2009 Craftsman Excellerator GT 5000 26 HP/54″ Garden Tractor Model 28947 Review

This tractor has been replaced with the Model 28861 with Turn-Tight!

Craftsman Excellerator GT5000 26 HP/54″ Garden Tractor

Sears item# 0718947000 Mfr. model# 28947

Craftsman Excellerator

Craftsman Excellerator

Intro:

Sears likes to make mowers for every customer and new for 2009 is the high speed lawn mower the Excellerator.  It is a truly hard-working garden Tractor.  Not only can the Excellerator be used as a high speed mower, it 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.

Specs:

28 hp Engine, 54 inch deck, heavy-duty hydrostatic transmission.

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

4 anti-scalp wheels, cruise control, electric PTO clutch

Pros:

This mower will mow as fast as commercial mowers costing $7000 to $10,000.  If you have 5 acres or more of lawn with few obstacles (or like to get done fast) and don’t want to spend the extra money for a commercial mower this is a good choice.

The 28 hp motor is large enough to mow at 8 mph under most conditions.

There is no learning curve like a zero-turn mower.  It is much easier to drive and more comfortable than the residential zero-turns.

This is also 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 hydrostatic transmission features cruise control, a welcome feature if you find yourself mowing expansive lawns.

It’s hard to find much fault with a machine that is as powerful and versatile as the 28947. 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.

Cons:

Not as agile as a zero-turn.  Yes it will mow fast, but if you have a lot of landscaping, trees and obstacles to mow around a good zero-turn like the Husqvarna MZ5424S will be a better choice for you.

Having had my own lawn maintenance company I know how much damage you can do with a mower that runs at 8 mph.  I have had workers knock decks clean off the commercial grade mowers.  Because this is a residential garden tractor that mows fast and not a heavy-duty commercial mower I would strongly suggest you purchase the optional  3YR In-Home Repair Protection Agreement.  This plan will not only fix warranty problems with the mower but take care of wear and tear on the machine.

Update 2/27:  In my opinion I see this mower as a good machine for mowing large areas like the backyard where your children play ball or  that huge expanse of lawn in front of your farm house.  BUT ………. I think we should be real here with the mowing speed for this tractor.  Yes, the mower will mow at 8 mph but don’t expect the cut to be as good as a true commercial machine.  The garden tractor, the supension and the weight of the deck just are not heavy enough to keep the deck from bouncing around at 8 mph.  Don’t expect your lawn to look as good one mowed with a commercial mower.  A few suggestions to help you get the best cut out of the 28947.  The tractor is delivered to you with too much tire pressure.  Reduce the tire pressure to the amount shown on the tires. If your deck is bouncing up and down and cutting unevenly, slow down.  You will soon find a speed that works for your lawn.  Not all of your lawn will be rough and with practice you will quickly learn where you have to slow down to get a good cut.   Most of you will do just fine with this mower, just be aware that you may not be able to get that “manicured” look the more expensive commercial machines give you.  If your cut is uneven—–slow down!

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{ HELP } I have a Craftsman Riding Mower GT 5.000 model # 917-250241 26 Hp KOHLER COURAGE. 54″ The Deck Belt just Blow up..I have called Sears stores here in Texas to find out what size of Replacement Belt to get and NO one Knows?? I have called The 1-800-659-5917 and 1-800-469-4663 both are Sears main Factory..And No one can tell me what Size of Replacement Belt to get????I know this is not the first time a Deck Belt went south..I need help ..Thank you

Mike
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Mike

On my 26hp Eliminator GT, how do i align the front tires ? They are both pointed outward.

Arnie
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I have a 5000 i purchased from my brother who used it to mow his acreage and it is in great shape. The mower will surge while in idle or high speed only when stopped and brake is on. It will stop when the deck is engaged or i pull out the choke just slightly. any suggestions?

bob
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bob

i have a sears 2009 Craftsman Excellerator GT 5000 26 with snowblower and am looking for a wiring harness schematic

Skip
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Skip

looking to sell Craftsman GT 5000 with accessories what is good price?

