A commercial zero turn mower for hills is a specially designed mower that is able to maneuver well and cut grass on hillsides effectively. This type of mower typically has a large cutting deck and powerful engine, which allows it to handle the incline and thick grass easily.
Some commercial zero turn mowers for hills also have special features such as a rollover protection system, which helps to prevent the mower from tipping over on steep slopes.
The Ariens IKON XD 52-in is packed with high end residential quality and offers superior power and performance. From a 23 HP Kawasaki FR V-Twin engine to a 11-gauge steel fabricated deck, this is a tougher, longer-lasting zero-turn mower built to perform.
It’s constructed with a heavy-duty fully welded steel tubular frame for years of durability and performance and is equipped with three blades covering a 52-in cutting width. Greater comfort is achieved with the high back plush seat, including standard armrests and ergonomic intuitive controls.
Ariens puts a high priority on building low-maintenance machines incorporating our self-adjusting deck drive belt technology.
I have been a fan of ariens for many years until now. This machine is poorly designed. The discharge chute is made of rigid plastic and doesn’t raise up when it touches something. It had a Crack in it the first time using it.
After a couple more times chunks were just falling off so u removed it. Whenever you need to change the deck belt, keep a 2 or 3 hour block to do it, you have to take every guard off to do it. It is very frustrating and takes forever compared to a normal 5 minute change for any other machine.
Also the deck belt is 144″ long. I bought the mower at fleet farm and they don’t even carry a belt that big. You can order them online for $100 though. Good luck finding one that big in a store. The front deck roller wheels have fallen off twice now as well.
I just bought my icon xd52. It’s my first zero turn and I absolutely love it. It’s a lil touchy but I run equipment and I found it to be a very good mower. Cuts really nice with no grass left standing.
This is a big upgrade from a JD L118. My yard is 2 acres and I cut it in 1. 45 my first time with Ariens, Normally it took 2 hrs with ol JD. Very happy with my purchase!.
Overall it’s a great lawn mower that cuts well. Does seem have alot of vibration if throttled all the way up. Only issue I had is a failure to start. I quickly diagnosed it myself quickly. Issue was loose linkage on the e brake.
The adjustment nut backed it self off and wasnt allowing the e brake to fully engage resulting in failure to start. This happened with 9. 6 hours on the mower.
The Ariens IKON X 52 in. residential zero-turn mower is packed with commercial quality and offers superior power and performance. From a 23 HP Kawasaki FR V-Twin engine to a 52 in. 11-Gauge steel fabricated deck, this is a tougher, longer-lasting zero-turn mower built to perform.
It’s constructed with a heavy-duty fully welded steel tubular frame for years of durability and performance and is equipped with three blades covering a 52 in. cutting width.
Good: cuts fast. Easily maneuvers on flat ground. Bad: leaves a stripe down one side at times, usually in thicker or taller grass. Oil leaks. Seat slides at times. I’ve come to adjust myself while mowing so I don’t have any real issues other than the oil leak and I’m hoping maybe sharper blades will help with the stripe problem but reading other reviews I’m not going to hold my breath.
I’ve got about 60 hours in on 3 years in Wisconsin. I’ve used many mowers in my life and I probably won’t buy an ariens again. I’ll use it until it dies but will not be back for another. Sucks because they are made in Wisconsin but seems like half of them have issues.
I think it’s a wash between the Kawasaki and Kohler engines personally. I have the Kawasaki and it works good.
I always envied my neighbors mowing with a zero turn. 18 months ago for Christmas we got one. I have loved it from the start to this day. Like many of the people here, I did some research on zero turns and this one is the best bang for your buck.
I mow two acres in fast growing Florida. My new purchase is a head set hearing protection with radio insert. With this baby mowing is not a chore but my own zen moment. I have not hit anything to date thus have no problems with it and give it the loving attention it deserves.
After getting it home I had to make some minor adjustments and retighten some fasteners and put the proper air pressure in all four tires as per manufacture’s recommendations. 1st. cut found the emblem ( Ariens ) from the rear of the machine in the grass, it fell off and would not stick back on? Finished cutting the rest of the lawn with no issues but I noticed it left deep tire depressions in the entire lawn even though it hasn’t rained in several days and the temperatures have been the middle 90’s? Will check with customer service to see if lowering the tire air pressure would help resolve this issue or maybe larger tires.
The only other issue I have is there is a paint chip on the left side of the frame that needs to be touched up. Over all the cut was great, has plenty of power and is very well built! Great Job Ariens!.
Husqvarna 61 in. zero-turn lawn mower from the MZ series delivers commercial-grade power and amazing ergonomics
27 HP Briggs Endurance engine provides reliable startups and high ground speeds
Clippings can be discharged, mulched or bagged with a 9-bushel triple bag collection system (mulching kit and bagger attachment sold separately)
High-back seat with armrests, foam-padded hand grips and vibration dampeners make mowing comfortable for hours on end
The MZ series zero-turn mower from Husqvarna takes performance, productivity, and comfort to a whole new level. The intuitive operator interface, heavy-duty steel frame and commercial rated hydraulic system create the ultimate mowing experience.
With a rugged fabricated steel deck that is mulch and collection capable, the MZ is practical for all of your property maintenance needs. The high back seat with armrests and adjustable ergonomic steering levers will provide a comfortable ride time after time.
IšverstiShow in original languageI bought this about a month ago and have had it back to the dealer several times. I have yet been able to mow my yard with it without doing some kind of work on it. The VERY poor quality brake switch mount is the issue.
