the model number for your LT2000. Parts made for a different model may not fit properly or could even damage your lawn tractor.

If you need to replace multiple parts within the mower deck, purchasing a deck rebuild kit may be a more cost effective option than buying several individual parts. These kits are available through Amazon and other Craftsman retailers and include two each of spindle assemblies, spindle drive pulleys, mulching blades, and a single drive belt, along with the necessary mounting nuts and bolts.

One other thing to consider as the owner of an LT2000 is whether it makes sense to attach any accessories to your lawn tractor to facilitate certain tasks. Options include a sweeper, lawn aerator, tiller, fertilizer/seed spreader, and snowplow, but there are many others to choose from as well.

Whether it's parts or accessories you need for your LT2000, it shouldn't be too hard to find them, whether you search in stores or online. Make sure you get the most out of your lawn tractor by replacing old parts with the correct new parts as needed and getting the right attachment for the job at hand.