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Needs more power
I bought the Hustler SD Raptor with the upgraded 54" deck, choosing to change brands from our prior John Deere 48" in June 2019 and has approx 30 hours on it. My first impression was and still is of a fantastically built commercial grade zero turn that drives very well. The problem that irks me is the seemingly under powered engine, although the engine is, on paper, second to none. We have around 5 acres of easy flat mowing with a mixture of winter green couch, blue green couch and buffulo grass. I regularly mow the lawn fortnightly taking unde...r 2 hours. Frequently the mower gets bogged down in the thick buffulo grass (around 10cm high) to a point close to stalling. Even backing right off the forward drive and edging through aiming to maintain high revs, drops the revs substantially. I bought this mower under the impression that it should just power through moderate level grass but am very disappointed. I returned to the source of purchase and questioned them regarding the lack of power of my mower or of any previous owner concerns regarding similar. I was only greeted with raised eyebrows. In hindsight it would have been best to have a trial run on our property prior to purchase to have had a greater insight into this problem.
Purchased in June 2019 for A$7,500.00.
Hustler Raptor HD 36"
Just bought the Hustler 36"....love it....the drive and steering is strong and preceise, the cut is awesome, and it is so much faster than my old lawn tractor. Cant wait to use it in my new mowing business
Purchased in July 2019 at armadale mower world for A$7,000.00.
Very happy with my raptor sd I just purchased. It's solid, it has a great engine the Kawasaki handles pretty much anything you throw at it. I gave the hustler a run for its money, it did stall once but that was going a bit fast through very thick grass. I've got 5 acres, and about 2 of it was blackberry bush. In the first week I snapped two drive belts, both times reversing. My fault though, obviously I pushed it a bit far with the blackberry. When it came to the shorter grass, it just smashed it. Even after hitting granite rocks, the blades ar...e cutting like new. The finish on the manicured part of the lawn is beautiful. So even and flat. I am very impressed with the hustler, considering how hard I pushed it too. I can definitely recommend!
Purchased in May 2019.
Questions & Answers
Machine shut down while i was mowing, wont start no power at key. Has the battery failed.oils and fuel all good.
Very loud transmission how to service, I live in the Bush. Thanks Chris.
I Have aRaptor 600V Very noisy transmission how to service
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