Then to make matters worse Husqvarna solution to the issue is to install a Tye Wrap on it. Yes that is what they told me to do to a Bran new 6500 dollar mower. Then trying to contact customer services is a JOKE.
They probably have the worst system for customer service I have ever seen in my life. I am about to the point that I am going to take this mower back and get my money back and go buy a different mower.
IšverstiShow in original languageWhen it runs it performs well. However, after a year and a half the blades will not engage without killing the engine due to problem with the safety switches. A Dealer, hour away is unable to perform warranty work for months.
Engine runs great without the blades engaged. Blades engage and run well until mower is put in motion. Suspect the problem is the seat safety switch.
IšverstiShow in original languageI purchased the MZ61 about a month and a half ago and I’m not really impressed with the mower. The first time I tried to adjust the mower deck, the locking pin was stuck.
I sprayed WD40 on it and nothing. I called the store from whom I bought it and they had no idea how to fix it. The steering bars are extremely tight also, cannot find a way to loosen them. I mow about 8.
5 acres and my arms are sore the next day. The mower itself is average on cutting grass. I have to go back over an area twice to get the grass that didn’t get hit the first time through in some areas.
Performance and style hit the grass running with the Z200 series zero turn mowers. Cutting edge design, proven performance and innovative features combine to make lawn maintenance an event instead of a chore.
The new fabricated design features welded 10 Ga steel construction with additional welded reinforcement strips for maximum durability. Kawasaki engines offer smooth, quiet, reliable power. Heavy-duty components offer long life.
Worry free performance with maintenance free, integrated zero-turn transmissions. The robust frame and casters ensure durability and reduced chassis flex. The ergonomic control panel places everything conveniently at your fingertips.
The footrest area incorporates generous non-slip surfaces for safe and comfortable use. The footrest area incorporates generous non-slip surfaces for safe and comfortable use. The new patent pending park brake system automatically activates or deactivates as the steering levers are moved outward or inward, freeing the user of the task.
I purchased this mower in March of 2019. I was very pleased with it. All the reviews were great, which helped me make my decision on purchasing the mower. After the first year of use, I am not pleased at all with the mower.
I have had to replace belts several times. One day the mower wouldn’t move at all, nothing, not a budge. A spring had broken. One day while mowing, the blade just stopped turning, a wire in the switch that controls the blade had broken, yesterday, after less than 5 uses, the same issue again with the blade stopping.
I really thought this mower was going to be worth the money. I’m getting very tired of almost every time I mow grass, the mower need to go to the shop for repairs afterwards.
My Z248F is my tractor. The tractor was well-crated and arrived with no damage. Following the instructions was pretty easy, and did not take long to complete. The operation instructions were not so easy to follow.
I would recommend going to YouTube and using those videos to help understand the initial procedures to start and operate the tractor. They were very helpful. Once I watched the videos I was ready to start using my zero turn tractor.
I have since cut our 1. 67 acres with no issues and appreciate the time I have saved by using the Z248F.
I just purchased my zero turn and used it for the first-time last week. It takes getting comfortable with the levers. Remembering that to go right, pull left lever and vice versa. But once you get started it is the fastest way to cut the grass.
what took 4 hours on my old 54-inch deck mower only took 2 hours on my zero turn. Making circles and having to shut the mower off to back up cost time. I am so Happy! thank you Husqvarna, Sheffield, and Safford hardware.
Zero Turn Mower, 26 hp HP, Cutting Width 54 in, Cutting Height 1 1/2 to 4 in, Cutting Direction Forward, 0 in Turning Radius, Engine Brand Kohler, Electric Start, HydroGear Transmission, Fuel Tank Capacity 3.
5 gal, Max. Speed 6. 5 mph (Forward), Side Discharge, Front Wheel Dia. 11 in, Front Wheel Width 6 in, Overall Height 40 in, Overall Length 75 in, Overall Width 67 in.
We purchased our Z254 in the summer of 2018 and it IS the a work horse. Until recently the only thing that we have had done is routine maintenance thru a local repair shop. Our model has the Brigg and Stratton engine and is running just as strong and reliable as the mower body.
Due to unforeseen circumstances with the repair shop closing and my husband is the only one able to work now. We are forced to do our own maintenance and replace the deck wash port, deck gauge wheels and a front tire/hub and chute.
We hope to find a paint tube to fix a few places that need touched up. These parts just recently has broken or became worn. We would recommend this mower to the world if asked about the durability, ease of use and the flat out quality of this CUT ABOVE any zero turn on the market.
I have worked with a couple of local commercial mowing companies and our Z254 SURPASSES in EVERY aspect to any of the machines they are loyal to. “DECKS DOWN!” I am sorry, I can’t post pictures of the mower.
unfortunately my iPhone has a broken camera. Thank You, for building such a remarkable mower! Have an AMAZING DAY! FYI!, Where it asks: Did you receive an incentive or compensation for this review? It is ONLY showing ;”YES” in the drop down box.
I have not received any incentives or compensation for this review? I came across this review, while researching for replacement parts.
The packaging was so sturdy! Had fun taking it apart with my wife, 10-year-old son and a crowbar. It took less than an hour. The crowbar is essential. Ours was like 16 – 18 inches long with flat ends.
I didn’t know anything about riding mowers. It’s difficult to attach one side of the battery because it’s hard to reach. There’s no gas gauge. It comes with practically clear synthetic oil prefilled.
I filled it with premium gas and it starts right up. It’s pretty fast! I like how zero-turn mowers have a wider swath than non-zero turns. It takes much less time than my neighbors. Our 1. 5-acre yard has a steep slope, and it angles too.
