Review By : Anonymous on Apr 27 2009 12:00AM
Price Paid : $4,100.00
Years of Use : 180-Days
Purchased From : a cny dealer
Strengths Hard components are solid, engine, tranny, deck frame, steering etc...
Lots of capibility for price and compact size. Undercuts equivalent Deere, Simplicity, Kubota. machines in price by thousands while giving up nothing in raw capability.
I like the shaft drive trans and deck.
Locking diff is a must for hills.
Weaknesses -Quality of some accessories like the snowblower are not on par with the competition. Although the front hitch is very rugged and the plow setup is decent.
- The competition has better details like seat suspension, better oil change situation and better fit and finish. Though I'll gladly take $3000 in my pocket and forgo that stuff. It's not bad, the competition is just better.
-I'm not supper keen on its looks, though its growing on me. Looks like it has a big shnoz and an overbite.
Overall Bought used with 60 hours on the clock.
I have a very hilly and bumpy property. 5 acres with +15% grade in some spots, pretty much all hill. I had a GT1554 that did its best. I started with bar tires, then I had wheel weights, filled tires and added a home made wieght bracket with another 200 pounds. I was pushing the limts of the belt drive, so I put on different pullies and a wider belt. Then I was bumping up against the limits of the transaxle so I changed to a higher viscosity syntnetic fluid and pushed things a little more. It worked for a couple seasons. Nothing broke suprizingly. Though it got hot, slow and it made all kinds of straining noises on the big hills!
The 3200 with 2 less horsepower with and just wheel weights on the stock turf tires treats my property like its flat. Lock the diff on the hills and it will climb like its nothing. No speed loss and and barely noticeable RPM change. No moans or groans. Mowing, towing, full speed is always available.
Parts : 9 Performance : 10
Ease of Use : 10 Financing : 10
Reliability : 9 Overall : 9