Hustler Raptor 52 in. Zero-Turn Mower Review – Home Depot Model: 933077

Hustler Raptor 52 in. Zero-Turn Mowers – Are They Really That Different?

Is this mower the best for you? In this review I will go over the features, strengths and weaknesses of this zero turn mower and compare it to the brands you are familiar with.

I never heard of Hustler Mowers!

RaptorBackview There is a reason why Cub Cadet, Craftsman and Toro are all household names. You see their names every time you walk into a home improvement center, hardware store or your local Sears. You probably have never heard of the dozen or so other brands that make heavy duty commercial mowers. Well, one company is out to change that.

Introducing the Hustler Raptor and Raptor SD by Excel Industries. Three high quality mowers now at a homeowner price. You may have never heard of this brand but I’m here today to tell you that if you want a zero-turn mower this is one first brand you should consider.

The first zero-turn mower to be patented was by Excel Industries in the early 60’s  and they have been making the Hustler line of zero turn mowers ever since. Over the years they have focused mainly on industrial and heavy duty commercial versions. You may not have noticed the brand but if you ever saw a yellow mower at an airport or other large industrial area it probably was a Hustler. Don’t worry about service and parts. The mowers will be serviced through their 1600 dealers.

They don’t make lawn tractors so they don’t put lightweight stamped lawn tractor decks on their Raptor zero-turns. All the decks are fabricated, welded decks. They make zero-turn mowers that are all but indestructible up to 100 inches wide and up to 12 mph mowing speed. They took what they know from years of industrial mowing and made very rugged, dependable zero-turns at a price homeowners can afford.  

Raptor 52 in. Zero-Turn Mower Home Depot Model: 933077

Brand: Hustler
Manufactured By: Excel Industries
Model/Series: 933077/Raptor
Item Number:   204612929
See All Buying Options Here:  Hustler Lawn Mower. Dealer Locator
Street Price: $2999.99

Hustler calls this a Residential Zero-Turn. It has more features than a yard tractor but less pulling power than the G5500 garden tractor.

Compare it to:  54 inch Craftsman Model 20414, or the John Deere Lawn Mowers Z425 54 in. 22 HP Hydrostatic Gas Zero-Turn Riding Mower BM24656

Quick Summary Review

Pros:

  • Kawasaki Premium V-Twin engine
  • Top Speed 6.5 mph!
  • Heavy duty fabricated deck and frame. 4.5 inch cutting height!
  • Low Seat Height.
  • Patented Automatic Park Brake System.
  • Heavy Duty Front Caster Forks
  • Disperses clippings evenly in side-discharge mode.
  • Mulches well, leaves fine clippings with little or no clumps.
  • Optional engine guard .
  • Maximum mowing area per hour (acres): 3.0 acres at 5 MPH
  • Recommended for moderate slopes? Yes, Moderate slopes
  • Excels in mowing around obstacles? Yes
  • Will Mow In Reverse? Yes

Cons:

  • This is a heavy duty residential zero-turn but it still has the EZT transmissions that all the residential’s have. You will not be able to pull heavy loads like a leaf vac.

My Full Review:

Raptor Hi Right The Raptor is Hustler’s entry-level zero-turn mower and you can buy one for less than $3000. It features a fabricated deck that cuts just as well as the stamped decks on the other residential machines. Overall it is a well built mower for the price. The Hustler Raptor is designed and built by the manufacture with the most zero-turn experience, Excel Industries in Hesston, Kansas

Features:

HydroGear EZT Transmissions, Mowing Speed 6.5 mph, Patented automatic Parking Brake, 52″ Cutting Width, 1.5″-4.5″ Cutting Height

Raptor Engine Kawasaki Engines
23HP- FR691V Kawasaki V-Twin. Kawasaki Premium V-Twin engines offer durability, dependability, and the power you need to get the job done. Many owners prefer the Kawasaki over the Briggs and Kohler engines.  Because of the way Kaw rates their engine, 23 hp is plenty for this zero-turn.

