I love my new tractor except for 1 thing: gas gauge is in a difficult location and because the plastic is opaque it is hard to tell where the level of gas is. All other guages are on top and easily accesible; wonder why the gas wasn't there too or at least by the tank.
The other thing that would be beneficial is that as a "short" person, I wish the seat would move forward a little more for additional comfort.
November 25, 2013
This tractor has more than enough power and the K66 TUFF Torq transmission is essential for some who have irregular topography. The stamped mower deck is remarkable for its cut and the lifting ability of the cuttings and side discharge. I do not know of the "bagging "into the rear bins offered as an accessory but the clippings seem to disappear albeit in a 10 foot discharge. The only concern is the drain of the diagnostic indicator circuit that lets us know of the battery condition. A week or two of idle activity allows the condition lights to indicate amber or lower charge status. Does the diagnostic drain the battery or is battery insufficient to carry this function? This comfortable, fast, cost-efficient durable unit offers a unique opportunity own a great product at a great price.
October 18, 2013
Tractor vs mower speed control
The main issue I have with this tractor is the inability to separate the tractor speed from the mower speed. Mowing over rough terrain, around trees, and along fence lines does not allow for full power to the mower if you want to remain on the tractor if it's going full speed. You either have to ride with your left foot on the brake/clutch pedal or slow down the engine. Yet the manual specifies running the engine at full speed while mowing for the sake of the engine.
September 12, 2013
Love My Tractor!
We were having our lawn maintained by a landscaping company who became unreliable. We started shopping around and looked at several other tractors before deciding on the GT54LS. We made the right choice! I have 4 acres to mow with a pond and 28 trees that I have to cut around. The maneuverability is amazing. I only have 4 trees that I have to mow around with a push mover because the tractor is too big to get under them.
It has excellent power mowing, will find out this winter the towing capability when it's time to move some firewood. I find it very comfortable, I'm only 5'2" so the fact that I can move the seat forward is great. The cruise control is a great feature on my tree free areas on the property. I don't find it to be too noisy...it's a tractor you're going to have to deal with some noise. I don't wear ear protection but if is bothersome throw a pair on. The only draw back that I have found is the cutting height. I would have preferred a wider range of cut heights, 4in just isn't high enough in mid summer, it's cutting too short and areas of my lawn are burning. Other than that 1 drawback it is a great machine and would highly recommend it!
August 9, 2013
Great Lawn Tractor
I have 4.5 acres with most of it being grass, I wanted a tractor that I could mow with, haul stuff with and attach a plow for my driveway in the winter. I have had this tractor for 2 months now and have used it pretty hard with mowing and towing a trailer, it works great, very comfortable, the hydrostatic transmission is great. I mow my whole lawn in just under 3 hours, so even for a large lot it works great.
July 21, 2013
Mowed 2 acres of very hilly uneven ground for 17 years with a craftsman, which did an adequate job. But needed to replace parts often the past 5 years. This new GT54 feels solid. It is bigger with bigger wheels so it rolls more smoothly. Recommend for uneven ground. The locking differential is great when I get stuck on a really uneven spot. Flip the switch and it drives right out. The extra wide deck reduced my mow time by 40 minutes. Mine came with the cruise control. It was advertised without. Cruise is not a big deal. The foot pedal stays put good enough. Very comfortable. Reverse switch position is a must. I mow backwards a lot with my terrain for short distances. Loudness is about normal. A bit louder than the old craftsman but it is about double the power and has three blades vs, two. So it is expected. Hearing protection is good to have but you can go without. It is boarder line for loudness comfort. The engine starts fast and is very smooth. It is a good engine. Buy this tractor.
July 7, 2013
Top Value Great Tractor
I did a lot of research before buying this machine. Number one is the fact it has a tuff torque k66 hydrostatic transmission. That unit is found in the simplicity conquest @ $5,499 and other high end tractor brands. It also has differential lock which works excellent on hills. The tranny is also serviceable. The smooth twin Briggs has plenty of power. The quick and easy starting with auto choke makes it an good choice. Better than the Craftsman sister mower. Steering is solid on this Tractor. A lot of tractor for this price point. That is why I rate it a high value. Recommended !
June 23, 2013
LOVE MY TRACTOR
Great tractor, great performance, easy to use, love how my property looks after mowing and can't wait to mow again. Just sit back and enjoy the mow!
June 19, 2013