Good Craftsman riding mowers as of 2015 are the 7-speed model LT1500, the 42-inch model 20390 and the 20442 model. Of the three Craftsman models, the least expensive is the 7-speed LT1500, while the most expensive is the 20442 model.
The 7-speed LT1500 is best for managing smaller lawns and comes with a 42-inch cutting deck, like the model 20390. The LT1500 has a 1 1/2 gallon tank and a top speed of 5 1/2 miles per hour.
The 42-inch model 20390 has a unique 6-inch turning radius and sports a 4-cycle Briggs and Stratton engine. The Craftsman model 20442 mower has an even smaller 5-inch turning radius and a 12-setting changeable cutting system that allows the operator to lift or lower the blades between 1 and 4 inches high.