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Husqvarna RZ3016 (30") 16.5HP Zero Turn Lawn Mower

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Grade
Entry Level Lawn Mowers
Style
Zero-Turn Mower
Surface Area
Medium Home
Medium
Terrain
Hilly Terrain
Hilly
Width
30

Cutting Inches
Engine
Briggs and Stratton Engine
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16.5HP/500cc Briggs & Stratton Endurance Series Engine
Dependable starting and the power you need to get the job done
Cut up to 1.6 acres per hour; top speed of 6.5 mph
3 gallon fuel tank

Hydro Gear EZT Hydrostatic Transmission
Fan cooled 10cc pumps and wheel motors on each drive wheel

30-Inch High Performance Air Induction Mower Deck
Air is drawn from the top and bottom of the deck
Improves grass lift and delivers a superior cut
13-gauge stamped steel deck with 1 mower blade
Allows access to smaller areas
Fits easily through a standard garden or fence gate

Convenient Control Panel
Choke, throttle, and ignition in one location for easy access
Easy to operate deck height and blade engagement levers

Comfortable Steering
Dual levers with foam-padded hand grips
Control arm dampers help reduce vibration

Removable Foot Pan
Allows easy access to deck belts, pulleys and spindles


Model
  Model Number:966 61 23-01
 UPC:705788551774
 ManufacturerHusqvarna
 Made in USAYes
Engine
 Engine BrandBriggs & Stratton
 Starting System12-Volt Key Start
 Battery IncludedIncluded
 HP/CC16.5 HP/500 cc
 Fuel Tank Size3.0 Gallons
 Cycles4-Cycle
 Cylinders1 Cylinder
 Oil FilterYes
 Consumer Warranty3 Years
Drive
 SystemHydrostatic
 SpeedsVariable
 Drive WheelsRear Wheels
 Maximum Speed6.5 Mph
 Maximum Reverse Speed3.5 Mph
 Transmission TypeHydrostatic
Wheels
 Front Tire Size11 x 4, Swivel
 Rear Tire Size18 x 6.5
 Tire TypePneumatic Wheels
Deck
 Cutting Options3-in-1 (Side-Discharge/Bag/Mulch)
 Material13-Gauge
 ConstructionStamped
 Spindle MaterialAluminum
 Blades1 Blade
 Positions6 Positions
 Cutting Height1.5-4.0 Inches
 Deck Lift SystemManual Hand Operated
 EngagementManual
 Deck DriveBelt
Accessories
 Seat TypeMid Back w/ Seat Springs
 Rear BaggerSold Separately
 Mulcher KitSold Separately
 HeadlightsNo
 Hour MeterSold Separately
 Arm RestsSold Separately
 Engine GuardNo
 Front BumperNo
 Trailer HitchNo
Overview
 Assembly RequiredMinor
 Weight395.0 Lbs. (179.17 kilograms)
 Dimensions66.5L x 35.5 up/47.0 downW x 39.3H
(168.91 x 90.17 x 99.82 cm)
 Consumer Warranty3 Years
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  6 Questions
Q: I am in the market for a zero turn mower and the Husqvarna products seem to have the highest consumer ratings. I am interested in a zero turn for mowing in the summer but I also want to mount a snow blade for winter snow removal. Would the Model 966 do the job? Do you make a snow blade for the zero turns or will I need to get an after-market snow blade. Thanks!
by Mark Martin from Michigan on June 11, 2011

