husqvarna z254 review

Husqvarna Z254 Zero Turn Review

The Husqvarna Z254 zero turn is a very popular residential mower. It has a very simple design and a fan favorite of many homeowners for several years. When I first demoed this mower I was quickly surprised by its performance. It was so good that I actually added it to my best mowers under $3000 article.

A residential zero turn, like this one, will make quick work of your lawn maintenance. You will be able to mow your lawn in much less time than a riding lawn mower or push mower.

Let's check out the details!

Power

This mower offers a 26HP Kohler, 24 HP Briggs & Stratton, or a 21.5HP Kawasaki engine. Either one will provide plenty of power for the average homeowner.

husqvarna z254 engine

The Husqvarna z254 mower has Hydro-Gear ZT-2200 transaxles. These are also known as Hydro-Gear EZT transaxles. These allow the mower to travel up to 6.5 mph. These transaxles do fine for this size mower. They are the industry standard, on almost ever zero turn mower around the $3,000 range.

z254 transaxles

This mower is equipped with an automatic choke system. This feature will enable you to start the mower very easily. It is a little similar to an EFI-style engine in terms of starting the mower.

Features

  • 54 in Cutting Deck
  • Stamp and Fabricated Deck options
  • LED lights on the bumper that can enable you to work till late in the night
  • Ergonomic control panel
  • 26, 24, or 23 HP engine
  • 3.5 Gallon fuel tank
  • Electric clutch
  • Integrated, maintenance-free transmission
  • The spring-assisted deck lift system
  • Zero-turn radius
  • Excellent air filtration in the engine
  • Cooling fans
  • Auto parking brakes
  • 3-Year warranty

Cut Quality

The overall cut quality of the Husqvarna Z254 lawn mower is very good. Both the stamped and fabricated decks do a very good job of cutting grass. I personally prefer a fabricated deck, since they usually hold up for a longer period of time, and this deck cut great. The grass lift of this deck is pretty good which makes side discharging and mulching grass a solid option.

The only thing I really dislike about their deck is the chute guard being plastic. I also prefer a rubber guard so if you hit something it has more give. This allows it to last much longer.

husqvarna z254 deck

Durability

The Husqvarna Z254 riding mower has an 11-gauge or 10-gauge steel deck, making it durable, and allow it to last a long time. The frame of the mower is also well built. This mower will definitely withstand a decent amount of abuse.

The 11-gauge stamped, reinforced steel cutting deck is still well built. These usually don't hold up as well as a fabricated deck but it will still last a long time. The 10-gauge fabricated cutting deck is definitely worth the extra money. This deck will offer a sturdier build and thicker metal.

Also, the engine's air filtration system increases airflow, extending your mower's life. This is equipment that will serve you for a very long time without having to worry about the wear and tear issue.

Comfort

This mower is overall fairly comfortable. It doesn't have a suspension seat or anything like the higher-priced zero turns, but the seat isn't too bad. On the Z254F model, you will find the high back seat. This will add a decent amount of comfort and support to your back.

z254F Seat

The Z254 isn't going to blow you away with its comfort, but most homeowner zero turns aren't. Since a zero turn will speed up your mowing time and most won't be mowing for over 30-60 minutes at a time, it isn't a huge game-changer.

Aesthetics

Husqvarna's Z254 has a great look to it… especially the Z254F models. With the primary orange color, it has a grey accent color that looks pretty good. I think the fabricated deck also looks very good.

This is achieved by the choice of excellent seat material that proceeds to add another layer of brilliance to the mower. Overall, the look of this mower is very good. It is a sleek and simple design that Husqvarna has stuck with for some time now.

Safety

Both the front and the rear wheels are spread and positioned in a way that they offer comfort and safety in that the weight of the machine evenly distributed across the whole unit. This permits for a safer stand and makes the machine more efficient while mowing uphill.

The mower also has all of the standard safety switches. This includes the safety switch in the seat so if you fall off the mower it will turn off.

Price

There are very many dealers out there, and we would advise that you do your research well before you can invest in this machine. It is affordable and worth its value. You can check the price of two online sellers we have partnered with below.

Overall

Performance:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Cut Quality:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Durability:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Comfort:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Price:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Overall:4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the difference between husqvarna z254 and z254f?

The main difference between these two mowers is the type of deck. The Z254 is going to have a stamped cutting deck while the Z254F is going to have a fabricated cutting deck. Outside of a couple of very minor design differences the type of seat is the only other difference. The Z254F will have a high back seat while the Z254 will have a regular seat.

Does the husqvarna z254 mower arrive fully assembled?

The mower will arrive with minimal assembly needed. This will include things like attaching the battery, installing the seat, and adding fuel. Overall, the time to assemble the mower should be under an hour depending on the person.

Is husqvarna made in the usa?

Yes, most Husqvarna zero turns are assembled at their plant in South Carolina. A lot of the parts are imported from all over the world but these mowers are build in the USA.

How long do husqvarna zero turn mowers last?

This will depend entirely on how well you maintain the mower. These mowers usually last anywhere from 500 – 1500 hours for many different reasons. This is usually the amount of time before a major component stops working like the engine, transaxles, etc. Again, this will largely depend on how well you maintain the mower and the mowing conditions.

Wrapping it up

I can confidently recommend the Husqvarna Z254 zero turn to any homeowner who has a fair bit of grass to cut and needs a mower that can have the job done quickly and efficiently.

It has proven performance and cutting edge design that will ensure a great cut. With its powerful engine, sturdy look, and high-speed performance, this is one of the best residential zero turn mowers in the market as of now.

What do you think?

Do you have or want to get this mower? Let us know in the comments below what you think about the Husqvarna Z254 and Z254F.

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