The Poulan Pro P54ZX Zero-Turn Riding Mower features a 24 HP Briggs V-twin engine, a Hydro-Gear EZT transmission, an electric clutch, 54-inch cutting deck and a 3.5-gallon fuel tank. It also has 18-inch rear tires, a welded frame, and a 15-inch high back seat. All of these features combine to produce a well built zero-turn mower that has a top speed of about 6 MPH and can cut approximately 2 to 2.8 acres an hour, depending on the terrain you are using it on.
When this zero turn first arrived, it took a little bit of effort to get it out of the crate and then I had to assemble the seat and control arms, and then get it all ready to mow. A process which took me about 30 minutes altogether. Once I did that, I was then ready to put it to the test on a 3-acre plot of land that I own. The first thing I noticed about this mower was that it cut extremely well. It not only cut grass well but also did a pretty good job on some of my brush piles. It handles all of those tasks without complaint.
I tried it around some of my trees and once again, this mower performed well. I really like its turn radius and I always felt like I had full control throughout the entire mowing session. I then tested my mower out on some hills of mine and that is when I ran into my first problem. While It did manage to cut my hill, a hill that was less than a 15-degree slope, it didn’t do it efficiently. I don’t know why but it felt like the back tires were kind of digging in a little too much. Anyway, it would seem this mower really doesn’t do great on hills, unfortunately.
However, this mower does seem like its well built and it cruises on level ground like nobodies’ business. I also like the fact that it has a 3.5-gallon gas tank and you can adjust its cutting height from 1.5″ to 4″ in half-inch increments. All in all, I think this is a great zero-turn for use on level ground but if you’re looking for something that will handle hills, then I’d probably look somewhere else.
It does seem like its well built and it cruises on level ground like nobodies' business. All in all, I think this is a great zero-turn for use on level ground.
- Powerful engine
- Great turn radius
- Cuts well
- Easy to use
- Great for large yards
- Not good on steep inclines or hills