2012 Husqvarna 46 in 23 hp Zero Turn Model RZ4623 Review

Executive Summary: This 46 inch Husqvarna is one of the better deals for residential zero-turns. 

Why is this mower better than the MTD, Cub Cadet, Troy-Bilt and Craftsman Brands? A few years ago Husqvarna purchased Dixon.  Dixon arguably had the best residential zero-turns for the last 30 years. Husqvarna took the best of the Dixon and the best Husqvarna 46 in deck and created this zero-turn.  It mows great, drives great and is about as rugged as you get. If you have less than 2.5 acres of relatively flat lawn with a lot of obstacles this is a great choice! You can easily cut your mowing and trimming time in half over using your old Ariens, Cub Cadet, or John Deere lawn tractor.

These units are lightweight and have large, flat tires for that weight.  If you learn to use your zero-turn properly this mower will not mar your lawn like some of the other brands that weigh more and have rounded tires. Be aware, residential zero-turns are not that great on slopes, but this one is better than most.

This 46 inch version is good for smaller yards up to 2.5 acres.

Brand/Manufacture: Husqvarna / Husqvarna
Model/Series: Zero-Turn Residential
Item Number:  372782 / RZ4219
Where To Buy:
Husqvarna 967 00 98-02 Self-Propelled RZ4623 23HP Kohler Zero Turn Lawn Mower with a 46″ High Performance Air Induction Mower Deck 967 00 98-02

Note: This mower is usually located at a central warehouse and it will take a few days to get it to your nearest home. (Usually less than 5 days)
Street Price: $2599.99

Basic Quality: (Cheap, Good, Best, Premium, Don’t Buy)  This is Husqvarna’s Best Quality

Type: (Riding Mower, Lawn Tractor, Yard Tractor, Garden Tractor, Estate Tractor, Sub-Compact, Zero Turn, Stand-On) Residential Zero-Turn
Compare it to:  Craftsman 42 in 24 hp Zero-Turn

Husqvarna RZ4623

Great Deck
Easy access panels.

Not good on slopes
Stiff Frame.

Retail Price: $2599.99 Check The Best Sale Price Here:   Husqvarna 967 00 98-02 Self-Propelled RZ4623 23HP Kohler Zero Turn Lawn Mower with a 46″ High Performance Air Induction Mower Deck 967 00 98-02

My Review:

I’m going to go out on a limb here and tell you that this mower will mow your lawn faster than the more expensive MTD built 50 inch Zero-turns by Troy-Bilt, Cub Cadet, YardMan, and Craftsman.  Why? This zero-turn will mow in reverse.  For some unknown reason MTD has decided you are not smart enough to mow in reverse with a zero-turn. By not letting you mow in reverse this effectively makes their zero-turns a cheap lawn tractor that cost $1000 more than it should.

Be aware that all of the small zero-turns (including this one) don’t work well on hills. If you have ditches and side-hills to mow stay away from these zero-turns. Basically all brands are not heavy enough and won’t stay on the hills.  But if your lawn is basically flat these little machines can be huge time savers.  For example, it takes me about 45 minutes to mow my lawn with a conventional 42 inch lawn tractor. I can mow it with a 42 inch zero-turn (an older Dixon) in 17 minutes.

This Zero-turn will mow in reverse.

Drives: Hydro-Gear EZT drives are good maintenance free transmissions, but many other manufactures put these in too heavy of mowers and they don’t last as long as they should.  I give other zero-turns a low rating for using the Hydro-Gear EZT drives, but in this light of mower they are just right.  I expect these maintenance free transmissions will last the life of this mower. The only time these drives will not last in this mower is if you pull a yard cart with 200-500 lbs of material a lot or mow across slopes for 30 minutes or more a week.

Frame and Casters:  Husqvarna uses the largest casters possible to give you the smoothest ride. Coupled with a robust frame you will never experience a cracked frame.

Air Induction Deck: This Husqvarna deck has air intakes around the blade spindles. This draws a lot more air into the deck which lets the blades create tremendous lift.  This gives you a much superior cut compared to regular decks.

Removable Foot Pan: Your can easily remove the foot rest.  This allows you to easily clean the mower and perform maintenance on the deck without taking it off all the time.

People who buy this lawn tractor know what they are buying and this is just what they want. It is designed to mow your lawn quickly and well.  You can pull a small yard cart with it, but most people can’t back the cart up.

