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· Super Moderator
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Mostly frame and tranny! A lawn tractor is designed for light work and mowing. Garden tractor is designed for ground engaging implements front and rear so frame is much heavier, tranny is stronger and can handle high weight loads. A lot of the lawn tractors have very good engines with a lot of horse power but if you stress the frame they will bend or collapse, and trannies will go bad when pulling more than slight loads or handling steep hills. By the way welcome to the forum from Titusville, Pennsylvania!
 

· The Magnificent
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Primarily the difference is in the ability of a graden tractor to use ground engaging implements, such as a moldbord plow, disk harrow or the like.

Usually a GT is marked by a stout frame, heavoer front spindles, and a heavier transmission. 23" or larger rear tires with wheel which bolt on to hubs with 4 or 5 lugnuts is a sign, but not a guarantee.

You can convert a riding mower to a GT if your name is StLadrill. He modified a JDx300 by swapping in a transaxle rated for ground engagement, effectively upgrading his tractor to an x500.

Search his posts - very good reads.
 

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You can convert a riding mower to a GT if your name is StLadrill. He modified a JDx300 by swapping in a transaxle rated for ground engagement, effectively upgrading his tractor to an x500.

Search his posts - very good reads.
:ditto: definitely a good use of reading time!:fing32:
 
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