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

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Model: 966 61 23-01
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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
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


Engine
Engine Brand
Briggs & Stratton
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
HP
16.5 HP
CC
500 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
3 Gallons
Engine Cylinders
1 Cylinder
Oil Filter
Yes
Consumer Engine Warranty
3 Years
Motor
Battery Included
Included
Deck
Cutting Options
3-in-1 (Side-Discharge/Bag/Mulch)
Deck Material
13-Gauge
Deck Construction
Stamped
Spindle Material
Aluminum
Blades
1 Blade
Deck Positions
6 Positions
Cutting Height
1.5-4.0 Inches
Deck Lift System
Manual Hand Operated
Engagement
Manual
Deck Drive
Belt
Drive
Speeds
Variable
Maximum Speed
6.5 MPH
Maximum Reverse Speed
3.5 MPH
Drive Wheels
Rear Wheels
Transmission Type
Hydrostatic
Drive System
Hydrostatic
Accessories
Rear Bagger
Sold Separately
Engine Guard
No
Seat Type
Mid Back w/ Seat Springs
Hour Meter
Sold Separately
Arm Rests
Sold Separately
Front Bumper
No
Trailer Hitch
No
Mulcher Kit
Sold Separately
Headlights
No
Wheels
Front Tire Size
11 x 4 Inch
Front Axle
Swivel
Rear Tire Size
18 x 6.5 Inch
Tire Type
Pneumatic Wheels
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Weight
395 Pounds
Product Length
66.5 Inches
Product Width
35.5 up/47.0 down Inches
Product Height
39.3 Inches
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
UPC
705788551774
Model
966 61 23-01
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  9 Questions
Q: Jose, do you also have a hitch for a rz3016?
by Dennis from Wisconsin on April 06, 2016

A: Dennis - sorry, but the Husqvarna RZ3016 zero turn mower is not designed for use with a rear tow hitch
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: If I purchase this mower through Mowers Direct, where can I get warranty service or other repairs?
by Mike Pregler from Nebraska on March 25, 2016

A: Mike - warranty work, parts or other repairs, should they ever be required, can be performed at any Husqvarna authorized service center in your area
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Will this mower be ok for a slopped yard
by David from Texas on January 10, 2016

A: David - the Husqvarna RZ3016 will operate effectively on hills and inclines with up to about 15 degree's of slope.
by Jose, Product Expert

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
Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
4/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 5
Pros
I'd Buy It Again (4)
Easy To Use (4)
High Quality (3)
Easy To Store (3)
Exceeded Expectations (2)
Cons
Low Quality (1)
Durability (1)
Bad Instructions (1)
Expensive (1)
The Only Con I Can Think... (1)
85% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
57 Reviews  Sort by 
 
John M.
Pace, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/18/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
AUG.
26
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
My New Rz3016
Received my new mower on time on the 5th working day after order was placed. Received it in new condition and no damage at all. The unpacking from the crate was very interesting for just using a claw hammer. I checked the mower over carefully and found it to be fully assembled except for installing the seat and the control bars. This only took about 30 minutes.

Checked all the lube required points and they all were lubed. The engine oil was full. After adding about 1 gallon of gas in the... more
John Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
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Thomas C.
Marathon, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/15/16
REVIEWED
SEP.
11
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Service And Fast Delivery
I ordered this 30" Husqvarna zero-turn mower on Mon 8-15. I called customer service for assistance since I was requesting the 0% financing and they were extremely polite and helpful. When I checked the shipment tracking, I saw this originated in Chicago and was being shipped via SAIA freight.

Since I live in very remote far southwest Texas, I was prepared to wait a while for delivery. Surprisingly, it was delivered to my door with lift gate service on Thursday 8/19. The crate was in... more
Pros: I'd Buy It Again, Easy To Store, Easy To Use, High Quality
Cons: The, The Only Con I Can Think Of Is It Doesn't Have And Hour Meter An
Thomas Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
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10
Bernard P.
Raytown, MO
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/15/16
REVIEWED
SEP.
06
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Made A Good Choice
This is the first zero turn mower I have experienced, and after a couple of hours getting familiar with the simple operation and size I could not have made a better choice!
Bernard Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
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10
David T.
Richfield, MN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/20/16
Total Reviews
5 Reviews
REVIEWED
AUG.
23
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
30-inch Zero Turn Mower
Wanted a smaller rider, Husqvarna was the only 30" zero turn on the market. Love it!
David Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
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10
Marion V.
Richardson, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/16/16
REVIEWED
NOV.
02
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Product
The mower was used the first time in my backyard, and it gave me the opportunity to practice in a wide open space.

