HUSQVARNA MZ 6128
Watch the OIl
I have the MZ6128 with the Briggs 28 HP with 70 hrs on it. It is has currently been in the shop for 4 weeks. It started leaking oil from the pan gasket. The service guy told me that briggs did not torque the bolts tight enough causing the gasket to suck in the engine and pour oil. When you are mowing and this occurs you do not look behind very often so you could blow the engine if it runs out of oil while mowing. Mine is currently still at the shop deciding it's fate! If you have one it might be worth your time to check on this before this happens to your mower! They do not send you anything warning you of this problem which I feel is neglecting their customer on their part!
October 16, 2013
Bought this mower in July. Hourmeter hasn't worked since day one. Called customer service, told them the meter has power to it, checked it with a voltmeter. They told me the only way they will replace the hourmeter is if I take the mower to a service center and they determine that the hourmeter is faulty. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to tell if the meter has voltage to it and shows nothing the meter is faulty.
October 3, 2013
After 120 hours, Engine sqirts oil!
Like another reviewer, I *loved* my MZ6128 until the B&S engine started squirting oil out of (I guess) the head gasket. Naturally, the engine had this problem two months after the warranty expired.
The dealer who sold me the mower picks it up for repair today, and I hope B&S will cover the problem under warranty - I have serviced the mower and engine per the manufacturer's recommended schedule.
Otherwise, the mower cuts great and the ergonomics are very good, although after this year I think the MZ6128 mower is a bit under powered - it bogs in thick grass. This problem can be avoided by frequent mowing, but that sometimes isn't possible due to (for example) rain. That has been my situation this year - we have had record rain in my area.
Oh yeah, if you use the mower when it is damp, the deck gets seriously and quickly clogged with grass clippings. I guess that shouldn't be a surprise, but cleaning the deck of this beast is a pain. A washout port or two (you know, where you can connect a hose to the mower deck via a connector) would be nice, but this mower doesn't have one - others do.
August 16, 2013
This is a lengthy review but I think a thorough one for those comparing zero-turns. I'll say up front, dollar for dollar this is the mower to buy. I bought mine in the spring of 2012 with a $5,000 budget. I looked at the 60" Bad Boy and Gravely and the specs on this mower were better and the locall service center was more readily available. Some of the flaws I've found with this mower was the throttle cable nut kept coming off so I had to install a lockwasher and locknut which is something I read on one of the reviews. The switch for the clutch engagement is located where it is easy to bump with your elbow without noticing if you have ear protection in. For some reason, the oil takes forever to drain unless you jack up the front slightly. The motor seems just a little under power if you cut grass with any height to it. The good things to take note of when comparing are the heavy duty drives, the bigger tires, the welded deck and the overall frame construction. I have just over 60 hours on mine and have been very happy.
August 6, 2013
Very Good Mower
I've only owned my MZ6128 a little over a month and slightly over 20hrs on the meter, but I have been thoroughly impressed with this heavy machine so far. I researched zero turn mowers for a month before pulling the trigger on this one, mainly for the build quality, the ergonomics for operation and maintenance. Whoever designed this mower did a great job with the owner in mind for maintenance, as everything is easy to get to and very easy to clean. I find the quality of cut is excellent on these 3+ acres with tons of things to mow around, over, and through. I've driven through 2 inches of standing water without any problems, as long as you don't stop in it, and mowed grass over 8 inches tall (twice) and this mower just keeps going, plenty of power. I have experienced tire slippage on wet/damp grass, but that's to be expected with installed lawn tires, and noticed these large tires can produce divots on true zero turns, so I now do gradual turns when required. From researching and looking at the competition, and I looked at a bunch of them, combined with local discounts and the financing offers, this mower became a no brainer. Built just as good for less money is great. My older brother was so impressed with this mower that he went out and bought one for himself. The reason for only 4 stars is because of longevity, but I've noticed reviews of folks that have owned their 6128's for over 3yrs. In my opinion this is a great buy.
July 22, 2013
Heavy duty features that matter at a great price point
I recently had to let go of an old Kubota diesel tractor after many years of faithful service. After weeks of research and debate I zeroed in on the HUSQVARNA MZ 6128. The competitor commercial models had a lot of unneeded extras, less horsepower, small cutting surface and a notably steeper price. I was thoroughly impressed with the engineering that went into this machine as well as the materials quality. The forward tires for example were much larger and wider than most anything I saw. The accessibility to components for servicing, repairs and operating was very well thought out and pragmatically done. My son jumped on the machine the moment I pulled in with it - fluently operating it within minutes and went to work on 4 acres of mowing - a beautiful cut and finished in 1/3 less time than it previously took. I am thoroughly pleased in my decision and felt great about what I paid for it. I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to John of Greeneville Saw & Tractor in Upstate New York for making it yet again another great experience.
July 14, 2013
79.2 hrs on the machine and oil is pumping out the engine!
I mow 2.5 acres and was excited about my new MZ6128 when I purchased two yr ago. My neighbor has the same mower with 350+ hrs with no problems. I had used several times to see if it would work on my yard. It did great! However on my first mowing of the season I began to smell oil and noticed oil pumping off the top of the B&S motor coming down the block. After 3 months of it sitting at the dealers shop it still is not fixed because B&S are not sure why the motor is pumping out oil around the crank seal. The seal has been replaced with it still doing it. The B&S reps have never communicated with me and do not call the dealer to tell them what to do to fix it. The motor has been found to have no internal damage and passes all B&S test. I am frustrated at B&S response and would not recommend any machine with a B&S motor. Overall this is a greatly built machine with a poor performing motor. I would recommend the version with the Kawasaki instead. I hope this helps those that are planning to invest in a mower!
June 29, 2013
Great mower for the price
We have had our MZ6128 now for 3 years. Been a really great mower for the price and does all they said it would do. I do notice that it is hard to maneuver around corners sometimes and I think it might be because the front end in heavy and the front wheels may be a little too wide. The back wheels spin before you can get it to turn. But I have learned to compensate for it. All in all, I would recommend it for heavier residential use.
June 23, 2013