Nice, but one huge flaw cannot be overlooked
This mower is good for folks with smaller lawns, narrow gates, or limited shed/garage storage space. It is rugged: the huge front tires and stout caster assembly are usually seen only on larger or commercial-grade mowers. The deck is solid. It's easy to add fuel and oil. Changing oil was hard, as the images in the owner's manual were inaccurate. Eventually we were able to figure out to drain the oil, and future oil changes won't be as difficult. I can live with this shortcoming, but I cannot live with the blade engagement handle. It is small, and moronically designed. By contrast, the deck height lever is long, large, and parallel to the long axis of the mower, making it super easy to use. The blade engagement lever is small, at a right angle to the long axis of the mower, and extremely difficult to operate. You risk skinned knuckles whenever you use it. I bought this for my elderly parents to use, but since neither my Mom nor Dad can operate this lever, this mower is all-but useless for them. If this one MAJOR design flaw did not exist, I would give this 4 stars, maybe even 5.
July 31, 2012
I selected the RZ3016 because of it's width. I have narrow gates and the smallest riding mower was too wide to easily fit thru a 4' gate.
The RZ3016 easily fits through the gates even with a 966476901 Grass Collector installed.
I am happy with the quality, ease of operation and manueverability of the mower.
I did have a problem with the Cover on the Collector staying latched and grass clippings were blowing out and at times one of the Containers would fall off and I didn't notice this until I turned the mower.
I was able to make the cover latch tight by removing the Center End Cap which covers the additional Spacer added to the Bagger Frame. See Page 8, #4 in the Collector Operations and Parts Manual.
July 8, 2012
Good Small zero turn!
Great mower, small and nimble. It will go just about any where. Very pleased with the cut and handling. Would like to have had arm rests and electric blade engagement for the price! The optional mulch cover works well and it"s easy to install. The arm rest kit will not work on this mower. The parking brake and seat set-up are not made for them.
June 19, 2012
This product is a great ztr.
This mower is easy to handle around bushes.
I would definitely recomend the3016 ztr for the smaller yards.
May 30, 2012
Putting the Fun Back in Mowing
This machine makes it FUN to mow my lawn! It is agile, responsive, and quick!
I compare it to sailing a sailboat versus driving a power boat. You are actively involved, which keeps you interested and never bored!
May 20, 2012
Love this mower
I've used it a couple times now It's the best mower I've had cuts my time down to nothing can't wait till Sunday my only day off to mow. Used to hate mowing.
April 6, 2012
Agile and Fast
My RZ3016 is very agile and super fast. It has performed suberbly. During my first moving the mower belt broke. When I went to the dealer to get a replacement, the dealer said to bring the mower back and they would replace the belt at no charge. I was extremely impressed with the professionalism of my dealer, Thomasville Saw Company. They have a great service department. I will only buy from a servicing dealer. No big box stores for me. This is by far the best mower that I have ever used.
April 6, 2012
So far really good
I have only used the RZ-3016 twice but I am really glad I made the choice for the smaller cut. I get to enjoy it more because It does not cut the yard as fast! Plus I can get through the gates and over the bridge and it only has one blade! I love it and I hope it will give me many years of great service as have all my other HUSQVARNA products. I also lie the pull up handle to engage the blade as I like to start it slowly. Also, with one blade and a non-floating deck I am getting a great looking even cut!
April 1, 2012