Stanley/Beast/DEK Commercial Zero Turn Mower Reviews

Dek/Stanley/Beast contacted me in April 2012 and clarified who makes these mowers and where the company ownership is located.   There is a lot of wrong information published on the web about this company so I really appreciated that they introduced themselves.

Fact: GXi Outdoor Power is a US based company who manufactures their products in china and completes final assembly in the US.

From GXi:

ABOUT GXi OUTDOOR POWER, LLC

GXi Outdoor Power, LLC is a Licensee of Stanley Black & Decker.  GXi develops, manufactures and sells a range of outdoor power equipment targeted at high-end do-it-yourselfers and professionals. The products are sold under several brands including STANLEY®, Beast (The Home Depot®) and DEK®.  Products include commercial lawn mowers, brush mowers, pressure washers, chipper shredders, snow blowers and generators.   GXi differentiates its products through innovative designs, exclusive features, high quality, low cost manufacturing, strong marketing and superior customer service.  Headquartered in Clayton, NC, the company employs over 200 employees with worldwide operations in: Phoenix, AZ, Hong Kong, Fuzhou and Liaocheng, China. For additional information, please visit:www.gxioutdoorpower.com.

GXI is very proud of their mowers.  They spent considerable amount of time sending me specifications and literature about their machines.

They have repair facilities and prove-design at their Clayton, N.C. facility.

But, I am not going to review Stanley/Beast/DEK Zero Turn Mowers at this time.  Even though they seem to be at many retailers, I have not seen one, or test driven one, so I can’t honestly give you enough information to help you decide if these mowers are the best for you.

I will review them when I get enough info and there is an established maintenance history and sales record.

Stanley/Beast Mowers

What do you know about these mowers?  Do You own one? Leave your comments below.

Paul :About Paul Sikkema Paul Sikkema has been writing about snow blowers, riding mowers and other lawn and garden equipment for over 10 years. Paul does most his writing out in his workshop where he feeds the wildlife and birds in the yard. His goal is to have a red squirrel eating out of his hand. He spends as much time with his granddaughter as he can.

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  • Roy, Wa. I have owned a Stanley 48" zero turn w/Kawasaki engine for 2 years. I have had no mechanical problems with the mower. Had to replace a relay last year and this year had to replace a fuse as the seat safety switch shorted out (poor design as all power goes thru this switch). Also had to replace the main drive belt (can you say expensive and hard to find?)! The mower works great so far. However, if you need parts or customer service, good luck. Parts are ONLY available from GXI and they are expensive! And customer service/support is non-existent! I tried to get a copy of the wiring diagram and they say they don't have one. How the heck can you build a machine without a wiring diagram? Luckily, I have found a local shop that is quite knowledgeable and is able to service it and find parts (long wait for belts, etc). If it weren't for the poor support and parts availability, I would rate this as a good value for the money.

  • You are all right they are the biggest pile of compost ever made only have 32 hours on it and been in the shop for 2 1/2 years out of the three years owned and now it still wont start as of now. The thing has been taken apart i dont know how many times and it still falls apart. China made yes and lets not get started on GXI. That's all i got to say about that.

  • Piece of junk. 37 hrs on it in over 2 years. Most of time in repair or waiting on someone that will even work on thing. Last time the repair shop said to never bring it in again, they were tired of dealing with GXi customer service. Forgot to add is the biggest failure is hydraulics. If you like a mower that just sits there and runs with no movement then this is the one for you.
    Eva, Al

  • Wow....I just bought the 62'.Due to be delivered on June 4,2014.I'm in Cypress,Texas.Bought mine through Home Depot.I was very skeptical at first,asked about who will service mine.Since some of you had so little hours on them,Why not send it back? Home Depot has a returned policy...I just can't remember right off the back of my head at the moment.