This article was first published at TodaysMower.com 

I’m not going to go into a lot of detail on this review.  If you have specific questions leave a comment below and myself or the readers will be glad to answer them.  This is a great tractor and if you want one to last this should be at the top of your list.

Comfort – Ease of Use:  On this zero-turn you sit up straight – like you would on a kitchen chair.  This makes it much easier to get on and off and is easier on your back.  It has easy to use operator controls and a good field of view.  Zero-turns are not as comfortable as Yard Tractors or the New Premium Craftsman Tractors.

Power For Mowing:  This tractor has plenty of power for side discharge mowing and mulching every week.  I don’t like to install baggers on 46 inch zero-turns.  It makes the front end light and the unit can be hard to steer on slopes.  If you have a flat lawn or only use the bagger for light debris like leaves and pine needles it will work fine.  Mulch instead.

Reliability – New to 3 yrs: This tractor is serviced by a Lowes authorized service center.  Without the Extended Protection Plan you are responsible for getting the mower to the service center.  There are no issues with the build quality and I don’t expect any.  The quality control at the factory for the Husqvarna Zero-Turns has been fantastic .   The store where you picked it up from or the delivery team does not repair the tractor.

Handling – Traction/Steering:  This zero-turn has average traction and handling for a residential zero-turn.  It does have a rigid frame so if your lawn is very rough you will have some traction problems.  (If a front wheel falls into a pothole the opposite rear wheel will lose traction)  I recommend you never use a mower like this on wet or drought-dry slopes.

Mow – Mulch- Bag:  This deck gets high marks by owners for mowing and mulching. I don’t like to install baggers on 42 inch zero-turns because it makes them back heavy.   With this tractor/deck you set the height of cut using a lever on the tractor.

Specifications, Features, Benefits

The rest of this article is taken from the retailers website. Specs subject to change.

Type:  Residential Zero-turn
Maximum mowing area per hour (acres): 2+ acres
Recommended for moderate slopes? No
Excels in mowing around obstacles? Yes!

Will Mow In Reverse? Yes

Manufacturer: Husqvarna
Brand: Husqvarna
Engine Power: 23 hp* 
Displacement: 725 cc. 
Manufacturer: Kohler
Cylinders: Twin, cast-iron liners
Type: OHV, oil filter, Full Pressure
Charging System: 16 amp regulated
Choke/Speed Control: Integrated One Lever
Fuel Tank Capacity: 3.5 U.S. gal. 
Transmission: Twin Hydro-Gear EZT
Transmission Control:  Direction/speed – dual lap bars
Cruise Control: NA
Forward Speed: 0-6.5 mph
Reverse Speed: 0-3.5 mph
Chassis: Steel tube
Front Tires: 11×4-5
Rear Tires: 18X8.5-8
Front Axle: Steel Tube
Hood Material: Steel
Hourmeter: Yes
Tool Tray: NA

Cupholder: Yes
Headlights: No
Translucent fuel tank or Fuel gauge: Yes
Deck washout port: Yes
12-volt outlet: No
Steering: Dual lap bars 
Turning Radius: 0 in.
Uncut Circle Radius: 0 in. 
Spindle Bushings: Metal, replaceable
Seat Back Height: medium back
Fore-aft Adjustment: 5 in. while seated
Seat Suspension: Two coil springs
Deck Lift System: Lever
Mower Cut Height: 1.5 in. to 4 in., 6 position
Cut Height Increments: ? in.
Preset Cut Height: No
PTO clutch: Electric

Mower Deck

Type: Side discharge
Mower Cutting Width: 46 in.
Blades: 2
Mower Deck Material: 13 ga.
Mower Wheel Adjustment: NA
Mower Level Adjustment: Exact
Mower Drive System: In-line belt, electric PTO
Mower Attachment: 4 point Not EZ-Off
Mower Drive: Belt Tension Spring
Mower Wheels Rotate For Deck Removal: No


Wheelbase: 43.8-in. 
Overall Length: 75-in. 
Width without mower: ?-in. 
Width with mower: 67.5-in. 
Width with mower: (deflector raised for storage) 57-in.  ?
Height: 40-in. 
Weight: 580 lb with mower, no fuel

U.S. Warranty: 3 year limited, 3 or 4 year optional protection plan

Optional Attachments

Material Collection System: Optional
Mulching System: Optional
Tow-Behind Tools: 5

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  1. Steve

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