It does not handle well at all trying to mow downhill when there’s an angle. But like I said, our yard is steep. If mows fine downhill, as long as there’s not much angle. You must mow uphill if there’s an angle.
We got the light accessory. It wasn’t too difficult to install. The light is always on once you turn the key. The seat is comfortable. Love the 2 drink holders. It’s so cool the way it maneuvers so closely around trees, bushes, and everything else.
We paid for the shipping via truck with a lift ramp. The driver wanted to drop it off way downhill at the start of our driveway. I had to talk him into backing up the steep driveway, which he handled quickly and easily.
This Zero-Turn Riding Mower provides the ultimate mowing experience. Its strong 24 HP twin-cylinder engine has an easy and reliable starting system with no prime no choke and it features a 50 in. steel deck.
Equipped with sleek new frame design a dual-range hydrostatic transmission and high-back seating for optimum support and comfort it will provide an exceptional ride as you power through the lawn with its zero-turn radius.
You can add an optional mulching kit to create the perfect finishing touches.
This mower is a game changer for lawn care. It turns on a dime has great horse power, it does take practice if you have never driven a zero turn. It also has a lever to adjust the cut of the grass which is a big help.
The only thing I didn’t like was the directions were pretty vague but youtube has tons of videos if you need help. It comes with different speeds from rabbit to turtle so that’s helpful. It’s comfortable to drive and has a cup holder for hot days.
It starts right up and it hasn’t stalled out while I’m cutting grass. But the absolute biggest thing is to practice driving it, you don’t want to get hurt or hit the mower off anything. Once you get the hang of it you will never want any other mower.
Bought this thing last year, loved it. Cut way better than my old JD ridin mower, and a little more rugged in comparison. However, first cut this season and I hit something in my yard that jarred the middle blade enough to break the spindle from the deck.
I walk my yard regularly, remove debris (limbs/rocks etc) and keep things tidy, so this was totally unexpected. Now what?? I got a buy an entire new deck to remount the spindle?? This is potentially going to be insane.
Nevermind that the people at Lowes did not have the manual available for me at purchase. =/.
I bought the mower on 9/8/2021. At first I was excited and nervous because it was my first zero turn. It did take some time getting used to the controls and getting them adjusted. I get better every time I use it and I can’t wait till next year to mow the whole season.
So far it appears to be a solidly built machine, of course I have only used it 3 times this year. Based on my experience with this mower, I would have given it 5 stars but it has one problem that shouldn’t be a problem.
I can’t understand why a company that bases the service of their equipment on hours ran to not have a hour meter. I would have thought that this would be information that was provided to the customer before purchase.
It would have changed my mind I had known this was the case and yes I have had riding mowers before and they had hour meters. So, I only hope that there is not something else that should be on this mower that was not installed.
I hope that Cub Cadet understands by not providing this meter that they should be accountable for any damages that not having this meter causes to the components of the mower in the future. How would Cub Cadet suggest that I keep up with the maintenance of my machine without this hour meter or other form of knowing hours ran There is a question below that asks would I recommend this product to a friend and I will answer yes but I would tell this friend to make sure the one he/she purchases has some form of hour meter of service indicator.
I bought this to replace a 46″ tractor. I have a 1/2 acre to mow with quite a few obstacles and the dealer convinced me to get the Cub Cadet ZT1 42. After I brought it home it was obvious that I had to make some adjustments as the steering was not right, there was heavy vibrations with the mower deck engaged and there was no way to keep track of the engine hours and other small things.
After two day of messing with the steering, I got it to drive straight and turn as it should. I could not get the vibration to stop, purchased and installed an hour meter and read up on everything I needed to know.
I set up my cut height and started to mow. The vibration was very annoying. I adjusted the cut height a couple of times and found the right setting. My yard is uneven and I noticed light scalping here and there, My old tractor didn’t do that.
Needless to say, after cutting my yards once, this is not the right mower for me and my yard. I have too many obsatcles for a zero turn mower. The cut quality was not as good as my 12 year old mower, the vibrations were too bad, and all the adjusting I needed to do to get the steering right was just too much for me.
It is unfortunate, but I could not justify keeping the ZT1 42. I should not have all those issues at that price level. I tried calling Cub Cadet, hanging on the line and getting no response. I just took the ZT1 back.
This mower is a beast. I’ve had it for a few weeks now and I’m very happy. It feels large and powerful while also being agile enough for smaller areas. No one ever complains about the cut they get with a Cub Cadet, but what’s impressive is there is no loss of quality at top speed-HUGE time saver! It also handles some of the hillier parts of my yard with ease.
It has straightforward, easy to use/understand controls and everything just works. And as an added bonus – it’s definitely the coolest looking of all the mowers. For the price I would have loved to have the mulching kit included, but still I’m very pleased with this.
The Toro TimeCutter 4225 features a 42 inch stamped deck, smart speed technology, and a dual hydrostatic HG-ZT2100 transmission. This mower is powered by a 22. 5 HP Toro Commercial V-Twin engine with a self-cleaning air filter housing.
When using it I feel like I’m playing a game of space invaders. But it leaves the lawn choppy unless you take care of the blades. The blades frequently work themselves loose so you have to drop the deck and remove the pulley cover so you can put a vice grip on it to tighten the blade bolt.
Should really have a key mechanism to prevent this. The front tires have also been problematic since I purchased the machine. They take 5 pounds of pressure but I have yet to find anyone who sells a gauge that goes down that low.
