Do You Own a Red Craftsman, Ariens, Husqvarna or Poulan Pro Lawn Tractor? Read This!

I’m sure you know that a lawn tractor is made up of 300 plus parts, but you may not know that many of the parts that go into the assembled tractor are made not made by that tractor manufacturer. Transmissions, Engines, wiring harnesses, tie-rod ends, bearing, nuts, bolts and pins are just a few of those individual component parts that the tractor manufacture buys from other companies.

These components are made by individual OEM’s (Original Equipment Manufacturer) who produce thousands to millions of the sub-assembly parts. Being able to focus on a particular item or component allows them to use economies of scale to drastically drive the cost of your tractor down. So as an example, your new auto todays costs ten to twenty times more than the new car you purchased in 1985, but your lawn tractor actually costs less than a new one did back then.

These OEM companies have a problem though. They never get to hear what you think of their component. For example, if a steering knuckle fails your review will blame the tractor manufacturer or if the transmission is hard to shift you again contact the tractor manufacturer. The OEM never gets to hear when their component is great and they never get to hear what you don’t like. They only get feedback from the tractor manufacture when their component breaks or fails – and it has to fail a lot before they get real feedback.

Well one OEM is out to change that.  General Transmissions makes millions of transmissions a year and they are installed in dozens of types of equipment manufactured all over the world.  One of different models GT produces is the black transmission that is in your Red Craftsman, Ariens, Husqvarna or Poulan Pro Lawn Tractor. Just look under the back of your tractor – if the transmission case is black General Transmissions has made continuous improvements to the transmissions.

GET a Free Hat!

Any lawn tractor owner with comments you would like to share about your experience using a GT RS800-equipped lawn tractor can do by email at General Transmissions will send a free baseball-type hat to each respondent. All responses will be kept confidential.

 I’d like to ask that you be a specific as possible in with your comment. Do you like the power? Do you like how smooth it is? Does it back up too slow? Does the foot pedal get hard to use? Have the rear axles leaked? Have you had it replaced and by whom. When you send in your comments please include the brand, model and serial number of your tractor. That info is located under the tractor seat. Also an approximate date of when you purchased the tractor.

I’ve been around the Lawn & Garden Industry for many years and GT is one of the few companies who really wants to talk directly to you. Take the time and let them know about your transmission – you’ll be glad you did.


(From GT) General Transmissions is a family business founded in 1991. The company designs and produces drive solutions that make outdoor power equipment more profitable for OEMs, and more appealing and productive for users. GT is now present on every continent where lawn mowers are made. The company headquarters and R&D center is in Les Herbiers, France: a 130,000-sq. ft. facility that includes highly automated state-of-the-art machine and injection-molding shops. The company also operates an advanced manufacturing plant in Matamoros, Mexico (with a sales office in Brownsville, Texas), allowing one-day shipping to most North American customers. A production facility in Suzhou, China adds to its ability to deliver on time, on-cost products. Online at


Yes, You need a new Gas Can!

With today’s fuels you need a gas can that seals tight. It helps the fuel last longer and the escaping vapors won’t wreck the environment. But the biggest problem is find one that works. The cheap ones ($20 or more now) don’t have vents so it takes forever to fill the tank on your lawn tractor. The cheap ones are also flimsy and the spouts break after the first year.

Well, I’ve found one brand that works great! It’s vented inside the spout so it pours fuel quickly yet seals tightly when not in use.  I’ll give you links at Amazon for two sizes. I suggest buying the size so that you don’t keep more than a month of fuel around the house.

No-Spill 1405 2-1/2-Gallon Poly Gas Can. A good size for snow blowers and push mowers. 

No-Spill 1450 5-Gallon Poly Gas Can (CARB Compliant) This one has a second handle in the back so it is very easy to use and hang onto when pouring into your fuel tank. A good size for lawn tractors and zero-turns.

If you have a problem holding a gas can the SureCan is a great can. It’s very comfortable to use to use and built well.

SureCan – Gas Can with Rotating Spout. 

Fuel Stabilizer: When I go to the gas station and buy fuel I always put fuel stabilizer in the storage tank. It helps keep the fuel fresh and some also clean your carb and fuel system without messing it up. There a man good brands but I’ve used

SeaFoam for years and it’s always worked well. I use 2 tablespoons per gallon of fuel.


Other fuels stabilizers to check out: Fuel Stabilizers

Have I helped you? If would you like to buy from your local dealer or store but still want to support TodaysMower just click on this link and buy anything you need. I’ll make a small commission from the sale. Buy at Amazon. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, and we get a commission on purchases made through our links.


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