PaulB
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PaulB

Hello Paul,

I know this is an old article but hope you can still help. I have a Craftsman GT 5000 Excelerator with 28hp b&S motor. Under the seat the model is 944.609322 and serial number is 042110A001197. For some reason it matches the description above but I can’t find parts for the model i have.

Currently lost full power and looking for the fuse. I have looked under the hood and can’t find anything that resembles a fuse.

Please help.

Paul

Bob Hawley
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Bob Hawley

I bought the 28947 late last year. I recently changed the oil and filetr. It has 48 on the hour meter when I changed the oil. Today I went over the 50 hour mark and now there is an oil can symbol on the left side of the hour meter. The manual doesn’t show this symbol. Any ideas? Thanks in advance, Bob.

Tom
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I have the 28947. At full throttle the speed I can go now is about 1 mph. Engine idle is normal and plenty of power for the cutting deck.

At first the problem just happened every now and then. Now, the tractor just crawls.

I cleaned under the tractor thinking it was dirt hanging something up, but that does not appear to be the problem.

Vinnie
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Does the Craftsman GT 5000 Excellerator have an electric choke?

Anthony
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Anthony

I'm thinking of purchasing the Craftsman Professional Garden Tractor (PGT 9000 model 28984). What's not clear at this time is which snow thrower model will be compatable with this machine. The current model 24838 snow thrower doesn't appear to be compatable (I just can't find anything clearly stated in writing). The 24837 snow thrower is not out on the market yet (I believe)…is this the snow thrower that is going to be the fit for this tractor (PGT 9000 mdel 28984). Evertthing I'm finding in writing re: the snow thrower for this particular model tractor is about as clear as… Read more »

Vinnie
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@ Paul I am mowing grass that is fairly thin put the height adjustment down to #4. I live on an Island but do not cut even close to sandy areas. I try to mow the grass twice a week durring the high growth season. I never let my grass get over 5 inches. I probably cut off 2 inches every time I mow (at the most). I usually mow at about half speed. If I mow at a walking pace it does go away. If you turn the blade where it is facing left to right when you are… Read more »

nick
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nick

where are garden tractors built?specifically i’m looking at purchasing a 5000. the build location is important to me

Vinnie
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Vinnie

I have the GT 5000 Excellerator and bought it in September of '09. Now I only purchased it because I wanted something more powerful, more reliable, and strong. I bought the YTS 3000 with the 22 HP Kohler in early March of '09. This thing would do great but after 4 uses it would leave a streak of grass that looked untouched after the mower had just been over it. The streak was about 2 inches wide and came out underneath the right side blade. I was going half speed when this was occuring. I had this mower replaced with… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

I have a 2003 GT 5000 with a 50″ mowing deck. I want to put a mulching kit on it. Is there one available that fits this deck?

Wilson Hunt
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Wilson Hunt

How does the excellerator GT500 compare to the John Deere LA175?

Both 54" 26 hp.10/06/09 Excellerator Gt5000 2699.99 and the

La $2600 at Lowes. Have looked at JD MX models but don't want to

pay between 4 and 5 thousand.

I have a Simplicity Land Lord 11 yrs old with 670 hours and its falling apart. The 18 hp Briggs and Straton has a bad crank seal. I have replaced the starter gear 3 times and what a pain.

Would not recommend buy a Simplicity or a B&S engine.

I cut approx. 2 acres.

grobbb
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grobbb

Hi Paul I have been reviewing your blog and based on the info I went out and purchased the GT 5000 yesterday (item # 28947). I was reading though the operators manual and on page 6 it shows the specs of the machine and to my surprise, it lists the ground speeds for forward at 0 – 5.8 and reverse from 0 – 2.1. These specs obviously don't match the brochure (page 19 it states "speeds up to 7.5 mph, which is obviously for forward). Any thoughts as to why the differance? This is a brand new machine that has… Read more »

rcouret
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rcouret

Paul, Thanks for the feed back. The price is only $1699

Thats a $1000 less as your know. Yes it is new (was thier floor model). Still sits in store. I guess I should not pass this up.

