Could do much better for the price
I bought this model 3 year ago. It worked well for the first year but it's quickly starting to fall apart. I've just had to order an idler pulley for the deck because it spins out and throws the belt off. There is no more frustrating thing than to be cutting grass and have the deck belt jump off repeatedly.
I bought the mulching kit... don't buy the mulching kit. I went through all the trouble of installing the thing and it does not work. I suppose if your grass were 3" and you were cutting it to 2" it might not clog and stall the mower as much. Cutting grass from 4" to 2" will stall the engine. So if you aren't lucky enough to be able to stay home and cut your grass every other day, then the mulcher will clog the blades and stall the engine. I had to remove it and eat the $75 that I paid for it.
This is a residential mower with residential tires, so I do cut them some slack on the poor traction. I went to Tractor Supply and bought a more aggressive tire and it climbs steep hills like a champ now (even on dew a dew-covered lawn). But it would be good for them to offer a more aggressive tire as an option for those of us who do not live in flat-lawned gated community settings.
So if you want a residential mower that will last for about 3-4 years before starting to break apart then go for it. But for $3-4K, I think I could have made a better buy.
June 22, 2012
Love my RZ5424 Kawasaki
I built a house 3 years ago and have been dealing with a standard yard machine, 42 inch and 14.5 hp. I have 5 acres and it took me about 6 hours for a complete cut. I hated cutting grass, took the whole day. Now I am completely finished cutting cleaning and trimming in 1.5-2 hours!! amazing smooth ride, wide cut, aggressive motor ( Kawasaki )not nearly as loud as my old Briggs motor. I have had the mower for three weeks and have 10 hours on it. I have not had a single issue. (Purchased from a local Husquvarna dealer). the yard never looked so good either 3 blade system is the way to go, very clean uniform look. My only complaint is the you need to step the mower up to 93 octane and it burns through 3.5 gallon in about 1.5 hours. make sure u have extra gas cans because this mower makes mowing fun again. I enjoy it so much i started cutting the pasture next to my property for the heck of it.
June 13, 2012
Bad design and traction. The control lever on the steering has broken 2 times. I have mowed on the machine 3 times. The steering lever is made out of steel and bolted to the control lever which is made out of pot metal. Bad combination. Pot metal is brittle and bolted to a steel steering lever, it breaks. Husqvarna has an issue with this because the part is back ordered for months. It will take you over a month to get one. I have needed 2 and had to have my lawn mowed while I waited.
June 8, 2012
this product is not durable
I HAD MY FIRST RZ5426 FOR ABOUT 5 HOURS WHEN IT QUIT. LOWES DID REPLACE IT. THE SECOND ONE LASTED 1.2 HOURS AND BECAUSE I HAD THE EXTENDED WARRANTY IT WAS PICKED UP FOR SERVICE. MY REVIEWS KEEP GETTING REJECTED BECAUSE THEY ARE NEGATIVE. I HAVE SAID NOTHING INAPPROPRIATE IN THEM. THESE MACHINES AND THEIR QUALITY ARE VERY LACKING.
May 24, 2012
Only have used twice but love the mower. The motor has tons of power and cuts real nice.
May 19, 2012
Just got the mower home today after a great experience with Chappell Tractor in Milford NH. Mowed and cross cut half of my lawn in about 45 minutes...used to take 1.5 hours. The Mower is easy to use, very responsive, and makes mowing fun again!! Small traction issues and it's a little cramped for the tall guys... 6'4"+ but not uncomfortable. Triple blade makes quick work of everything you throw at it. Bigger Kawasaki motor is the way to go. Ask your dealer for extended financing. I got 48 months at 0% through an independent company...so this mower is affordable to anyone who can afford a cell phone!
May 11, 2012