  • I sent that POS back to the vendor! Home Depot took full responsibility of sending it back.Refunding my money with-in 5-10 days.I for one gave it the benefit of the doubt...Hydros was falling apart.Good luck trying to contact the vendor.If Home Depot folks(9 times on different days) counldn't get them on the phone,They surely will not take the consumers calls.Cypress,Texas

  • AL from Freehold NJ. Wow, hope I did not make a big mistake! Just picked up the Stanley 48" mower from the shipping terminal on Saturday from GXI. Purchased from Home Depot site. I can't get over all the posts about the nightmares owners are having with these mowers. I'm a tile contractor by trade but an opportunity to maintain 20 properties recently fell in my lap so had to purchase something. Happened to be on HD site and saw this machine. Never knew Stanley put out mowers. Have to say this machine offered a lot more than any others at this price, 20" tires, hour meter 5 gal tank, etc. Are there any happy Stanley owners out there, would love to hear something positive about this mower, and a service location in my area. The mower does gave a Kawasaki 603cc, that moves faster than my my brothers Bobcat. My Stanley has 3.5 hrs. on it and not one problem, not one! Lol

    • Alan-I have the Stanley 48" zero turn. It now has over 500 hours on it. I purchased it because of all the features they listed. The ad I saw said it had a manufactured deck and high back seat with armrests. Not true! And the ads have since changed deleting those features. I accepted the mower anyway and overall am very pleased with the machine itself. Customer service from GXI is virtually non-existent. Difficult to contact and not very helpful IMHO. Having said that, some parts are only available from GXI, such as blades which have a non-standard center hole. If you need deck belts, go to Fremont Industrial and purchase their kevlar reinforced belt. Cheaper than GXI and more durable! The only problem I have had with the mower is the seat safety switch shorting out. Luckily I found a dealer in Wa state that if fairly sharp and has been able to trouble shoot the problems. Other than that, no problems and the mower gets lots of use. A good value for the money if you don't have trouble with it.

      • @RPM, Thanks for the feedback! I was beginning to think no one had a unit that worked.

    • @Alan, Get ahold of GXI and find out who services it in your area. Then go to that dealer and ask them about repairs. I have a few owners who were sent to a repair shop but when they got there the owners would have NOTHING to do with the machine.

      If the service scares you off see if you can return the mower to home Depot and purchase the Hustler Lawn Mower. Raptor 54 in. 23 HP Kawasaki V-Twin Hydrostatic Zero-Turn Mower 933101. The service network is second to none but you may never need to use it except to buy blades and belts.

  • Does anyone have anything to say about the Beast from Gxi ...its supposed to be the higher end product to the Stanley machines ???

    • Lance i bought a zbeast the only problem i have found is finding blades for it, we do a lot of commercial mow a little ruff if a ride, other wise a nice machine no problems

      • Just to let people know we have 25 hrs on ours it was greast when we first got it now this is the worst piece of crap ive ever own the drive is awlful the engine wont start unless choke is on even warm, every time i use it it brakes down hate the machine!

    • Hope you saved your money had my for a year and half only 15 hrs on it and need a new deck already. Parts are hard to find I may piece it out and cut my loss

    • @Lance, The Beast is just an Orange version of the Stanley/Gxi. Originally Home Depot wanted their own version (the Beast) but when it didn't sell and everyone had issues, they released it and you will find it a various retailers.

  • please bought one at first of the year i am now having to put third drive belt on think twice is all i can say. The mower only has 19 hours on it.

    • Roy, Wa Buy you belts from Fremont Industrial and get the Kevlar reinforced ones. Less expensive than GXI and quick to ship. Mine is down again because of another safety switch failure! Think twice before you buy

  • For those of us who now own this POS here is the number and filing location to complain about this mower. If enough of us file complaints then maybe the PSC will require them to replace the crappy drives they have put on the mowers. They last just long enough for them to get them off the lot and in to our yard and then quit pulling.

    1-800-638-2772 and the form is found at https://www.saferproducts.gov/CPSRMSPublic/Incidents/ReportIncident.aspx Lets get these things out of our yards and back to the manufacturer now!!!

  • Hi, I Purchased a Z-Beast 62 in mower on july 22nd of 2017. I used the mower for a total of ten minutes. The mower has been to two different shops. It is now April, and guess what? My mower is still in the shop. ( 9 months ) and know mower. I finally recieved a call from the shop that the mower is ready, but i cant get it back because GXI doesnt want to pay him. I have been calling GXI for 9 months and have got nothing but excuses. I have never delt with a company like this in my life. Now I know why nobody wants to work on them. If you purchase one, all i can say is good luck. I will never purchase anything from this company agian.

    • Hi Ed, Thank you for your review. Unfortunately, I am unable to comment on them. Why? I wrote an honest review a few years ago and they threatened to sue me because I told the truth.