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Posted September 20, 2014 - 08:52 PM

Mom purchased this spring a brand new GT from Sears for mowing duties. The third time we used it, it shed the belt. Took me a while to figure out what happened, and what it damaged... Thank goodness for warranties.

The battery strap on these tractors are known (by the repair guys) to be a weak spot. The strap will break and fall down thru the tractor where it gets into the drive belt and runs the belt off the side of the idler.

The belt in this case rubbed on the side of the idler and ruined both the belt and the idler.

If you have one of these tractors, please check the strap ( part number 190270 ) and get a replacement if there is any signs of failure.

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Posted September 20, 2014 - 08:57 PM

You just gotta love new tractors these days.

 

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Posted September 20, 2014 - 09:00 PM

What gets me is that they know about this and keep selling them... The warranty calls should eventually teach them a lesson, but until then. Sigh.
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Posted September 20, 2014 - 10:14 PM

You just gotta love new tractors these days.

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What gets me is that they know about this and keep selling them... The warranty calls should eventually teach them a lesson, but until then. Sigh.

One word: Craftsman.
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Posted September 21, 2014 - 07:04 AM

One word: Craftsman.

Actually, the tractor is very responsive, the turn radius nimble, the cut is quite nice and it's faster than the last one.
It uses a hydro gear with the filter (not that Sears will tell you how to change it :( ) and its a Kohler.
Also it appears to really be capable of ground engaging equipment.

Mom needed this mower because of the easy pass thru for her legs. Makes it very easy to get on and off. Should last her many years.
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Posted September 21, 2014 - 07:16 AM

Actually, the tractor is very responsive, the turn radius nimble, the cut is quite nice and it's faster than the last one.
It uses a hydro gear with the filter (not that Sears will tell you how to change it :( ) and its a Kohler.
Also it appears to really be capable of ground engaging equipment.

Mom needed this mower because of the easy pass thru for her legs. Makes it very easy to get on and off. Should last her many years.

 

It will last her many years as long as it is maintained properly. 

 

What series Kohler engine is it?

 

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Posted September 21, 2014 - 07:23 AM

It will last her many years as long as it is maintained properly. 
 
What series Kohler engine is it?
 
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It's the Kohler Elite.
Here is the mower page.
http://www.sears.com...645000P?prdNo=2
Of note is that this mower is only available thru the Independant Sears Hometown Stores or online. They cannot sell it thru their chain stores.
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Posted September 21, 2014 - 08:05 AM

Just looked at the Sears site. I guess it does have nimble turning... 6"!!!
Sorry, had to tease about that!

All in all, if they could make these mowers reliable, (and they may be) I wouldn't mind having one for mowing. That easy pass through is a good thing for us "old ones" with leg issues!
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Posted September 21, 2014 - 07:01 PM

Just looked at the Sears site. I guess it does have nimble turning... 6"!!!
Sorry, had to tease about that!
All in all, if they could make these mowers reliable, (and they may be) I wouldn't mind having one for mowing. That easy pass through is a good thing for us "old ones" with leg issues!

Here is a video I took of it today. It could've used a bath, but it shows the turn

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Posted September 21, 2014 - 09:45 PM

Ah, okay, I see. They are calling a turning radius from the inside wheel. I thought turning radius was measured as the outside circle that is necessary for a vehicle to make a 180 degree turn around.
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Posted September 22, 2014 - 05:57 AM

I have worked on several of the newer Husqvarna and Craftsman lawn and Gt tractors and found that the weak area on them have been the deck support and lift systems.  Most of the problems have been operator induced from either abuse (hitting stationary objects) or lack pf maintenance (grass build up or failing to lubricate). 


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Posted September 22, 2014 - 03:34 PM

What gets me is that they know about this and keep selling them... The warranty calls should eventually teach them a lesson, but until then. Sigh.

That's the same in every industry that I know of. I couldn't even count the number of times I've run across a certain defect that shows up on every one of a given model I work on, only to be told I'm the only person that has ever reported the problem when I contact the tech help line....

I work on medical equipment and have even come across issues which affect patient safety that the manufacturer's know all about but say they can't fix due to the govt's approval processes.

Edited by Canawler, September 22, 2014 - 03:38 PM.





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