This mower is a piece of junk!!
We purchased this mower at the end of the summer in 2013. A bolt fell off dropping the deck before I finished mowing the yard the very first time it was used. I have never been able to mow the entire lawn without parts falling off since owning it. I would not recommend this mower to anyone !!! It's junk!!!
June 25, 2014
So you don't panic, I'll start by saying the mower will do the job. JUST BE PATIENT! Now the fun part... READ THE SHORT PAGE of SET UP DIRECTIONS FIRST! After I got the mower out of the crate and assembled the few parts (very simple), I fueled it up, got on the seat, turned the key, nothing. Double checked everything, tried again, still nothing. I hope all of you that buy from this site read this line... "The shipper disconnects the negative side of the battery prior to shipping." It's a very common practice when shipping gas powered equipment. However, if you're too anxious (like me) and don't pay attention, you will miss that disconnected black battery cable just hanging there laughing at you. AND IT'S NOT IN THE DIRECTIONS! That said, did I mention be patient? Anyway, when you reconnect the battery cable, make sure you run the cable through the plastic battery cover just like the red one. If you don't, the battery cover will not seat correctly. Why is that significant and how did I know that? Well, the significance is that there is a switch in the seat that makes contact when you sit on it. If the battery cover sits up too high the switch won't make contact such that when you try to fire up the mower...you guessed it, NOTHING. I really need to learn patience. I like that the RZ has so many safety features, once you figure all of them out. They are in the DIRECTIONS. OK, so the battery is reconnected (again), the cover is flush, and I sit on the seat, turn the key, and YIPPEE, it starts on the first try (which is really the 37th try for those who aren't patient). This is where the real PATIENCE comes in. Have you ever seen the funniest video show? Let's just say that I am forever grateful I moved my car all the way to the end of the driveway before I engaged the drive on the mower. Those before me that have written reviews that state the controls are very sensitive are telling you the truth. The wheels will engage with one inch or less of travel. DO NOT engage the blade before you are comfortable knowing how to control your mower. You may end up trimming the wife's roses, not that I would know anything about that. I covered every inch of my yard in about 42 seconds. Unfortunately it was never in the same direction. The good news is that you WILL get comfortable after some practice. I suggest you practice in an open area with no or few obsticals. OH and make sure your neighbors aren't home. My next door neighbor laughed at me for a week as I was learning how to maneuver. So embarrassing. I've just received the optional bag. I'll install it with the mower in the garage where I'm out of sight of onlookers. Let me wrap up by saying this is a great little mower with a motor that will carry a big load with ease. It will wrap around the area in no time. Take it easy rounding corners. If you go too fast the front tires may gouge your grass. Finally...Just be patient.
June 24, 2014
Not a good mower for mulching
Mower leaves long strips of grass when using mulching plug. Have had problems with belt that drives blade. Have gone through two belts in two months. Dealer and support line have been no help. Would never buy another husqvarna. I suggest to anybody reading this do the same.
October 7, 2013
Pleased with product except
Traction is not good even on small incline. Tires are narrow.
Cuts good in dry conditions. I would buy another if I could get 10" tires.
September 15, 2013
Great little machine
I have owned my rz3016 for 3 weeks. It is a little overpriced do do the lack of items I feel should have been standard. Such as an electric clutch for the mower deck. Once I had gotten use to the mower, I found it to be powerful, nimble, and fun to use.
September 11, 2013
Do not buy one of these!
I have owned this machine for just over a year. It has spent 6 months in the repair shop (1st time) for problems with the zero turn drive system. Now it will not start so am having to take it back to the shop again. Mid summer. Grass growing like crazy and here I am looking at possibly another 6 months in a repair shop some where! Having to hire some one to mow my yards even though I own a 21000.00 mower!! As soon as it is repaired this time it is getting sold and I am buying a John Deere or a Toro or a Snapper! This machines are cheaply built junk!
June 21, 2013
I have a small lawn business and bought this so I could get threw gates and around flower beds. I do 6 yards every weekend with great results. I have had it 4 or 5 years and all I have done is change the oil and add gas. Though it doesnt mulch to well considering it has only one, huge blade.
May 7, 2013
Remove battery problem
This mower is a great product. However, I ran into a problem when I tried to prepare it for winter storage.
There is no way to remove the battery since the opening is not large enough.
I would like to hear from Husqvarna how "actually" remove the battery. Following instructions from the manual won't work.
April 15, 2013