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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jtkplc, Nov 23, 2009.
Would like to hear feedback from any of you who have demo-ed or use a 72" Next Lazer Z.
I have a 72" Next Lazer Z with the 34hp Kawi. It handles really really well and cuts like a champ. Plenty of power. Also loves to drink gas. The Next Lazer has been awesome I just wish I had waited on the fuel injected big blocks to come along. I'm at 2.5gph plus right now. Even with the fuel consumption being so much I wouldn't opt for anything smaller with the 72" deck.
The big block Vanguards and Generacs are much better engines than the big block Kawy's and get 1.5gph on fuel.
The new Kohler EFI engine will be available in January. However it is 29HP but priced about the same as My 34/60. Fuel injected engines are suppose to get more HP than what they are rated for but I doubt it will be a match for that 34HP.
I wonder why the kawasaki likes gas more than the generac and vanguards. From my understanding the 37hp kaw is a 3 valve per cylinder head which should make it better on fuel.
YIKES 2.5+ gph!!!!! My 35hp Vanguard is less than 1.5 gph.
What is your impression of some of the new changes with the Next Lazer Z, like the hydro/pump units, lower center of gravity, and the changes made to the deck lift system? Have you used other Exmark products in the past to compare with?
The 37 Kawy has some issues. Kawy is aware of them.
Sorry for the late reply I was out of town for a week. I have two 72" Lazer Z XS mowers with 35 BVG's and a 60" Lazer Z with 30hp Kohler. The Next Lazer Z will run circles around all of them when it comes to handling. The unitized pump/wheel motor design is much more responsive and quick.
Its pretty flat here where I live but the lower center of gravity is nice for ditch embankments. If you operated my 72" Next Lazer Z and then got off it and onto one of my 72" Lazer Z XS mowers you would say that the Next Lazer makes the older design seem sluggish. It is quicker and more responsive.
My local dealer has been an Exmark dealer for years and he said he hasn't had any Next Lazers come in with hydro issues or anything major so far. I guess time will tell. It will be nice to have fuel injected big blocks in the future to make up for the smaller tank on the Next Lazer. I hate having to take cans and refill during the day on large mowing projects.
At first I wasn't sure about the new deck lift design but I actually prefer it now over the older design. If you hit a bump with the old design the deck goes up and locks in the transport position whereas with the new design it won't do that. It's also nice having height adjustments up to six inches versus 5" with the old design.
If I had to choose between another 72" Next Lazer Z or a 72" Lazer Z XS I would take the Next Lazer hands down. The only contingency would be that the Next Lazer had a fuel injected big block or a engine that was comparable to the 35 BVG in fuel consumption.