Great so far....
I have had a Craftsman 42" hydro for 14 years it has been a good one but it is getting old. I bought this one and the 52" cut is faster no doubt, but it is a 3 blader and I have yet to see a 3 blader out cut a 2 blader. I will say it is really close, but it is new also. I like the commercial type deck, it does not hold grass like the older stamped decks do, and it is much thicker metal. This mower is fast, it will cut way faster than my body will let me go!!!, it rides good, steers good, and has plenty of power. By the way I cut 3 acres a week in my all highway grass yard. I am sure if you have regular grass this would give the perfect cut, but I have never seen anything cut highway grass perfectly. I feel like this mower will last me 20+ years, and just for the record, I keep my equipment well serviced for I do it all myself.
August 23, 2014
I have had mine for over a year now. This is a well-built, solid machine. Not sure you'll find anything else like it in the same price range. The fab deck, Kawasaki engine, and HydroGear transmission all make this a great value. It's a smooth machine that provides a nice cut. May yard looks great!
August 15, 2014
I agree with Jimmy; great tractor poor deck
I totally agree with Jimmy . I will add that the gauge wheels are not strong enough.
August 2, 2014
Great value, but....
I've had my GT52XLS over a year now on around 3 bumpy acres, and what I like about it are the engine, value, transmission, and the deck. My gripes are the chassis seems to flex quite a bit, which leaves lines cut into uneven terrain. Everything is balanced and level, so the cut looks great on the smoother parts of the yard, but the unevenness is much more pronounced than on my neighbors x500. Granted, I previously used a 48" track 48" mower which didn't have the issues, I didn't think an extra 4" would do that.
It also used to rattle very loudly, I've found to pry back the heat shield a bit from where it was touching solved it nicely. For better steering, raise the pressure a bit in the front tires, then check your deck level again, etc. Also, even though I have a leveling gauge and move the deck up and down in between adjustments, it still seems to take some luck.
Other than the few problems and occasional cut quality issues, I'm very happy with the orange mower. Is the x500 green mower overall nicer and steers easily? Heck yes! but it only cuts marginally better at the moment.
July 11, 2014
Better than a Deere
I was considering the 500 series Deere, but when I looked at the fact that I could buy two of these Husqvarna's and still have money left over I tried the Husqvarna instead of the Deere. I was not disappointed. This mower has tons of power and a very powerful transmission. The Kawasaki engine is very quiet compared to my old Craftsman which had a Kohler. I am also very pleased with the cut. I know I will get many happy years out of this garden tractor.
June 22, 2014
I bought the GT52XlS tractor brand new with the baggier system. I know the tractor was reliable, but I was questionable about the baggier system. The 3 times that I used the tractor to cut the grass is was little wet "I'm not talking soaking wet" the baggier would get clogged up. After my 3rd cut the belt broke on the baggier system. For $840 I would think that the system would be pristine. I use to landscaped and have used many machines even in the rain when we were backed up, so I know how wet is too wet. Because of the second system with the baggier it tends to get clogged easily. I hope they come up with a solution for this problem.
June 10, 2014
Good engine, not so good cut
I'm torn because I want to love this tractor. Has a great engine, rides nice, and is powerful. While I will agree the fab deck will take a beating, the cut quality is terrible. I've tried everything from making sure tire pressure is good, deck is level, changed blades, bought a mulch kit with blades, and still can not get a nice even cut. I even jack up the mower and wash the deck clean so to start fresh every time I cut. The first few passes are great. Once any grass gets built up in the deck the cut quality suffers immensely. I have 1.5 acres to mow. For how much I spent it is very frustrating. My solution is to have them replace the fab deck with a stamped deck in hopes of better air flow, thus a better cut.
May 30, 2014
Great litte Workhorse
Love this little machine, I love driving it as its very comfortable and easy to handle! My wife thinks I'm nuts and who knows she is probably right! I can't wait till i can get some of the accessories for it! Like the blade and the snowblower.
May 24, 2014