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
Meet and exceed!
I haven't had a "new" rider in 10 years. It took 2 years to actually decide what to buy. So many choices out there, do I get the deere, the crapmans, or go zero turn? Total package price on this husqavarna gt54ls was 3-4g's and I did get the three bin, which I wasn't too excited about because of the reviews, but when in Rome! I couldn't have made a better choice. I wanted the locking diff. But didn't need the fab. Cutting deck. This model was the only way to go. I have the power there if need be with the b&g 27hp. The blade engagement does sound like a helicopter ( like one of the other reviews mentioned) but it sounds more like a Blackhawk chopper! It has a deep growl more like it. From 20' away this sounds like a machine, not just some riding mower. The lock diff. Is electric select, and you wouldn't even know it, smooth and slip free. Pedal control was new to me, but man is it great. I am used to the old shifter which makes a two point turn a hassle. With the pedal controls and tight turning radius and add the wide 54" deck, this baby turns close enough to a zturn.
The flat out only thing I was surprised at was the slow reverse speed, with that said the safety feature for reverse while cutting is the best I've heard and seen. All you do is position the key at anytime in the reverse cut selector and cut all day while in reverse. Other for this feature you have to push a button, hold down a another button, then turn two keys simultaneously, just kidding of course, but it seems everyone is making a big deal about reverse/ cutting safety features, husqavarna covers it perfectly this time.
The stamped deck isn't the typical stamped deck either. You don't loss much not getting the fab. Deck, the extra reinforcement in my opinion is perfectly placed, trim side. Simply said the trim side is the go to side. The price difference in the bagger unit doesn't appeal to me, plus the blower unit sticks out like a third leg, and for me this would have prevented me from fitting in areas I can still fit into with the bagger tube.
All in all this unit will be in the family for awhile! Everything you need, including the extra power, read into the new b&g 27hp. I wasn't excited about the b&g, I would have preferred the kawy, but b&g put a lot into this motor, it seems like it is b&g's last chance to make up for the whole hp mis calculation years ago, customers really don't forget! I run this mower at 3/4 throttle as a posed to running my old b&g at full all the time.
Final thought, buy from a reputable dealer or one you like. I hear husqavarna has great customer service on warranty and part replacement but you have to get through the dealer connection which can lead to many positives while either waiting on parts or warranty work. Being a good customer means good service!
May 18, 2013
very well built
I bought this rider last week and I love it the power of the 27hp b/s motor is top notch it doesn't even think about bogging down in tall grass, being this is my first mower with hydrostatic drive I cant complain the tight turning radius is superb its almost like a zero turn....now I do have one complaint the gas gauge is ridiculous at least put a fuel gauge on the dash like the amp and hour meter gauge....the locking differential should be on ALL
of husky tractors......for those of that complain about B/S engines well I'm here to tell you I have
2 tractors with B/S engines a 1988 hechinger 14hp horizontal twin that still runs to date no smoking or knocking..a 2002 bolens 20hp v twin inteck with over 2000 hours and it still runs to
date no smoking or knocking and now my 27 hp endurance. ....so guys maintenance is key!!!
May 17, 2013