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Craftsman  24HP 54'' Complete Start™ Turn Tight® Garden Tractor - Non CA

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Craftsman 24 HP 54 in. Complete Start™ Garden Tractor Lets You Get Everything Done with One Vehicle

The Craftsman 54 in. Complete Start™ Turn Tight® garden tractor has everything you need to cut your lawn comfortably. You get a deck with a 54 in. cutting path and a vehicle with a 6 in. turn radius. This means a faster and more efficient cut. The design also has a fitting for attaching a hose to the deck so you can clean your tractor to keep all of your components running smoothly.

Compatibility and the Craftsman 24 HP 54 in. Complete Start™ Garden Tractor go hand-in-hand. Attachments that will work with this vehicle include tiller, bagger, aerator, snow plow and snow thrower. You will be able to use your tractor during every season. The 24 HP motor gives you all the power you need to get over hills. The hydrostatic transmission makes hilly terrain even easier on you and your machine.

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Specifications & Dimensions

Dimensions:
Item Weight (lbs.): 576
Overall Item Dimensions: 73.75 x 52.5 x 46
Wheelbase (in.): 48
Cutting Deck & Blade:
Blade Material: Steel
Blade Type: 2-in-1
Blade Width (in.): 2
Cutting Deck Material: Steel
Cutting Deck Nose Roller: Yes
Cutting Height Adjustment Type: Hand Lever
Cutting Height Maximum (in.): 4
Cutting Height Minimum (in.): 1
Cutting Width (In.): 54
Deckwash System: Yes
Number of Cutting Blades: 3
Controls and Features:
Blade Engagement Type: Electric
Blade Lift: Manual
Cruise Control: Yes
Product Overview:
Commercial/Residential: Commercial/Residential
General Warranty: 2 Year
Terrain Type: Flat, Hilly
Chassis:
Frame Material: Steel
Frame Type: Stamped steel
Front Axle Material: Cast iron
Drive System:
Maximum Forward Speed (mph): 7.5
Maximum Reverse Speed (mph): 2.9
Mow in Reverse: Yes
Number of Forward Speeds: Infinite
Number of Reverse Speeds: Infinite
Transmission Type: Hydrostatic Automatic
Turning Radius (in.): 6
Turn Tight: Yes
Motor-Engine:
Cooling System Type: Air Cooled
Engine Brand: Briggs & Stratton(r)
Engine Cycles: 4-cycle
Engine Displacement (cc): 724
Horsepower: 24
Number of Cylinders: 2
Wheels & Tires:
Front Tire Size: 16" X 6.5" - 8"
Rear Tire Size: 23" X 10.5" - 12"
Accessory or Attachment:
3 Bin Bagger Part Number: #24917
Accepts Bagger: Yes
Hauling Equipment: Heavy Hauling, Light Hauling
Ground-Engaging Attach.: Yes
Mulch Kit Part Number: #24154
Snow Blade or Thrower Capable: Snow thrower, Snow blade
Fuel System:
Fuel Capacity (gal.): 3.0
Fuel Gauge Location: On Tank
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Gauge Accessory:
Gauges: Yes
Convenience Features:
Power Steering: None
Speed Control: Foot pedal
Certifications:
CARB Compliant: Not Compliant with Cali. Air Resource Board
Location: All other
Seat:
Arm Rests: Yes

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Craftsman 24 HP 54 in. Complete Start™ Garden Tractor Lets You Get Everything Done with One Vehicle

The Craftsman 54 in. Complete Start™ Turn Tight® garden tractor has everything you need to cut your lawn comfortably. You get a deck with a 54 in. cutting path and a vehicle with a 6 in. turn radius. This means a faster and more efficient cut. The design also has a fitting for attaching a hose to the deck so you can clean your tractor to keep all of your components running smoothly.

Compatibility and the Craftsman 24 HP 54 in. Complete Start™ Garden Tractor go hand-in-hand. Attachments that will work with this vehicle include tiller, bagger, aerator, snow plow and snow thrower. You will be able to use your tractor during every season. The 24 HP motor gives you all the power you need to get over hills. The hydrostatic transmission makes hilly terrain even easier on you and your machine.

  • Craftsman 54 in. Complete Start™ Turn Tight® garden tractor has a 24 HP motor
  • The blades cut a 54 in. swath with a minimum 1 in. and maximum 4 in. height
  • 6 in. Turn radius ensures this tractor can handle the tightest corners
  • Allows for compatible attachments like snow plow, snow thrower, aerator, tiller and bagger
  • Deck system allows a hose to be attached to keep your cutting system clean
  • Comes with Craftsman keyless Complete Start™
  • Cast iron front axle for superior strength

Added on November 15, 2013

 

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bakted25
Jun 13 , 2014
Strong
Pleasantly surprised as i had high expectations from a garden tractor. Ive used my 1999 lt1000 as a garden tractor without disappointment. Modifications and brackets for ground engaging equipment worked well but i felt like i was hurting it. Finally gave it to family and it still goes strong. The new g5500 has taken everything ive thrown at it, including pulling three sizable trees right outof the ground. Happy so far. Added a mulch plate, but the stock blades are not quite up to the task. Works but you have to slow down. The keyless start is cool, but i miss the simplicity of the key. Have to put the code in everytime you stop the mower and hop off even if its just for a second.
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Unhappycustomer810
Jun 25 , 2014
Keyless ignition is just anther thing that breaks!!!!!!!!
This tractor ran for 40 minutes cut out and did not want to restart for 2 days!!!!! The keyless ignition is a BAD thing! I'm very disappointed I expected better from Craftsman! Couldn't get anybody to deliver it and now can't get anybody to come and pick it up to return it! Very disappointed in Sears and the poor customer service and substandard product.
 

LGH4EVER

Georgetown, TX

Jun 2 , 2015
Overall
Great Experience

I have bought Craftsman lawn tractors and other lawn equipment since the 70's. I recently purchased this garden tractor to mow approximately 4 acres and my first experience using it was excellent. It made quick work of the mowing, and it's operation and performance was very good. It mowed tall grass without any problems and the Briggs and Stratton engine, as always, worked flawlessly. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is the key less ignition doesn't allow me to change the factory code, even when following the directions. Other than that, I am completely satisfied.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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JRVJR

Austinville, VA

Jun 2 , 2015
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Good tractor for the money.

The GT5500 is a fine machine. You just have to know what it is capable of before you call on it. With plenty of power and a wide 54 inch cut it will make short work of most cutting jobs. This is not a heavy duty/professional grade mower. The deck is thick welded steel, but not the thickest I've seen. The deck rollers are cheap and will likely be one of the first things to wear out if their axel is not cleaned and greased. The front axel is cast iron but the wheel spindle does not look all that strong....we will see. The frame is steel with welds and bolted pieces. Seems strong enough for home use, but it does flex on uneven ground. Check your bolts and welds regularly. I tend to agree with a few other posts on here about the turn tight system not being right for this size mower. Going at a moderate pace and trying to perform a sharp turn will cause the front tires to skid and hop; which will eventually lead to failure of either the spindle or wheel bearings or mounting points. My advice is to complete sharp turns while moving slowly and when you are moving at a faster pace don't turn the steering wheel all the way. Also look into a suicide ball for your steering wheel. Without power steering this heavy tractor can wear your arms out working the wheel. The deck wash system is nice never had that before....messy though. I loaded the tires (water and antifreeze) and put on a set of chains and this thing will not slip anywhere on my yard. I have lots of inclines and uneven places. I also purchased the sleeve hitch since this is dubbed a garden tractor and assembly was easy. It does seem a little light duty, but heavy enough to do light plowing, box blading, dethaching and so forth. The keyless complete start system is neat, but as others have said it is just another component to wear out. It has many features such as idiot lights like on a car. If the system lasts then I call it a good thing...if it doesn't last then I told ya so. The seat is nice and comfy and moves with you on uneven terrain. You will not feel like you are going to slide off. Speed is moderate going forward and in reverse a turtles pace. No hood latch is a minus for me. It just sits there and bounces along with you. The Briggs 24 HP V-Twin is a durable and dependable engine with proper maintenance. My final thoughts are that this tractor should last me and my family many years with routine care. Just like with anything I'f you ask it to do more than it's made for you will break it and it will be your fault. For $2,800.00 it's a fine machine.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Apr 27 , 2015
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run away

Just a terrible mower. Replaced a 15 year Agway mower that worked 10x better than this new rider. Tight turning is only a theory or on pavement.


