FrogLick
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FrogLick

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    1. FrogLick
      FrogLick
      Thanks for sharing your experience Roger1. It will help me make the decision about whether to step up to the next model with the better deck, etc. I appreciate good machines, keep them a long time and have a tendency to over buy, but it sounds like the Freedom Z could save me a significant chunk of change. I test drove a Gravely a couple of days ago and it was a very rough riding machine. It's not my bottom that bothers me but my back sure feels it if I'm in the seat of a rough rider for a long time.

      I'm familiar with most areas of Texas and the long growing season since I'm a native Texan and lived most of my life there. It'll be interesting to see what problems start cropping up on engines of all sorts as gas goes E10.
    2. roger1
      roger1
      I would definitely buy the Freedom Z again. I bought my Freedom Z in April of '07. So, our 4th season of use is nearly complete on it. The only out-of-the-ordinary maintenance issues I've had with it have been corrosion of the battery terminals (which I solved by coating them with that red sticky stuff) and the fuel gauge. The gauge is sluggish to register when filling the tank. The float sticks on the shaft and I haven't solved that one yet.
      Those 2 things are pretty minor. All other maintenance has been just the routine stuff.
      I don't think the 26HP engine has any more power than the 19HP Kawasaki does. At least, that was what was explained to me. My dealer recommended the Kaw and after a little research, others thought the Kaw was a better choice too. I can tell you that the power for my 52" Z is plenty. My acreage is flat however.
      As far as comfort, I have no complaints whatsoever but my wife likes to put an extra pad on the seat. Our yard takes about an hour to an hour and a half to mow and we have 2 other pieces of natural property that take about that long but get mowed less often. I'd say over the growing season (which is fairly long in Texas) we use the mower about 3 hours a week on average.

      By the way. This will be the first year that all of our gas in Texas is E10 (10% ethanol). I intend to drain the fuel tank for the 3 winter months or so that we won't use the mower.
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