2015 Poulan Pro Lawn Tractors |My Review

If you are looking for a dependable, basic lawn tractor I feel that the Poulan Pro Lawn & Garden Tractors are the best deal you can get for 2015. Read on to find out why.

Poulan Pro has changed the line-up slightly for 2016. Basically they have dropped the garden tractor and added more orange to the hood. You can still get the 2015 models while supplies last on Amazon.

Since Poulan Pro changed the line-up I’ve written a new 2016 review here: 2016 Poulan Pro Review

Poulan Pro has always been the Rodney Dangerfield of the Lawn & Garden world.  It’s always been a good dependable brand but it never got the respect of the other brands. Why? Because dealers have always considered it their  second line. Dealers would have a line like Simplicity or Cub Cadet and then have one or two of the cheaper Poulan Pro’s on the sales floor. I can’t remember ever walking in and seeing the full line of Poulan Pro tractors sitting on a sales floor.

Poulan PRO PB175G42 Well, Poulan Pro is out to change that. Starting right now you can select the Poulan Pro that fits you best at a price that is $100 to $300 less than comparable models and it will be shipped free right to your garage/front door. All you have to do is take it out of the crate, check the tire pressure and put gas in it. (54 inch deck tractors take about 20 minutes to assemble)  PBGT2654 Manual PB20VA46 Manual

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If you have read this blog for any length of time you know that there are only four manufactures of lawn tractors. These Poulan Pro tractors are made by the largest manufacture, Husqvarna and have all the basic features you want without all the glitz and glamor of the major brands. These lawn tractors just mow well. These lawn tractors are just as dependable as the other brands. What’s new for 2015 is they now included the heavy-duty components like reinforced decks, Kohler 7000 series engines and fast CVT transmissions that make them great lawn tractors at a great price. I highly recommend these to anyone who wants a good, honest lawn tractor.  

One of the best things about these mowers is Husqvarna and Craftsman (917) accessories work! In other words if you have an old green craftsman with a 42 inch deck – the bagger and blades will work on these 42 inch tractors! The same goes for the 46 in 2 blade, 48 inch and 54 inch decks.

Are these mowers for you?

If you can change your own oil, blades and other typical maintenance tasks this is a good choice for you. You can save a lot of money doing your own maintenance not only with labor costs but all the normal parts you may need are available on Amazon. Oil filters, air filters, blades are about half the cost of a Craftsman part.

If you don’t have a set of combination wrenches, are not really mechanically inclined or just don’t have the time to do your own maintenance you will be happier with another brand of mower.

If you do need warranty work there are thousands of authorized service centers and you should have no problems finding one close to you. Here is the Poulan Pro Service Locator. I highly recommend you register your new lawn tractor here. Product Registration Page

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Poulan PRO PBGT2654New PBGT2654Kohler 700054 inch26 HP$2876 w/free shippingAmazon Button

Recommended! The PBGT2654 is the garden tractor everyone has liked for the last 14 years. A simple to use tractor with a heavy duty, ground engaging, bulletproof transmission. Standard cast iron front axle with 16 inch turning radius. Big Seat. Big Tires. This tractor is like the Craftsman you owned in the mid-2000’s and loved. This tractor has the only two upgrades you really need. A new Kohler 7000 engine and the reinforced Pro deck.

1. 54 inch reinforced Pro deck. This is “Husqvarna’s” best deck. Powder coated steel deck. Five deck wheels. This deck rides over bumps well without scalping.
2. Reinforced Deck! This is one small feature that is not expected on a lawn tractor in this price range. This is a better deck than your old lawn tractor and the reinforcements will help it to last along time.
3. 4 gallon gas tank. You can mow for over 4 hours without needing to refill.
4. Strong Twin Cylinder Kohler 7000. This new motor already has a great reputation. Full Pressure lubrication for use on hills. Consistent Cut technology gives you more power right when you need it so you get a better cut even in tough mowing conditions.
5. WELDED lawn tractor frame. Many tractors in this price range the frames are just stamped sheet metal.
6. Spring assisted deck adjustment with 6 settings.
7. Mows in reverse
8. These riders are made by Husqvarna so Husqvarna baggers and accessories also fit.
9. Heavy duty G730 Garden Tractor transmission. This is one of the strongest transmissions on the market. You can level you driveway, till your garden and never worry about it. It will handle hills for the life of the tractor.