Would you say it would review the same as the new 2009 units except fot the speed?

rcouret
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rcouret

My local Sears store has a big savings on a left over 2008 DGS 6500.

Is there a big difference between the 2009 Craftsman GT 5000 Excellator and 2008 DGS 6500. Each has the Heavy Duty Premium hydrostatic transmission. Could the DGS 6500 also cut a 7.5 mph? Engine the same tranny the same. So is it just cosmetic?

Joe Terry
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Joe Terry

I did end up purchasing the GT5000. I've been happy with it so far this season except for one thing: Sometimes it smokes. It seems to occur after stopping and backing up on a slope. It will them puff blue oil smoke, but continue to run just fine. This seems ridiculous, but could it be a breather or something?

Thanks!

-Joe

ken proctor
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ken proctor

I just bot a Craftsman Garden Tractor 28 h.p. 54' model # 917.28974 (8/16/09), but it is ANYTHING BUT FAST. I am thinking that something must be wrong with it. It runs very fast when not mowing, but engage the blades and it slows to a CRAWL. You can press the accelerator when not mowing and it speeds forward. When I press the accelerator with the mower engaged, the machine stalls out. I am very displeased, is something wrong with the machine?

bart
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bart

I love my excellerator. No info on the hydro in the book. It has a filter, how often do I change the oil and what do you put in? I need info on the bagger. How well it works or is a 54 to big for a bagger with no blower.thanks.

brian blados
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brian blados

Lost the owners manual. What is the best way to raise the blades. Just need about an inch more.

Is there a website out there with the owners manual?

Kirk
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Kirk

My PYT 9000 28hp/54 inch tractor has thrown the second pully in on the left. This is the second tractor, after my first did the exact same thing on the exact pully at near the exact same run time, 1.8 vs 2.1. What is the issue here? Is this a design flaw?

josh
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josh

i purchased an excellerator and got it to my home 5-10-09 and i was very impressed.i have an old 18hp gt 5000 and the steering is pretty much shot but still drivable.should i expect the same granted it's 14 years old.also sears produced some shotty decks in the past.is the excellerator expected to last for 10 + years with hydro gear drive.

thanks josh

Gary Payton
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Gary Payton

Paul, I am currently in the market for a riding mower. I have been looking at the Craftsman Excellerator GT 5000, the Craftsman YT 4500, and now even the PTY 9000. I really want the Garden Tractor, because I want to do some minor landscaping that will eliminate the cost of a professional landscaper. However, I have only an acre of land and I feel that once the landscaping is over, I will not need the garden tractor capabilities. Additionally, I wonder if the 54" deck is overkill. The only reason that I really want to stick with the upper… Read more »

Steve DiSciullo
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Steve DiSciullo

Paul,

I just purchased a GT 5000 Model 28947 with a mulching kit. I find when cutting the lawn, the clippings are blowing out from under the front of the deck and as I mow into them both the tractor and I are getting covered with grass. I don't drive that fast since my lawn is uneven and the ride is very bumpy at higher speeds. This happens to a lesser extent if I use the bagger.

Have you heard of this occurring with this model and if so, do you have any suggestions on how to solve it.

Thanks

Steve

Joe Terry
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Joe Terry

I'm contemplating the purchase of a rider for mowing about 2 1/2 acres and can also handle a snow blower and small box scraper for our 300' driveway. I've been hesitant to look at the Sears because previous models I've looked at appear to be manufacturered cheaply. I'm currently using a 1992 Toro 312 Wheel Horse, and have been very happy with it and am looking to replace it with something similar. When I look at the GT 5000, it looks like a well built tractor. Do you know who manufacturers this particular model? How might you compare it to… Read more »

Michael Walsh
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Michael Walsh

I am loking for best price on a 28974 riding mower

Michael Walsh
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Michael Walsh

I am looking to purchase a 26 HP 54" Decks Lawn Tractor please contact em at the above address.

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