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Husqvarna RZ5424 (54") 24HP Kohler Zero Turn Lawn Mower

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Model: 966 65 93-01
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Mid Grade Lawn Mowers
Zero-Turn Mower
Surface Area
Office Building, Farm, or Parks
Hilly Terrain

Cutting Inches

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24hp/725cc Kohler Courage OHV Twin Cylinder Engine
Smooth power output, quieter operation and outstanding durability
Full pressure lubrication system with spin-on oil filter
Mow up to 2.8 acres per hour at speeds up to 6.5 mph
3.5 gallon fuel tank with fuel level window

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

54-Inch High Performance Air Induction Mower Deck
Air is drawn from top & bottom of the deck, improving grass lift
12-gauge stamped steel w/ 3 mower blades and greaseable mandrels
Electric clutch deck engagement
4 anti-scalp wheels

Rugged Design And Construction
1.5" x 2" steel tube frame
Heavy-duty casters on front wheels

Comfortable Operation
Choke, throttle, and ignition in one location for easy access
Convenient seat slide with spring suspension

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

Engine Brand
Kohler Courage
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start
Engine Cycle
24 HP
725 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
3.5 Gallons
Engine Cylinders
2 Cylinders
Oil Filter
Consumer Engine Warranty
3 Years
Battery Included
Cutting Options
3-in-1 (Side-Discharge/Bag/Mulch)
Deck Material
Deck Construction
Spindle Material
3 Blades
Deck Positions
6 Positions
Cutting Height
1.5-4.0 Inches
Deck Lift System
Manual Hand Operated
PTO Electric
Deck Drive
Maximum Speed
6.5 MPH
Maximum Reverse Speed
3.5 MPH
Drive Wheels
Rear Wheels
Transmission Type
Drive System
Hydro-Gear w/Pump & Wheel Motor
Rear Bagger
Sold Separately
Engine Guard
Seat Type
Mid Back w/ Seat Springs
Hour Meter
Arm Rests
Sold Separately
Front Bumper
Trailer Hitch
Mulcher Kit
Sold Separately
Front Tire Size
11 Inch
Front Axle
Rear Tire Size
18 x 9.5 Inch
Tire Type
Pneumatic Wheels
Made in USA
640 Pounds
Product Length
75.0 Inches
Product Width
57.0 up/67.5 down Inches
Product Height
40.0 Inches
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
966 65 93-01
  5 Questions
Q: Does this mower come assembled?
by Jennifer from Montana on July 30, 2013

A: This mower will come crated and would need to be taken out. From there the unit does require some assembly, but it is very minor. The seat would need to be attached, the steering sticks would need to be pulled up and locked into position and the negative battery cable would need to be connected. Otherwise just add gas and you are off.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: I love the GTH series of garden tractors that Husqvarna puts out...but they're impossible to find! My name has been on three waiting lists for their 52" fabricated deck model for the past four months! I've given up waiting. The main reason I wanted the garden tractor is that I occasionally (three or four times per year) roll my yard with a roller with a capacity of 900lbs. If I filled up the roller to somewhere around 600lbs, do you think the RZ5424 with the Kawasaki engine could pull it without causing serious damage?
by Andrew from New York on June 18, 2011

A: Andrew - The Husqvanra RZ5424 zero turn will NOT be able to tow a load of 600 lbs. You would cause serious damage to your mower if you tried this. The max towing capacity of the RZ5424 is about 200 lbs.
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: How does this lawn mower (RZ5424 with the Kohler Courage engine) compare to the same model with the Kawasaki engine? Is the Kohler engine comparable to the Kawasaki? How reliable should the Kohler engine model be? Is there any muffler problem that you are aware of with it? Is there any other info you can give me on the Kohler version? Thank you in advance.
by Paul from North Carolina on March 26, 2011

A: Ideally, a Kawasaki engine is going to be a better quality engine. You end up paying more money for the Kawasaki engine, but the quality is rarely matched by other companies.

Kohler makes a great engine, but is going to be a slight lesser in grade than the Kawasaki engine. Owning something with a Kohler would not be something to be upset about and if you take care of the unit, it will take care of you. This is the same with every engine though.

To our knowledge we do not know of any muffler problems with the Kohler engine, but we don't do service here, so problems would have to be known through either word of mouth or recall reports. Overall the Kohler is a very good quality engine and if taken care of would last just about as long as a Kawasaki engine. In most cases it really comes down to how well you take care of it.


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by Jose, Product Expert

Q: I bought a RZ5424 Husqvarna today and when I start the engine then release the parking brake it aotomatically shuts off.
What do I do or what do I need to do to keep it running?

by Skip Patsos from Florida on March 22, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. that question would be best answered by Husqvarna tech wupport. You can reach them at 800-487-5951.
by Jose, Product Expert

Husqvarna 966 65 93-01 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
4.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 5
Easy To Use (11)
Price (8)
I'd Buy It Again (7)
High Quality (6)
Fast (6)
Packaging (4)
However Jose Refunded Th... (1)
However (1)
Paid For Liftgate Servic... (1)
Difficult Battery Access (1)
100% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Trent L.
Fayette, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/14/11
Total Helpful Votes
12 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
The Zero Turn Find
I ordered a smaller Husqvarna early in May from a local dealer and was told it would be June 1st or so before it came in. June came no mower, June 10th came no mower, so I went on a search mission for a mower. I got online and found Mowers Direct, ordered a RZ5424 and it was here two days later. I cut my mowing down by three hours and the lawn looks great. Now I can't wait for the grass to grow.
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Joe R.
Willmar, MN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 2/7/13
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
39 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Back In A Zero Turn
Finding a zero turn mower that is responsibly priced and has performance that matches or goes beyond the leading brands is not easy. Those who perform lawn care for other homeowners know what I am talking about. You don't want a large heavy expensive mower if residential yards are what you do, and you need a mower that gets the job down quick and easy.

