My new Lazer Z 27hp Kowi paper weight

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Tomslawncare1, May 2, 2001.

  1. Tomslawncare1

    Tomslawncare1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 47

    Boy am I frustrated. I picked up my New Lazer Z on April 26. On April 27 when I went to go mow with it (smiling ear to ear) the battery was dead. So I thought wow my dealer didn't even charge the battery for me. So I had to unhook the trailer and jump the mower(10 min down time). No problem the thing cuts great. Ran it for 45 min and went to the next job. Still looking forward to mowing with it. Go to start it up, again dead battery. Now I'm pissed. Called the dealer and told him the battery in the mower was no good. He said charge it for 4 hrs and try again. I did and tryed to mow with it the next day. I thought, fresh charge on the battery I'm ready to go. Went to start it up on the first job and guess what. DEAD BATTERY. Now I'm really pissed. Brought it to the dealer to check out and after dropping off 3 consecutive days and picking it up still no answer. Mower is to new. Not enough info on it yet. What the heck is going on. Anyone else having problems? Any suggestions?
  2. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,110

    start it up put a meter on it..if it shows 13 or a tad higher its charging.if it shows 12 not doing too much of any charging..tell the dealer better fix it or youll go buy a chopper or something from somewhere else..they will fix it. good luck
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes! I bought my Lazer around this time last year, and this Spring MY battery was dead. The dealer told me they had an incredible amount of these Interstate batts coming back. He said they made HIM start testing them before he exchanged them because there were so many he was exchanging. He kept it for the night, called me the next day, and told me I can come in and get a new one. This is not an uncommon, and Exmark is aware of it. They are working with all the dealers on this so DON'T let your dealer give you any slack over it! Man it's nice to have some inside info, isn't it?
  4. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,937

    You didn't by any chance, override the operator presence controls did you? I have heard that jury rigging these can cause a constant load on the battery all the time. I haven't fiddled with mine, and probably wont, since they are pretty forgiving and allow engine running dismount with blades off. I haven't looked into the wiring of the switches, but have heard that its happened before.

    Let us know.

    P.S. Did you perform a load test on the battery? Maybe your dealer forgot to fill the battery with acid!?

  5. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,491

    What the hell is wrong with your dealer? I'd be on him like flies on you know what!!! I'd want the charging system checked out and repaired if needed and a NEW battery installed while I waited for it!!! If these things didn't happen I'd be calling a lawyer from my cell phone while standing in front of the dealers face in his showroom and speaking loudly into the phone!!! Some of these dealers never cease to amaze me.
  6. Mr.Ziffel

    Mr.Ziffel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 291

    These machines have a voltmeter standard, right next to the temperature gauge. What did it read? Doesn't sound like what happened to you, but a couple of times I went to start mine and nothing--I thought oh no, dead battery, but then realized that I didn't have the brake handle set. Pulled the brake on and started right up. You're sure this isn't what you're doing aren't you? I've been mowing like crazy with mine and it just eats it up and spits it out! Will M.
  7. Replace with a Delco and get the highest CCAs you can find. I would'nt even think of putting an Interstate (right on par with Die-Hard) on anything!
    BTW I wish I had that mower, but most accounts here don't qualify for that much machine.
    Hope this helps.
  8. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,308

    The comment by dixie1 kinda makes me think. I just had a new engine with electric start put on my Exmark 48" hydro w/b. It has an interstate battery, and I noticed now that the opc controls are disabled. I haven't had any dead battery problems yet but it makes me wonder, if I will. I wonder why the dealer did this? I guess I will have to ask.
  9. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,977

    About the time he said "charge it for 4 hrs and try again", would have been about the time I jerked his ass through the phone :mad:
  10. Dave

    Dave LawnSite Senior Member
    from RI
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