Quite Satisfied With My Choice
Where I come from: Twenty years as an agricultural engineer mostly for the research department of a major seed company, ten+ years in retail auto sales, eight+ years with a big box retailer much of that involved with outdoor power equipment.
This tractor replaced a 1967 Sears HydroTrac that I restored and operated as my primary tractor for 26 years. These old tractors were built to last with proper maintenance and care and this spring, when the 25 year old engine started knocking, I knew an immediate upgrade was necessary if I was going to keep ahead of the 1 acre lawn and I DID NOT want to take any steps 'backward'.
The GT52XLS fit the need for thousands less than it's green, yellow or other orange competition . A garden rated tractor with a heavier frame, heavy duty HydroGear #like the old Sears# drive, Kohler quality engine and a really well built 52" mower deck. I have since added a front mounted category I receiver hitch, a mount for my Sears category 0 three point hitch, a sleeve hitch for future conversions and will be building mounts for my EZ Vac "leaf harvester", sprayer and front mount dethatcher. I have confidence it will do everything the old tractor did and more. Hopefully it will be as durable.
The fabricated deck does a nice job of giving a good looking, even cut and leaves some nice 'lawn striping' without dealing with rollers. With a tight turning radius #really! do love that!# and the way the blade tips are close to the housing a lot of extra trimming is reduced or eliminated. Deck removal and install are easy after you learn the routine.
After about 20 hours of operation there are some disappointments. One front bumper end slid off and went through the deck #the other had moved out about 1.5" when I whacked it back in place#. The 'cruise control' steps are too wide when I tire of constantly pushing on the foot pedal. At high ambient temps #85-90*+# the lower metal console reached temps of 145-150* and I have removed the side grills to increase airflow reducing that temperature. The headlights are sad but what can one expect of #1156 'back up light' bulbs. I have since replaced them with some higher lumen LEDs and will be adding a rear light for better evening visibility.
Overall I'm very pleased with my new tractor and I know my neighbors and friends are quite envious.
June 20, 2015
BEST TRACTOR EVER PERIOD!
I have owned many tractors in my life from Craftsman to John Deere to Cub Cadet to Toro... this has been the best one i have owned in my whole life! I have about a acre and a half to mow every two day because the grass is growing up here in the NY country side! No problem for this tractor, this tractor with the locking differential climbs up steep hills and banks while mowing in wet grass! it is good on fuel but not perfect but hey, Its a tractor not a motorcycle! The Kawasaki motor is out of this world, great motor and tons of power! The gauges are awesome also on the dash, they are awesome to have right were you can see them. The deck by far is the most reliable sturdy deck i have ever had on a tractor!! There is nothing bad to say about this tractor. It is very easy to work on! The hood comes right off and gives you easy access to the motor and the battery. Three blades are awesome to have, makes a awesome sound too! The headlights are brighter than any tractor i have owned. I made a very good choice purchasing this tractor from my dealer! If i was you i wouldn't keep looking at adds in the paper for JD and the others! I would get in my truck and get down to my Husqvarna dealer ASAP! Get this tractor Y'ALL!!!!
June 9, 2015
A few problems
I bought the mower and had it delivered to my property 2 hours away. Mowed good right off the bat for a few hours, then the front wheel fell off. Dealer replaced the front wheel and it was great for about 12 hours, then one of the blades fell off. Hopefully I can fox myself, if not I am going to have to get a trailer and drive it back to the dealer.
June 9, 2015
Thanks for the extra time!!!
I have had this tractor for two years now. It runs great. I am a big guy and it has great power going up and down the hills on our property. We mow our lawn and our rental property with it and it has been a big time saver. The 52 inch deck helps to really cut down on the extra passes. The bagger for this mower is extra but in the fall it helps keep the lawn clean without too much extra messing around. I only have two complaints. First is the rear wheel drive. I regularly lose traction while mowing in some of the larger dips in my yard. If both rear wheels don't stay in contact with the ground, I have problems. Second is the paint on the hitch receiver. It started coming off as soon as I started using a trailer.
June 2, 2015
Get this lawn mower
I love it makes my yard look professional I have always had John deeres that are more expensive and don't mow as good. And what this tractor good is the best lawn engine kawaski that's the reason why I got it I love Kawaski engines fast and reliable and good on gas and easy cranking, get this lawn mower.
May 3, 2015
Tha Cadillac of riding mowers
This is my first Husqvarna rider. I previously owned a Toro and the difference between the two is unbelievable. The power, steering, comfort heck everything is so much better. I have a Husqvarna snowblower and now I will be purchasing the 50" snowblower attachment for my rider and I can't wait for it to snow. (Oops, I didn't mean that ).
April 30, 2015
The REAL Deal!
Ok so I want to start off by saying that this aint no dinky lawn mower and theres a reason lowes or hd doesn't sell this machine! Yes, I said machine! It's got a frame that won't break ever! Kawasaki, need i say more! Hydro Gear, heavy duty trans equals POWER and lots of it! My tractor did have some rattling at first but I cared enough about this tractor to search and work them out! I don't care for the stock rear tires, they're ok if your in the city but we live on a farm so naturally i changed out the tires to actual tractor tires! Gas usage is normal unlike some reviews, i dont know what they were doing or what kind of gas they were using? some people... PLUS i read a review that this guy rated THE TRACTOR a 1 star, WHY? CAUSE HE ORDERED IT AND IT HADN'T COME IT YET?? REVIEWS LIKE THAT FOR ONE, IS MISLEADING AND TWO, IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE MACHINE ITSELF!!! If you review a piece of equipment then MAKE SURE you review it and only it!
October 29, 2014
Was tentative at first about how efficient the mulching deck would be.
Now that leaves have been falling I really appreciate this time saving feature. No longer blowing before cutting so we
are saving time, fuel, plus wear on other equipment!
Lawn looks better and mulch seems to be helping that also.
October 13, 2014