Husqvarna P-ZT 48
Not so great
Let me start by saying I am not a professional lawn person, but I purchased a Cub Cadet Zforce 60 a few years ago to cut about 2.5 acres of grass. I had to replace it with this Husqvarna mower about 6 months ago. So my review of the Husqvarna is based on my comparison to the Cub Cadet. Overall the Husqvarna is built way better than the C/C, however the C/C had a few advantages. One of those was the front caster wheels where on a center pivot type axle which allowed them to travel up and down on uneven terrain. The Husqvarna does not have this feature and causes one of the front caster wheels to come completely off the ground while cutting. This was a little unnerving at first but I have since gotten used to it. Another item the C/C I feel had an advantage over was the arms used to steer and move forward and backward, they would always return to the neutral position if you let go of them and bring the machine to a stop. The Husqvarna does not do this and if you let the arms go the machine keep on going. This is something else I have had to get used to and I still do not like it.
On the positive side, the Husqvarna is built like a tank, and the welded steel deck 48 inch deck is much beefier than the stamped steel deck of the C/C (which is why I no longer own the C/C, destroyed the deck on a piece of wood and could not get a replacement) The traction of the Husqvarna compared to the C/C is far superior, I used to slip and slide and now I just go when I want to go and turn where I want to turn. The Kawasaki engine is much quieter than the Kohler engine of the C/C which makes mowing a little more pleasant. It also starts right up almost as soon as you turn the key.
My biggest complaint about the Husqvarna is the cut. If my grass is over 4" tall the mower does not cut evenly of misses patches all together. My C/C never did this even with the dullest of blades. With the Husqvarna I will have to sometimes go over where I have cut multiple times before it will be cut even. This really irritates me and is a waste of my time and money (speaking strictly in the amount of fuel I have to use to get the job done). This is the one and only reason I would not recommend this mower to anyone. Sorry Husqvarna but until you figure out how to make a mower mow the grass I can’t recommend it. I hope this helps someone and keeps them from making a huge $ mistake like I did.
March 4, 2014
I purchased this PZT48 Oct 2011. Thought after that amount of time I could offer some insight on how well it is built and how it cuts. 1st - I use it to cut 2 acres of pasture (rough) and about 1.5 acres of lawn. The lawn is cut weekly and usually the pasture is as well. Sometimes I have to cut the pawn twice a week. The amount of time it takes to cut everything is about 1.75 hours. It used to take one hour and 20 minutes just to cut the pasture. I would like to say it is built like a tank. No problems with how well it is made. Easy to start and very fast. The Kaw' engine is the way to go, don't get the B&S or Kohler. Everything works flawless. Now for the cut....I am somewhat disappointed in the cut. It seems to leave the grass a little ragged and does not get all the grass cut even. I do not know if it's because I am running too fast or this is how it cuts. I tried slowing down to see if that makes a difference, but it did not seem to. I use the gator blades which I am very happy with. But still think the cut could look better. It is starting to leave a slight gap when making a turn and is not getting the grass clean. I recently sharpened the blades, but they probably need to be replaced. The only problem I've ever had was the bolt that holds the rear-end together had a substitute "5" bolt instead of using the hardened "8". This broke and had to be replaced, but the cost was less than $5.00 so I cannot argue with that. Overall, I am very pleased with the mower and would recommend it. When I compare it to the Simplicity Legacy I have, the cut does not compare. The Simplicity is MUCH better!
May 24, 2013