Husqvarna Z246 Zero Turn Riding Lawn Mower W/ 46-Inch Cutting Deck Review

The Husqvarna Z246 Zero Turn Riding Lawn Mower might not be the best zero turn mower on the market, but it does have some features that are worth talking about. For instance, it has a Briggs & Stratton 23 HP V-Twin 724cc Endurance engine, a Dual Hydro-Gear EZT transmission, a bumper with integrated LED headlights, an automatic park brake system, an anti-slip foot area and a rear engine guard. It also comes with 3 anti-scalp rollers. It looks like a smaller sized z-turn mower that should be able to handle about 2 to 3 acres without a problem. Let’s see how it does, shall we?

Uncrating it was fairly easy and I had it up and running within about 30 minutes. While I was getting it ready for its maiden mowing voyage, I took a good look at its frame. To be honest with you, it doesn’t look like the sturdiest frame construction I’ve ever seen. It is 13 gauge stamped steel cutting deck that is reinforced with additional steel. It should be fairly sturdy for day-to-day normal use but I’d be wary of trying to use it for heavy-duty use or you may end up with a bent or broken frame. Starting it up, I did notice that the engine was quite noisy—a lot noisier than I would’ve liked. And since the frame was kind of light, the ride was sort of bumpy. However, it did a pretty decent job of cutting grass, so I guess I’ll have to give it points for that point.

As long as you don’t use this zero turn mower on steep hills, it handles inclines well enough. It does have a pretty good turn radius and can really go around things like posts and trees without a problem. It was one of the easiest zero turn mowers I’ve used, so I really have to give it points for that as well. All things considered, I think this is a decent z-turn mower that should be good for light use. As long as you don’t push it too hard, then it should work out alright. Unfortunately, it’s priced as if it was a better mower when it really isn’t. I would expect for what the price I paid for it that it would be a workhorse, which it isn’t.

7.4 Total Score
Bottom Line

It was one of the easiest zero turn mowers I've used. All things considered, I think it's a decent z-turn mower, As long as you don't push it too hard, it should work out alright. It's priced as if it was a workhorse, though, which, unfortunately, it really isn't.

Performance
7
Features
7
Ease of Use
9
Value
7
Quality
7
PROS
  • Powerful engine
  • Good turn radius
  • Cuts decently
  • Easy to use
CONS
  • Engine is noisy
  • So-so build quality
  • Kind of a bumpy ride
  • Not for hills that have a 15-degree or higher slope
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