I Need Some Advice With My 2011 Gt6000...
Posted June 04, 2012 - 10:22 AM
Last fall, the transaxle failed, the gerotor somehow began to dug into the aluminum cover plate & I began losing any priming action that it provides to the pump. So I parked it in the garage & began to rethink everything. In the end I wound up purchasing a kubota BX25 which suits my needs, especially since we live on a hillside. Between the 2 tractors, I've become very adept at maintaining the lowest CG possible, this is where the Craftsman shines & it had only had a diff lock, my story may have been very different.
So currently, I have my Kubota, which I'm using almost daily & curious what to do with this Craftsman... I've asked my local small engine shops, who must be asked this same question everyday. One of them offered me $500 for it, which tends to be the same sentiment around here. Either we're too stupid around here or no one cares, but most of them don't know you can put an attachment on the back. This says nothing about Johnny products, they thought I was starting to tell a "little Johnny..." joke when I said the name.
So this is what I'm wondering, what to should I do with the GT? Part it out or sell it as a whole? Is there some great clearinghouse I can take it to regionally? Overall, looking at the various forums, I don't see too much activity regarding the 2011 model GT's. So I tend to ask myself whether it would be a waste of time trying to find a buyers for parts... Another possibility is to just hold on to the GT & use it to make a go-kart for the grandson/granddaughter, I'll stop there but there's no way I'd ever convert it to a racing tractor... It's bad enough that the tractor goes in the garage & the cars stay outside.
I simply don't quite know where to go or who to talk to so I thought this might be the best method, asking everyone all at once. Thanks guys for all the insight, even though I've done nothing but "troll" around in these forums, I can say without a doubt the level of knowledge & expertise displayed here on the GT forums is above & beyond ALL the Kubota forums combined.
Posted June 04, 2012 - 10:38 AM
Posted June 04, 2012 - 11:19 AM
Posted June 04, 2012 - 12:06 PM
I would try fixing the tranny in the GT and use it for any of your other attachment work.
Use the GT for the rough work and keep your Kabota for other uses.
Posted June 04, 2012 - 12:56 PM
Posted June 04, 2012 - 03:00 PM
Posted June 04, 2012 - 03:30 PM
Posted June 05, 2012 - 02:18 AM
Yeah, $500 is a low ball & I figure they get asked this 10x's a day in the spring & summer & that price was for the GT, sleeve hitch, & mowing deck. Sears warranty, umm, maybe this is a good time to explain my modifications I put a oil cooler into the fan shroud, it adds about a 1/2 quart to the oil capacity & a 25 amp stator since I have all those actuators for the Johnny products & sleeve hitch. Then I changed the steering to a rack & pinion off a dune buggy, it helped but it's still not power steering. This goes on & on so I wouldn't think a warranty would be in effect still.
So what's the better place to get Hydro-gear parts? Hydro-gear directly or through sears. It's a fence post decision on what to do because by the time I buy all the seals, orings, that gerotor cover, a gallon of oil & a filter i'm halfway $$$ to a new transaxle or around $300.
Anyway, I'll call hydro-gear tomorrow & see what they have to say.
Posted June 05, 2012 - 04:05 AM
Posted June 05, 2012 - 07:00 AM
I've called HG once myself, funnily enough, I found the call takers polite and responsive.
Either way, best of luck.
Posted June 05, 2012 - 08:10 AM
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Posted June 11, 2012 - 12:11 AM