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Craftsman GT5000 Reviews



Overall Rating:
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Build Quality
rating
4.2
Features
rating
4.2
Performance
rating
4.6
Value
rating
4.5
Reliability
rating
4.3
(4.4 stars, 17 reviews)
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Perfect Size For Hills
rating
4.40
Posted 07/07/2019
by Zig

"I have the manual 6 speed. I am often setting the speed and leaning myself way over the fender to keep the mower from slipping/flipping on a hill. I know it is not something that should be done, but it is something that I have done with this mower and the previous same mower. I have thought about buying a larger tractor but feel that the extra seat height and the ability to lean over would not be as effective as this size garden tractor. This year I am spending the money to have a replacement engine as I can not find a similar sized manual 6-speed riding mower new."

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Junk
rating
2.40
Posted 09/17/2016
by Mike Bozarth

"To carry a good name like Craftsman, it should be a good mower, but it is terrible. Finding parts for it is a nightmare. The motor and transmission are great, but everything else is worse than a Murray lawn mower."

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GT5000
rating
5.00
Posted 05/12/2013
by Joe Brown

"Beast of a mower."

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Beast Mode
rating
5.00
Posted 05/08/2013
by Joe brown

"Great power and speed."

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2004 GT5000
rating
4.00
Posted 03/10/2013
by barko

"Great tractor except for the engine. It is a Kohler Command Pro 25hp v-twin. It has the same smoking problem and carb issues that I've read about for these tractors built around 2004. I will probably end up replacing the motor in a few years. The rest of the tractor seems pretty solid. Parts availability is pretty good."

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22 HP 50" Mower Graden Tractor
rating
4.00
Posted 12/01/2012
by Mel Hovanec

"Bought this tractor because of the mower size and the capability to use ground attachments (plow, disk, front blade, snowthrower, tiller, etc). Other than probelms with transmission, it has performed any and all I have thrown at it. The engine (22hp) is more than enough for mowing and even plowing my garden (25' x 45')."

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Craftsman GT 5000 Is Strong!!!
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5.00
Posted 12/01/2012
by Pedro Dones

"I have one with 54' cutting deck and Kohler pro 25hp. It is speedy when you need to, so you save time. Last good experience was a piece of metal that goes behind the center blade under the cutting deck compartment fell off and, to my surprise, the cutting performance increased dramatically! You see, that piece is important to cut garden grass neatly manicured, but when you have to deal with over-your-knees tall grass that is dense and with big roots, my GT 5OOO without that piece totally crushed that high grass at speed 3! I discovered that without this piece, the rate of discharge out of the cutting deck is completely untapped and it just cut like a big tractor with a 'taladora' on the back..so if you have one...KEEP IT! If not, just get it!"

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GT5000
rating
4.60
Posted 10/05/2012
by t long

"Good value."

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Review of Craftman 26 HP Garden Tractor
rating
4.80
Posted 01/06/2012
by Jonathan Streufert

"Considered paying more to buy a heavier duty tractor before buying this model, but I have generally had good experiences with Sears/Craftman equipment and tools. I use this 26 HP, 54 inch mowing deck to mow my 2 acres of grass almost every week from May through October. It has performed pretty well in the five years I have had it, and have no regrets buying this tractor from my small acreage needs."

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Craftsman GT: 5000 Good in Theory
rating
2.00
Posted 01/06/2012
by craigbaill

"I bought this tractor as it seemed that for $2500 it would cut the lawn well and maybe plow some snow. I also needed it to pull an aerator as well. I have had issues with the starter not engaging the flywheel to start the engine. I smelled smoke at 30 hours and found that the drive pulley popped off. I bought the Berco electric lift 48" plow from Sears and it did not work right out of the box. Major hassle to have them come out just to tell me the Relay is bad. I bypassed it with another winch control and now its fixed. I attempted to level my gravel driveway with the plow in 1st gear only to have the drive belt slip! The mower deck, in the highest position, only gives 3" MAX between the ground and the bottom edge of the blade! I WOULD NOT BUY IT AGAIN!"