If you underfill the tires it bogs the ride down, if you overinflate it rubs on the wheel assembly and bursts the tire. I replaces them three times (at over $60 a pop) before giving up and just buying an airless tire and a bunch of washers to put it in the center.
The ride is a little erratic but no more popping tires. The washer attachment didn’t last a season before it broke off and the deck wheels are angled causing the deck to wobble back and forth. The deck is also attached on the front end with a cotter pin that is unprotected so it frequently gets pulled off by the grass.
Making matters worse there is only one Toro dealer in the area and they are not competent. I have to redo or have redone any work that their service department does (I don’t take it there anymore) and the parts lady couldn’t locate a set of keys in her pocket.
If I didn’t come in with the exact part number I’d be out of luck.
“TimeCutter” is a very appropriate name for this mower. If you’re looking to get a nice cut done really fast and for a reasonable price, this is your machine. It will simply fly around a <= 1 acre yard and leave you more time to do other things with your life.
The whole machine feels really solid. It cranks first time, every time. I’ve been mowing with it for a whole season now and have yet to find a part that looks cheap or point out a design flaw. I’m also impressed with how lightweight and nimble it is for such a high build quality.
Not to mention, there are a lot of available accessories you can add to make it more like a professional-grade product. Even without the fancy MyRide system, it’s a comfortable seat and the ride isn’t too bumpy at all.
I suffered a severe tailbone injury a few years ago and I can cut my yard without much pain or discomfort. If there was anything I could change, it would be to make the deck height adjustment intervals be 1/4″ instead of 1/2″.
Most homeowners won’t care about this, but 1/2″ can be a considerable gap in height for people that are somewhat obsessive about their lawn maintenance. Overall, this is a really impressive machine for the price.
I highly recommend it for those trying to save time on their home lawn maintenance, but still get a high-quality cut from a durable tool.
Your lawn might look tame from afar, but you know what a battle it can be keeping that groomed look all season. Featuring some of the same technology used in our commercial line, the Toro 54″ Titan is the perfect fit of pro power and luxury comfort to tackle your territory.
Not only will you feel like you’re riding on air with the MyRIDE system, you’ll have pro-level confidence with a commercial drop pin, canister style air filter, a rubber chute, and large, rear drive tires with aggressive tread for maximize traction.
And your bull is built to last with a wide front tubular axle, huge front tires and a reinforced 10-gauge high strength deck edge with triangle bullnose. † And as a Toro owner, you’ll have access to more than 3,000 servicing dealers across the U.
We’ve had this mower for a little under one year. We have 3 flat acres that we cut regularly and the mower works great. Go extra slow over very tall grass and keep at a higher cut level and it works fine.
We also have 10 hilly acres of pasture. Disappointed here. If the terrain is anything but flat, the mower makes all kinds of noises, rattles, and strains — mower is being driven slowly. We can tell the mower doesn’t like it.
When the mower didn’t start, we had to check that connections were still attached to the battery. The spring broke on the side discharge chute and so the chute fell off. We will need to replace the spring.
The floor mat is not attached and has flown off the mower several times. It has gotten cut up under the blades and we finally took it off completely. Gasoline tank size is fine. We’d like it larger, but have had no major issues with its current size.
It just about holds enough gasoline for our upper 3 acres. Height Adjustment selections are fine. We wish our model had a “wash out” attachment so we could clean under the mower after use. We’ve put SLIME in the tires after they went flat because we had a lot of Mesquite trees with large thorns, and the tires have held up okay since then.
Again, the best thing about this machine has been the seat. After riding other zero-turns, this is the most comfortable, especially if you are cutting multiple acres for hours on end. I would not call it “a beast” like some people do, and wish it would not rattle so much during and after bumpy rides, but overall we are satisfied for now, as the cost of a tractor is out of reach for us at this time.
I bought the Toro 75315 mower the week after Christmas 2021 to save money before the spring price increase so I have only mowed with it once so far. I chose the Toro myride system based on comfort and thus far I’m very pleased with my decision.
The ride comfort is different than any other mower that I looked at. It mows very well and has ample power to keep it from bogging down in high grass. The price was reasonable and in line with similar machines when you added in the $500 extra they wanted for their premium seat upgrade.
On the Toro you rock with the rough terrain instead of being pounded up and down. In my opinion there is no other comparable suspension system in this price range on the market. Having had 2 disc fusion’s in my neck ride comfort is critical and the Toro MyRide system delivers.
Time will tell but as this point I would recommend this mower to anyone and especially to those that need the extra ride comfort this mower delivers. Thanks Toro.
I waited to do this review on purpose because you have to use the machine for a while to comment. I am the grounds manager at a small university and use many brands of zero turn mowers of commercial grade to get the job done nicely.
I have mowed 5 acres of my own property for 15 years with a 42 inch cut lawn tractor that cost $2000, so when I could afford my own zero turn I was a tough critic. My only complaints that matter about my Titan mower is that going down any sizable slope, the hydros are a challenge to keep a straight line, the other complaint is the rear tires on this model look cool but slide down any slope! The best news about this review is that this Titan model 75313 cuts as good if not better than any mower I have been on in 16 years at the University, including ExMark, John Deere, Hustler and other Toros.
The Toro 60″ TITAN MAX Zero Turn Lawn Mower features a 60-inch, fabricated deck with a Kohler 7000 series engine and professional cannister air cleaner. This model features a step-through front end that saves times and effort when getting up to clear debris.
It also features a drop pin deck height adjustment to quickly and easily adjust cutting height. The heavy-duty rubber discharge chute allows you get even closer on edges without damaging the chute.