A: Mark - Husqvarna does not offer either a snow plow blade nor a snow blower attachment for any of their zero turn mowers. And the snow plow blade and the snow blower attachment for the Husqvarna tractors will NOT fit on any of the Husqvarna zero turns. We also do not offer any after market snow plow blades for zero turn mowers at this time.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: I really don't need a zero turn, but want one. My property is only 2/3 -3/4 of an acre. Is the rz3016 the right mower for this type of residential application? What is the on-going maintenance necessary with this type of mower?
by Barry from Georgia on May 04, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. This size zero turn is perfect for your application. It is made for smaller yards that are under an acre. The only maintenance required would be changing the oil and sharpening the blades yearly.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: I did not see a mulching blade for sale. Is one available with your company?
by Peter Barica from Florida on April 19, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. We only carry the mulch kit for this mower. This kit does not include blades and we do not carry those blades.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: When you ship mower to my house, does it have motor oil in it, a fully charged battery ready to go, and is it fully assembled with full air in the tires ? In other words, lawn ready ? Could I purchase it with a mulching blade already installed ?
by Peter Barica from Florida on April 19, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. The mower arrives with a minimal amount of oil, so I suggest topping off the resevoir when it arrives. All you have to do is put on the seat and it is ready to go. We do not attach mulching blades in advance.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: They left out the dimensions in this mower especially the width. What are they please ?
by Peter Barica from Florida on April 18, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. The dimensions of this mower are 66.5 X 32 X 42.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: I have between 1/3 to 1/2 acre to mow, I am using a Craftsman 33 in walk behind now, but I am about to invest some serious monies into it for continued use. Been looking at zero turn mowers and wonder which would be best for my situation. I need to keep the mower width 42 inches and below. You have several mowers in the 30+ inches, which would you recommend. the Husqvarna RZ3016 looks good, but would like your opinion. Thanks
by Doug Richards from Texas on March 27, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. This mower would be perfect for your application. It will cut down your mowing time and give you a great, durable long lasting mower.
by Jose, Product Expert
Husqvarna 966 61 23-01 Reviews & Ratings
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Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
4/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.2 out of 54.2 out of 54.2 out of 54.2 out of 54.2 out of 5
Pros
I'd Buy It Again (2)
Easy To Store (2)
Easy To Use (2)
High Quality (2)
Durable (1)
Cons
Bad Instructions (1)
Expensive (1)
Difficult To Use (1)
81% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Rob G.
W. Bloomfield, MI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/12/12
Total Helpful Votes
16 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
MAY.
28
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
The Only 30" Zero Turn On Market
I like the machine, I purchased in 10/12. Controls are a little awkward to get to but can work with this. This RZ3016 seems way overpowered. Even at very low speed tires break traction on turns and tear up the grass. I replaced a rear rider with 30" cut that had 8hp which was enough. I set my gardens up for a 30" path. Easy to change belt and blade.

With Zero Turns in general the driver must have both hands driving the machine except while going straight. If a bush grabs your left... more
Pros: Features, High Quality, Easy To Store, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Difficult To Use, Expensive
Rob Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
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Bonnie K.
Topeka, KS
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/17/14
Total Helpful Votes
11 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
OCT.
08
2014
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Our Experience
We received our mower on September 23, 2014. It would not start and we had to call Bishops in Perry, Kansas.. They came to get it on the 25th and have had it since that time.

They are the major Husqvarna dealer in this area. We have heard nothing from them. It cost us $75.00 to have them pick it up for repair. Until we get our mower returned we cannot properly evaluate this machine.
Bonnie Does Not Recommend This Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Bonnie,
Thank you for the Review, and we will have our Product Expert call you to see what we can do.
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Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Bonnie,
We have a policy that pays dealers for pick-up and delivery of units for this situation within the first 30 days. The dealer you took your unit to should have been able to file this under our warranty policy. Please contact them for a refund.
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James W.
Selinsgrove, PA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/17/15
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
MAY.
08
2015
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
New Mower Will Not Start
I bought the RZ 3016 two weeks ago. I used it twice and was satisfied with the performance. However on the third time out, it would not start. I am thoroughly disgusted that a piece of equipment this expensive has no quality control.
James Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Jack H.
Keller, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/23/15
REVIEWED
MAY.
15
2015
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Wish-i-could
Great machine, though it could stop raining here in Texas so we could use it!!! Thanks for the great delivery mowers direct!
Jack Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
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James R.
Midwest City, OK
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/28/14
Total Helpful Votes
13 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
SEP.
05
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Mowing Made Fun
Getting older and my wife thought I needed some help mowing our two properties. I've always liked Husqvarna products and wanted a zero turn mower. However, I needed one that could get through narrow gates. This 30" was the perfect mower and is a great time saver and just plain fun to ride.
James Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
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Rooster
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/17/14
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
12 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAR.
09
2015
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Regret Buying This Product
Purchased this type of mower Oct. '14. Worked fine the first couple of times I used it. Then I started having problems starting it. Each week in winter I ran it (after problems starting it, even ran battery down a couple of times). After it warms up no problem starting.

