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Craftsman  24HP 54'' Complete Start™ Turn Tight® Garden Tractor - Non CA

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Reg Price: $3499.99
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$2849.99
Reg Price: $3499.99
Savings: $650.00
$2849.99
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Specifications & Dimensions

Dimensions:
Item Weight (lbs.): 576
Overall Item Dimensions: 73.75 x 52.5 x 46
Wheelbase (in.): 48
Cutting Deck & Blade:
Blade Material: Steel
Blade Type: 3 and 1
Blade Width (in.): 2
Cutting Deck Material: Steel
Cutting Deck Nose Roller: Yes
Cutting Height Adjustment Type: Hand Lever
Cutting Height Maximum (in.): 4
Cutting Height Minimum (in.): 1
Cutting Width (In.): 54
Deckwash System: Yes
Number of Cutting Blades: 3
Controls and Features:
Blade Engagement Type: Electric
Blade Lift: Manual
Cruise Control: Yes
Product Overview:
Commercial/Residential: Commercial/Residential
General Warranty: 2 Year
Terrain Type: Flat, Hilly
Chassis:
Frame Material: Steel
Frame Type: Stamped steel
Front Axle Material: Cast iron
Drive System:
Maximum Forward Speed (mph): 7.5
Maximum Reverse Speed (mph): 2.9
Mow in Reverse: Yes
Number of Forward Speeds: Infinite
Number of Reverse Speeds: Infinite
Transmission Type: Hydrostatic Automatic
Turning Radius (in.): 6
Turn Tight: Yes
Motor-Engine:
Cooling System Type: Air Cooled
Engine Brand: Briggs & Stratton(r)
Engine Cycles: 4-cycle
Engine Displacement (cc): 724
Horsepower: 24
Number of Cylinders: 2
Wheels & Tires:
Front Tire Size: 16" X 6.5" - 8"
Rear Tire Size: 23" X 10.5" - 12"
Accessory or Attachment:
3 Bin Bagger Part Number: #24917
Accepts Bagger: Yes
Hauling Equipment: Heavy Hauling, Light Hauling
Ground-Engaging Attach.: Yes
Mulch Kit Part Number: #24154
Snow Blade or Thrower Capable: Snow thrower, Snow blade
Fuel System:
Fuel Capacity (gal.): 3.0
Fuel Gauge Location: On Tank
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Gauge Accessory:
Gauges: Yes
Convenience Features:
Power Steering: None
Speed Control: Foot pedal
Certifications:
CARB Compliant: Not Compliant with Cali. Air Resource Board
Location: All other
Seat:
Arm Rests: Yes

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Craftsman 24 HP 54 in. Complete Start™ Garden Tractor Lets You Get Everything Done with One Vehicle

The Craftsman 54 in. Complete Start™ Turn Tight® garden tractor has everything you need to cut your lawn comfortably. You get a deck with a 54 in. cutting path and a vehicle with a 6 in. turn radius. This means a faster and more efficient cut. The design also has a fitting for attaching a hose to the deck so you can clean your tractor to keep all of your components running smoothly.

Compatibility and the Craftsman 24 HP 54 in. Complete Start™ Garden Tractor go hand-in-hand. Attachments that will work with this vehicle include tiller, bagger, aerator, snow plow and snow thrower. You will be able to use your tractor during every season. The 24 HP motor gives you all the power you need to get over hills. The hydrostatic transmission makes hilly terrain even easier on you and your machine.

  • Craftsman 54 in. Complete Start™ Turn Tight® garden tractor has a 24 HP motor
  • The blades cut a 54 in. swath with a minimum 1 in. and maximum 4 in. height
  • 6 in. Turn radius ensures this tractor can handle the tightest corners
  • Allows for compatible attachments like snow plow, snow thrower, aerator, tiller and bagger
  • Deck system allows a hose to be attached to keep your cutting system clean
  • Comes with Craftsman keyless Complete Start™
  • Cast iron front axle for superior strength

Added on November 15, 2013

 