Heavy Duty Welded Steel Deck
Raptor Deck 700x700 The heavy duty welded steel deck offers superior strength and durability. Owners like the cut and tell me it cuts as well as a fabricated deck. It has welded in wear strips that keep the sides of the deck from getting dented. It is the strongest deck you can buy in this price range. Even though this is a fabricated deck it side-discharges so well that you do not need and aux blower for a bagger.
Heavy Duty Fabricated Frame

Raptor Frontcaster 8ga, 1/8 in, .120 welded steel tube frame.
Hustler’s heavy duty fabricated frames are the best in the category. Hustler took everything they know about building heavy duty commercial machines and used that knowledge to make a tough chassis. I see no problems with cracking of flexing over time.  The front caster forks
are built-up 1/4 in steel with a tall 11in x 4in front caster tire.

2014 0003 low-center-gravity
Low Seat Height
The low center of gravity makes this zero-turn more comfortable to use on hills and slopes. It is one of the few zero-turns in this price range that will handles 15 degree slopes well. Watch the video below:

Patented Automatic Park Brake System
A simple, convenient and patented system that automatically engages the parking brake when you open the steering levers. It just works and keeps the mower from wandering around when parked on a slope.

Hustler Mowers are available through the 1600 local dealers. If you need financing Sheffield Financial is the only lender Hustler uses and they have 0% financing programs with zero down for qualified buyers. They also have rates that start at 3.99% and go up from there depending on credit score. Sheffield Financial has been great to work with. You can apply online as well as in the dealer’s store. Many new owners come in and walk out in less than 30 minutes with a new mower and nothing out of their pocket. You can find you nearest dealer here: HustlerTurf Find A Dealer

