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Husqvarna PZ Series

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by puppypaws, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. T Total Lawncare

    T Total Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from The deep south
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    Hard to understand why a deck so deep with more less open baffling and with such a large discharge opening would clump horribly. What type of blades are you using? Maybe it's too much lift for those conditions? What are your other observations of the mower and cut quality under drier conditions? Are those weekly accounts?
     
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2013
  2. landers lawn

    landers lawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 41

    i dont have a whole lot of yards. the ride is awesome and i love everything about it. i am using some high lift blades that jim q recommended! and this yard is a weekly yard. i used the lower lifts when i got it and it missed stalks badly. these blades i am using now get the stalks but clump horribly. the other blades also clumped!!!
     
  3. arl250

    arl250 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I had the Dixon version of the 6029 and the deck was awsome unless I was cutting really tall grass it never clumped that wasn't my reason for getting rid of it... it was the fact that after 400 hrs I had already installed two sets of deck bearings and all the idler pullys on the deck were shot... this along with bad dealer support made me turn to a scag and I hg aven't looked back since although my scag g seems to clump a little more in the wet stuff I'd rather spend time spreading out clumps than working on my mower
     
  4. JimQ

    JimQ LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hi Landers,

    Honestly, trying to be as unbiased as possible, I can say the discharge quality of the PZ deck and performance in wet conditions is right up there with the best of them. Velocity Plus, 7 Iron, Etc...

    The only thing that comes to mind is, the discharge chute. I'm not a big fan of the design. It's a formed rubber chute and it can sag and interfere with the discharge. There are better designed chutes out there. Do you cut with yours up or down? I know a lot of guys just take them off and throw them in the corner. It makes a significant improvement in discharge performance. (read in a bunch of safety disclaimers here...)

    Q
     
  5. T Total Lawncare

    T Total Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from The deep south
    Posts: 901

    Idler pulleys ive never had a problem with which the LZ and PZ are the same. spindle bearings are a another story. I've learned that pulling my trailer under the shed when not in use has been the difference in spindle life. Rain eventually ends up seeping in if the mower is left out in the weather constantly. Were you speaking of the spindle bearings?
     
  6. tshank

    tshank LawnSite Member
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    Been a crazy year. Mixture of fine and wide blade fescue, clover, and weeds. Cutting usually every 7 - 10 days taking of 2 - 3" or more. Grass has been so sappy it's been aggravating. My bragging on the Triton was after the humidity dropped and things dried out a little for the first time in ages. Husky clumps are big and heavy enough that on 2nd pass blades won't pick up and distribute. Cutting right at 4".
     
  7. tshank

    tshank LawnSite Member
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    Using the hi-lifts with a Qwik Chute OCDC. Until a deck clean-out and new blades the Exmark was the worst cutting mach. I ever saw. And man is it slow. Cutting speed about right, transport speed is terrible. The Diesel is adv. as a 14 mph mach.
     
  8. arl250

    arl250 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yes the spindle bearing went out twice on mine it never saw rain except the day I brought it home... and the idler pullys already had alot play and made a constant roar. And it had a Kawasaki fx801 and I never liked that engine it would smoke like crazy on start up and used two quarts every 100 hrs. Other than that it was built like a tank and i really liked the more compact feel of it just the little things were driving me crazy
     
  9. T Total Lawncare

    T Total Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from The deep south
    Posts: 901

    My spindles are a little different than yours. I am running the prototypes of those on a non tunnel ram flat deck compliments of JimQ. Initially the spindles had the same problem as yours til I tore them down and replaced the Chinese bearings with Timkens. I went through 6 spindles that ran the Chinese bearings. It was partly my fault due to leaving the mower out in the weather during the cutting season. My spindles were sealed non greasable so eventually rain would run down my deck and fill them up. The version you run are slotted on the bottom to let the water out and greasable. I figured that would correct the issues I had with mine. After I replaced the bearings and shedded the mower my spindles have been trouble free. There is little quality control on those Chinese bearings to start with and I imagine if your mower is under warranty they'll just keep replacing the spindles with more with the same bearings. When that warranty goes out I recommend you rebuild them like I did with some quality parts and that problem will be solved..
     
  10. landers lawn

    landers lawn LawnSite Member
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    i run a bagger on my machine. so the discharge shoot is not on there. the yard i cut and was complaining about i dont bag. just to clarify!
     

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