Craftsman’s New Pro Series Mowers w/ Power Steering

Me on a Mower in the '70s

Back in the 1970s, we lived on an acre of land in South Florida. Before my parents trusted me with a go-kart, I would jet around the backyard on dad’s riding mower. One day, I drove it into our swimming pool. The deep-end. True story.

How could a pre-teen possibly drive a lawn mower into a giant box of water? I’m gonna blame the lack of power steering. Seriously, that mower was really hard to steer! Ok, ok… I was an idiot, too. So, sure… I’ll accept 25% of the blame. 🙂

Some 35 years later, riding lawn mowers aren’t THAT much different. But the Craftsman Pro Series includes automotive-style power steering and an industry-first on non-zero turn riding mowers: a 5″ turning radius. (The Pro Series line does offer a zero turn model, too).

Sure, other brands have power steering and we may cover those one day, too. But I’ll admit that I have a biased affinity for the Craftsman brand—I grew up with it, my grandfathers and uncles ran a Texaco station for decades and used Craftsman tools, and the old lifetime warranty still stands today if I were to bring in a broken tool from the 1970s. That’s pretty cool.

With a price-point between $2k-$5k, depending on the model you choose, the new Craftsman Pro Series mowers are comparable to others on the market in the same class.

Powered by a Kohler® 7000 Pro Series V-Twin engine with Dual Hydro-Gearâ„¢ transmission (specs may vary than what you find on those links), there’s a Pro Series model built for both the weekend warrior or the professional. Depending on your needs—lawn size, gate width, etc.—available deck sizes range from 42″-60″ and are easy to remove for maintenance (or racing around the yard, like I did in the 70s).

The Craftsman Pro Series line of mowers are available on Amazon or for in-store pick-up or delivery at your local Sears or from Craftsman.com.

If you are still interested in other brands you can see other very good options below:

Husqvarna Z254 54 in. 26 HP Kohler Hydrostatic Zero Turn Riding Mower
  • 26 HP Kohler engine provides reliable startups and a max speed of 6.5 MPH
  • A patent-pending park brake system automatically activates or deactivates as the steering...
  • Air induction mowing technology draws air from the top and bottom of the deck, improving...
  • Reinforced steel stamped cutting deck is made of heavy flat-stock steel for maximum...
  • Clippings can be discharged, mulched or bagged (mulching kit and bagger attachment sold...
Ariens IKON XD-52 (52") 24HP Kohler Zero Turn Lawn Mower
  • 24HP/725cc Kohler 7000 V-Twin OHV Engine
  • 52-Inch, 3-Blade Fabricated Mower Deck
  • Hydrostatic EZT transmission
  • Large tires
  • High-Back Plush Seat With Armrests
Husqvarna MZ61 61 in. 24 HP Kawasaki Hydrostatic Zero Turn Riding Mower
  • 24 HP Kawasaki engine provides reliable startups and high ground speeds
  • Roll-over protection system (ROPS) ensures safer operation in all conditions
  • Fabricated 11-gauge steel cutting deck offers an excellent 61 in. cut with an...
  • Clippings can be discharged, mulched or bagged with a 9-bushel triple bag collection...
  • High-back seat with armrests, foam-padded hand grips and vibration dampeners make mowing...

Forty-something years later, Chad still doesn't' know what he wants to do if he grows up. Raised around cars and trained in diesel mechanics, Chad has owned a successful detail shop, developed and sold software, led a K-9 SAR team, ridden the dot-com wave as a marketing & PR executive, led digital strategy teams at both large and small agencies, and now this. He digs Jeeps, off-road racing, football, photography, writing, making EDM, cranking metal, PC gaming, and a plethora of other contradictory things.

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