Comfort, reputation, reliability and a company that stands behind their products were my primary reasons for choosing the Titan. The seat is very comfortable, the mowing speed is great and Toro builds a quality machine.
As for the warranty is excellent and my dealership experience was much better than I could have ever expected. Since picking up the Titan, I have mowed our St. Augustine backyard a couple of times and our 4 acre bahia lot twice.
I felt the cut quality on the St. Augustine was a very good, clean cut. The bahia, comes out well, but takes a bit more effort if the grass hasn’t been mowed in several weeks. The mower doesn’t bog at all, but I do have to make a first pass at say, 5″ cut height, then back over it at 3.
5″ cut height in order to get my best cut. Overall, I am very happy with my choice to go with the Titan Max. The power is great, it’s a low maintenance mower, very heavy duty, comfortable and looks good.
If you are in the market for a great zero turn at a reasonable cost, you should consider the Titan Max.
Purchased the mower in March of 21. It had 24 hours on it and needed blades. The quality of steel used for them was low. When replacing them two of the blade bolts had seized in the spindle shafts. The spindle shaft are a bad design with no taper for the pulleys.
So when the factory put the blade on they ran the pulley nut down and stripped those threads as well. When I received the new spindle shafts I drilled holes in them for a spanner wrench so I wouldn’t have the same problems again.
And the blades I purchased are quieter then the factory ones. I mow about 4 acres. It was taking me about 2 1/2 with “old blades” the blades now take about 1 1/2. If anyone reads this be prepared for this.
The engineers dropped the ball on this. The rest of the mower is great. Strong engine and deck. Comfortable seat and controls.
You take your yard work seriously, and to get the job done right you need a mower that was born to fight dirty. Engineered from the same DNA as our landscape contractor equipment, the 50 in. TimeCutter gives you the professional performance, exceptional durability and quality feel you’ve been waiting for.
This machine is built like a beast, with an IronForged deck that won’t fail, even after years of hard knocks. Most important, our machines are designed to do the work so you’ll have more time than ever to take that fishing trip, tell tall tales around the campfire or just be with the ones you love.
And as a Toro owner, you’ll have access to more than 3,000 servicing dealers across the U. S. and Canada ready to assist you. Count on it.
Used it about a dozen times so I think I can give it a fair review now. I use it to mow about a one-acre yard on my farm and then I trailer it to mow a one-acre commercial property. It replaced a push mower, so beware I might be more favorable towards it than others might be.
This is my first zero-turn machine so there was a bit of a learning curve to overcome in driving it. I purchased it fully assembled from my local TSC, they did a pretty good job except for not sufficiently tightening some bolts on the steering bars (I should have more thoroughly test drove it before taking it home).
This nearly ended in disaster on the first use when one of bars loosened and I lost control of the machine. Fortunately, I had enough time to collect my senses and kill the motor before too much damage was done.
(Hey engineers at Toro, research the concept of safe-failure before starting your next design. ) Otherwise, I’m happy with the machine and it almost meets all expectations. Easy to start, seems economical on fuel, reasonably comfortable (but it is loud – buy ear protection along with the mower).
Mows close to fences pretty good. What I wished was better: 1) quality of cut – have to drive it slowly to get the best results, 2) ground holding ability – the slightest slope is a challenge, especially for this newbie, 3) the grass clippings chute sticks way out there and is easily snagged on fence posts and trees (needs some kind of mechanism to allow it to deflect?).
This review lost one star because I cannot get its drive motors balanced. One hydro-motor has noticeably less torque than the other and I have to drive with one steering bar offset by about a half inch from the other.
In effect always having to slightly counter-steer to go in a straight line (it was originally pretty bad). This gets irritating after a while. My mower does not have enough range of adjustment to correct this.
I purchased my mower from a local big box store online. The mower was shipped to an auto parts store dealer in my town to be delivered to me. The auto store called me when they received the mower and made arrangements to deliver the mower.
The man delivering the mower got on it and drove it a little bit and then showed me the basics and left. Not ever using a zero turn mower I quickly went through the owner’s manual and then proceeded to pretend to mow with my new mower.
I had a little trouble getting the hang of things because as soon as I brought the handles up to what should have been the neutral position the mower started to move ever so little to the left. Also when I had the mower on a straight stretch it pulled more to the left and I had to pull back on the right lever.
Then when backing up the right side would hardly pull at all it was most the left. Needless to say I was having a terrible time learning to drive my first zero turn. After taking the mower back to the auto parts store and going over the manual myself I was able to adjust the motion going forward so that both sides were pulling the same but then when I had both levers push all the way forward the two levers were off (not equal) by several inches.
I thought surely this cannot be correct on a brand new mower! So I called Toro and they suggested I take it back to the auto parts store which I already had to no avail. So I look around for other Toro dealerships which had a service department.
I found one about 40 miles to west of me. I called Toro again and asked about having the Mower checked out under warranty and the representative told me I could but when I contacted the dealership they told me it would not be covered under warranty that I would have to pay for any adjustments made unless they found a faulty part was the cause of my problem.
I needed my mower setup correctly so I could learn to mow with it so I took it had it adjusted and paid for it out of my pocket. It’s hard for me to believe that Toro is not able to setup these mowers correctly at the factory before they are shipped out.
You should only have to add oil and gas before being able to use your new mower. I feel this is quite an unacceptable practice by Toro and it does not make me look favorable toward their product name.
