2009 Craftsman GT 5000 26 HP 54 inch Model 28945 Garden Tractor Review

Craftsman GT 5000 26 HP 54 inch Garden Tractor

This tractor has been replaced with the Model 25024

Sears item# 0718945000 Mfr. model# 28945



THIS MOWER IS INCORRECTLY LISTED IN THE 2009 RIDING EQUIPMENT CATALOG.  It is actually a 26 hp 54 inch 6-speed manual transmission. It is not a hydro as listed in the brochure.

The GT 5000 is a  hard-working garden Tractor.  Iit is also compatible with a wide array of attachments that will do everything from throw snow to haul landscape rocks. A large engine and 54 inch cutting deck are just the start of this tractor’s list of features.


26 hp  Kohler Engine, 54 inch deck,  extra heavy-duty 6 speed transmission.

Deluxe seat with arm rests, large tires, steering grease zerks.

4 anti-scalp wheels, 4 gallon fuel tank, electric PTO clutch


It has a Kohler engine.  I have put thousands of hours on 26 hp Kohlers over the years and it is one of the most dependable engines on the market.   With normal maintenance the engine will easily outlast this garden tractor.

This garden tractor will perform any tasks for you around your acreage.

This is a garden tractor with a heavy duty transmission and is capable of pulling all the ground engaging attachments Sears offers.

This garden tractor is big but is surprisingly maneuverable. It’s 18-inch turning radius and 54-inch deck allow it to get around trees and shrubs fairly easily, thereby eliminating the need for a lot of trimming. The 6 speed transmission is easy to operate.

It’s hard to find much fault with a garden tractor that is as powerful and versatile as the 28945.  It is a good value for the money.  It may be too expensive for some users, but it is Sears top of the line garden tractor and it does provide you with the pulling power and speed that you need to accomplish a variety of tasks.


It has a six speed manual transmission.  It takes a little practice to get used to using a manual trans if you have never run one.  That said, a manual transmission is great for gardening chores.  It is the way to go for chores that require a constant, steady speed.  For example, when pulling a rototiller, just put the tractor in a low gear, let out the clutch and let the tractor do the work.

Craftsman GT 5000 26 HP 54 inch Garden Tractor

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