Craftsman T135 Gas Powered Riding Lawn Mower Review

Craftsman is a household name around the world when it comes to the manufacture and development of durable machinery. In this craftsman riding lawn mower review we take a deep look at one of its large industrial model: The Craftsman T135 19 Hp gas riding lawn mower.

The share size of the 19 horsepower from the engine can only mean one thing; this mower is specifically designed for large lawn areas and massive landscaping businesses.  If you have a medium to small-sized lawn, this mower is not for you. Look to smaller gas or electric ride behind lawn mowers. This Craftsman model means business!

Let’s get to know some of the product specs that tip it above other competitor mowers:

Craftsman Riding Mower Specs

  • A powerful Briggs & Stratton Engine
  • 46-inch wide cutting deck
  • Deck wash feature for maintenance
  • CVT Foot pedal transmission system
  • Comfortable mid-rise back seat system
  • Durable and large wheels
Craftsman Riding Lawn Mower

Features​​​Engine Power

I can assure you that after reviewing numerous models and asking questions from landscaping experts, this craftsman model is as good as industrial mowers can get in terms of power. It comes in a heavy-duty construction and a wide cutting deck made from some of the most durable materials known to man.

The T135 Briggs & Stratton is powerful enough to emit an astonishing 18.5 horsepower. This is more than enough to slice through any kind of grass at any level of thickness. Lumps, twigs and thumps are not left out on its path, they are abruptly taken down by the share force from this machine.

The engine comes with a Ready start technology that improves the ease of use. By just turning the keys the engine is jerked to life without the need for annoying priming or choking.

Wide Cutting Deck

 If you have been in the position to watch this machine work you will be pleasantly surprised at how well it quickly covers a large area of land. This is the mower to take any landscaping business to the next level.

At 46-inch, the cutting deck offers a wide mowing path ensuring that wide areas are covered in record time. If you combine this deck feature with that of the reliable Briggs & Stratton engine, it is no wonder why the mower needs fewer passes to cover wide expands of land.

Save yourself the time needed to make repeated passes at stubborn grass patches with a mower with the right power features. Impressively, the turning radius of 18-inch is a feature that allows the machine to work its way around major obstacles like trees and flower walls.

There is a deck wash system included to help reduce the hassles of maintenance. You can easily attach a water hose to the deck to remove the buildup of debris, accumulated dirt and other clogs.


For a comfortable and customized mowing, the Craftsman T135 comes in a number of notable adjustments that can be made to suit the operator’s need. One of such adjustment is on the cutting deck that is raised or lowered with a lever at the right-hand side of the mower. The height adjustment also makes enough room available to rise past limps that would have otherwise damaged the blades.

Wheel Drive System

To provide the much-needed support for this heavy-duty lawn mower, it comes equipped with large 15-inch front wheels and 20-inch rear wheels. The well-built wheels offer decent traction and a capability to navigate past uneven grounds and bad terrain.

In the rare case that patches of grass remains uncut after the first pass, operators can use the reverse mowing feature to reach the uncut patches without having to make a U-turns.


If you intend to spend so much money on a lawnmower you have to be sure it is comfortable to ride on. Mowers like this are only suited for large acres of land that translates to long mowing runtimes.

To offer some support and comfort, the Craftsman T135 model has mid-rise sit that helps the operator balance to a comfortable ride in long mowing sessions. The smooth transmission system allows for optimal speeds even on bumpy grounds and rough terrains.

What We Liked

What We Di​​​​dn't Like

  • It has a very powerful and reliable Briggs & Stratton engine equipped with a ready start feature.
  • Wide 46 inch cutting deck with reliable blades to slice through the toughest of grasses.
  • A cool CVT foot pedal transmission system for smooth cruise control in uneven terrain.
  • Comfortable mid-rise seat
  • High performance from a combination of special features
  • Can mow in reverse to tackle uncut patches of grass
  • Large front and rear wheels for improved traction and support
  • Only a 2 year limited warranty. This is too low considering the huge price tag
  • Requires some assembly on first purchase
  • No mulching ability

Final Thoughts

We highly recommend the Craftsman T135 lawn mower to power users who require the consistency that comes with a reliable industrial-grade mower. This model is smooth to operate, well-constructed, comfortable to ride for long hours and easy to start.

It’s a brilliant lawnmower for owners of large acres of lawn. Finally, it’s a tradition that we advise our readers to read the reviews of customers who have purchased this mower to have an idea from those with hands-on experience.


Qaiser, a 30-year-old gardener, co-founded Treillage with an aim to help educate the masses in green living. He heads the team responsible for testing and reviewing every gardening product that is featured on Treillage.

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