Swisher ZT2452A 52-Inch 24 HP Zero Turn Riding Mower
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- 24 HP Briggs & Stratton electric start engine
- 52-Inch three blade stamped steel cutting deck
- Maximum 6 MPH
- 4 Gallon Fuel Capacity
- Non-CARB compliant/not for sale in California
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|Item Dimensions||—||67.5 x 75 x 42 in||61.5 x 78 x 35.5 in||—|
|Item Weight||—||690 lbs||750 lbs||—|
Get a professional, quality cut thats backed by 60 years of design experience with Swishers ZT2452A Zero Turn Riding Mower. This Mower offers the ability to easily turn a full 360 degrees, as well as a low profile and low center of gravity for exceptional maneuverability and stability-even on rough or uneven terrain. Chock full of features that make for efficient cutting and a smooth ride, this well-made machine provides a manicured, professional-looking lawn in less time at an affordable price. All the features you need including a 24 HP Briggs & Stratton Extended Life Series V-Twin Motor, electric start, 52" cutting deck with 3 blades, hydrostatic transmission, 1.5" to 4.5" cutting height range, electric PTO clutch, manual spring assisted deck lift, poly discharge chute, 4 gallon fuel capacity, 18 x 9.5-8 rear tires and 4.10 x 3.5-5 5/8" front tires, textured anti-slip grit mats, storage compartment, 15" mid-back seat with 6" slide adjustment- armrests, hour meter and a standard rear hitch. The ZT2452A offers exceptional power and long lasting strength for the toughest mowing jobs.
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The problem started right out of the box: the arm which supports the mowing deck would not stay locked in, dropping the mowing deck to the ground. I called Swisher to find out they only work M-F. I work longer hours than they are open, so I have to take a day off to call. When I did, I called at 1050am to find out their "engineering people" go to lunch around 11am on Fridays and "may not come back". I send them pictures of what I perceive to be the problem: no response.
Finally, we put it on a trailer and drive it back to where we bought it. They suggested taking it to a Swisher-approved Servicing Dealer first. It's either that or wait weeks to get a new mower in. Ok...drive it to their Service folks. They take a week just to look at it and are now giving it back after keeping it another week because "Swisher will not talk to us: they won't replace the part we see as being defective, and they won't give us any other solution." Their solution: "Buy something else" Good idea: back to the store it goes.
Problem: you can't return to Swisher unless they accept it (shipping isn't cheap with a 400lb mower). Swisher won't accept it, it's past 30 days (more than half of which was used trying to service the thing), and now I'm stuck with a mower which doesn't work.
Thank you Swisher for sticking me with a multi-thousand dollar mower which won't mow. CAVEAT EMPTOR: If you buy one, I sincerely hope it works properly right out of the box. Be forewarned not about the product, but the company which stands behind it.
I finally got in touch with management at Swisher. Long story short: it was not Swisher, but the Service Center which was the source of the delay. Furthermore, it was found (after daily/hourly calls to ensure either/both parties were fully engaged in fixing my mower) that a bolt had fallen out and the SC wasn't very interested in handling the situation. The "Lead Engineer" at Swisher took ownership of the situation and over-nighted the part and called to ensure the SC received it. He stayed on top of the SC and now I have a fully-operational mower. In my estimation, Swisher dealt honestly and fairly once they fully understood what was going on. Still one star off for the extended lunch and lack of initial response.
Now I'm off to write a less-than-glowing review about the SC on Google...
Other issues: Belts are very skinny for the pulleys, and not very tight. They went up in smoke pretty quickly in some heavy weeds. I went with "B" section belts and adjusted the tension on the deck belt quite a bit tighter, and have had very good luck since. You can actually kill the engine with the deck, now, instead of slipping the belts. Possibly related to this: Bearings on the deck went out at about 75 hours. I replaced them with cheap chinese ones (all I could get quickly) and just replaced the center ones again at 100 hours. Next rebuild, I'll use American, German, or Japanese bearings, and maybe drill the hubs for grease zerks. The blade shaft design is about average for a cheap mower--just 6204 ball bearings, no seals other than the ones in the bearings, no grease zerks.
Valve stems on the tires turned to something soft and gooey. Local tire store says they see this a lot lately--very substandard rubber on lots of those.
Voltage regulator went out on the Briggs engine, and I didn't take the time to troubleshoot it until I'd ruined 2 batteries. $29 part (after shopping pretty hard on eBay) and about 5 minutes to replace it. I moved the battery to the tray under the seat instead of its normal home down in the frame.
Throttle cable broke. Not too big a deal, but no idea why it would break--no kinks, no nothing.
Awkward to check and top off the hydrostat oil. Probably on purpose, on the theory that if the owner can check it, he'll just get dirt in it.
Mower deck opening had a brace bar across the bottom, which makes it plug up. Cut it out and made a stiffener to go over the top of the opening. Most cheap mowers are like this, I guess, but it's still stupid.
Overall, the design of the machine is very good. It's easy to work on, they used good components, the air filter is good, the frame is sturdy, it operates nicely, and when I've worked on it, I didn't catch myself cussing the guy that designed it. Which is unusual. If they would make the deck cut right, put the right belts on it, and click the blade shaft design up a notch or two, it would be a great piece of machinery.
USA-built machines are so rare anymore that no one else stocks parts that fit this thing. Not that it will need many. As a previous reviewer observes, I was somewhat surprised that I could choke it out so easily. The main thing that will need replacing is blades and blade belts. I've yet to do that, so no telling how much cursing I'll have to do ;-)
And the other thing is that the bolts that hold the upper control arm tend to loosen and fall out. You don't *have* to have special parts for this application though; any decent hardware store should be able to help you find a bolt/nut combo that would hold the arms together. I might recommend a locking system (lock washer, etc.) for that application.
I've *never* had a problem with the engine ... starting, quitting, etc. It just runs. Controls are fairly intuitive, simple, high-quality. As the previous reviewer points out, Swisher, fix the deck and you'll have a great machine.