I chose the Husqvarna because it has the features and the quality for under three thousand dollars. Believe me when I say once you operate a... more
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Cottage Grove, OR
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/5/13
Total Helpful Votes
12 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
First Time User Of A Zero Turn Mower
I already had a 54 inch deck mower that I bought a year ago with the touted "tight turn" technology. Two things wrong here, first all vehicles turn about the rear wheel axle, however, the mower deck center is forward of the axle and thus you cannot turn around a tree base with deck edge close to the tree. So, one has to back up, go forward, back up... and so on. Now this would not be so bad if you only had a tree or two to go around. I have about twenty.

And so it was time to buy... more
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Tommy O.
Midlothian, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/13/13
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
2.5 Acres In 2 Hours On Hilly Terrain!!
I researched ZTR mowers very extensively and almost bought a Cub Cadet at a local warehouse store because that is what I have been mowing with for the past year, but my father in law needed it back so I had to buy one. I had never owned anything Husqvarna but had always heard good things. When I found this one at it was priced better than the Cub that was a smaller cut width plus no taxes or shipping except the tailgate fee (a must). Getting the mower off the crate was a little... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Quiet, Price, Fast, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Packaging
Tommy Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
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Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/17/13
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Husqvarna Rz5424 Kohler
Great Mower. Don't let the any of the bad reviews scare you off. First zero turn for me. It's fun! Once you get the hang of it it feels like flying a helicopter! Traction is quite good, despite stories. Side hill mowing quite good, despite stories. Nothing fell apart, despite some of the reviews. Quality seems very good after 2 weeks, so far its great. This is a lawn mower, not a tractor! If you mow rocks and branches, you are going to break something, guys. It was a little tricky to... more
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Price, High Quality
Cons: Packaging
Emery Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
Emery Would Recommend Mowers Direct To A Friend
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"Shipping worked great. Very quick. Took one more day than first indicated. Dropped it in front of my garage door, perfect. Still mowed before the weekend!"
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Joseph S.
Cumming, GA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/16/13
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Excellant Mower
I live on 5.5 acres, of which I have to mow about 3. Got rid of my old tractor and love this zero turn mower. It used to take me about 3 hrs to mow, now its less than half, about 1 1/2 hours to mow. I have had this mower since the end of March and I love it. No problems so far, have 12 hrs on it and it is working like a champ. This mower came crated in enough wood to build a nice dog house out of. Be prepared to have help to uncrate. I have a Husqvarna push mower and liked it so well I went... more
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Price
Joseph Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
Joseph Would Recommend Mowers Direct To A Friend
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"No problems with shipping. Paid by check to save additional $60. Received mower about 2 1/2 weeks after I ordered....."
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Ocala National Forest, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/8/13
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Good People Bad Mower
I ordered my Husqvarna 54 in Zero Turn from Mowers Direct. I researched zero turn mowers for two years and had decided on this one because of the mower deck and that this was supposedly one of the best machines for its price. Mowers Direct was very easy to deal with and very helpful when asked questions. The first time we used the machine the PTO would not shut off and a blade fell off. When taken to an authorized dealer we where told that the clutch was bad.
Would I order from Mowers Direct... more
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Jim J.
Adams, TN
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
I got this mower and it makes cutting the 2/3 acre lot a breeze. It takes me about 30 min and my older 42" tractor took over 2 hours.

The mower just goes through the grass with ease. I looked at a bunch of different mowers for a while and after looking at several models, I picked this one. I am happy with it and would buy it again if I needed one.
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Dasie R.
Oxford, NC
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/21/13
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
We are very happy with our RZ5424. It was hard to get out of the crate, but other than that best deal for me .

We LOVE It!!!!!!!!!!!
Pros: Easy To Use, Durable, Features, Reliable, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
Dasie Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
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Bob G.
Centerburg, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/12/13
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Cut My Time!
I recommend a zero turn for anyone that has a sizable yard! This is a no frills mower that gets the job done. I mow 4 acres and it cut my time by an hour and half.
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Fast, High Quality
Cons: Packaging
Bob Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
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Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/29/13
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
First Time
I am new to riding mowers period much less zero turn mowers. When we purchased 5 fairly heavily treed acres recently it became crystal clear very quickly that this would be necessary.
I did a fair amount of research and talked to a lot of people before making the purchase decision and I have to say that so far I could not be more pleased. The mower powers through some fairly rough terrain and handled several areas that were well beyond the need for mowing.
The zero turn capability is great... more
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