Craftsman 54 In. 26hp Kohler Turn Tight Hydrostatic Garden Tractor Non CAItem# 07128861000 | Model# GT6000
|Cutting Deck & Blade:|
|Anti-Scalp Gauge Wheels:||Yes|
|Blade Type:||High Lift|
|Cutting Deck Material:||Stamped Steel|
|Cutting Deck Style:||Side Discharge|
|Cutting Deck Nose Roller:||Yes|
|Cutting Deck Type:||Stamped Steel|
|Cutting Height Adjustment Type:||Hand Lever|
|Cutting Height Maximum (in.):||4|
|Cutting Height Minimum (in.):||1.5|
|Cutting Width (In.):||Reinforced 54" deck|
|Deck Thickness (Gauge):||12|
|Mulch Kit Included:||Sold Separately|
|Number of Cutting Blades:||3|
|Number of Deck Anti-Scalp Gauge Wheels:||4|
|Controls and Features:|
|Blade Engagement Type:||Electric|
|Electric Clutch For Attach.:||Yes|
|Item Weight (lbs.):||596|
|General Warranty:||3 year limited, limited lifetime cast iron axle|
|Terrain Type:||Flat, Hilly, Obstacles|
|Frame Material:||12 ga. steel|
|Front Axle Material:||Cast iron|
|Number of Wheels:||4|
|Step Thru Frame:||Yes|
|Maximum Forward Speed (mph):||7.5|
|Maximum Reverse Speed (mph):||2.4|
|Mow in Reverse:||Yes|
|Number of Forward Speeds:||Infinite|
|Number of Reverse Speeds:||Infinite|
|Shifter Location:||Pedal control|
|Steering Wheel Type:||Deluxe|
|Transmission Type:||Hydrostatic Automatic|
|Turning Radius (in.):||6|
|Air Filter Type:||Auto-type paper|
|Charging System Amperage:||N/A|
|Cooling System Type:||Fan-cooled|
|Cylinder Liner:||Cast iron|
|Engine Lubrication System:||Full pressure|
|Engine Series:||26 HP Vtwin|
|Engine Displacement (cc):||725|
|Number of Cylinders:||2|
|Oil Filter Type:||Spin On|
|Overhead Valve Engine:||Yes|
|Wheels & Tires:|
|Front Tire Size:||16 x 6.5 x 6 in.|
|Rear Tire Size:||23 x 10.5 x 8 in.|
|Wheel Grease Zerks:||Yes|
|Accessory or Attachment:|
|3 Bin Bagger Part Number:||#24917|
|Dozer Blade Capable:||Yes|
|Hauling Equipment:||Heavy Hauling, Light Hauling|
|Mulch Kit Part Number:||#24154|
|Snow Blade or Thrower Capable:||Snow thrower, Snow blade|
|Fuel Capacity (gal.):||4|
|Fuel Gauge Location:||On Tank|
|Speed Control:||Foot pedal|
|CARB Compliant:||Not Compliant with Cali. Air Resource Board|
|Tractor Grade:||Garden Tractor|
Ratings & Reviews
Feel the Comfort and Power of this Kohler-Powered Craftsman Garden Tractor
Transform your garden within no time at all with the power of this Craftsman Riding Mower Kohler Powered. Now, with a machine designed specifically to address your lawn maintenance needs, having the best looking yard on the black all season long is incredibly easy. A powerful 26 hp Kohler Courage Plus V-Twin engine provides plenty of power and torque to handle tough mowing jobs while full pressure lubrication extends the life of the engine and is more effective when operating on an incline.
Large 23 inch rear tires provide better traction and slope performance along with a smoother ride. The heavy-duty welded steel frame design enables this mower to perform reliably with various ground-engaging attachments that let you to personally tend to your yard in endless ways. Adjustable gauge wheels on the wide 12-gauge steel deck help deliver professional cut without the high cost.
This Craftsman 54 In Turn Tight Hydrostatic Tractor also touts a six inch turning radius, the tightest in the industry, giving enhanced control and maneuverability. To get the job done even faster, the premium heavy-duty hydrostatic automatic transmissions provide top speed without having to deal with shifting gears. A foot pedal drive gives you complete speed control and high-back seat with bottom springs and side armrests offer cushy comfort.
