Craftsman 19.5 hp 42 inch Automatic Lawn Tractor

by Martin

in Craftsman, Lawn Tractors

This Craftsman 19.5 42 inch automatic lawn tractor is a moderately-priced and attractive looking mid range lawn tractor that provides good value for money and convenient features to make it easy to mowing your mid-sized yard.

If you are not in the market for something pricier, like one of the D100 John Deere riding lawn mowers, then the Craftsman 19.5/42 may be a good alternative.

Features at a Glance

  • 19.5 hp (540cc) engine
  • Briggs & Stratton Gold Series single cylinder engine
  • 42 inch (106.68 cm) deck
  • Foot contriolled automatic transmission
  • 2 year full warranty
  • 18 inch turning radius
  • Disc brakes
  • 1.4 gallon fuel tank
  • electronic ignition

Engine and Transmission

The Craftsman 19.5 hp 42 inch automatic lawn tractor features a single cylinder 19.5 horsepower engine with a displacement of 540 cc. It has overhead valves which means it runs cooler and cleaner and a full pressure lubrication system for longer engine life. The engine also has an auto-type oil dipstick and spin on oil filter for easy maintenance

The Briggs engine can propel the lawn tractor to forward speeds of up to 5.5 miles per hour, and reverse speeds of up to 2.8 miles per hour depending on the terrain . At speeds like these, the Craftsman 19.5 hp 42 inch automatic lawn tractor is suitable for consumers who want to mow a medium-sized yard quickly and efficiently.

Not only is this model powerful for its size, but it also features a convenient foot-powered automatic transmission. This feature allows the owner to maneuver the tractor just like a car, using the foot to accelerate and brake.

This model comes with a 195 CCA Die Hard battery, which ensures that it will start reliably in a all year round or in a variety of different climates. Don’t forget to unplug your battery before storing your tractor for the winter.

Cutting System

The 42 inch, 13 gauge steel deck features five different cutting heights ranging from 1.5 inches to 4 inches. A lever is used to manually adjust the cutting height. This model features two individual cutting blades and it uses a side discharge system as standard. A mulching kit is available and easily fitted.

The deck is a floating deck with two gauge wheels to ensure that it adjusts to the lie of the land as it mows.
The Craftsman 19.5 hp 42 inch automatic lawn tractor is prepared for difficult terrain with square-tread 15 inch by 6 inch tires in the front and 20 inch by 8 inch tires in the back.

Attachments and Accessories

The Craftsman 19.5 hp 42 inch automatic lawn tractor accepts a 2 bin bagger, a mulch kit and a snow blade or snow thrower.

You can also use this machine to tow a variety of lawn care attachments such as broadcast spreaders or carts.


If you’re looking for a reasonably priced, high quality lawn tractor for personal use, the Craftsman 19.5 42 inch automatic lawn tractor is a solid choice.

Users praise the Craftsman 19.5/42 for:

  • its dependability
  • quality of cut, even on somewhat bumpy or hilly terrains
  • ease of starting
  • manueverability, especially around trees and other obstacles
  • ease of maintenance.

Some users complain that the lawn tractor does not cut in reverse. However, this is a deliberate safety feature.


You’ll need to check the latest price at Sears, but this machine is often on special at around $1250 (that’s about $250 less than the recommended price). It’s also usually available for home delivery or in store pick up, even if you order online.

Buy this Craftsman online at Sears .

About the Author

Martin Cole publishes Lawn Tractor Buyers Guide as well as some associated websites. He is a gardener at heart and has developed an interest and expertise in garden related tools and equipment.

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