Senior MTF Member
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Wisconsin, Fond du Lac.
Re: First Garden Tractor
I have a GT2550 which is the same tractor with a bigger deck and a couple detail differences. I have owned mine since 2008 and in addition to mowing and hauling, it has been my snow blowing tractor since new. In my opinion:
• Rugged, definitely a real garden tractor.
• Very reliable, with no mechanical breakdowns that took it out of service since new.
• Excellent major units; reliable & powerful Kohler, flawless Hydro Gear BDU-10, HD cast iron transaxle.
• Absolutely trouble free Shaft Drive – one look underneath at all the stuff you don’t see tells the story.
• Really good mowing platform (after I upsized rear tires).
• Strong enough to handle heavy snow removal duties.
• Horizontal shaft engine is service-friendly.
• Hood setup is awful, both inconvenient and breakage prone – I canned it and converted to front hinges.
• Very poor seat pan/foot pan support – I am replacing mine now with fixes to prevent future reoccurrence. Not everybody has this problem, but if you are a bigger boy like me (200 lb.), you might.
• Tiny fuel tank, with the filler in the middle – lots of fun to fill with an attachment on.
• Undersized tires. A tractor this heavy should have 10.50’s on the back.
• No ducting around the Kohler cooling air intake. Clean after every use!
• Flimsy cowl support. Admittedly, I may be the only one who has complained about this on MTF (however, if you poke around inside, you will question the wisdom of hanging a hood off it!)
Bottom line is I would buy another, but I would even sooner buy the 1st 2500 series (different hood set up, etc.) or the successor to mine (ALL major issues fixed!), even though Cub never offered the rear attachments like the earlier ones had. None of my gripes are deal killers and as they say in the ads “your experience may vary”, so for those hours I would go for it – you may even be able to knock the (not bad) price down a bit. If it follows you home, remember, PICTURES!