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13 Reviewers (59.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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bakted25
Jun 13 , 2014
Strong
Pleasantly surprised as i had high expectations from a garden tractor. Ive used my 1999 lt1000 as a garden tractor without disappointment. Modifications and brackets for ground engaging equipment worked well but i felt like i was hurting it. Finally gave it to family and it still goes strong. The new g5500 has taken everything ive thrown at it, including pulling three sizable trees right outof the ground. Happy so far. Added a mulch plate, but the stock blades are not quite up to the task. Works but you have to slow down. The keyless start is cool, but i miss the simplicity of the key. Have to put the code in everytime you stop the mower and hop off even if its just for a second.
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6acresin9hours
May 15 , 2014
Front end is under designed for the sharp turn feature.
As you can imagine a sharp turn puts a lot more stress on the front axle, steering, wheels, etc. These parts on this tractor are not strong enough for the stress allowed by the tight turn feature. We have had 3 failures of parts of the front wheels and steering, and have replaced the axle, spindles, wheel bearings, and steering weldments are various times. We have had other equivalent Sears mowers, but without the tight turn feature, mowing the same yard for 30 years and have never had this problem. The spindle on this mower is the same size as a regular mower and it bends and makes the tire/wheels wobble. The only solution is to drive the mower much slower to avoid over stressing the parts and increase the mowing time. Your mowing time will increase about 1/3 with this mower.
 

RedEd

Boone, NC

Sep 30 , 2014
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Overall
Early impressions

I've had this tractor about 3 weeks. I serviced it and checked all adjustments before using it. No problem there. I expected to do this. Getting used to the foot controls has been a little bothersome. My 2009 YTS3000 has a hand control which I find to be easier to use and smoother operating for most purposes. But that's just a personal preference. I've researched it and I think I can change to hand control without much trouble if it continues to bother me that much. I think I may find the foot control to have an advantage over the hand control while using attachments like the snow blower or scoop which require the use of the right arm during operation. I'm not crazy about the push button starting but it's OK. The key switch would be simpler, more reliable, and a much cheaper repair if trouble were to occur. I see no advantage that this switch has over the key switch on my older Craftsman. My old tractor has reverse mowing capabilities, too. The only "advantage" that this gimmick seems to have is a pretty much useless battery condition indicator. Given a choice, I wouldn't have bought the switch. The 3 blade 54" mowing deck is a LOT louder than than the 46" 2 blade deck on my 3000. It sounds something similar to a King Air twin engine prop jet doing its pre-takeoff rev-up check. Yeah, it's that loud if you're sitting on top of it. It's probably not much different from a lot of other 3 blade decks in that size range, though. The deck has rollers that do a good job of preventing scalping if properly adjusted. But the air flow isn't as good as the 46" deck. It tends to blow clippings out around the deck lip instead of just the exhaust chute. It can also cut a little higher than the 3000 but it's easier to get a nice even cut with the 46" deck. I'm thinking I'll probably continue to use my 3000 for mowing and blowing for a long time. Steering is noticeably harder on this tractor. On my 3000, it's basically a one hand job. Not so on this tractor. I'm guessing that is mostly due to larger front tires, the wider axle, and the differences in steering geometry. A little more breaking in might help, too. I don't notice any real advantage in turning radius over my 3000. It didn't claim to have "tight turn" steering but seems to be just as capable of tight turns as the new tractor. I only bought this tractor to get a heavier transmission which I hope will withstand what I do with it better than the transaxle in my 3000 has been able to. I'm hoping that the G730 Hydro Gear will eliminate the need to rebuild the T2 Hydro Gear in the 3000 every few years. If it does that, and the rest of the tractor performs as well as the 3000 has, I expect to be very happy with this tractor.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Sep 18 , 2014
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So far, so good!

I purchased this Garden Tractor for a number of reasons, but the primary reason was, it is the most tractor you're going to get for this amount of money. I needed the heavy-duty trans-axle (Hydro Gear G730) because my yard is hilly and I tow a heavy trailer laden with firewood many times a year. This tractor is indeed fast (7.5 MPH), not that I need it to go fast, but if you want the speed, it's available! The Tight-Turn feature (6" radius) is especially nice for swinging around my trees. Several of the reviewers here mention that they have broken parts of their steering mechanisms due to this feature. I have a bit of advice: SLOW DOWN! Just like an automobile, you can't slam on the gas and swing the wheel to the locks, then expect nothing to break! Turning at that angle is meant to be done slowly and carefully. I've executed the maneuver many times this mowing season and I've had no trouble whatsoever. I am not particularly fond of the electronic Complete Start system, however the one feature about it that I love is the reverse mowing feature - once I hit the button, I never have to push a button again if I want to mow / snow blow in reverse! My old ********** had the annoying yellow plunger that had to be depressed every. single. time....*ugh*. It was rather annoying when I forgot to push it and the mower stalled out. I am happy with the power this tractor has and the mower does a nice job. It's so easy to remove the deck to clean it as well, although I can tell it is definitely a heavy-duty deck due to its weight! Granted it's 54" and my old one was 48", but there is a substantial difference. As one reviewer stated, the frame does flex noticeably on certain uneven terrain and I've noticed the hood pops out of it's little groove when this happens, but it's nothing major and I don't see any long term ill effects due to it. I'm anxiously awaiting the snow to start flying so I can test out the snow thrower. It looks almost identical, albeit beefier, than my previous ********** model, so if it's at all similar, this thing will be a monster! The blades are serrated and there are more of them, so I'm not anticipating any problems. I get a LOT of snow where I live. Maintenance looks to be very basic and the Briggs and Stratton Platinum engine (this was one more reason I selected this tractor over a Cub Cadet - I do NOT trust the new Kohler Courage motors) is laid out very nicely, so oil changes, and fuel filter changes will be a breeze. Hopefully this tractor will last me a good long time!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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PPK

