Craftsman GT5000

The Craftsman GT5000 garden tractor lawnmower is quite similar to the Craftsman 54 Inch 26 hp Lawn Tractor as they both have the same sized mower deck and same power output from their engines. However there is a fair few differences among them. The mower deck on the GT5000 lawn tractor has a cutting width of 54 inches although it’s total width is a good bit bigger due to the plastic discharge flap on the side of the deck. The deck houses 3 mower blades that work more efficiently than one single blade working alone. In total there are 7 different cutting heights that each vary by 0.5 inches. The highest is 4 inches above the ground while the lowest is just 1.5 inches above the ground. The deck is made from 11 gauge steel which will resist deforming or breaking from most knocks and bangs.

The deck on the Craftsman GT5000 has 4 small anti scalping wheels which force the deck to follow the contours of the ground you are cutting, giving you a very smooth finish. The rear wheels on the GT 5000 carry most of it’s weight. That’s why they are so big, each measuring 23×10.5-8 (23 inch diameter, 10.5 inch width, 8 inch rim diameter), while the front wheels which steer the tractor lawnmower each measure 16×6.5-6 (16 inch diameter, 6.5 inch width, 6 inch rim diameter). The 26 hp Briggs and Stratton engine that powers the lawnmower has a fuel tank that can hold up to 15.1 liters (4 US gallons).

Similar sized, but slightly more powerful tractor lawnmowers than the GT 5000 from Craftsman include both the Professional 28hp 54″ Garden Tractor Lawn Mower and the Craftsman 28985 Professional Premium 54″ 30 HP. As the Craftsman GT5000 is a large and powerful machine, the team at Craftsman have also built in functionality so that it can work with snow blades or a snow blower attached to the front during winter as well an optional mulching kit and rear bagger.

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6 Reviews of the “Craftsman GT5000”

  1. gregg christensen says:

    I’m great with it

    Year of Manufacture: 2004
    Pros: Fits me good (i am 6 foot 4). 26 horse Briggs with hydro drive and 48 inch deck. Machine is great….take care of equipment and equipment will take care of you. I get a kick out of reviews…..they are great or they are crap!! Mows nice and have blowe and it blows snow great……..just saying.
    Cons: Its not a John deere nor does it cost like one
    Attachments: Blower
    Modifications: None

  2. J says:

    Overall fairly good but I’ll try an alternate vendor for my next garden tractor.

    Year of Manufacture: 2004
    Pros: Fairly tough equipment
    Cons: Sears doesn’t exist – Use Tractor Supply for batteries & Belts
    My choke control cable has corroded so I must use a stick to start.
    Cutting blades & belts lasted ~10 years
    Mowing deck wheels must be replaced – the axles bend when they hit stumps.
    Replace all quick connect clevis pins with aircraft lock-nut style bolts- as they fall off & get lost in lawn.

  3. Jeff Conner says:

    Totally sucks!

    Year of Manufacture: 2006
    Pros: No pro’s here.
    Cons: Mowing decks breaks, head gasket leaks and starter failed after 11/2 years. Also their customer service totally sucks. Nothing more to say about Sears scrap metal / paper weight . It’s not even a good lawn ornament.

  4. Rob says:

    I have been waiting a month for an oil drain valve that let go. The tractor is pouring out oil and Sears Parts Direct cannot give me a straight answer about when I am going to get the part even though they took the money out of my account immediately. Between the tractor and accessories, I basically have about $3,500 worth of scrap metal sitting in my garage and Sears just doesn’t seem to care.

    Year of Manufacture: 2005
    Pros: Decent tractor when it works
    Cons: The parts for Craftsman tractors are impossible to find except through Sears Part Direct. They do not stock parts but just say they are “In Stock” until you order them and then scramble to find it.

  5. Dorothy Brodzinski says:

    LOVE THIS GT5000. MY MODEL NUMBER IS RUB OFF. NEED PART. CAN ANYONE HELP WITH THE MODEL MUNBER PLEASE

    THANKS
    DOROTHY

    Year of Manufacture: 2010

  6. Kurt Wirfel says:

    A pleasure to operate!!! Sit back & let the tractor do the work! I was warned that the hood would not stay down in reviews before purchase & thouht that a simple cam latch on each side would be an easy & inexpensive solution. But I have not had any such problems & have never installed the latches.

    Year of Manufacture: 2010
    Pros: Plenty of power, reservse fuel supply (beats carrying fuel a long distance to tractor!!!), tight turning radius (great in tight quarters), fuel,oil,&air filters easily accessible for replacement/cleaning, large fuel fill opening makes fill-ups easy, spring assisted deck lift, soda bottle stays securely in cup holder,
    Cons: Height adjustments not condusive to uneven ground (locks itself into one height & leaves grass high in low spots and high centers tractor on high spots) , I modified it to be a floating deck! Works great except that arm on lift handle is wearing through on both sides. I will need to replace it every 3-4 years!! It can get hung up on cross corner wheels if crossing a swail at the wrong angle, but you’ll quickly learn to avoid that.
    Attachments: Mower deck, Snowblower, Custom built hitch to accomodate towing ball for utility/boat trailers(bolts onto existing holes)
    Modifications: Converted height adjustment to allow deck to float with ground contour. As an engineer, I found this to be a design flaw as most people do not have sculptured lawns!

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