Seems to be a carburetor issue. Spoke with two shops who do warranty work for Husqvarna and both told me the same, any issue with fuel is not covered under warranty. Pretty sorry to spend this kind of money and not be... more
Rooster Does Not Recommend This Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Rooster,
We're very sorry to hear this has happened. Try giving Husqvarna a call at (800) 487-5951, and provide your serial number provided on the mower. They should be able to help take care of your problems, or at least provide a better explanation.

If you still continue to have issues getting this resolved, feel free to give us a call and we can try to help.
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Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Rooster,
Sorry to hear that you are having issues with your mower. It sounds like this is more of an engine issue than a mower issue. I'm not sure what the exact problem is, but the Briggs Intek engines will typically surge until they warm up. Once warmed up, they run very smooth. The engines surge because they are geared to run lean to meet EPA standards. If your problem is something more than this, I would strongly advise working with a Briggs and Stratton dealer, they may be able to adjust the carburetor to make it run smoother. Please keep in mind that the engine will perform better in a warm climate versus the cold winter weather.
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James R.
Dade, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/30/14
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
REVIEWED
NOV.
20
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
My Mower Model # 966 61 23 01
When talking to Jose about the mower, as well as a few other people, it was very nice. When I got the mower, I liked it very well and I still do.

However it would not start. And I could not get anyone to return my call after saying they would. I did get it fixed NO HELP FROM MOWERS DIRECT. So I will not be doing anymore business with Mowers Direct.
James Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
James,
Thank you for your review, we will have our Product Expert call you to see what we can do to help you resolve the issue.
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George B.
Zachary, LA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/5/14
REVIEWED
OCT.
06
2014
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Just What I Was Looking For
I tried to purchase this mower locally without success. I googled the size I was looking for and your website came up.

Initially, the mower was out of stock, but I was promptly notified when it was back in stock. It was shipped and received in one week's time.

I have only used it twice but I am completely satisfied with the purchase. Everyone I have talked to says it is one of the best and the price was cheaper than they expected.

So far, I have been satisfied with the mower. Thanks... more
George Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
George's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
4/5

Shipping
5/5
"The list of companies that service the mower in my area is inaccurate. None of the companies I contacted service the mowers. The closest company was in Lakeland, LA and they required bringing the mower to them. However, I did find a repairman in Brusly who accurately diagnosed the problem. But, finding him required numerous telephone calls but eventually, success in solving the problem."
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Jim S.
Deadwood, SD
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/25/14
REVIEWED
OCT.
07
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Snow
It took 4 weeks to receive the mower and by the time I got it, we had nine inches of snow. I have since been trying to get used to the steering, as we live by a creek and don't want to lose it.
Jim Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
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Van B.
Scott City, KS
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/25/14
REVIEWED
SEP.
29
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Excellent Mower
I am very impressed with this little mower. It does all I expected and more. Very happy with it.
Van Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
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Sandra F.
Aitkin, MN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/13/15
REVIEWED
APR.
03
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Husqvarna Lands In Aitkin,mn
I bought this online because it was the only way I could see to get the size I wanted. Ordering from your web page was very easy and the payment and delivery were right on schedule.

The machine was well packed and crated, so there were no scratches or dents we fired her up after we un-packed it and performed all the pre-start checks. It run like a well-tuned maytag washer.

it has been a good experience, and am looking foreward to actually mowing grass.
Sandra Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
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