Poulan PRO PBLGT2654New PBLGT2654Kohler 700054 inch26 HP$2399 w/free shippingAmazon Button

The PBLGT2654 is a lawn tractor in a garden tractor frame. If your lawn is a little rough and you want the larger tires, better seat and overall better ride that a garden tractor offers but don’t plan on disking, tilling or leveling a driveway this is a good tractor for you. It uses the new Kohler 7000 engines and a K46 transmission.

If you don’t like to use a foot control for your speed this lawn tractor has a fender mounted speed control!

1. Strong Twin Cylinder Kohler 7000. This new motor already has a great reputation. Full Pressure lubrication for use on hills. Consistent Cut technology gives you more power right when you need it so you get a better cut even in tough mowing conditions.
2. Five deck wheels. This deck rides over bumps well without scalping. Having four really helps to prevent scalping.
3. Reinforced Deck! This is one small feature that is not expected on a lawn tractor in this price range. This is a better deck than your old lawn tractor and the reinforcements will help it to last a long time.
4. WELDED lawn tractor frame. Many tractors in this price range the frames are just stamped sheet metal.
5. Spring assisted deck adjustment with 6 settings.
6. Mows in reverse
7. These riders are made by Husqvarna so Husqvarna baggers and accessories also fit.

Poulan PRO PB24VA54New PB24VA54Kohler 700054 inch24 HP$1999 w/free shippingAmazon Button

The PB24VA54 is not one of my top choices but it may be right for you.  If you mow your lawn shorter and have 1-3 acres to mow it is a great mower at a great price. Even though the specs state it will mow up to 4 inches in reality it will only mow up to 3 1/4 inches.  The problem with this lawn tractor is the tire size. It uses the same 20 inch rear tire found on the typical lawn tractor but these tires in combination with the 54 inch deck won’t give you the 4 inch cutting height as listed in the specs.  Standard cast iron front axle with 16 inch turning radius.

1. Strong Twin Cylinder Kohler 7000. This new motor already has a great reputation. Full Pressure lubrication for use on hills. Consistent Cut technology gives you more power right when you need it so you get a better cut even in tough mowing conditions.
2. Five deck wheels. This deck rides over bumps well without scalping. Having four really helps to prevent scalping.
3. Reinforced Deck! This is one small feature that is not expected on a lawn tractor in this price range. This is a better deck than your old lawn tractor and the reinforcements will help it to last a long time.
4. WELDED lawn tractor frame. Many tractors in this price range the frames are just stamped sheet metal.
5. Spring assisted deck adjustment with 6 settings.
6. Mows in reverse
7. These riders are made by Husqvarna so Husqvarna baggers and accessories also fit.
8.The CVT transmission is better than the hydrostatic that’s typically in this price range lawn tractor. The mower is goes faster and the transmission stays cooler. A lot of slopes and hills is very hard on a hydro, whereas this CVT is known to handle hills with ease. The CVT transmission used in this mower is made by General Transmission and is the larger RS 800.  It’s the heavier of the two that they make. (The John Deere D105 uses the smaller RT 400.) Top speed is 7.5 MPH! That’s much faster than all hydro mowers in this category. Their typical top speed is 5.2 mph.  This is a great transmission if you want to use a snow blade. You don’t have to wait for it to warm up and it goes faster so the snow will roll off your blade better.

Poulan PRO PB22VA48New PB22VA48B & S Pro48 inch22 HP$1799 w/free shippingAmazon Button

RecommendedThe PB22VA48 is a perfect lawn tractor for most yards up to 2 acres. The larger 48 inch deck gets the job done faster and is still small enough that it cuts well if you lawn is rough. It is a simple to use lawn tractor that will handle a snow blade and snow blower! Nice Seat. Easy step through console. Standard cast iron front axle with 16 inch turning radius will never break.

1. 22 HP Briggs full pressure engine. This new motor has a history of lasting a long time without any problems. Full Pressure lubrication for use on hills. High quality at a great price.
2. 4 deck wheels push a nose roller to get over gopher mounds. This deck rides over bumps really well without scalping. Having five anti-scalp wheels really helps.
3. Reinforced Deck! This is one small feature that is not expected on a lawn tractor in this price range. This is a better deck than your old lawn tractor and the reinforcements will help it to last along time.
4. WELDED lawn tractor frame. Many tractors in this price range the frames are just stamped sheet metal.
5. Spring assisted deck adjustment with 6 settings.
6. Mows in reverse
7. These riders are made by Husqvarna so 48 inch Husqvarna baggers and accessories also fit.
8.The CVT transmission is better than the hydrostatic that’s typically in this price range lawn tractor. The mower is goes faster and the transmission stays cooler. A lot of slopes and hills is very hard on a hydro, whereas this CVT is known to handle hills with ease. The CVT transmission used in this mower is made by General Transmission and is the larger RS 800.  It’s the heavier of the two that they make. (The John Deere D105 uses the smaller RT 400.) Top speed is 7.5 MPH! That’s much faster than all hydro mowers in this category. Their typical top speed is 5.2 mph.  This is a great transmission if you want to use a snow blade. You don’t have to wait for it to warm up and it goes faster so the snow will roll off your blade better.

