Only 32hrs and not working.... again!
Purchased this mower new from local dealer in 2011. Had my first issue at 22 hours on it. After mowing I noticed a puddle under the mower in my garage. I contacted the dealer and to my surprise they were not able to work on it. Because it had the 24hp Kohler engine and they were not a "certified dealer" by Kohler I had to take my RZ5424 to another dealer. Why Husqvarna would allow a dealer to sell their product without being able to service it is beyond me. The repairing dealer had my mower for a month but it was covered by warranty. The intake seal went bad...after 22 hours. Now at 32.8 hours my mower is completely dead. I had used it 4 times this season, now it turns over but wont start. Aside from the whole breaking down all the time it seems to be a good mower. Will be repairing and purchasing something different.
June 7, 2015
3 years and left side transmission is going out
I purchased rZ5424 in May of 2011. This mower cut my 5 hr weekly job down to a little over 2 for which I was grateful . Ran great for 2 years, but then this year the left side would start to slow down after about 20 minutes of mowing. Took it back to the dealer I bought it from, of course it was out of warentee. He did a proceedure of taking off both transaxles , draining them, putting in new transaxle oil....... but that didn't help. So, I am back to having the left transmission replaced. Bad deal.
September 13, 2014
Excellent mow for the price.
The mower has good power,really shoots the clippings a long way.I really like the feature that the blades do not disengage going into reverse (less wear on the belt).Very easy to lubricate everything (very important).The easier something is to maintain the more liklyhood it will be maintained.You can purchase lights for this mower pretty cheap.This zero turn has cut my mowing time in half.I've only had it a couple months,so far so good.Traction is ok,no worse or better than your average zero turn.The seat and controls are comfortable.I just hope it lasts me a few years.
June 17, 2014
New mower purchase
Mower has been great and has reduced my mowing time by a third versus my last 42" rider. Everything with the Husqvarna has been what I expected. Only downside has been the missing R in the Husqvarna logo above the mower desk. Dealer has yet to fix after repeated calls.
May 28, 2014
I have 3 acres to mow and farmland all around. I am hard on my equipment but I've already replaced every tire and replaced two spindle assemblies. The tires were poor from the first day, would not hold air. Traction with the cheap tires are poor. Steering tracking is poor, a Sears rep the tried to adjust it but it is no better. Not a good value. I have a 18 year old Yazoo that can mow circles around this but with a hydro-stat going out, I didn't think it was worth replacing, wish I did now, Power is about the only thing that I would say is very good.
May 8, 2014
First mow and the housing around the blades broke
The vacuum housing around the blades broke, then my blade cut into it and got stuck, therefore wrecking my blade and burning up my belts. They repaired it for free and repainted it. The guys at the shop commented on the shoddy weld and added some extra welding to it. Since then the tires are poo and cannot handle much incline at all. Worst tires ever. The blades wear out VERY quickly and it cuts unevenly despite multiple repairs and adjustments. The steering, well we have given up on trying to get those bars aligned. The material holding those steering bars are abysmal and not durable at all. If you have any thick grass at all then count on this thing bogging down especially if the grass is even the slightest wet.
I really should have went with a Commercial Troy Built or John Deer. If you have a 1/2 or less of FLAT, and very thin/sparse grass then I would recommend this (only if you really can't use a push mower, because who needs to spend $3500 on a lot like that) anything tougher and I would get ANYTHING else...
May 1, 2014
Very poor craftsmanship
Have had this mower 3 years and this thing has never tracked in a straight line. Dealer kept saying it has some break in period- really after 3 years. No matter how much I adjust the tracking knob it will not go straight always have left handle foward and right slightly back. Have used it twice this year with 122 hours on it and now the thing mows in circles because the left rear tire will not hardly turn and will not keep up with the right rear wheel. some have said they love this mower, well give it a couple years and it will disappoint you, this thing is junk and would never buy another. the left rear transmission is shot, read the way they brag on it at top of site, I promise you it is junk, do not waste your money.
April 22, 2014
Generally reliable, but accumulates grass and is hard to clean
I mow my yard of about 5 acres about once a week. The mower clogs very easily and unless I want large issues next time I use it, I scrape the grass from the underside of the deck every time. Forget about any hose connection - it is ineffective and leaves a large mess. I jack up the mower, lay a tarp on the ground to catch the considerable quantity of clumped grass, and lay underneath to scrape with a putty knife. I estimate I usually get 15 pounds of compressed grass from underneath. Time consuming and a pain. Also, beware the parking brake as it has an interlock switch. Mine came loose enough that it missed the switch underneath and prevented the mower from starting until I finally figured it out. The engine, suspension, and transmission seem to work well enough. I am on the fence about recommending. I would likely try another brand next time.
April 4, 2014