I purchased the mower about a month and a half ago. I also purchased and installed the recycler kit. The recycler kit was easy to install and all parts fit perfectly. It’s nice not having to worry about grass discharge as I have many mulched planting beds in my yard.
I’ve only mowed with the mower three times. It takes a little time to become accustomed to operating a zero turn mower, but after a few laps around the yard, things become a little more intuitive. I can see that mowing time will be reduced substantially.
I’ve had two problems with the mower. While mowing, the engine sputters and then stalls out. The first two times I used the mower, this problem occurred after approximately 30 minutes of use. The third time, the problem occurred throughout the mow.
After a stall I have to wait a few minutes before restarting, then mow for a short while before the next stall. This is very disappointing for a fairy expensive yard mower. I plan to limp through one more mow this season and take it in for a warranty repair.
The other problem is that the right drive wheel rotates at a faster rate than the left wheel causing me to back off the speed on the right wheel to drive straight. The owner’s manual has instructions for making an adjustment for this situation.
I have not attempted the adjustment and will ask the repair shop to address the issue when they address the stalling issue. If these issues are addressed, I think I will be very pleased with my purchase.
I’ll update my review after a few mows next spring.
Professional quality performance from the 31 hp* Kawasaki FX921V engine. Go full throttle and have confidence in the precise cut from the 52″ TURBO FORCE deck with I-beam front end paired with tubular chassis and bumper.
Easy on and off with a step-through front end, deck step plate, and anti-slip floormat. Keep tabs on time and keep devices powered up with the hour meter and USB ports. The Z-Master 4000 HDX Pro has been engineered to last and built to reign.
Redefine durability with a powerful 31 hp* Kawasaki FX921V engine, heavy-duty commercial grade hydros, flat-free semi-pneumatic caster tires, 24” Turf Tires, and a 52” 7-Gauge High-Strength Steel TURBO FORCE cutting deck.
Add in the hour meter, USB ports, phone holder, and a cup holder, you’ll have everything you need from the comfort of the deluxe suspension seat to help you power through long days.
This mower cuts great especially with mulch kit. Zt5400 transaxles work okay but have trouble getting traction. The tires are abnormally wearing out on insides and mower only has 500 hours. Also grass and dirt gets packed into transaxle area.
The vent plugs for filling the hydro fluid are impossible to get too. all the other companies designed there mowers with zt5400 to have proper space to loosen and tighten vent plugs for hydro changes.
I took out The seat and tried to remove fuel tank and still can’t get to them. I wish a larger engine could be offered too. A 38 hp EFI kawi would be sick on this. Over all it’s a good mower but some of these issues need to be corrected.
Just purchased this machine, almost went for the bad boy renegade but wanted to stick with a well known brand and was impressed with the speed and maneuverability of this machine, but now I’m rethinking my decision.
On the first lawn I discovered a hydro leak on the left side of mower,and its pretty bad. I’m taking it back to dealer to check it but this is why I bought a new mower, I cant afford down time. Toro needs to step up quality control.
I know Bad Boy has a multi point inspection on there machines before they leave the plant. Im thinking maybe I made the wrong decision:(.
This mower is great on hills. Doesn’t slide or slip in turns or inclines. I use the mulching kit with high lift blades for fall leaf mulching. I use the low lift blades for spring and summer. Multiple blade options with this mower.
Extremely comfortable. Maintenance is easier than on others.
14. Cub Cadet Ultima ZT1 50 in. Fabricated Deck 23hp V-Twin Kawasaki FR Series Engine Dual Hydro Drive GAS Zero Turn Riding Lawn Mower
Introducing the ULTIMA ZT1 SERIES. Step up to the ultimate all-around mowing experience. The Cub Cadet ULTIMA Series ZT1 50 features a 23 HP Kawasaki FR691V series Twin-cylinder OHV Engine, 2 in. x 2 in.
tubular steel frame, comfortable high back seat and much more. The Ultima Zero-Turn Riding Mower was built to raise the bar for enhanced strength, durability, redefined comfort and uncompromised performance.
My lawn has quite steep slopes +/- 20% in places and several tricky spots to get around and in and out of. I had used a Snapper ride on for the first two years, it was fine the 1st year but started losing drive and traction in the 2nd year culminating in a rather painful turnover.
So having read up a lot about mowing on hills I decided to purchase a stand on mower with a walk-behind feature. This would have worked fine I am sure but the drive/steering functions are not really meant for your resident weekend warrior.
Fine if you are a commercial guy using it every day it becomes second nature. For me it was like a trial and (mostly) error every time I took the stand on out. Honestly, it scared the you know what out of me every time, it was a heavy machine, 900 lbs or so.
Crazy. Then I happened to read about this Cub Cadet zero turn with a steering wheel. It was the first literature that featured mowing safely up to 20% slopes. So I sold the stand on and purchased the Cub Cadet.
Having used it now more than 10 times, I am totally impressed with this machine. It is powerful, fast and yes it will very safely mow 20% slopes. It is very easy to use and now I actually look forward to mowing my lawn.
Especially because it takes probably half the time as before. Very good clean cut too. Bonus is the CC is so maneuverable that I can now use it to mow a fairly large area that I could not before, which I used a smaller walk behind.
Saves me a lot of sweat and twisted ankles in the hot summertime. Summary: totally 100% satisfied with this mower. It safely, comfortably and efficiently mows hills as advertised. Just a great all round mower.
Cub Cadet Ultima Series Zero Turn Rider ZTX5 60 features a powerful 24 hp Kawasaki FR730 V-Twin OHV engine for reliable starting and smooth, quiet operation. The robotically welded 10-guage 60-inch AeroForce Max fabricated deck with side, top, and leading-edge reinforcements and maintenance free spindles deliver a professional-grade cut quality.
