Originally Posted by longtine:)
I can relate my experience with the turfco xt5. It sucked. I received my new machine with a shredded belt and a pulley installed upside down, I also had a master link installed incorrectly that caused a broken chain and some serious downtime. These problems resulted in two trips to the mechanic and some serious frustration with an expensive machine that didnt work straight from the company. It also has design flaws with the transport mode. You might as well expect to push it at least half the time on concrete, and the loading ramps. I got the briggs motor and there is no primer, and yes this sucks on cold mornings. I live in Nebraska and fall mornings are cold, and this machine is tough to start. I have observed that my bluebird pulls a better plug as well. I can't tell you what machine is the best, but I can tell you turfco xt5 has issues to address. The customer service left me upset as well.
For one thing, the Briggs motor is VERY easy to start even when cold - and its colder here than it is in huskerland. Two pulls at most every time my machine has started and I am still aerating as of today. Machine will also pull 2" plugs easy without weights in moderately moist soils. A little more with the weights in.
If I were you I would contact Bob on here, something is amiss with your machine, your experience isn't representative of the XT5 performance at all.