- The Craftsman 54 in. Turn Tight Hydrostatic Tractor handles corners and a large volume of work easily
- Exclusive Craftsman Turn Tight™ Technology delivers best in class maneuverability with an 6 in. turning radius
- Powered by a 26 hp Kohler Courage Plus engine with pressure lube for longer lasting engine
- 54 in. precision cut mowing system covers more ground
- 4 adjustable gauge wheels with 20 inch large rear wheels for a smoother ride
- Premium hydrostatic automatic transmission lets you maneuver easily
- Foot pedal drive for added convenience and easy direction
- Spring loaded deck lift system for easy height adjustments
- Handy cup holder to keep warm or cool beverages
- Wider step thru area for easy mounting/dismounting
- Adjustable automotive type slide seat system
- Comes fully assembled with a 2-year full, 5-year frame and limited lifetime cast iron axle warranty
- Not available for sale in California
*As rated by the engine manufacturer
Added on January 22, 2011
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Most Helpful Reviews
I purchased and received the GT6000 on 4-12-12, and I?m doing the review on 11-5-13 after living with it for over a year. Problems began with the way the two delivery men lowered the tractor from their delivery truck. They broke the bumper when they lowered it using their hydraulic lift. How? Instead of moving the tractor out onto the lift and turning it sideways so it fit perfectly in the confines of their lift, they just balanced it on the lift and left the nose sticking out into the truck. Naturally, when they lowered it, the nose was crushed against the truck body and was damaged. They didn?t even ?notice? it until I came out and showed them. Sears didn?t seem too interested in how it was damaged, but they did send a replacement. Nice. The hood had a long, deep scratch in it. Nuff said. I inspected and then used the GT-6000 tractor and found the following: I found the gauge (anti-scalp) wheels mounted at the EXTREME TOP of their adjustment range. Useless! They would never have engaged the ground at that height under ANY circumstances. I lowered all five to their extreme lowest positions, and at that height they give just adequate protection for the deck and to prevent scalping of the lawn. Providing dust covers for Zerk fittings in dirty locations is pretty much standard nowadays, but I had to buy Zerk fitting dust covers on my own. The pre-installed, yellow, oil drain valve is a joke. It?s difficult to see and impossible to get to because it?s buried under and behind the starter motor. Again, the design is stupid because of the restricted access. Just try to follow the instructions: ?Unlock the drain valve by pushing inward slightly and turn it CCW. To open, pull out on the drain valve.? What is even more pathetic is the closing instruction: ?push inwards and turn CW until the pin is in the locked position.? Let me guarantee you, unless you remove the starter motor you ain?t going to be able to see any ?pin? on this valve. Plus the included drawing on Page 23 shows no pin, and has an arrow in the drawing INDICATING THE WRONG DIRECTION! The Operating Instructions repeatedly say to ?thread? and ?unthread? the oil dipstick. My oil dipstick is not threaded; it got an O-ring and is a ?friction fit?. If that?s not bad enough, the Operating Instructions say to measure the oil level WITHOUT threading the measuring stick into the tube. So, does that apply to the stick on my tractor WITHOUT THREADS? Who knows! Worse yet, you must add fresh oil via the same narrow tube used for the dip stick. As you can imagine, plan on taking a half hour to slowly pour the clean oil into the engine via this method. I strongly suggest you MEASURE the exact amount of oil you drain from your engine, and then carefully MEASURE and add back AT LEAST that same amount of new oil. Triple check the oil level ? as best you can. What a system! I was sent the wrong Operator?s Manual; I got manual for Model 917.28861, and my tractor is 917.28812.
Red Oak, TX
Did a lot of shopping (Sears, **********, Snapper, etc.) for a reasonably priced mower that could handle 3 acres in North Texas. So far has been a great tractor, fast, good tight turn feature-very maneuverable, handles slopes well, and is easy to maintain (very easy to remove and replace cutting deck when installing mulching blades--someone put some thought into designing an easy deck removal -remount system). No problems and I recommend it.
Floral City, FL
WEAK: BRAKES, POWER, AND ALL THE OTHER THINGS DISSATIFIED CUSTOMERS WROTE I AGREE WITH. OBVIOUSLY MADE IN CHINA WHERE THEY NEVER USE IT. I HAVE OWNED IT FOR TWO YEARS, SO THIS IS NOT AN OFF THE CUFF EVALUATION.
Bought this 2 years ago and have about 95 hours. All in all, a great running and great mowing tractor. However I noticed this summer that the front tires were toeing out. Still under factory warranty so I called for service. The tech knew exactly what the problem was over the phone and said it's been common with the turn-tight front ends. The part of the frame which connects the front axle bends and spreads out with use causing the axle to become loose and the wheels to go out of alignment. Since there is no adjustment, their 'fix' is to replace the whole tractor. Sounds great except they haven't changed the design on the new ones so I guess I can expect the same problem in another two years. 5 stars to Sears for honoring their warranty, but I can't say as much for the poor design.
