/ Beware of Husqvarna Garden Tractors, Front Scoop "Capable"? #41
- Jun 21, 2018
- Very Modifierd Husqvarna/GT48DXLS
My 1984 Work Horse GT1100 was $1699.00 MSRP with no options. It has an 11 HP Briggs & Stratton engine, 8 spd transaxle and has a steel angle frame. It was rated for a Front End Loader, land plow, and other ground engaging implements. I bought it with a 48" Dozer blade, wheel weights, and chains for an additional $400.00. The similar Wheel Horse with a 10 HP Kohler engine was $2999.00, but had more deluxe features. The GT1100 helped with clearing a house lot and did extensive back filling of a 28x50 foundation and a 150' long well line. It hauled all the fill for a 35' retaining wall in a 17 cu/ft trailer that was heaped full on each load. I also cleared a 20" wet snow fall at a neighbors new house construction that an older 2wd full size backhoe gave up on, due to not being able to get traction on the ice underneath. The only major problem was/is a rear axle seal that has let go. I could not find a new garden tractor that is similar so will probably try to find an extremely well taken cared for 25 +/- model with a hydrostatic transmission and hydraulic lift. Bill C
I like the story. There seems to be a noticeable difference between the pre 90's and modern. I also wonder about the HP ratings now, the older tractors were very powerful with those cast iron blocks. A manual transaxle can put more actual wheel hp to the ground than the common IHT that come in our modern choices, might be something there too.
It sounds like you got your moneys worth, That GT sounds very "capable", (I had to add that) and I've been there with a drain field I moved with my prior grass cutter (2011 Ariens hd special with 6spd), what a mess, I blew the seals eventually on that transaxle, they were cheap and easy to replace though, and I still have that old transaxle. I don't know what I will use it for yet, but it was too good to give up.
By the way, on my "newest restored GT in America" I'm approaching 400hrs. The JBJR is still working well and the GT, after all the chassis build, is proving very "capable", short update.