Surprisingly enough, I had very little trouble learning to mow with it, but it is a sensitive piece of equipment and its power should be respected.

I actually like to mow the grass now, and I am happy I decided to buy it. I think it is well designed and functions as intended.
Pros: I'd Buy It Again, Easy To Use, Exceeded Expectations, Fast
Marion Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
Marion's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I found Mowers Direct to be helpful and efficient. The customer service person I spoke with told me my mower would be shipped in about 3 working days, but I asked that it be sent out just as soon as possible. It must have been readied for shipping that day instead, because the freight company that carried it called me the day before it was actually supposed to leave Mowers Direct and said it was already in their facility here and could be brought out to me the next day. Fantastic service!"
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Sharon B.
Dyer, IN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/22/16
REVIEWED
SEP.
14
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
When Mowing Isn't Just Mowing
This is just what I needed for the "de-choring" of mowing. I cut my mowing by about 1/3 of the time, and it's fun to do.
Sharon Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
Sharon's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"The internet was simple to use, also the people were friendly . No problems and the delivery was fast to NW Indiana."
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Ronnie M.
Hutchinson, KS
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/2/16
REVIEWED
AUG.
24
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Nice Job
My Husqvarna made it from Chicago, IL to Hutchinson, KS in four days. It was well packed. Took me about three hours to remove the crate and assemble it. It started right up and mowed like a charm. Our city is 10 percent sales tax. Well worth my time. For once, I made the right choice. Thanks.
Ronnie Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
Ronnie's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Your company was so easy to work with. Thanks."
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Dave
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/3/12
Total Helpful Votes
45 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
SEP.
25
2012
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
It's Running Now
When I ordered my mower I paid the extra to have it delivered to my garage. After I uncrated it and put in fuel, I got ready to start it. The starter spun the engine, but it wouldn't start. It wouldn't fire at all. I could see that gasoline was not even reaching the fuel filter.

Then began an exchange of emails. Mowers Direct told me where I could get the mower serviced in my area. I told them it was new, would not run, and was not getting fuel. Then they said it was an engine problem and... more
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Dave,
This unit has a 3 year Factory Warranty, which is why you were referred first to Husqvarna. After you told us your local Husqvarna dealer wasn't doing service anymore, we referred you to Briggs since it would also be covered under the engine warranty.

It is against Federal Law to re-ship an engine that has had gasoline in it, since it poses a fire & explosion hazard to the shipper- we couldn't have it shipped back.

We then contacted our rep at Husqvarna on your behalf, who had a service location contact you, pick up your mower & do the repair.

We apologize for the frustration, but we're glad the folks at Husqvarna were able to service your mower quickly.
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Jerry P.
Spiro, OK
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/27/12
Total Helpful Votes
29 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
AUG.
09
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Happy With My Purchase
Have always wanted a zero turn radius mower. Everything I looked at was too big for my yard until I looked at the 30" Husqvarna. This mower has turned out to be what I have been looking for.

Until you get accustomed to it, the controls are a little touchy. I can see where it would be very easy to jump atop something that you had no intention of doing. On my first attempt to use it, I cut one of my wife's bushes down. After a few uses, it gets easier to operate!

All in all, I... more
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Jerome H.
Woodbridge, VA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/28/12
Total Helpful Votes
26 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
OCT.
20
2012
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
My First Zero Turn Mower
A couple pieces of advice: it's big and heavy. It arrived in a wooden crate and you get no help from the delivery service in unpacking it. Read the instructions for uncrating- don't just attack it with a wrecking bar. Nevertheless, you still have to dispose of the wood, nails and all. I used a chain saw to reduce the wood to small pieces and packed them into contractor-type plastic bags.

It took me a little while to locate the seat connection for the sensor wire, but when I did the... more
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265
James R.
Midwest City, OK
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/28/14
Total Helpful Votes
21 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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