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Help buying larger rims/tires for GT5000

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#1 resiak OFFLINE  

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Posted May 03, 2017 - 11:23 AM

I have a Craftsman GT5000 and it is cutting my grass to short (I'd like it an inch or 2 higher) with the mowing deck at its highest setting. The only way that I can think to fix this is by getting bigger rims or tires.

I want to try to find some used but I don't know what will fit.

Are garden tractor rims universal?

Do I need rims or can I just buy bigger tires?

Has anyone done this before with a GT5000?

Thanks for your help,



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Posted May 03, 2017 - 12:18 PM

I have never heard that someone thinks it's to low from one of those.
What hgt are you aiming for?

It may be an adjustment issue.
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Posted May 03, 2017 - 01:15 PM

I have had nothing but problems with a couple of  craftsman tractors (both garden and lawn) cutting too short.  I have tried and tried to adjust the decks.  I usually just end up on the highest setting.  I feel your pain!

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Posted May 03, 2017 - 01:23 PM

Have never had a Crapsman and don't intend to.  Any adjustment on the deck wheel mounting?  Try and get a manual for your deck, may have some info in that would help you out.  Got to be a better way than putting bigger tires on the tractor.  Trade tractors first?

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Posted May 03, 2017 - 01:30 PM

What about shimming up the pulleys and spindles?

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Posted May 03, 2017 - 01:41 PM

First of all, can you supply the Sears model # for this tractor? GT5000 means nothing. It should be a 917.XXXXXX that is on a tag under the seat. Have you made sure the deck is cutting level? Do you have a manual for this? If you supply the model #, I may be able to find an owners manual so you can set the deck correctly. I use an LT4000 (917.257641) for most of the yard mowing and have no issues with height of cut. I also have a newer Sears DLT and an FF/20 that do a fine job mowing.

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Posted May 03, 2017 - 06:29 PM

5000's already have pretty big tires, wouldn't think for the big expense, this is way to go. You must have another issue as in adjustments to fix instead. I once had a push mower by Sears that was same issue. Found someone had put wrong blade mount on shaft. Orig type was a little longer and put blade lower. That was fix on that one for me. Find the manual and re-check settings there as noted above.

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Posted May 04, 2017 - 11:10 AM

Hi resiak, welcome to GTT.  I hope you stick around there's a lot of craftsman people here.  They made some good tractors.  I had one with a snow blower in winter and a deck in summer.  The first summer i put the deck hanger straps on upside down and couldn't get the height right.  I think they had arrows stamped in or maybe the curve was shown right side up in the manual. 

Like KennyP said type in your model# online or at sears.com and you should be able to find the manual, maybe here on GTT as well in the manuals section and compare pics to what you have under the machine.  worst case try ebay should be pretty cheap...

Usually the first thing any manual says is check tire pressure before adjusting the deck.  on the sears i think there is a screw knob down low that gives an extra adjustment.  also some of the deck hanger bars may have nuts you can adjust to raise, good luck

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Posted May 04, 2017 - 01:52 PM

Bigger tires may interfere with the deck.

Especially if you have the deck raised as high as it will go.