Well made was easy to install, It fit my mower with 20 inch tires.
I purchased a Craftsman GT 6000 garden tractor in-store 2/25/2011. I purchased over $1,100.00 worth of accessories/attachments for it online the next day. We picked everything up at the store the afternoon of 3/1/2011.
The shoddy spot welds on the hitch broke early in the afternoon of 3/4/2011, after receiving less than three full days' worth of use. I then went to ******* and purchased what we needed to repair the welds.
If you purchase this item, make sure you have access to welding equipment. You are likely to need it. Otherwise, you'll be returning your hitch for another one that is constructed just as shoddily as the one that broke.
Why in the world would this simple sleeve hitch take more than 30 days is beyond me...Had I known it was going to take this long, I would have looked else where. Next time, I'll be sure to ask the online chat just how long delivery will take. You can do better Sears so much better
Disappointed frequent shopper..... won't recommend this product to family and friends...
Ahead of purchasing, I used Sears' customer support to ensure this would fit my new Husqvarna 348D garden tractor. When I got it to install, I chose option #1 which appeared to be the best fit, & installed the 2 bolts on either side to mount the brackets. The installation didn't quite look right--it hung just under the reserve fuel tank, & I had very little room to access the freewheel lever, plus the hitch sat a full inch above the existing tow hitch hole. (The last thing I wanted to undertake was drilling new holes in my tractor.) So I tried inverting both brackets 180 degrees, & that worked--the hitch sits right where it's supposed to. The only glitch is that that I'm only able to use 2 of the 3 holes for positioning the drawbar--so it won't lower as far as I'd like. I hope to eventually tinker with this enough to figure that out too. But if anyone is having trouble getting their hitch to fit, I'd recommend inverting those brackets & seeing if that works.
The instruction manual could be a lot better, & (surprise!) I didn't receive all of the hardware (a call to Agri-Fab, the manufacturer) was easy enough to get free replacement parts.
welds broke first time I used it.....very poor and sloppy match up of assembly pieces...need all kinds of tools to make parts fit..would not buy again or recommend to some one with out shop and good mechanical abilities...however it worked fine after all the modifications.
This thing is pretty heavy and looks to be very rugged. I believe it will do the necessary work with no problem.
So after reading the reviews I didn't know what to expect. I order and installed this sleeve hitch on my 2012 Craftsman GT6000 model number: 917.288612 To my surprise it bolted right on to the back using existing holes in the back of the frame. The holes from the factory did NOT have any existing bolts in them but the kit provided them for the install.The only read CON if you call it that was that there were a couple of washers and a couple of bolts missing from the package that come in the box. Not a big deal because I had some misc ones in my garage tool box.The hitch appears to be heavy and well made however I have not actually used an attachment with it yet as its end of season however I will use it with a bottom plow in the spring for a large half acre garden plot I have on my property. So in the end the install only took about 30 minutes....Only because I didn't know what I was doing. The instructions were not that helpful as I used mostly the pictures that were printed on them but I got it. I could now install the entire thing from scratch in about 5 minutes. No kidding now that I know how it goes together.
If you have the CraftsMan GT6000 with model number: 917.288612 don't be afraid to order this. Its a lot cheaper then anywhere else I could find including **** where some sellers were wanting $300 bucks for the exact same hitch.
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