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Old 06-29-2010, 08:20 AM   post #1 of 17
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Default Cub Cadet GT2544 1 Year later (semi-review)

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.

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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...
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Old 06-29-2010, 09:10 AM   post #2 of 17
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Nice write up. I am in the market for tires so your review has added another set to consider.
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Old 06-29-2010, 09:16 AM   post #3 of 17
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I had got a set of chains for the All Trails, but I think they actually hurt more than helped. The heavier you can get it the better....
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I had got a set of chains for the All Trails, but I think they actually hurt more than helped. The heavier you can get it the better....
Then I am getting better every year...
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Old 06-29-2010, 09:35 AM   post #5 of 17
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hehehe.... you're talking about the tractor, right.

I think at the most I can have a little over 150lbs between the wheel weights and fluid on each side and then 4x42lbs in the suitcases so that's over 360lbs of weight, then my 200lbs... CC says the tractor weighs 800lbs w/deck, so probably -100 lbs w/o the deck. Anway, with my weight and the tractor it's well over 1,000lbs...
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Old 06-29-2010, 11:09 AM   post #6 of 17
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Sounds good so far. Good follow up review. My experiences are about the same although all I do is cut grass and haul a light trailer.
No hood problems here. No problems to speak of.
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Old 06-29-2010, 11:18 AM   post #7 of 17
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Nice write-up. A lot of excellent feedback.

One thing I think Cub Cadet might have fixed in your list (besides the hood which I believe everyone knows about at this point) is the reverse pedal. It's actually almost too fast on my 2010 when I push it down completely. It's definitely not "slow" by any means.
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interesting... mind posting and pics around the linkages, so I could see if/what's the difference. On mine and apparently others, from the factory there is almost no reverse, especially if you attempt to go up any type of incline.
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interesting... mind posting and pics around the linkages, so I could see if/what's the difference. On mine and apparently others, from the factory there is almost no reverse, especially if you attempt to go up any type of incline.
It's not the first time I've heard about the sluggish reverse on the 2500. This was actually one of my concerns (along with a number of other issues I've read about here) when I first bought mine.

I can honestly say, reverse has plenty of speed on my tractor (I feel like I get whiplash if I let off on the reverse pedal too fast.) Even the one at the dealer I tried out had a pretty quick reverse. Maybe Cub changed something on the 2010's? There's a number of improvements on this model year including the hood and oil drain (I'm sure all based on negative customer feedback), so I wouldn't be surprised if reverse speed was improved as well.

Let me know if you need any other pictures (I'm really not too sure if I got everything, but if there's something missing just ask!)
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I think the oil drain was fixed in '09 vs. previous years as far as the oil drain hitting the frame. At least my '09 doesn't have that issue.

I think that those pics look basically like mine, I haven't looked closely on mine at pic #1.
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I think the oil drain was fixed in '09 vs. previous years as far as the oil drain hitting the frame. At least my '09 doesn't have that issue.
Okay, I wasn't sure - you're probably right. I originally thought that it changed in 2010 as I saw another post from someone saying that the oil drain was updated on the 2010 model. Pictures of the oil drain that I have can be clearly seen in the oil cooler install pictures. Not sure if that's the same as the one you have, but it seems to work well for me at least.

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I think that those pics look basically like mine, I haven't looked closely on mine at pic #1.
Maybe it's just the way it was adjusted from the factory then?
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Your tractor is comparable to what mine was 20 years ago in the CC line...And which one would I rather have!

That seat on your's almost looks like the $500 JD one...You're halfway there, you know you want it!

Nice writeup. I cannot wait to get some All-Trails!
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Nice write up - I hope your next 100 hours are as good!
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[QUOTE=ericdube;1256495

Maybe it's just the way it was adjusted from the factory then?[/QUOTE]

On mine you have grab the reverse pedal and lift it up at least 1.5". There is that much play in it. I haven't really taken the time to look and see where the slop is.
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As I wrote in the "fix" if you adjust it too much, when you hit the forward pedal the reverse pedal will hit the floorboard, effectively decreasing your forward drive.

I'm thinking a nice notch in the floorboard is coming to my 2554 and the adjuster set for max reverse.
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