Well, this past weekend made 1 year that I've had my 2544... I didn't get as good of a father's day present this year.
Here's just a few thoughts and opinions in no particular order...
- 97 hours in a one year.... a lot more than I thought, but this thing can do a lot more than I thought. It has been used year round, from mowing, pushing snow, hauling wood, plowing 2 gardens.........
- I still think it is by far the best buy for the money in the GT world. I've stated it probably dozens of times on here. Kohler Command V-Twin, shaft driven transmission, serviceable rear end.... It may not be the best put together in places, but appearance aside, definitely the best buy.
- My only issue in a year was the hood, which several people have had. Mine broke around 1 hour, so it makes me wonder if it wasn't torqued too tight to begin with. It looks like CC finally listened and has corrected this for 2010. CC has also sent me the upgrade part for the hood, which I have yet to install.
- I think the 2500's need some type of a better brake system. I've only had one freewheel downhill "oh crap, I love you honey!" incident. Since I've weighed it down that has solved the problem.
- Upgrading from a CC LT1045 to the GT2544 is truly night and day difference, from power, to abilities, to ride quality... The larger front wheels/tires definitely make a difference along with the shaft drive/engine going uphill.
- The deck is great to service and remove, I can get it removed and installed in just a couple minutes each.
- The seat is great, much better than on the LT1045, is it a $500 JD seat, no, but it is comfortable for a long mowing session.
- It does like gas....
- The air filter pre-cleaner needs regular attention.
- I think that CC should have gave more attention to the reverse pedal, from the factory not enough power until "tweaked".
- With the proper setup this thing can easily push 20"+ of wet snow uphill no problems.
A pleasant unexpected use for this thing.
- Wishes... It would have been great to have the option for a hydraulic deck lift or power steering, but that would have made it a 3000 series....
Modifications so far...
- Changed out the rear wheels to the 2 piece from an older 3000 series.
- Changed out the rear tires to the Carlisle All Trails 23x10.5x12 with fluid, around 80lbs each. These are beyond awesome.
- Changed out the front tires to the Carlisle X-Trac, much better grip turning uphill and downhill without the front end drifting.
- Added a custom made wheel weight bracket to allow 2" barbell plates, currently running 55lbs each wheel, capable of putting 75lbs per wheel.
- Added a rear weight bracket w/4x42 lb suitcase weights.
- Added an electric sleeve hitch with a modified install, also added a weight bracket for 2 suitcase weights.
- Added the factory snow/dirt blade.
My experience has been more than pleasant. Because of this thing I've gained 2 IH Cubs too. It got me "hooked". I use the tractor on average 3 days a week and at most I'm on it a solid 2+ hours at a time. I'm sure everyone has their wish list for improvements, but like I said for the money... I would definitely buy another one, unless CC comes out with something in between the 2500 and 3000 series, or even above the 3000 series, a new SGT....
Then and Now...