When picking up went through 3 batteries before one would turn over the engine. Understandable being in store that batteries would drain. After starting engine runs for about 10 to 15 minutes then dies and will not restart for about 15 to 20 minutes. runs about 5 minutes then dies and will not restart. Noticed when engine would not start fuel filter did not have fuel in it. Gas tank and reserve tanks' were full. 10 to 15 minutes later gas would be in fuel filter and engine would start. Gas tank elevation is at or below engine elevation. No fuel pump in system. Parts catalog show a solenoid valve in fuel line. My observations: a) fuel line could be clogged (unlikely fresh fuel and new tank), b) solenoid valve in fuel line could only be partially opening for a number of reasons. An additional comment. While the area I was cutting was flat, some of the area I mow is hilly which would place the gas tank below the engine. With no fuel pump this would create more problems. All my previous mowers placed the gas tank above the engine. Garden tractor had a lot of potential and features I was looking for but if the motor will not run it is of no value to me. I returned Garden tractor for reimbursement.
Lake Zurich, IL
I've had this tractor for a few months now and it has about 15 hours on it. I mow about 2 acres with varying terrain. Overall I am very impressed with this machine. I see many comments about how the hood is poorly designed and falls off, etc... This is the case with ALL LAWN TRACTORS. Before I purchased my tractor, I bought 2 small rubber hood latches (the kind for snowmobiles), and the moment I got my tractor I riveted them on the hood. It now latches closed and I have no issues with it at all. This should come with all tractors, but.... I see a lot of negative comments regarding the engine and other mechanical components. I believe that if you use a lawn tractor, you should have general engine and mechanical knowledge. If you don't, and you cannot recognize simple engine or mechanical issues and how to address them, then you will get frustrated with any complex machine - especially one like this that really has no mechanical regulations to ensure build quality is the best. It's a great machine, it does its job, I believe the engine is great and with proper maintenance this machine should last indefinitely. My prior tractor was an LT2000. It was too small for our new yard. I owned that for 7 years and had not ONE ISSUE with it. I think craftsman tractors are the best for your money and you don't pay for green paint... The competition boasts "american made" yet their engine and drivetrain are japanese. Don't believe everything you hear - just buy what you think is best. I felt this was best and would buy it again. Also, a lot of comments about the steering and wheels toeing out ? So far, I haven?t had an issue. I believe that if you abuse the machine, even unknowingly, you can bend the front axles. The steering allows for you to almost turn the wheels at 90 degrees. That said, if you have them turned at 90 degrees and floor it ? they can certainly bend especially if they get hung up. Use common sense, and caution. As I get ready for winter I purchased a snowthrower, chains, and a cab for my tractor. Will report back on how well all of it performs this winter.
Red Wing, MN
I've now had this garden tractor just a bit over 2 years and have had the following issues pop up during the duration of regular 'easy' use (I have about an acre of flat yard that I mow twice/week): - mower does not start after refilling fuel tank; it needs to sit for 10 minutes or so before it will fire up. Sears service has tried twice to fix to no avail. - steering shaft broke last summer during the course of routine use - burns through tires: currently waiting for third set of front tires. The tractor's alignment is terrible (service has tried to fix it twice now, and is trying a third time now) and keeps wearing the tires out. - alignment issues: the tractor has had to been realigned several times now, however whenever it is 'fixed' by Sears service it goes back to steering poorly several uses later. - sheared front right rim off hub: this is my current frustration - going on nearly 2 months waiting for service to fix. Overall, this mower is great - when it's working.
Bought to maintain our 1+acres of yard and 4 acres of field about 8 months ago. It has worked well so far. It doesn't cut the Bahia grass so well, but that's the nature of Bahia, not the mower. It does cut the St. Augustine parts very easily and clean, and handles the rough stuff very easily. Early on, it did die on me one night when I had to use the headlights. Apparently they run the wiring for the headlight way too close to the exhaust, and it melted the wire insulation. Not a problem until I turned the headlights. Then it killed the whole mower. After I towed it up to where I had light, I saw what happened. Instead of calling for a warranty repair as I should have, I just repaired the wires and replaced the blown fuse. The steering wheel is out of alignment, but that doesn't hurt operation. This season, we use it weekly for the 1+acre yard and every other week for the 4 acre field. Oil and filters are easy to change. Blades are okay, but I find it easier to drop the mower deck to change blades... And about the blades- after wearing-down the initial heavy duty blade set, I replaced them with a standard set of Husqvarna blades. My yard & field ate the Husqvarna set in less than a month. My next set was and all future blades will be the Heavy duty Craftsman blades (sigma, I think). They cost much more, but last much, much longer, and are well worth the price. All-in-all, it's a pretty good mower for our use.
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