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#1 daytime dave OFFLINE  

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Posted September 04, 2016 - 08:10 AM

I take care of my parents place.  I went back to work full time, so I don't have the 6 to 8 hours that I used to spend there to take care of 6 - 8 acres of lawn.  I mow around the house, barns and gazebo.  They have a Cub Cadet with a 25 hp engine and a 50 inch deck.  It's ok.  It just stopped last month without warning.  I had no time, so I pushed it into the barn and got the back up GT5000 and finished.  I have used the GT5000 since then.  Not having time until yesterday to look at the Cub, I had made arrangements to buy an older GT6000.  It looked ok in the photographs.  It was just as nice when I rolled up with the truck and trailer.  I got it to my parents and gave it a good look over.  Oil had been recently changed, air filter was pretty clean and battery was good.  I used it to mow a half acre and it was good.  The blades are as dull as flat paint, but that will be easy to take care of.  The only hitch was the mower belt came off once.  Putting it back on revealed no damage and it was fine after that.


A back up for the back up?  You bet.  You can never have enough GTs.  My only "complaint" about the GT6000 is you can see that the 18 hp might be a bit under powered compared to the GT5000 and it's 25 hp.  Having said that, it did a nice job and has apparently done a good job for the previous owner.  I am the second owner and will not be asking too much of it.


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Posted September 04, 2016 - 08:13 AM

BE PREPARED! I like to have several layers of backup too. Good Luck, Rick

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Posted September 04, 2016 - 09:49 AM

Nice tractor, always liked the horizontal Craftsman tractors, get the blades sharp and that 18 will handle 44" with no problems.

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Posted September 04, 2016 - 10:53 AM

I wife's uncle dropped one of those off here the other day. Just needs a deck. I also have a GT6000. They both have the Kohler Magnum 18HP. I also have a Power King that was repowered with a Kohler Command V-twin 18HP. These engines are plenty of power. 

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Posted September 04, 2016 - 11:21 AM

Double redundancy
Good plan
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Posted September 04, 2016 - 02:14 PM

That's just like the one I use all the time.  I love it.  Reminds me of the cab-over long haul trucks.   My belt has come off about 3 times now, but with the spring loaded pulley up front, it's easy to put back on.

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Posted September 04, 2016 - 02:37 PM

I never thought either of my 18 HP Craftsman mowers were under powered. The Briggs has a noticeably  lower torque curve than the Knoler, but they both mow great. 



The 18 HP JD we have has plenty of power for mowing. Heck my 12 HP Gravley has enough grunt for everything. 


My 26 HP Poulan is nothing but trouble though. 

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