After reading other reviews, I decided to go with this cab knowing full well that I would have to do some modifications to it to meet my expectations. So I haven't run into anything that wasn't expected. The frame and cover both seem reasonably well made for the money and everything went together as described in the owner's manual. It was a pretty easy assembly. I wanted to get it in and put together while it was still warm so I could decide on and make the modifications that I was pretty sure that I was going to want. I think that was a good decision.
As expected after reading other reviews, it is virtually impossible to use the manual PTO clutch on my YTS 3000 with the front support in place as designed. That wasn't a huge deal to alter but this cab and the manual clutch tractors have both been out long enough for some genius to figure out that there is a design problem and FIX IT ! ! ! But they haven't. It shouldn't take much more than a few different bends in the front support and a little extension in their length if they wanted to be cheap about it. And they could get another star or two from me and others like me. Personally, I came up with something a little more substantial than that. But I'm not being aggravated with having to move the support every time I need to engage or disengage the manual PTO.
Secondly, while a 3 sided cab is better than no cab and does help substantially, I wanted to add a back side to the cab so as to keep the wind and blowing rain and snow off of MY back side. Some tent canvas, ssome heavy clear vinyl, a little sewing, and some velcro to make it look like it came from the factory made that happen easy enough. My back is removable and I find that I only use it during the coldest and windiest of conditions.
I also used some tent canvas and velcro to make an easy on and off cover for the snowblower control port on the left side so I can keep the wind and precip from coming in it when I'm using other attachments and that port isn't being used. A little velcro added to the hand port flaps on both sides keeps them from flying up and letting cold wind and precip in during high winds, too. Yet they're available as needed.
I haven't gotten around to it yet but I still plan to rig some canvas ductwork to funnel engine block heat from the engine's side hood heat exhausts to inside the cab at the openings at the front of the footrests. Engine heat already seems to come in them to some extent without the planned ductwork. But I want to keep rain, snow, and wind out of those holes as well as funnel wasted engine heat in. I've seen this done with other cab designs so I see no reason it can't work with this one. I think this simple modification should contribute to drier feet and a warmer me. And that's a good thing. Especially when using a snowblower.
Overall, I think this cab is a good investment for the money. Just don't expect perfection for this price. I didn't. But so far I'm still happy. It was one of the first cold and rainy days of the fall season when I finished putting it together. So I just had to ride around the property and check it out. I was pleased. I stayed warm and dry. Since then, I've used it on the lawnmower while working the property during the fall to keep rain and wind off of me. And I've used it for around 20 hours (so far) with both the Craftsman 42" Snow Blade and the 42" Snowthrower Attachment. I've been out clearing snow in temperatures as low as 9 degrees with winds blowing at 20 mph or more. I couldn't (or wouldn't) have done that without the cab. I don't consider this cab to be an option when clearing snow. I consider it to be a requirement. That's expecially true when using a snowblower. I'm glad Craftsman made this cab available.
I bought this cab to go with my new Craftsman Tractor Model 288515. The initial issue I found was that the elastic hooks that are to secure the cab sides are too long and do not secure the sides. The major flaw I discovered was that when I went to engage my snow thrower the clutch arm on the tractor hits the front support rod of the cab preventing the clutch arm from locking in place. I called Sears technical support and they confirmed that this was a major design flaw. Sears needs to redesign the cab to properly fit their new tractors. I will be returning the cab unit for a refund. Extremely disappointed.
Once I had the cab installed I could not reach the snow thrower to raise it. I had to remove the cab to fully operate the snow thrower. This cab may be OK for the snow plow attachment.
I give it a 4 because I live in the country where the wide open area has quite a bit of over 20 mph wind. It saves me from feeling the snow blowing into my face. Unfortunately, it is extremely hard to see where I am going. I have to be extremely careful to not end up in ditches or getting stuck going off the driveway edge which I can't see. It is better on bright sunny days but not much. I am not sure it is possible to make a plastic that is capable of being seen through yet strong enough not to crack as this is my first year with a riding snowblower. I do know if it isn't windy I can easily take it off and snow blow without it and put it back on in less than a minute. With weather apps I know exactly the mph of the wind and therefore can use this cover at the best time and to my advantage. Therefore, I give it 4 stars.
Pro: out of wind keeps you warmer, made well, fit perfect easy install.
Con: No back so it's wide open, I wrapped plastic wrap around poles to block rear wind. Clear plastic is hard to see thru, especially at night. pocket inside would be nice.
3-sided canvas and clear plastic lawn tractor cab for snow throwing. Needs a rear cover and more careful packing to avoid creases and wrinkles in the plastic windows.
I finally had enough while plowing the snow and mid way through switched to pouring rain which soaked me. I had been considering this snow cab for a while but this convinced me that I needed this added protection. It works great easy to install with basic tools. It takes getting use to because your visibility is more restricted so be careful when in tight spaces. I should have added this to my tractor a long time ago. Only added feature that would be nice is some velcro closures on side flaps to keep closed in windy conditions. I will be sewing those on mine.