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#31 GT5k6spd OFFLINE  

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Posted March 26, 2013 - 10:27 PM

Welcome to GTT. Be sure to read the manuals thoroughly. Then store them in a safe place. Proper care and maintenance will help the tractor last a lot longer. I like to change the engine oil on a new engine at about 1 hour and then follow the manual. Good Luck, Rick

 

Hey,

 

So i changed the oil after 2 hours.  was gonna do it @ 1hr as you suggested, but got carried away!  i didn't change the filter, but check out the oil, pretty dark after 2 hrs, eh?

 

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Posted March 26, 2013 - 11:04 PM

The little tractors are a lot of fun! Change the filter too. The first hour of running will put a lot of small metal pieces in the oil as the parts wear in. The sooner that they are removed the less that the engine will wear. Taking good care will make it last a lot longer. You should also look at lubricating all of the joints that are designed to be lubricated. There is a chance that the guys at the store missed some. Doing all maintenance early only costs a little more but saves in the long run. Read your owners manual from cover to cover. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted March 27, 2013 - 03:47 PM

Ah ha.... I knew there was a garden tractor out there with locking differentials. I thought it was the craftsman mowers but obviously not. It's husqvarna.

 

 

http://www.husqvarna...ractors/gt54ls/


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Posted March 27, 2013 - 04:12 PM

That picture on hill looks like a fun one :D  good luck :thumbs:


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Posted March 29, 2013 - 09:42 AM

Ah ha.... I knew there was a garden tractor out there with locking differentials. I thought it was the craftsman mowers but obviously not. It's husqvarna.

 

 

http://www.husqvarna...ractors/gt54ls/

 

yeah, i dont think mine's got limited slip or locking, although, 'tractordata' does say it's a husqvarna.   is that reliable?



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Posted March 29, 2013 - 09:44 AM

That picture on hill looks like a fun one :D  good luck :thumbs:

 

yeah, i'll go up in reverse and when it slips i'll know my limit.  :rocker2:



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Posted March 29, 2013 - 09:56 AM

Ah ha.... I knew there was a garden tractor out there with locking differentials. I thought it was the craftsman mowers but obviously not. It's husqvarna.

 

 

http://www.husqvarna...ractors/gt54ls/

 

look like the exact chassis.  ugh.  now i'm wondering if i shoulda got hydrostatic.  :wallbanging:



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Posted March 29, 2013 - 12:15 PM

Good looking rig! I second greasing everything you can! 


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Posted March 29, 2013 - 12:25 PM

so i got a couple questions:

any of you guys install a cig. lighter socket for charging/accessories?

what's been your optimum tire pressure for firm, yet damp, terrain?  (all 4 tires)

 

I'd check the owner's manual for recommended pressure and go from there.  Lower tire pressure means a larger contact patch with the ground.  For the rear tires, probably between 5 and 10 lbs, depending on the owner's manual.  Front tires are more of a balancing act, lower pressures will spread the weight out, but make steering harder.  DON"T pump the pressure up to the max recommended on the tire sidewall.


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Posted March 29, 2013 - 12:52 PM

Nice rig. Welcome! Looks like a lot of tractor for just mowing....got other plans?


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Posted March 29, 2013 - 06:59 PM

Nice rig. Welcome! Looks like a lot of tractor for just mowing....got other plans?

 

actually, i haven't really thought about it.  it costs me about $800 to have a guy swing by once a year with his discs on a big ford tractor, so, i thought i'd save a little over the years and got the bigger rig to handle my hills and the tall grass.  i'm on a couple acres in a wet/dry seasonal climate, so the mowing is actually done april/may and then nothing for the rest of the year until the following season.  depending on the weather, i may do a preliminary knock down feb/march.  we'll see next year.  

 

if i have a deeper inclination, i'll probably go for a set of discs, but i'm guessing i'll need to switch to lug tires to get the added traction i'll need.



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Posted March 29, 2013 - 07:04 PM

BTW,

 

I've been checkin' out the pix - all you guys got some cool-a$$ rigs!   i feel like "john q. homeowner" w/ my off the shelf craftsman!


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Posted March 29, 2013 - 07:27 PM

Welcome to the site! Don't worry, we will rub off on you soon enough. Before you know it, you'll be looking for excuses to buy more. We all did! My excuse was that I hated changing attachments so I bought a tractor for each job. Although I told my wife everyone in the family needs one to drive. Its an addiction but we call it requirements. Its just a matter of time when you accept it lol.

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Posted March 29, 2013 - 07:35 PM

 
if i have a deeper inclination, i'll probably go for a set of discs, but i'm guessing i'll need to switch to lug tires to get the added traction i'll need.


With enough weight, a set of chains will do you a decent job for traction with the turf tires.
You probably won't find many chains out there on the shelf, but there are a few online venues and there is always Sears.
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Posted March 29, 2013 - 09:53 PM

If you want a set of chains I'll send you a pair for the cost of shipping.


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