If you live near Grand Junction, CO check out Duffys Outdoor Power Equipment

172 Comments

  1. Dan Duncan September 22, 2016
    • Paul September 22, 2016
  2. Elise Evans September 15, 2016
    • Paul September 15, 2016
      • Elise Evans September 15, 2016
        • Paul September 15, 2016
          • Elise Evans September 15, 2016
  3. Ben August 28, 2016
    • Paul August 28, 2016
      • Wilson Wright September 21, 2016
        • Paul September 21, 2016
  4. Fred Givens August 23, 2016
    • Paul August 23, 2016
  5. Todd August 11, 2016
    • Paul August 11, 2016
  6. Todd August 11, 2016
    • Paul August 11, 2016
  7. Chris Jackson June 9, 2016
    • Paul June 9, 2016
  8. David Taylor June 5, 2016
    • Paul June 5, 2016
      • David Taylor June 5, 2016
        • Paul June 5, 2016
          • David Taylor June 5, 2016
          • Paul June 5, 2016
  9. Steve May 23, 2016
    • Paul May 26, 2016
    • Levi May 26, 2016
      • Paul May 26, 2016
  10. Derek May 18, 2016
    • Paul May 22, 2016
  11. Paul Carroll May 3, 2016
    • Bruce Johnson May 10, 2016
      • Paul May 10, 2016
        • Bruce Johnson May 11, 2016
  12. Paul Carroll May 2, 2016
    • Paul May 2, 2016
  13. Paul Carroll April 28, 2016
    • Paul April 28, 2016
  14. Paul Carroll April 28, 2016
    • Paul April 28, 2016
  15. Paul Carroll April 28, 2016
    • Paul April 28, 2016
  16. Paul Carroll April 27, 2016
    • Paul April 28, 2016
  17. Scott Carlisle April 25, 2016
    • Paul April 25, 2016
  18. Scott Carlisle April 22, 2016
    • Paul April 22, 2016
  19. Scott Carlisle April 21, 2016
    • Paul April 22, 2016
  20. Scott Carlisle April 21, 2016
    • Paul April 21, 2016
  21. Allen Arrington April 17, 2016
    • Paul April 17, 2016
      • Allen Arrington April 17, 2016
  22. Michael April 16, 2016
    • Paul April 17, 2016
  23. Philip Sims April 16, 2016
    • Paul April 17, 2016
  24. Charles Griffin April 5, 2016
    • Paul April 6, 2016
  25. Scott Carlisle April 4, 2016
  26. Fred March 28, 2016
    • Paul March 28, 2016
      • Scott Carlisle April 4, 2016
        • Paul April 4, 2016
          • Scott Carlisle April 20, 2016
          • Paul April 20, 2016
          • Scott Carlisle April 20, 2016
          • Paul April 21, 2016
          • Scott Carlisle April 21, 2016
          • Paul April 21, 2016
  27. Jeff March 25, 2016
    • Paul March 25, 2016
  28. Chuck June 22, 2015
    • Paul Sikkema June 22, 2015
  29. Mike June 19, 2015
    • Paul Sikkema June 20, 2015
      • Mike June 20, 2015
  30. Adam June 16, 2015
    • Paul Sikkema June 17, 2015
  31. Donna Cornett June 9, 2015
    • Paul Sikkema June 10, 2015
      • Donna June 10, 2015
        • Paul Sikkema June 16, 2015
      • Donna June 10, 2015
        • Paul Sikkema June 16, 2015
          • Donna Cornett June 16, 2015
          • Paul Sikkema June 17, 2015
          • Paul Sikkema June 17, 2015
          • Donna June 22, 2015
          • Paul Sikkema June 23, 2015
  32. Joseph Castillo June 5, 2015
    • Paul Sikkema June 5, 2015
      • Donna June 10, 2015
        • Paul Sikkema June 16, 2015
    • David S Boyd June 5, 2015
      • Joseph Castillo June 5, 2015
  33. Johnny May 21, 2015
    • Paul Sikkema May 21, 2015
  34. Johnny May 6, 2015
    • Paul Sikkema May 7, 2015
      • Johnny May 7, 2015
      • Johnny May 7, 2015
        • Paul Sikkema May 7, 2015
          • Johnny May 7, 2015
          • Paul Sikkema May 7, 2015
          • Johnny May 7, 2015
          • Paul Sikkema May 8, 2015
          • Johnny May 8, 2015
          • Paul Sikkema May 8, 2015
          • Johnny May 8, 2015
          • Johnny May 11, 2015
          • Paul Sikkema May 11, 2015
          • Johnny May 12, 2015
          • David S Boyd May 8, 2015
      • jim brown May 8, 2015
        • Paul Sikkema May 8, 2015
          • jim brown May 10, 2015
          • Paul Sikkema May 10, 2015
    • Paul May 7, 2015
      • Paul Sikkema May 10, 2015
  35. John May 5, 2015
    • Paul Sikkema May 5, 2015
  36. Johnny May 5, 2015
  37. Johnny May 1, 2015
    • Paul Sikkema May 1, 2015
      • Johnny May 1, 2015
        • Paul Sikkema May 1, 2015
          • Johnny May 1, 2015
          • Paul Sikkema May 1, 2015
          • Johnny May 1, 2015
          • Paul Sikkema May 1, 2015
          • David Boyd May 2, 2015
          • Johnny May 2, 2015
          • Paul Sikkema May 2, 2015
          • Johnny May 5, 2015
          • David S Boyd May 5, 2015
          • Paul Sikkema May 5, 2015
          • Johnny May 5, 2015
  38. Bill Waugh April 28, 2015
    • Paul Sikkema April 28, 2015
  39. james sherwood April 26, 2015
    • Paul Sikkema April 26, 2015
  40. Levi Sell April 15, 2015
    • Paul Sikkema April 15, 2015
      • Levi Sell April 15, 2015
  41. Steve April 12, 2015
    • Paul Sikkema April 12, 2015
  42. Bryan Spanky McGee April 6, 2015
    • Paul Sikkema April 6, 2015
      • Bryan McGee April 7, 2015
  43. Donald Baron January 15, 2015
    • Paul Sikkema January 15, 2015
  44. Brett Gimer October 21, 2014
    • Paul Sikkema October 21, 2014
  45. gina September 12, 2014
    • Paul Sikkema September 12, 2014
  46. Gary Brewer August 25, 2014
    • Paul Sikkema August 25, 2014
      • Paul Sikkema August 25, 2014
  47. Vince August 9, 2014
    • Paul Sikkema August 9, 2014
  48. Joe June 3, 2014
  49. Eugenia April 12, 2014
    • Paul Sikkema April 13, 2014
      • Eugenia March 28, 2016
  50. Eugenia April 11, 2014
    • Paul Sikkema April 11, 2014

You May Leave a Reply but I am busy for the month of August working on home projects and getting MovingSnow.com ready for the 2016 Snow Blowers. I may not respond until my projects are complete.

Get more stuff like this from
TodaysMower.com

Subscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox.