“Is there a compact riding mower that can trim my large backyard and yet be user-friendly enough to be used by everyone?”
That’s one question I get a lot from my friends!
And my answer is always the same: yes, there are mowers out there that will fit your needs like a glove.
The catch? You’ve just got to take time out to find them.
As a professional who ornaments gardens for a living, I’ve seen my neighbors using riding mowers that do not fit their lawns. And as a result, their gardens turn out unkempt and ugly.
I admit, easy-to-use compact mowers with a powerful engine are relatively hard to find, but it isn’t impossible either. And if you’re in search of one such mower but unable to find it, then the Husqvarna MZ61 27 HP might just be what you need.
But, will the MZ61 be a perfect fit for you, as it was for me? Let’s find out.
Husqvarna Zero Turn Reviews 2019: What sets the MZ61 Mower apart?
I’ve been using the MZ61 for some time now, and I must say, it has yet to fail in getting the job done.
To be able to exploit its merits thoroughly, I recently took on an assignment of trimming the public park. Where to my delight, the MZ61 made the job seem smooth and effortless. Let’s take a closer look as to why that was the case.
Got the job done surprisingly fast
Breezing through a 2.5 acres spread in under 50 minutes is not an easy feat for any mower to accomplish. But the MZ61 did just that and more, all thanks to the robust Briggs and Stratton engine built into it.
Briggs and Stratton are famous for making engines that are both powerful and dependable. The MZ61’s 27 HP Endurance V-Twin engine is no exception to that fact. And what really puts a smile on my face, is the sound the engine makes everytime I start the mower. But well, you see, that’s just the thing, there is no sound. For an engine this powerful it’s amazingly quiet.
You don’t have to worry about disturbing your neighbors, the same way I didn’t upset the people trying to relax in the park.
Another interesting feature the mower has which made trimming even faster was the large 61-inch cutting deck. Made of high quality fabricated steel, the deck has 3 powerful and robust blades that not only cut the trimming time in half but also increased the accuracy of each cut.
The MZ61 moves the way you want it to
Maneuverability was vital when it came to trimming the park. Neither was its surface wholly flat nor was it free of static obstacles like ponds and trees.
But luckily, this is where the mowers hydraulic gear transmission kicked in. It gave me complete control and the much-needed power to mow all kinds of surfaces with ease.
Additionally, the zero turn mechanism allowed me to control each wheel individually and zoom around those static obstacles like it was nothing.
Easy on the eyes and easy to use
The Husqvarna MZ61’s attractive, compact build is amazingly easy to use, which not only makes it ideal for professionals but for homeowners as well.
A major complaint that customers have for most riding mowers is how increasingly difficult it gets to start them after a few days of use. But that was not the case for the MZ61; it comes with a chokeless start that immediately gets the engine roaring as soon as I put in the keys.
And as an added safety feature, Husqvarna made the mower in such a way that you’ll not be able to start it unless you are seated on the machine. On the other hand, the mower will stop as soon as you get up.
Comfortable and Customisable
Sitting for a long time can get very uncomfortable for the back. And mowing is one profession where you have to be seated for extended periods.
But while I was attending the park through the majority of one afternoon, I felt no discomfort or added exhaustion. The mower’s high back seat held my back comfortably in place, and the armrests let me access the levers while my arms were still rested.
Additionally, as an individual preference, I really like to mulch from time to time. The model allowed me to collect or mulch the grass clippings as I saw fit.
Things I would like changed in the Husqvarna MZ61 27 HP Zero Turn Mower
Like most gardening tools, the MZ61 too was not free of flaws. I found a few areas in which I believe Husqvarna should improve on.
- For a mower of this category, the MZ61 felt very expensive. It might just be unaffordable for most homeowners in the suburbs.
- Due to the zero turn system, I found that the MZ61 compromised on the traction for the extra mobility. It was impossible for me to trim the wet marshy patches near the ponds.
- Powerful engine suited for large, fields above 2 acres
- You can mulch or collect
- Comfortable seats and armrest
- Highly maneuverable
- Somewhat expensive for the average customer
- Zero turn feature sacrifices traction for mobility
Frequently asked questions
Does the MZ61 allow bagging storage?
From mulching to collecting the grass in a bag, you can do whatever you please with this fantastic mower.
Will this mower suite my large trellis garden?
This product is powerful enough to traverse the biggest of backyards. The great transmission and zero turn mobility will allow you to avoid the flower beds as you trim your garden.
Is it worth buying?
The mower might be expensive when compared to the rest of its competition. But Husqvarna goes a step further in keeping their customers satisfied. And for that alone and the fantastic user experience I got, I would recommend the Husqvarna MZ61 to any professional or homeowner.
If you take mowing the lawn as seriously as I do, it would be worth taking a look even if you aren’t exactly raring to make the purchase.
Thanks for reading, guys. Till next time!