HeadCase For My Ingersoll
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: The Woods of Penn
Re: Reasons to or not to purchase a new Craftsman GT 5000
Go with the Deere for the following reasons:
1) More bang for your buck: Craftsman has an aluminum transaxle whether it's stick or hydro. The JD will have cast iron unit which can tow more and push more snow.
2) The Deere has a frame made of beefy L channel and a solid front axle
3) 300 series Deeres will have either a K series Kohler single or an Onan Twin. Both engine produce more torque than a similar hp modern engine. The Onan will be salty to repair if/when it needs to be fixed, but are stout and reliable engines. Kohler K's are torque monster singles and are friendly on gas, very reliable, and relatively inexpensive to repair.
4) Weight - A 300 series will weigh easile twise what a Craftsman GT weighs. Weight = traction.
5) If the Deere is hydrostatic, it's hydro system is FAR superior to any Craftsman tractor. The Deere has more options that are compatable with their hydro system.
Basically, if you want a GT that will last you the rest of your life, it's not sold at a big box store. Go with a Case-Ingersoll, International Cub Cadet, 200/300/400 series John Deere, MF. All are popular tractors; Parts won't be impossible to find. And all are very capable pieces of equipment that can handle anything a garden tractor is meant to do.
Pretty much: These tractors are the kind that you may want to replace down the road... But you'll never need to.
1968 Case 195
1974 Case 222
1975 Case 210
1978 Case 222... The one that started it all.-customized with a 44" deck and snowcaster.
1981 Case 220