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my next lazer 34hp

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by fergman, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. fergman

    fergman LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 286

    i have a 04 and 06 ultracut. my new next lazer 34hp ultracut series 6 is different inside. i know of atleast 1 thing thats different already without even taking a tape measure but i will do it if i ever get time.
    if i put my hand inside the deck opening the kicker is shaped alittle different and its alittle shorter.
    the deck discharges thick wet clover better at any speed. it also builds up grass in completely different spots than the other 2 i have even though its still got all the paint underneath.
    everyone seems to think that when the deck still has paint under it then the grass doesnt build-up as much or maybe takes longer.
    so if grass doesnt build-up on my old decks where theres no paint then why would it be happening where there is paint on the ultra6???
    it also discharges more level and a wider fan of grass shooting out. kinda reminds me of watching a scag throw out grass.
    1 thing is for sure. it will mow steeper than lazer z and the xs model i have even though i have at101 chevrons on the lazer z and the john deere 4x4 tires on the xs.
    i can turn faster on flat ground go down very steep hills and turn around trees easier than i could with the turf tiger and tear up less grass with the next lazer.
    it really is as if the next lazer handles like a sports car and the older lazers handle like an outdated hunk of junk.
    on my xs lazer i have it set up to where the tires are trying to creep forward when in neutral. there supposed to be set up the exact opposite. its supposed to run 12mph but the next lazer still is faster. id say it pulls away from it at the speed of a decent walking speed. maybe 1-2mph
  2. fergman

    fergman LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 286

    only problem i can see with it so far is even with driving on a smooth road the deck and foot assist pedal moves up and down maybe an 1/8th of an inch???? and when mowing over really bumpy ground it seems to bounce the deck up and down alittle bit more. part of that might be that the front tires arent air filled. i put air tires in the front of my xs and there definately is a difference in the ride. think ill try that next and see if that helps the deck bounce.
    older lazers said to fill the back tires to 10psi. next lazer has the same tires and the mower sits lower so i would think there would maybe be a slight reduction in leverage on hills to roll the tires off the rims so i just put 11psi. it rides smoother that way.
    i really think that the next lazer and the scag turf tiger holds hills pretty much equally.
    if you sit them side by side the seat is lower. the gas tank is lower, and the roll bars when folded down is lower. going under trees with lots of branches on the other 2 lazers could take 3or4 minutes. with the next lazer it takes a few seconds and its done
  3. fergman

    fergman LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 286

    i think the deck is offset towadr the trim side slightly more than the older lazers. i also noticed that it doesnt scalp on a certain yard without a roller. i ran the same tire tracks as always and cut at the same height i did with the other 2 lazers and they do have a striping roller and they do scalp unless i use my foot to raise the deck up some. the angle that i tested it on was extremely shallow ditches on flat ground running over them diagonally. the dampeners are adjustable not done it yet but ill try it soon. i think when measuring from outside of tires together the scag might have an inch or two more width but not sure.
  4. AllAmericanlawn

    AllAmericanlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 275

    good review. tell us more later as you get more hours on it.
  5. fergman

    fergman LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 286

    the sticks are stiffer and very similar to a scag. maybe adjusting the dampeners will make the easier to push and pull. right now the dampeners are set at medium. ill move it to the soft setting and see if it helps. the mower tracks straighter than the other two lazers by itself. the deck has alittle bit different sound as if the blade speed is alittle higher or the baffling is changed a speck.
  6. SfTD_service_CENTER

    SfTD_service_CENTER LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 868

    i totally agree with everything you said! i also have a 34hp 60"

    the deck raising problem might be becuase of the torsion spring being realy tight, maybe i dont understand completely what you mean byu it moving up and down but if the spring was really hard it will do somthing like that as well. i think it is great for going under branches i never put my rops up i always leave it folded back becuae of that and it is really low makes things go fast. i am happy with the mower it isnt as great as some others for mowing really deep grass but that isnt what it was designed for, it still will mow alot of grass anyway but after hearing everyone say they can go 13mph on a bobcat in 3 foottall grass and get a clean cut i know that i cannot do that i have tried not a very clean cut and mine only goes 12mph on a radar gun with the blades engaged while mowing so they got me beat there as well. glas to hear you say what i feel about this mower it lets me know i am not alone! there are a few others that will also agree with you hopefully they will chime in and wish you the good luck with your mower that i will! so good luck and i hope to hear more good stuff from you in the future! and if there is some more info you got spill the beans already lol!

    i just bought the powerchute design lawn striper i havent gotten it yet but i cant wait to try it out. i also need a ocdc but i am still contemplating which i want.
  7. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 2,548

    I think it's awesome that you can be going down a steep hill and still be able to easily turn and go around a tree without tearing the grass at all. I am able to go straight down hills with this mower that I used to back down.

    I have noticed much less turf damage on the soggy irrigated lawns.
  8. fergman

    fergman LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 286

    yeah i thought i was half crazy about the less turf damage,but the difference is alot more than just slightly noticeable for sure.
    i think its cuz the balance. i think it will almost handle hills as good as a turf tiger. just feels like the tiger is wider and has a tiny bit less tip over feeling to it.
    just wish it would blow out grass like the scag.... lotta rain here.
  9. exmark 1

    exmark 1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    becareful on buying a new exmark my dealer had just told me that 2 new lazers blow up the motors on them already i was going to buy on until he told me about that problem so he sold me a 2008 left over with a 28 hp kaw on it
  10. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    Which engines blew up (brand and hp)? I have heard of two Kawasaki vertical engines going bad this week.

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