Yeah, I was planning on buying an older, multi-thousand hour unit ... but I didn't need a 72" .... or even a 60" deck, nor did I need a 12 gallon fuel capacity .... nor do I really have time to be fixing my own equipment. Also, none of them in my price range went much faster than 8mph - that's only 2mph faster than my John Deere - I wanted a little bit more for the money. I found that M-ZT existed just a few months ago - can't believe I had never heard of it in the 3 years I've been shopping! Maybe I overlooked it because it was way out of my price range before I sold the J/D ....
I did check out the deck during my servicing yesterday. Looks pretty good .. but it's tough to really get a good measurement - my driveway is the only solid, semi-level surface around here ... and it's far from level. Guess I'll find out on the first pass.
No burnouts on this one - it sticks like glue, and is very light in the front!
Strange thing about the tire pressures - the owner's manual states 15 psi all the way around ... which I found strange. In my experience, usually the larger rears will have a lower pressure than the smaller fronts, on all lawn equipment. If you remove the access panel (where your feet go) for the deck belt & center spindle, on the opposite side is a maintenance sticker - that sticker states 15 front, 10 rear. That made more sense to me than the manual. I've always gone by whatever info is present on the unit, regardless of what the manual says - manufacturers always do strange things that sometimes never make it to print. Just ask Cabinover regarding his older Merc outboard ...
As far as bang for your buck goes, this thing can't be beat!! At least as far as I'm concerned. It's got a 5 gallon fuel capacity - plenty for what I'm doing without going overboard, it's got the ZT3400 commercial-duty trannies which have a 10mph top speed, it's built like a tank, it's easy to service, powered by an FS series Kawasaki (their middle-of-the-road engine between the residential and commercial models) ... and the most telling thing was, I could NOT find a used one anywhere (this is it's second model-year of production). Husqvarna is hitting 'em out of the park the past few years. I like companies that not only build QUALITY products, but also listen to their customers and give them what they want!
Only found 2 used ones in the entire USA. One was in GA - had 9 hours on it, and the guy wanted $5k , and it had the $300 cheaper Briggs engine .. AND I'd have had to ship it up here, so might as well buy new at that point. The other unit was priced similarly. Like I said - the deal I got was impossible to refuse. Got the Kawi engine for MUCH cheaper than the Briggs one lists for! I still can't believe they sold it to me for that. Make no mistake - it was a PILE of money even still - way more than I had planned to spend, but I plan on keeping this one until my estate sale.
I was due for a present to myself anyway ... LOL