2018 Hustler Super Z HD

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by puppypaws, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
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    There have been a few minor changes made to the 2018 Super Z HD. The front caster bearings have been changed to tapered bearings, and the claim is they are heavier duty bearings.

    The fuel tanks are of a different design, a look I personally do not care for.

    The rear bumper has changed to offer a heavy duty hitch (no photo).

    I personally believe these changes are no more than a slight difference to make buyers believe the 3% increase in price is showing added value.

    The heavier hitch may add a small amount of value to a number of specialized customers.

    The change in their deck height adjustment may appeal to a certain group of customers, but their old design has worked extremely well for many years. The claim is their new deck height adjustment is fool-proof, along with being easier to raise and lower. The design does look nice, but to say there is added functionality, this will be decided by those that have experience with both the old, and the new.

    I was also told the top of the deck is now built with thicker metal, another point of advertising added value to warrant the increase in cost. The Hustler Super Z deck has never lacked for strength in any area.

    There is also a difference in deck hanger design, you notice there are no more chains, this may be the best change, but only time will tell. I've never seen, or had any problem from their old deck hanging design.

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  2. OP

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
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    Not really changes that should warrant a 3% increase in price, but that is only my opinion.
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  3. aroddy

    aroddy LawnSite Senior Member
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    I agree...3% on a $13000 machine is a chunk for minimal changes....
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  4. Mowin' deep

    Mowin' deep LawnSite Member
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    picked up my new one last week, obviously haven't had a chance to test it fully yet, only reason I got it so early was the warranty deal they had going on, an extra year and an extra 100hrs if bought before Jan 28th, its for personal use so hopefully it last while!


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  5. OP

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
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    You will find this to be a great mower, come back with your thoughts after a short period of seat time. I believe this is a 72" mower, which engine did you purchase?
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  6. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
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    Looks like Hustler has followed JD's lead and added a rear weight to bottom of the engine grill. They make good bumper/grill protectors.
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  7. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Those rear tires look small
  8. aroddy

    aroddy LawnSite Senior Member
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    Good Lookin' Machine! You will love the 37hp Vanguard EFI!!! Smooth as butta!!!
  9. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
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    Well, at least they did a few things to improve their mower. Some raise their prices with no improvements.
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  10. Mowin' deep

    Mowin' deep LawnSite Member
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    37efi, and yes its a 72....will report back after I put a few hours on it

    so far so good, cranks right up and purrs like a kitten

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