2011 Husqvarna MZ6128ZT Review

A High-Speed Zero-Turn At An Affordable Price.

Every once in a while a mower manufacture will “get it right”   Here is a great example.  Husqvarna has developed a good, solid, zero-turn capable of high-speed mowing and still keeping the price within reach of the average homeowner. This is the jewel of the residential zero-turn market.

The MZ6128ZT is currently unavailable except at your local Husqvarna Dealer.  But take a look at the new 54 inch model.  Husqvarana MZ5424S Review

What do you want to do with your riding mower? It’s Not The Best Zero-Turn….It’s The Best Zero-Turn For You!

A Commercial Mower At A Homeowner Price!

If you mow 3 or more acres and want to get it done quickly this is the mower for you.

If you want your lawn to look as good as your neighbor’s who has a “professional lawn service” mow hers, this is the mower for you.

If you want a good “commercial grade” mower that will last you three times as long as the other residential zero-turns you looked at, this is the mower for you.

If you are just starting your lawn business and you have no more than 25 hours a week of mowing to do, this is a great starter zero-turn.

I call this mower a “semi-professional*” zero-turn.  Others call it a high-end residential.  It works well for a small commercial mower and a homeowner who wants a machine that will last. ( * It does not have heavy-duty commercial grade cast-iron hydros)

My Rating of this Craftsman Riding Lawn Mower:

Husqvarna MZ6128ZT

My Value/Cost Rating: High End Residential Zero-Turn: Mows Lawn Well. Works well on flat and slopes. Great for 2 or more  Acre Lawns, Light Hauling, No Snow Removal. Accepts Light Attachments & Bagger.

Type: Zero-Turn Mower.
Engine Type: Great. EFM No choke, starts like your car. See Engine Types for a complete explanation.
Transmission Type: Dual Hydrostatic. See Transmission Types for a complete explanation.
Speed Control: Over the Seat Lever
Accepts Light Duty Attachments: Don’t Forget Your Trailer, Dethatcher, Aerator, Broadcast Spreader.

The MZ6128ZT is currently unavailable except at your local Husqvarna Dealer.  But take a look at the new 54 inch model.  Husqvarana MZ5424S Review

What I Like!

My neighbor has 4 acres,  25 trees, 3 landscape beds and a open area around the garden.  He has about one acre with a 10 degree slope from the back of his house to the property line.  His lawn is rough so he won’t be able to mow at the full 8 mph but can easily mow well at 5 or 6 mph.   This riding lawn mower is perfect for this type of yard and he can easily mow his entire lawn in about an hour and a half.  The big 61 inch deck mows better than all the 50-54 inch decks on the market.  This mower is heavy at 770 lbs but the large tires all the way around won’t tear up his sandy soil.  It is heavy enough to mow his slope and turn on the hill.  This is a great mower for large, complicated, lawns like this.  It is very easy to drive, rides well and gives you great visibility all around. The large, welded deck and step through design will be easy for us old, stiff guys to get on and off.

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Large tires, wide stance. The larger than usual tires and wide stance will make this a great zero-turn mower for slopes. It will mow your septic mound with ease.  The anti-scalp wheels on the corners and nose wheel will keep the deck from digging in on the rough parts of your yard.  If you have light or sandy soil the larger tires will keep the machine from “divoting” your lawn and tearing up the turf like the residential zero-turns tend to do. This machine is heavy enough to turn on a down slope. (a real problem with most residential zero-turns)

Welded steel deck. If you have never owned a zero-turn before this deck is built well enough to put up with “training.”  Yes, until you get used to mowing with a zero-turn you will bounce the deck off of trees, foundations and get it caught in your chain link fence.  The deck is heavy enough to let your teenager use the mower and you will not have to worry about them tearing it up.  The deck mows well and evenly.  It will quickly get rid of the grass and takes less power to run than other designs.

Speed. This mower will mow at up to 8 MPH!  If you are currently using a 54 inch garden tractor to mow, this zero-turn will cut you mowing time in half!  This machine is capable of mowing up to 4 acres an hour.  Compare this to 1 1/2 acres an hour for a 54 inch residential zero-turn or garden tractor.

Price. At about $5500 this mower is one of the best values on the market. For that amount you get a strong, dependable, machine capable of mowing as quickly as zero-turns costing 3 to 5 thousand dollars more. Yes, it’s $2000 dollars more than the one you saw at Menard’s, but it’s worth every extra penny.

