The Craftsman DGS6500 garden tractor lawn mower is often referred to as the Craftsman 28746 lawn mower. They are both the same machine. The mower deck on the DGS 6500 has a cutting width of 54 inches. This means that it is intended for cutting the lawns in very large gardens that are at least 1 acre in size. While the cutting width of the deck is 54 inches, it’s total width is a lot higher than this due to the plastic protective discharge flap located on the side. The deck itself is made from strong 10 gauge steel. Inside, 3 small blades work together to give a very even cut to your lawn.
The mower deck on the Craftsman DGS6500 can be raised and lowered over 6 different cutting positions, from a high of 4 inches above the ground to a low of 1.5 inches above the ground in 0.5 inch increments. On the deck you will find gauge wheels on the outer edges. The purpose of these is to guide the deck smoothly over the lawn without it cutting into the actually ground itself. For dealing with the cut grass clippings on the DGS 6500, you can do 3 different things. The first and easiest is to just discharge the clippings out the side of the deck onto the grass. Alternatively you can mulch them with a mulching kit that is sold separately. The last option is to collect them in a rear attached bagger to dispose of later.
The engine powering the Craftsman 28746 is a Briggs and Stratton. This gasoline powered engine pumps out 26 hp and has a total volume of 0.725 liters. The engine transfers it’s power to the wheels through a hydrostatic transmission system which makes the Craftsman DGS6500 an automatic with no gear changing needed. The total weight of this lawnmower comes to 265.8 kg (586 lbs).
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