Aug 25 , 2014
via sears.com
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Not a Wheel Horse, but what is?

Engines have come a long way since cast single cylinder iron kohlers, and the cast iron transaxle put WH out of business... 54" Sears.. Wow what power and at a reasonable rpm too. The Hydro gear transmission grabs, like a freight train too. Filter on as it well... Its a "step-through" too so less climbing, the seat is high and above the mower deck, for less dust and grass in your lap as well. It mows, let me say. The deck clears itself, and as i mentioned, you don't need full throttle. It turns on a dime which is useful, but probably not improving the durability. The frame twists on hills, so i will likely add some x-braces to stop that. I think the transmission is the best item here, followed by the briggs, and then the rest of it. The seat is pretty comfy too! I gave $2600 for mine. I could not come close to as capable machine for that amount elsewhere. My WH is 21 yrs old. Don't expect that here, but you will get your yard mowed in half the time as an old gear shift iron block dinky deck of yesteryear will do...

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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rebotco1

Heath, OH

Aug 25 , 2014
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UnderEngineered

The turn tight steering is not adequate for this size mower. There is a lot more stress on the front axle, steering, wheels, etc. These parts on this tractor are not strong enough for the stress allowed by the turn tight feature. I have had several failures of parts of the front wheels and steering, and have replaced the axle, spindles, wheel bearings, and steering weldments on this tractor. We have had other equivalent Sears mowers, but without the tight turn feature, mowing the same yard for 10 years and have never had this problem. The spindle on this mower is the same size as a regular mower and it bends and makes the front end out of adjustment. After 3 visits and replacing the entire front end, Sears brought me a new tractor and after 50 hours I am having the same problem! Sears is in denial that there is a problem with this mower.


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Aug 13 , 2014
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Easy Steering Indeed makes close turns, Fast, traction on back not good.

Rough ride, however easy to handle and steer. Starts easily, cuts evenly. Good on level ground.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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paman

Port Chester, NY

Aug 7 , 2014
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24 hp garden mower

Sold, fast and easy to handle. Never had or used one before. I was surprised about how easy it is to use. I have several acres of hilly ground and it covers everything well.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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colida84

Anniston, AL

Aug 6 , 2014
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Rip Off Alert !

shortly after I bought this mower the deck broke a weld . we called for repair and a tech came out after a week. He said it would need a new deck but he said to get the old one welded ( at my expense ) because it would happen again they were having issues with the welding . That was 3 weeks ago now there are saying another 2 weeks before the deck ships . Don't buy this mower you will regret it !


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Unhappycustomer810

White Lake, MI

Jun 25 , 2014
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Keyless ignition is just anther thing that breaks!!!!!!!!

This tractor ran for 40 minutes cut out and did not want to restart for 2 days!!!!! The keyless ignition is a BAD thing! I'm very disappointed I expected better from Craftsman! Couldn't get anybody to deliver it and now can't get anybody to come and pick it up to return it! Very disappointed in Sears and the poor customer service and substandard product.


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bakted25

Delmont, PA

Jun 13 , 2014
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Strong

Pleasantly surprised as i had high expectations from a garden tractor. Ive used my 1999 lt1000 as a garden tractor without disappointment. Modifications and brackets for ground engaging equipment worked well but i felt like i was hurting it. Finally gave it to family and it still goes strong. The new g5500 has taken everything ive thrown at it, including pulling three sizable trees right outof the ground. Happy so far. Added a mulch plate, but the stock blades are not quite up to the task. Works but you have to slow down. The keyless start is cool, but i miss the simplicity of the key. Have to put the code in everytime you stop the mower and hop off even if its just for a second.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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1simplman

Valier, IL

Jun 1 , 2014
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poor set up

wheels and deck not greased, washer missing on deck wheel, deck wheels on one side still not working, starter fell off, cruise won't work. other than that seems to be o.k.


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