Warranty: I normally don’t discuss warranties because the normal manufacture warranties are all the same. (They only cover defects and do not cover engine or trans.  Yes, read the fine print on your MTD warranty) but the warranty and options available through Sears needs to be covered on this mower. The standard 3 year Husqvarna warranty only covers the mower.  It DOES NOT cover the engine and transmissions. If you have engine problems or transmission problems YOU have to contact them and get the repairs made.  I have also found that servicing dealers typically do not cover labor for the repairs, transporting the unit to their shop, and other items they may find wrong while your mower is in the shop.

Sears offer a 5 YEAR Protection Plan on this mower. For about 11 dollars a month, the protection plan is set up so that a Sears tech comes to your home, diagnose and repairs the mower without any additional cost to you.  The plan not only covers the standard warranty parts, but in this case covers the engine, transmissions and wear and tear.  In other words if you wear out the belts, burn up a transmission, or literally run the wheels off this machine, it’s covered.  About the only items it doesn’t cover are blades, tune-ups, physical abuse, dropping it out the back of your pick-up and cut tires.

Cons: From a commercial stand point I would limit this mower to about 25 hours a week.  If you are running your machines more than that I suggest you move up to a iZ or PZ unit.  It is a great starter unit for someone just getting into the business. If you do a lot of residential this machine is light enough to work well on those lawns.

The ZT 3400 drives are strong enough to handle all residential and most commercial mowing.  You can use it with most pull-behind attachments like  a yard cart, dethatcher, or sprayer, but if you are planning on mowing slopes for hours at a time or pulling an Acrease Wing Mower I suggest that you go with a unit that uses cast iron drives.  If you have a lot of hills to mow go with a Toro Grandstand or ExMark Vantage.

The MZ6128ZT is currently unavailable except at your local Husqvarna Dealer.  But take a look at the new 54 inch model.  Husqvarana MZ5424S Review

The rest of this article is information taken from the Husqvarna website.

Mega-sized mower with pro features.

Heavy Duty, Frequent Use or Occasional Demanding Use

Semi-Pros, Farmers/Ranchers, Large residential property owners and other demanding users who require high performance.

The new 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 new MZ is practical for all of your property maintenance needs. The engine features EFM (Electronic Fuel Management) – no choke required so the engine starts and performs similar to fuel injection.

Commercial drive system

New ZT3400 series commercial transmissions are fully serviceable and offer higher ground speeds with smooth performance.

Easy-access service points

Oil and filter maintenance, hydraulic drive system components/adjustment, electrical system and battery are all within easy reach so you can quickly get back to being productive.

Adjustable tracking

The easily accessible adjustment allows fine-tuning of straight line tracking without tools.

Specifications for MZ6128ZT
Engine Engine manufacturer: Briggs & Stratton
Electrical System: 12V, 15 Amp
Air Filter type Standard OEM
Fuel tank volume (with reserve): 5 gal.
Drive system Transmission type: ZT 3400
Speed forward, min-max: 0-8 mph
Speed reverse, min-max: 0-4 mph
Cutting deck Cutting width: 61 inch
Cutting height, min-max (approximate): 1.5 – 4.5 inch
Blade engagement: Electric
Blades: 3
Seat type: Standard high back, arm rests
Hour meter: Digital
Tire size, front 13×5-6″
Tire size, rear 23×10.5-10″

  • 9 Bushel Collection System9 Bushel Collection System Increase productivity and versatility with a 9 bushel triple bag collection system. Unique design removes or installs in a matter of minutes.
  • Zero-turn steering systemZero-turn steering system Individual, hydraulic wheel-drive provides very precise maneuvering and allows the mower to rotate around its own axis, without any turning radius.
  • Briggs & Stratton EngineBriggs & Stratton Engine Briggs & Stratton engines offer durability, dependable starting and the power you need to get the job done.
  • Removable foot panRemovable foot pan Removable dimpled-steel foot pan for easy access to deck belt pulleys, spindles and clean-up.
  • Adjustable steering leversAdjustable steering levers Steering levers are adjustable for different size operators – ergonomically angled inward for more comfort – and dampeners can be adjusted to suit your particular style.

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  1. Shawn August 19, 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.

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