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post #1 of 8 Old 03-23-2005, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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Why does the GT 1554 have a 27hp Kohler Command engine? This was brought up on "the other" site and I didnt want to hijack the thread. Is it just for customer eye candy, ohhh it has a 27hp vs another brands 22 etc. It just seems odd that the 1500 series would have a larger HP rating than the 3000 series. Especially when the 3000 series weighs an additional 500+ pounds when including mower deck.
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I think its a HP game people that buy in that price range like big HP. But i think this is a good question for Neil to answer when he comes on.

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Why does the GT 1554 have a 27hp Kohler Command engine? This was brought up on "the other" site and I didnt want to hijack the thread. Is it just for customer eye candy, ohhh it has a 27hp vs another brands 22 etc. It just seems odd that the 1500 series would have a larger HP rating than the 3000 series. Especially when the 3000 series weighs an additional 500+ pounds when including mower deck.
It's a hp game they play on us now to think you really need that much. My old snapper Lt12 was a tank and had 12.5 hp and i never needed any more than that. It's all smoke and mirrors that all manufacturers are doing right now on us.


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They had a big discussion on Abby's about HP. Come to find out that Briggs snowblower motors. It was something like the 7HP to the 10hp were the same motor just that they put a different tag on it. They were all 10HP motors so if you bought what you thought was a 7Hp you really got a 10HP.

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Simple.....because the uneducated, first time buyer is heavily influenced by mass merchant ads that basically hammer the three things they relate to.....

Engine size.....Deck size....and PRICE. If you don't have something to offer in this fast growing category.you lose sales.Period. Because of this......smaller decks (38" is hard to find......36" is nonexistant on lawn tractors) are pretty much history.A shame since a 38" shaft drive Cub was one of our popular models here .

Cub's lineup in the 1500~2500 price range are nothing short of phenomenal when you look closely at what anyone else is offering.

For the buyer that understands that a balanced machine is more important we have shaft drive units that for just a little more..........will give the owner a lifetime of service.

We convert many people who are looking at the belt drive machines by simply letting them drive a 2000 or 3000 series tractor. They can see and feel the difference.
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My guess is because the craftsman DGT6000 has a 27 hp. Is this cub around the same $3000?
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post #7 of 8 Old 03-23-2005, 10:24 PM
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MSRP for the GT1554 is $2,799
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one other thing

As little as 5 years ago...2000 would get you a gear drive or variable pulley drive lawn tractor from the high end brands. Then Home Depot and Deere started establishing that a premium brand could be bought for 1500.Both basically trying to buy their way in to this part of the business. Now the price value pressure is huge.Sort of but not as great as what computers have gone through.

The retail customer ,who before was looking at 800~$1000 Yard Machine,Craftsman or Murray ,will pay double (ALOT of money in his mind) if all the bells and whistles are there. The experienced tractor buyer will move himself on up. Really boils down to its a tool to be valued to some and an appliance to thers. btw......its one of the things that drove Murray out of business.

This buyer is very influenced by the three things he's seen in the paper mentioned earlier. It actually takes LONGER to sell one of these machines.....and sometimes more visits to our dealership by the prospective buyer. Another funny thing.........I wish I had a quarter for each time the prospect asked me....."Do you repair here?" Guess our store is too nice....lol.

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