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erpaulson

Oxford, AL

Apr 23 , 2015
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GT 5500

I have had to have 2 carb replaced on mine. That electric carb sinks!!! Also I have to have a tranmission pulley replaced. And can you believe the transmission drive pulley is plastic!!!!


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Jan 12 , 2015
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Excellent mower

There is no better bang for your buck. You would have to spend twice this to find something comparible. Both the engine and transmission are massively strong. And though I didnt buy it to mow grass but rather for heavy duty yard work I was rather suprised how well this 54" deck can cut. Most 50"+ dont cut this well. As far as comfort I love the seat and the foot pedal control is nice though I prefer the cruise control of my #20383 craftsman mower. If I had one complaint its that im not crazy about about the keycode start preferring the classic key start

I would recommend this product to a friend.

The reviewer indicated they are affiliated with this product.
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nubbiess

Bloomington, IN

Nov 28 , 2014
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54 inch craftsman tractor

I haven't had a lot of time to try this garden tractor out yet since it is past the mowing season. But I did take it out the first day that after I picked it up to to fire up the motor and check it out a little bit. My first impressions are that the Briggs motor seems very powerful for it and sounds great. It's not overly loud and seems to be a strong runner. One concerned that I had was the high that the mower deck could be raised to. On my first run out through the yard I actually got hung up on a trying to cut a corner at a moderate incline or moderate Deekline when the mower deck hung up on the ground. I was able to with the help of a neighbor push it back out and everything was fine but it just gives me a little while cause of worry. I'll just have to be more careful next

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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RedEd

Boone, NC

Nov 15 , 2014
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Hope it lasts. A little apprehensive

Have had it a couple of months now. Going into snow season now so we'll see how it does with that. The pros are that it mows very nicely. Or at least it did after I loaded the tires with anti freeze to give it better traction on my hilly terrain. The ride is acceptable and the speed is nice for getting around the property between jobs. Cons are you might want some ear protection when mowing. That deck is really loud when turned on. Although everything seems to work ok, the linkages underneath the tractor really rattle. I haven't yet figured out if something is installed improperly but it doesn't sound right. I'll look into that more when I take the deck off for snow season. Much more worrisome to me is the rattling sound that the engine makes at low speeds once it warms up. If it is going to blow up, I sure hope it does it under warranty. Going to do the first oil change this week. Maybe that will help that some. The Turn Tight steering has been very useful. I haven't had any trouble out of the axle or linkage because of it. But I do note that steering takes considerably more effort than steering ever took on my 5 year old Craftsman YTS3000. It's not a lube problem. I keep everything well oiled and greased so maybe it's just the difference in steering geometry. The hood redesign with the plastic side panels is just lame and not well thought out. The panels are in the way of engine cleaning and service and have to be removed for some things like changing the oil. Their attachment design is poor when new and I don't think they will stand up touch frame flexing without breaking. They never stay properly latched to the tractor and hood. They are really aggravating. Craftsman should have stuck with a simpler and more durable design. Hope I feel better about this tractor after we get some snow plowing and blowing experience. Right now, I'm a little concerned about it he issues which I've perceived on mine.


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nubbiess

Bloomington, IN

Nov 13 , 2014
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so far so good

from what i have been able to see thus far this garden tractor is going to live up to and do just about everything i was hoping and expecting it to do.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Horsemeat

Cannon Falls, MN

Oct 28 , 2014
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Under-Engineered version 2

I have the same issue as this guy. "The turn tight steering is not adequate for this size mower. There is a lot more stress on the front axle, steering, wheels, etc. These parts on this tractor are not strong enough for the stress allowed by the turn tight feature. I have had several failures of parts of the front wheels and steering, and have replaced the axle, spindles, wheel bearings, and steering weldments on this tractor. We have had other equivalent Sears mowers, but without the tight turn feature, mowing the same yard for 10 years and have never had this problem. The spindle on this mower is the same size as a regular mower and it bends and makes the front end out of adjustment. After 3 visits and replacing the entire front end, Sears brought me a new tractor and after 50 hours I am having the same problem! Sears is in denial that there is a problem with this mower."


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martingaw

Wayne, ME

Oct 27 , 2014
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GREAT TRACTOR


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