Ideal for 4-10 acres with slightly rolling hills and several obstacles, this mower also features independent suspension caster wheels that deliver a smooth ride with less vibration on rough terrains.
The 1. 5 in. x 3 in. tubular steel frame provides optimum strength while allowing accessibility for routine maintenance. The automotive-inspired, fully-adjustable 24-inch high back seat with independent suspension, cushioned armrests, ball-bearing seat slide and advanced polymer seat isolators offers the ultimate comfort while mowing.
The Cub Cadet 60″ 24HP Ridling Lawn Mower is driven by an industry favorite Kawasaki engine. The 24HP engine has a fully pressurized automotive-style oil pump with spin-on oil filter and produces plenty of power to handle all types of terrain.
The Cub Cadet ZTR RZT260 features Rev TEK reverse mowing technology, so you can mow while moving in both forward and reverse directions, which helps reduce your time “in the saddle”. And unlike a zero turn mower with traditional lap bar steering, this mower has a cruise control.
I purchased the mower in July for my 8 acre property. Half my property is semi flat or gentle 5 degree inclines. The mower is great for general cutting on these areas with moderate length grass. Unfortunately it is awful on any type of incline.
The other half of my property is 10 – 15 degree inclines and the mower does not handle these well at all. The wheels do not have solid traction and the lack of power in the mower makes it very difficult to turn out of downhill tight areas.
Further, it seems the mower does not have equal traction on the wheels. When trying to turn on an incline in wet grass, the left wheel will sit while the right wheel spins. I have to twist and backup off the incline or maneuver to get any type of “Posi traction” effect out of the steering Finally, the cuts are not very even.
Setting the deck height to 4″, I find that If the grass gets a little long, over 7″ or so, the blades have a hard time cutting evenly unless I go very very slow. This defeats the purpose of a fast mower.
On reflection, I should have gone with a more commercial grade mower that can handle the terrain. If you live on flat land and cut your grass at least once a week, this is a great mower.
Updated review, I regret buying this mower and the bagger system for it. I knew when I drove it it the parking lot it tracked bad to the left side. Now it will not adjust straight at all. A pully is squeeling loudly already after only 3 months of light use.
The worst part is Tractor Supply did not offer me any kind of help with this mower. They said it’s past 30 days so sorry about your bad luck. How are problems to arrise only after 30 days of use!? Cub Cadet customer solutions told me they could not help me over the phone because I bought the tractor in store?? The mower I bought does not cut grass untill you go over it 2 times? Tried new blades, going really slow and not mowing while the dew is even on the ground still does not cut well at all.
Before buying this I researched heavily about the different brands and which to go with. I wish I would have left without buying this. Trying to run a successful lawn care business is hard when your worrying about when your new mower is going to break down.
I just purchased this mower after trying a friends zt3 and I am very happy with it While this is my first zero turn mower, I’ve owned and operated many mowers from various manufacturers before. I love the look of it and its operation.
The engine starts very easily and the mower makes a clean cut. I only gave this mower 4 stars because it came without the required parts to use the Smartjet deck washing system. The dealer said this omission is new this year Cub Cadet — stop listening to the “bean counters” and listen to your customer service representatives! Saving ten cents (your cost — $$ for us) on this plastic part only serves to alienate your customers! Are you going to exclude the mower blades next year?? My dealer doesn’t stock the part because they never had to order it before.
The Toro TimeCutter 42 zero turn lawn mower features a 42-inch, fabricated deck with a Kohler engine. This model features the MyRIDE suspension system to tackle rough terrain and provide a smooth ride for the operator to go the distance.
It also features SmartSpeed technology that allows the operator to take control of mower speed without sacrificing blade speed. The heavy-duty rubber discharge chute allows you get even closer on edges without damaging the chute.
Armrests and cupholders add comfort and convenience for this model.
Even though the current world situation resulted in a VERY late delivery date (ordered in March in northern Minnesota – plenty of time before we get grass), we got it in late July. Now with the drought, I have only mowed twice, but have PRACTICED a lot.
It is a new experince driving it, but after a few cone bumps (yeah, recommend using a small cone to work around – logs and other solid things you run over are a bit scary at first – and obviously WITHOUT the mower running!), it is an amazing agile machine for cutting around the trees and bird feeders.
One thing to watch for on the 42″ is the fact that the rear wheels will bump over things if you get too good at cutting corners. Don’t know if the wider mower platforms do that too. We went with 42″ to get between some of the obstacles, and it works perfectly.
Easy start and speed control really great allowing full throttle with slower speeds to begin learning. I can control the deck height easily with just the hand control, but my wife is definitely challenged with the weight.
The throttle handles go to a stop position from reverse, but in forward, if you just let go, they maintain speed and heading, so learn to pull back if you get in trouble and throw them into the outward neutral position to stop completely.
Might be nice if you could let go in forward to get out of trouble. If it gets real ugly, stand up. The kill switches work great. One thing that did help was a quote from one of the videos, “Think of it like pushing a shopping cart.
Push on the left side to go right, and push on the right side to go left”. That did help with the learning process.
I bought my first Timecutter (used) from a friend. Great mower but getting old. I then purchased a new Timecutter 2 years ago as I would not have anything but a Toro! Because these are such great mowers, I believed it would be the last one I ever needed at my 64 years age.