Poulan PRO PB20A46New PB20A46Kohler Courage46 inch20 HP$1599 w/free shippingAmazon Button

The PB20A46 good lawn tractor for up to 2 acres. The 46 inch deck mulches well and will throw grass clipping into a bagger well. The single cylinder Kohler has one of the best reputations around.

1. Strong Single Cylinder Kohler. This motor has been around for a long time and has a great reputation. Full Pressure lubrication for use on hills. It’s one of the most fuel-efficient motors around. It offers plenty of power and torque for the 46 inch deck yet uses less than 3/4 gallon an hour of fuel.
2. Four deck wheels. This deck rides over bumps well without scalping. Having four really helps to prevent scalping.
3. Reinforced Deck! This is one small feature that is not expected on a lawn tractor in this price range. This is a better deck than your old lawn tractor and the reinforcements will help it to last a long time.
4. WELDED lawn tractor frame. Many tractors in this price range the frames are just stamped sheet metal.
5. Spring assisted deck adjustment with 6 settings.
6. Mows in reverse
7. These riders are made by Husqvarna so Husqvarna baggers and accessories also fit.
8.The CVT transmission is better than the hydrostatic that’s typically in this price range lawn tractor. The mower is goes faster and the transmission stays cooler. A lot of slopes and hills is very hard on a hydro, whereas this CVT is known to handle hills with ease. The CVT transmission used in this mower is made by General Transmission and is the larger RS 800.  It’s the heavier of the two that they make. (The John Deere D105 uses the smaller RT 400.) Top speed is 7.5 MPH! That’s much faster than all hydro mowers in this category. Their typical top speed is 5.2 mph.  This is a great transmission if you want to use a snow blade. You don’t have to wait for it to warm up and it goes faster so the snow will roll off your blade better.

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The PB20VA46 good lawn tractor for up to 2 acres. The 46 inch deck mulches well and will throw grass clipping into a bagger well. If you want a long-lasting twin cylinder motor this is a great choice.

1. Strong Twin Cylinder Briggs & Stratton Intek with Ready Start. A good smooth running motor that has great fuel economy. It includes full pressure internal oil lubrication, an oil filter and high quality paper air cleaner with foam pre-cleaner.
2. Four deck wheels. This deck rides over bumps well without scalping. Having four really helps to prevent scalping.
3. Reinforced Deck! This is one small feature that is not expected on a lawn tractor in this price range. This is a better deck than your old lawn tractor and the reinforcements will help it to last a long time.
4. WELDED lawn tractor frame. Many tractors in this price range the frames are just stamped sheet metal.
5. Spring assisted deck adjustment with 6 settings.
6. Mows in reverse
7. These riders are made by Husqvarna so Husqvarna baggers and accessories also fit.
8.The CVT transmission is better than the hydrostatic that’s typically in this price range lawn tractor. The mower is goes faster and the transmission stays cooler. A lot of slopes and hills is very hard on a hydro, whereas this CVT is known to handle hills with ease. The CVT transmission used in this mower is made by General Transmission and is the larger RS 800.  It’s the heavier of the two that they make. (The John Deere D105 uses the smaller RT 400.) Top speed is 7.5 MPH! That’s much faster than all hydro mowers in this category. Their typical top speed is 5.2 mph.  This is a great transmission if you want to use a snow blade. You don’t have to wait for it to warm up and it goes faster so the snow will roll off your blade better.

Poulan PRO PB18VA46

Poulan PRO PB18VA46

New PB18VA46B & S Intek46 inch18 HP$1499 w/free shippingAmazon Button

Best Value! The PB18VA46 is a good basic lawn tractor. This is a very simple tractor to use and is strong enough to pull your yard cart, aerator and lawn sweeper.  Standard cast iron front axle with 16 inch turning radius. This tractor is like the red DLT 2000 Craftsman you owned in the mid-2000’s and loved.