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This is Not a Desert Rat
rating
4.80
Posted 01/06/2012
by John

"I bought what I could finance. Not what I should have used, but I work with what I have and improvise. Brush hogging green tumble-weeds and desert grasses with a mid-mount. Oh how I think back and laugh. Burnt up one blade bearing unit and two belts with a deck fire. Had to make my own pulley shields out of expanded metal so I can keep a better eye on that clippings build up and wash of as necessary. And foam filled all the tires. Damn bull torns and fox tails just eat them thin ply tires. One positive won't have to buy wheel weights when I move back to snow country. Approximately fronts 65 lbs ea. back 110 lbs."

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GT5000 Great Little Worker
rating
4.40
Posted 01/05/2012
by toppop52

"This little rig will drag 30' cherry trees with all the limbs on them, 300 yds. to where I leave them. Only draw back is traction and I'm working on that!"

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Great Little Tractor!
rating
4.80
Posted 11/03/2011
by toppop52

"I bought this to use as a tow and blade tractor, but it makes an excellent bush hog as well. I didn't care about the 54" deck because I was going to take it off permanently, but I figured I'd use it to knock down the fox and deer cover and then tried it in the vines and briars. It not only cut them down but 1" saplings fell as well. I might keep that mower deck just in case..."

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2009 Craftsman GT5000
rating
4.60
Posted 03/10/2011
by William Smith

"Second Craftsman (previous LT2000) I have owned both seem good value for the money the 5000 seems to be stronger built (as expected). I definitely love the 3 blade deck. I would like to see a more fuel efficient motor (about a gallon a hour @3/4 throtle) decent seat and suspension. The drink holder is a waste of time if your ground is much less than a golf course. If I could afford it a good used Kubota @6-7000 would be my choice although pricing parts for one makes the sears a heck of a buy. Weewilly"

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Great Investment
rating
5.00
Posted 11/11/2010
by Zork

"I bought this tractor specifically because of the hydro and it was the largest deck available that permitted the mulch and bagging systems. The first unit I bought had the old style skids in front of the deck and the salesman assured me it would not scalp my terrain and Craftsman was not going to change the design. This old design scalped my lawn everywhere and I was very disappointed and the deck design and it did not support a front center roller option. Then several months (maybe a year) later I see the new design (with 4 wheels and a center roller) and the store manager exchanged the tractor for a new one. He asked me to tell all my friends, and I did. I am still telling them. I have used the tractor to create walking paths through the woods and mulching the heavy accumulation of leaves in the fall. The mulching system operates well with grass; however, I tend to cut too late or too early in the morning; or too tall for what it is designed for. When the grass is dry, it has no problems. The mulching kit has been a tremendous time saver with the leaves, sometimes I might have to hit the same area twice if I am going too fast. The mulching with the addition of plug aeration has dramatically improved my VA clay soil. The tractor has been a very easy keep! The first thing I did when I got it home was to install grease fittings in the blade spindle hubs (I recommend this very strongly since the spindle/bearing assembly had very little lubrication). I service the tractor regularly myself and it was last year that I had to replace the battery, fuel pump, and the deck secondary belt. This past winter I repaired the gas tank and fender steel. I cracked at seat mount, I assume, due to rough terrain and I repaired the cracked plastic tank with a soldering iron. It appeared distressed at the tank mounting bracket/flange possibly due to improper factory seam clearances at the corners adjacent to the flange. Circa 2003/2004 the left front deck support broke and was welded, most likely due to my terrain. I highly recommend this tractor and I would suggest paying the extra money for the Craftsman OE replacement battery."

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my 94 sears craftsman gold
rating
4.40
Posted 10/09/2010
by mike

"I have had pretty good luck with it, but I can also fix it myself, which makes maintenance a breeze."

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Craftsman GT 5000
rating
5.00
Posted 08/05/2010
by Mike

"Best tractor I have ever used! I have the Excellerator model with the Kohler 26 HP engine. I have used the tow behind rototiller, box scrapper and a JohnnyBucketJr and blade. The tractor is a workhorse. Has a 54" mower blade. I had the Lift Link Assembly and nut re-threaded so I could raise the deck to its highest level of approx 4 inches. Somehow bent something in the steering to offset the left front wheel about 45 degrees. After three times of repair people trying to fix the problem they could not and furnished me a brand new tractor without hesitation or hassle. Many people complain that the hood is loose and I must agree. HOWEVER, with a $2.97 pack of Velcro the hood is nice and secure and does not rattle. The only complaint I have is the ignition location, somehow every time I use the tractor I end up bending the key with my right leg. Other than this minor irritant this is absolutely money well spent. "

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