Tremendous Power - Minor Problems
Having used the GT48XLS for over twelve hours mowing three acres, I am getting a good feel for the tractor's design, construction, quality and durability. In short, it is a tank and is a great value.
The build is solid, it is easy to operate and has power to burn. The limited slip differential allows me to climb hills, without chains, like they were not even there. The cut is even and operation is easy. The dozer blade attachment will allow for easy snow removal. This will be a machine used year around.
I have encountered two problems. The first was addressed by a previous reviewer; when gasoline is spilled during filling and subsequently wiped away, the markers for mow height are wiped away with the fuel. Essentially, the numbers are stamped through a process that makes them petroleum soluble. This is simply ridiculous and should be an easy fix for engineers. Regrettably, its too late for me as my numbers were washed away on the first fuel fill.
The second problem was troubling, but also comical. The left front wheel literally fell off while I was mowing. Nothing going on - it just fell off. I made a quick call to the dealer, he was on the scene and had repairs made in literally fifteen minutes. Great service! As a result of a manufacturer defect a pin broke and off came the wheel. That was a simple fix and overall, very minor.
Would I buy again? You bet. This tractor comes with more standard features than some comparable models costing thousands more. I'm confident that it will serve me well for many years.
July 21, 2013
I only have 8 hours on the tractor so far. The power is very adequate and the deck cuts the grass evenly. I mow about an acre with some hills, the locking rear differential works very well and was a feature that was important to me. Just let off the pedal hit the switch and go. I expect this tractor will last for many years to come.
July 1, 2013
Very good mower
This is my second Husqvarna mower, I had the other one for eight years with no problems.
This one is made a lot better made, only have one problem so far and that is the painted numbers for the deck height, if you spill any gas when fueling the machine the numbers will wipe off, need a better paint or some stick on numbers.
June 25, 2013
A good machine
Looked long and hard for a tractor. This one sold me on the fabricated deck. Best deck on the market for size and price. Had decks rot on me on my past tractors. I think this one will out last they all. The 27hp Briggs is quiet and has good power. Have 12 hrs on it and all is well. The auto chock works well. The plastic shoot on the deck could be a little shorter. Takes a while to get used to the cruise control for the right speed.the side covers for changing the oil should come off easier. Power steering would be nice but not bad to steer. All in all I think you will be happy this tractor .
May 29, 2013
JUST GET IT!
I love this tractor! The last one I had was a John Deere and I loved that one too, but go out and try to replace it with one like the GT48XLS and you'll spend another 3-4 thousand... This tractor has plenty of power and the build quality is wonderful. I do however wish power steering was an option. It's fine without it but if the option was available I would have bought it. I purchased the Husqvarna power bagger and had it dealer installed,this is out-sourced and not made by Husqvarrna. That would have been nice to know upfront. After using it twice I had to have the dealer pick up the tractor to do a slight modification on the power bagger to get it to work right. Now it works great. If I had to do it all over again I would still buy this tractor and I did a good amount of research. I don't think you can find a better machine for the money!
May 8, 2013
this product has great features
just purchased this tractor with the 42 inch snow thrower it works great the locking differential works great to the best thing they did to this tractor. haven't had a chance to use the mower as it is winter. no problem with the briggs 27HP engine with the electronic fuel management system and it turns like a zero-turn nice. all in all this tractor is good
March 23, 2013
I love this tractor. Lots of power and easy handling. I also have a 42 inch snow thrower on it and it is great. It is like a Cadillac in comparison to my 11 year old tractor that cost me almost the same money 11 years ago.
January 19, 2013