I have a Bad Boy ZT with a 27hp Kohler. I will say this, it's built rugged but there are a couple of things I would change. I would have bought the next size up in the commercial grade of mower. I keep hearing bad things about the Kohler Courage Pro. I have about 30 hours on my engine and I have experienced one thing so far with my mower. When I put it on a pretty steep grade with the discharge shoot on the high side, it looked like a mosquito sprayer had been turned loose. I mowed this same bank with a Craftsman Garden Tractor for 10 years and never had a smoking issue with the engine. It had a 20hp Briggs Twin and it was still running strong when the transaxle went bad. I would also like to have the swing out fuel tanks along with a striper kit and better trailer hitch. These things are not available on the ZT. When you get this thing on level ground, it mows beautifully. It will run about 8mph wide open and it will mow wet grass 10" high as fast as it will go and not leave anything behind. The only other complaint I have so far is when I make a turn at the end of a row, it will take the sod up on the inside tire. I think this is just a characteristic of a zero turn mower. Would I buy a Bad Boy again at this point. Yes! I think for the value, it is a great mower but like I said, I would move up in the world and get a few more options. Check out your engine wisely and do a lot of research. I thought I had and then when I started to use it, I found all kinds of negative things about the life of this motor. I'm hoping and praying I've got a good one but this issue with the smoke has me concerned. One more thing I've done to mine since I've bought it is, Bad Boys come with a rubber extension tube to assist in draining the oil. Mine only had a pipe plug in the end of it which leaked. I couldn't get it tight enough to stop it so I added a ball valve and put a plug in the end of that so now all I have to do is remove the plug and open the valve to drain my oil. It's routed out the back of the mower. I also added a filter relocation kit and put it on the inside of the engine guard on the back of the mower. Now I can change the filter without making a mess on the motor deck. That was a little pricey at $113.00 but I'm a stickler for clean and I want to give this motor every chance I can. I hope this helps a little, I could give you a little more info but it would just be from what I've found so far and what the other units can do. I have no experience with other ZT mowers but did research on an options based price comparison and nothing even came close to any of the Bad Boy mowers option for option.
I have the Bad Boy Lightning Z, 26hp LC Kawasaki, 60" deck...I bought it last year and have mixed feelings. First, I had a short in the starter fuse block (Bad Boy sent me a new one...I installed it myself), Second, I had to spend an inordinate amount of time leveling the deck (not an easy task for one 'not-so-mechanically-inclined'...the shop that sold it to me was 34 miles away, so I adjusted it myself), Third, I keep throwing my drive belt...I know it's an adjustment problem, but a mower with less than 50 hours shouldn't need constant adjusting, and Last, this thing collects enough grass under the deck to fill a 5-gallon bucket with each cutting of my 2-acre lawn. I don't know why, it just does. There is no way to clean it, unless you drive it up on a pair of automobile ramps and use a pressure washer to blow away the 'accumulated sod' it gathers with each mowing.
The TWO greatest things about this mower are: (1) This thing cuts ALL the grass at 15 miles per hour (and I DO mean ALL the grass...it's like a having your own private 'lawn-barber'...beautiful job...always!), and (2) It has fewer moving parts, which should always equal 'fewer repairs'. It's built like a tank and is very solid-feeling while mowing.
Would I ever buy another one??? I did an immense amount of comparison-shopping prior to pulling the trigger on the Bad Boy. I don't think you can duplicate the quality of the machine, for any less money. True, I've had a couple of irritating problems, but all-in-all this thing is the bomb! Nothing can keep up with it while mowing...NOTHING! Speed isn't everything...but a manicured lawn behind it is...I was completely convinced after the first cutting! I stand by my first impression.
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