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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2012
I bought this model 3 year ago. It worked well for the first year but it's quickly starting to fall apart. I've just had to order an idler pulley for the deck because it spins out and throws the belt off. There is no more frustrating thing than to be cutting grass and have the deck belt jump off repeatedly.

I bought the mulching kit... don't buy the mulching kit. I went through all the trouble of installing the thing and it does not work. I suppose if your grass were 3" and you were cutting it to 2" it might not clog and stall the mower as much. Cutting grass from 4" to 2" will stall the engine. So if you aren't lucky enough to be able to stay home and cut your grass every other day, then the mulcher will clog the blades and stall the engine. I had to remove it and eat the $75 that I paid for it.

I had the issue with traction same as the previous reviewer. This is a residential mower with residential tires, so I do cut them some slack on that. I went to Tractor Supply and bout a more aggressive tire and it climbs steep hills like a champ now (even on dew a dew-covered lawn). But it would be good for them to offer a more aggressive tire as an option for those of us who do not live in flat-lawned gated community settings.

So if you want a residential mower that will last for about 3-4 years before starting to break apart then go for it. But for $3-4K, I think I could have made a better buy.
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62 of 70 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2012
2.1 hours on the mover which developed an undiagnosable electrical problem. Called Husquvarna who was not helpful and suggested I call their local authorized repair shop. 2-4 weeks to pick it up and additional 4-6 weeks to fix the mover. Summer would be more than half over by then...what's the use. The mower had major traction issues and it's not from lack of experience since I've used multiple zero turns over the past several years. Not a quality product the warranty is essentially worthless. $3,000 is a lot money for this low of quality...save your money and try something else.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2012
I wish I had taken it for a test drive first! The traction problem was immediately apparent. The puny 18x9.5-8 stock rear tires (with minimum tread) spin and slip all over the yard. The beast gets stuck in dry sand, wet grass, damp soil, or even its own grass cuttings. It has plenty of power and runs well - on flat, dry, pre-mowed lawns. The tires came pumped up to 24 psi, but reducing them to the recommended 15 psi didn't improve things.

The reported problem of the soft metal blades is already showing up. After only 3.5 hours of use they are wearing down fast. There's no way they'll ever make it to the 25 hr recommended sharpening.

If you buy one, plan on spending more for a new set of proper tires and after-market blades!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2013
Purchased this unit in 2011. This was my first zero turn mower and initially was extremely satisfied. However, year two(2012) came around and things started to fall apart. With a little over 75 hours on it, a weld on the deck had broke. Warranty resolved the issue. The issue with the Warranty was the duration of time. The weld on the deck broke in late June and I didn't get the mower back until late August.

Shortly after getting the mower back one of the spindles broke. After than going through the warranty process, I simple just purchased a new one and install it.

Over the rest of last year there were numerous issues with the deck mounting system. And since, the front mounts broke off and the back mounts wore out.

Most recently, my hydro's on the left side has been getting weaker and weaker. Took in for service and needs to be replaced at $700.

Before purchasing this zero turn, I did a lot of research. I read a lot of positive reviews about this mower, and decided to go with it. It is probably is the worse purchase I have ever made. Now three years later I need to purchase a new mower. Extremely disappointed with this mower, and highly not recommend purchasing this unit.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2013
I have about 3 acres of grass that I cut once and sometimes twice a week during he cutting season. My yard is FLAT and the turf is moderately thick K31 grass, nothing unusual or rough terrain.
When I first bought this mower two seasons ago, it seemed to do ok with the exception of a ball busting ride. My wife won't drive it because of bouncing booby syndrome, but that's another story.
After just 70 hours of operation the left rear wheel fell off the machine. The lug nuts mysteriously became loose so I am told and stripped out the lug holes in the rim. The tire had to be replaced with the rim and all four lug bolts. Every couple of times I try to start the machine, it won't start. It is always like one of the safety interlocks is locking out the ignition. No one has been able to diagnose this and this still continues at 125 hours. Today, I replaced both sets of front wheel bearings, which actually aren't bearings at all, but cheap steel bushings, riding on a sleeve over the axle bolt. I have replaced the idler arm pulley, one belt and the blade drive pulley to date. I have also gone through more of the cheap soft steel blades than you can imagine and they are NOT CHEAP at $40.00 per set of three. The oil light does not reset itself and was told that it does not affect the operation of the machine. And finally, the stamped deck is wearing out prematurely in my opinion.

I thought when I purchased this that Husqvarna represented a good quality zero turn mower.

Here's what I found:

The Kawasaki engine rocks. It has all the power I need and have never had issues with it.

The rest of the machine is highly questionable, with assemblies falling apart, parts wearing out prematurely and a general lack of support from it's dealer network.

Looking back, instead of paying 3K for this mediocre equipment, I probably should have bitten the bullet and invested 6K in a commercial grade Exmark, Hustler or the like zero turn mower. They all seem to be much better constructed than Husqvarna.

Live and learn. Hope this helps
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2014
Purchased mower 4/10 never a problem. have apx. 250 hours unit. have the larger 27hp Koehler engine achieves about 13 mph when cutting. cut a hilly 3 acres in about 1.2 hours. as for traction, it's not an ATV common sense goes along way. changing the tires is only a $50 fix. change oil, sharpen blades, grease fittings, tighten belts twice a year. performs great! will buy another when this one craps out...ts in st. Louis, mo.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2013
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I used this unit for an hour and worked great. At the end of my day one of the bolts holding a pulley came lose and fell off. This caused the belt to come off and cut in half. This was disheartening after spending this much money and now I need to take it to the service center.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2013
I have owned the Husqvarna RZ5424 for about 2 years now and mow 3 yards about 4 acres per week. This machine has never broken down or had a single problem. I grease the fitting about every 4th time I use it. I change the oil everyonce in a while. The quality of the machine is so much better than any review I have read. As far as getting stuck it will get through anything but as with any mowing machine you also have to use good old common sense and not try to take it where it should not be. Did I mention it is fast wow over 45 minutes cut off the time it was taking me to get it all done.
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Very solid machine overall so far. Around 6 hours on machine since purchased three weeks ago, and it runs great. Package arrived in great condition. Be forewarned, you'll have to break down a crate and get the machine off a "sled," which is a tough task for a single person. Minimal assembly required to operate: connect battery cable, attach seat, and tighten up arm controls. I have to admit, I was a bit nervous after reading some of the reviews on extensive assembly being needed. The mower is a good design overall and has solid power and speed with the 24 HP engine. My only complaint regarding design is that the control levers are a big tricky to operate when the parking brake is engaged (in the up position) and the blades height is set as all the way up.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2013
This is my first zero turn mower, and I haven't had a single problem with it. The traction has never been an issue. It pulls my trailer with landscaping loads just fine too. It usually takes me about 2 hours to cut about 2 1/2 acres with some obstacles. If I had to do it over, I'd probably get the 26hp version, because it does bog down sometimes in high grass, but all you have to do is slow down a little. Overall I'm quite pleased with it.
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