1. Strong Twin Cylinder Briggs & Stratton Intek. A good smooth running motor that has great fuel economy. It includes full pressure internal oil lubrication, an oil filter and high quality paper air cleaner with foam pre-cleaner.
2. Four deck wheels. Most riding mowers in this price category only have two deck wheels. Having four really helps to prevent scalping.
3. WELDED frame. Many tractors in this price range the frames are just stamped sheet metal.
4. Spring assisted deck adjustment with 6 settings.
5. Mows in reverse
6. These riders are made by Husqvarna so Husqvarna baggers and accessories also fit.
7.The CVT transmission is better than the hydrostatic that’s typically in this price range lawn tractor. The mower is goes faster and the transmission stays cooler. A lot of slopes and hills is very hard on a hydro, whereas this CVT is known to handle hills with ease. The CVT transmission used in this mower is made by General Transmission and is the larger RS 800.  It’s the heavier of the two that they make. (The John Deere D105 uses the smaller RT 400.) Top speed is 7.5 MPH! That’s much faster than all hydro mowers in this category. Their typical top speed is 5.2 mph.  This is a great transmission if you want to use a snow blade. You don’t have to wait for it to warm up and it goes faster so the snow will roll off your blade better.

Poulan PRO PB185A42New PB185A42B & S Intek42 inch18.5 HP$1299 w/free shippingAmazon Button

Best Buy! This is a great bargain! You get the great cutting 42 inch “Husqvarna” deck, better transmission and good motor all for less than $1299! It is one of the best deals if you are looking for an economical mower.

1. Single Cylinder Briggs & Stratton Intek. A good smooth running motor that has great fuel economy. This motor is best used on flat of gently sloping lawns. If you have steep hills to mow I suggest upgrading to the 18VA46 inch tractor.
2. Two deck wheels. This deck rides over bumps well without scalping. Having four really helps to prevent scalping.
3. WELDED frame. Many tractors in this price range the frames are just stamped sheet metal.
4. Spring assisted deck adjustment with 6 settings.
5. Mows in reverse
6. These riders are made by Husqvarna so Husqvarna baggers and accessories also fit.
7.The CVT transmission is better than the hydrostatic that’s typically in this price range lawn tractor. The CVT transmission used in this mower is made by General Transmission and is the RT 400.

Poulan PRO PB175G42New PB175G42B & S42 inch17.5 HP$1199 w/free shippingAmazon Button

I have some questions I am waiting for Poulan Pro to answer on this mower. As soon as they get back to me I’ll tell you what I think of this tractor.

Poulan PRO PB145G42New PB145G42B & S42 inch14.5 HP$1099 w/free shippingAmazon Button

Least expensive Husqvarna built lawn tractor!  No lights, no gauge wheels, no frills but it cuts well! If you would like a simple, cheap lawn tractor that is stronger and better constructed than the “Wal-Mart” varieties I suggest this tractor.

1. Single Cylinder Briggs & Stratton. A good smooth running motor that has great fuel economy. It includes a high quality paper air cleaner with foam pre-cleaner.
4. WELDED lawn tractor frame. Many tractors in this price range the frames are just stamped sheet metal.
5. Spring assisted deck adjustment with 6 settings.
6. Mows in reverse
7. These riders are made by Husqvarna so Husqvarna baggers and accessories also fit.
8. 6 speed Peerless gear transmission. It’s so dependable the Lawn Mower Racers use this tranny.

Poulan PRO Rider PB301New PB301B & S30 inch11.5 HP$999 w/free shippingAmazon Button

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When this rider was introduced a few years ago (as a Craftsman Smart Rider) I liked everything about it but I couldn’t recommend it at that time because it had a problem. That problem is now fixed. Originally Husqvarna had a friction drive transmission installed but we quickly found out that transmission wasn’t heavy enough. Well they replaced that faulty trans with a bullet proof 4 speed geared transmission and now I can highly recommend this 30 inch rider.

1. I like the rack and pinion steering a lot. It’s very quick and makes this little mower very maneuverable. It’s as agile as a baby goat!
2. I like where all the controls are placed. It is very easy to operate. (It competitor the Troy-Bilt Neighborhood rider has the shifter control down between your legs and it’s hard to reach.)
3. The 30 inch deck mows well and comes with both a mulching cover and a side discharge.
4. The 11.5 hp Briggs is plenty for this rider and is very fuel-efficient.
5. On these small riders you sit up normally but they have a narrower wheel base than a 42 inch rider. Because of that you may feel uncomfortable operating this mower on a side slope. In other words I don’t suggest this rider if you mow a road ditch.

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