Well. I had my hip and spine replaced so I traded in my 2 year old and got the My Ride! It has been like mowing from a recliner! With the iron forged deck and Kohler motor on my new “recliner”, this old man is the envy of my neighborhood! I strongly recommend the My Ride or any Toro Timecutter! They are the best and the regular maintenance is a breeze!.
Step up to the ultimate all-around mowing experience with the Ultima Series from Cub Cadet. The ZT1 42 zero-turn mower features a 22 HP/725 cc Kohler 7000 twin-cylinder engine that delivers high-performance power for a consistent cut.
The 42 in. stamped deck is engineered for greater airflow to make sure clippings move through cleanly and efficiently for an even cut. A muscular, 2 in. x 2 in. tubular steel frame holds up against the toughest obstacles.
You’ll ride in elite comfort with a 20 in. H back seat with a durable advanced polymer seat suspension, adjustable lap bars with ergonomic hand grips, a rubber floor mat and ample leg room. An AGM battery provides reliable starting with a slower discharge so you won’t have to worry about it going dead during the offseason.
Ideal for mowing slight rolling hills and several obstacles up to 2 acres.
Cub Cadet Ultima Series Zero Turn Rider ZTX4 60 is designed with a powerful 24 hp Kohler 7000 Series PRO V-Twin OHV engine for reliable starting and smooth, quiet operation. The robotically welded 10-guage 60-inch AeroForce Max fabricated deck with side, top, and leading-edge reinforcements and maintenance free spindles deliver a professional-grade cut quality.
Ideal for 4-12 acres with slightly rolling hills and several obstacles, this mower also features a soft rubber floor mat that provides sure footing, comfort and plenty of leg room. The 1. 5 in. x 3 in.
tubular steel frame provides optimum strength while allowing accessibility for routine maintenance. The automotive-inspired, fully-adjustable 20-inch high back seat with cushioned armrests, ball-bearing seat slide and advanced polymer seat isolators offers the ultimate comfort while mowing.
For the money an HP I felt the ztx4-60 was a good deal. I have 31 acres an about 6 of is finish mowing an I use the “little 60” for. Mower is plenty powerful even if I put off mowing a couple days an IT gets deep.
I’ve always used a “big” tractor pull behind finish mower before this zero turn like a 9 foot finish mower, so this was completely different. I like the mowers efficiency, speed, quality of the cut, an easy of use.
The mower cleans up nice an is easy to service. I like the roll bar an seat belt, I feel safe using, the cup holders an led lights are a nice accent. My one an only complaint so far is ride quality , like I said I have a lot of uneven land an seems bumpy often.
Overall I see for the money an quality I’d recommend.
I’ve owned a cub cadet rzt 54 for 5 years and its been a great mower for around 2 acres. But I recently moved and my yard now is around 5 acres and it was a little hard on the rzt 54. So i bought this ztx4 60 and it has knocked around 30 minutes off the mow time.
The seat and ride are way better. You can mow and be comfortable with this mower. Overall heavy built. My only complaint with this ztx4 60 is I feel like it is slightly under powered. But im happy with it and it does what its built to do.
The Cub Cadet’s replacement blazes are exceptional quality. I have to purchase several sets of this wonderful product. I spent over $400 this past year on this exceptional quality product. I am glad that it holds up on flat level open terrain, or I would be compelled to purchase some sets of this wonderful product.
Your yard deserves the ultimate respect and nothing less than a Toro can tame your territory. Engineered with many of the Pro DNA features used in our commercial line, the 54 in. TimeCutter gives you the professional performance, look and feel you’ve been waiting for.
Even better, you’ll enjoy a luxury ride over the worst terrain with Toro’s MyRIDE Suspension System. Count on it.
We’re a couple of senior citizens, ages 82 & 90, maintaining several acres with a traditional riding lawn mower until our son encouraged us to get the 54” Toro TimeCutter MyRide Zero Turn Mower (75757).
The White Glove Delivery was extremely helpful and resolved all of our questions. Our concerns about driving a zero turn disappeared quickly as we experienced how easy and natural it is to drive this Toro.
A huge bonus for us is the comfort of the MyRide suspension seat and we are really impressed with the finished cut on our lawn using the Toro.
I have a 1. 5 acre lawn to mow. It’s big and it’s bumpy. For 20 odd years I’ve been bouncing around on various lawn tractors. It took 3 and a half hours to mow and my neck and back hurt for days. I just took 5 of them to the dump.
I finally decided to go with a zero turn unit. This Toro with its 54 inch cut, 7mph speed, and my ride suspension can cut the lawn in just over an hour and a half. After which I can get off and continue to work virtually pain free.
Switching from a steering wheel to the zero turn steering took a little getting used to and I did tear up the grass chute in the first 15 minutes. (Put trees on your left side when going around them).
I’ve only put probably 20 hours at most but I expect that the Kawasaki engine will out last the Briggs and Stratton and Koehler engines I’ve had before. With the Toro name backing this machine I believe I’ve made a good choice.
Have an 1/2 acre lot. First time using a Zero Turn. Coming off using a 42″ lawn tractor with Fwd. /Rev shifter. What a pleasure using Z turn. Took a couple of times cutting to get used to new control system but now am quite comfortable with it.
Would never go back. I personally keep the Ground Speed Control on Tow setting as my yard has quite a bit of maneuvering around beds and trees. Works well and I’m never in a hurry to finish as it has become fun!!.
The conclusion of the commercial zero turn mower for hills is that it is a great machine for those who have a lot of hilly terrain to mow. It is very maneuverable and can handle hills very well. It is also a very durable machine that will last for many years.
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