Z-Beast 48ZB 20HP Heavy Duty Review

Editor rating

3.5/5 on October 5, 2017

User's rating

5 reviews

The Z-Beast 48 zero-turn mower is must have for owners of larger lots who need both performance and dependability. The mower comes with a 12-gauge steel deck, rear tires of 20 inches x 8 inches, a seat belt, a rollbar, and a cup holder for the ultimate convenience.

Features

Powerful performance

The Briggs & Stratton 20 HP Professional Series engine is designed to deliver powerful performance. The 20 inches x 8 inches rear tires and the 13 inches x 5 inches front tires manage to provide an excellent traction, and they make it much easier to navigate in uneven terrain. The mower comes with a substantial and heavy-duty construction, featuring a 12-gauge steel and a 7-gauge reinforced clutch plate.

High speed and maneuverability

The mower’s dual hydrostatic drive system is able to offer high speed and easy maneuverability. It provides a professional cut quality, and you can achieve it with the mower’s blade speed of 18,750 feet per minute. The Z-Beat can reduce your trimming time a lot due to speeds of up to 12 MPH.

Excellent traction on uneven terrain

The rear and front tires offer excellent traction as you will easily navigate both even and uneven terrain from your yard.

Durability and low maintenance needs

The mower comes with Carlisle belts manufactured from high-grade and high-temperature resistant rubber and this results in an increased belt life by up to 250%, compared to more traditional lawn mowers that you might be used to. The patented soft-start clutch and the spindle breaks will also assure a longer life for the machine’s belt. The battery and the electric start feature provide an effortless start-up of the mower.

Increased safety

The mower includes a number of high-safety features such as the seat belt system and the roll bar. There’s also a floating deck that can be easily adjusted from 1.5 inches all the way up to 5 inches by using the half-inch increments. This model of mower also comes equipped with a cup holder, and you’ll be able to use it to keep your bottle of water near you while you’re doing the lawn trimming.

First impression

The mower came fully assembled and tested at my doorstep, and all I had to do was to just add oil and gas. I loved the fact that the product was straightforward to adjust and then I also managed to assemble the floating deck quickly.

When I tried it out in my yard, it was indeed really powerful, and the wheels managed to successfully handle all the terrain even the uneven parts from the backyard. The machine’s built is high-quality, and the only thing that I’m not sure about is whether it will be easy or not to get parts for it if something would someday break. On the other hand, I know for sure that my local mower repair shop can manage to get most parts for a lawn mower, so I’m hoping that this won’t turn out to be an issue in the future.

On the other hand, the parts of the mower seem to be robust, and with appropriate maintenance, I don’t think that the machine’s lifespan will be an issue.

I only have this for one month, and I’ve used it in my backyard for five times until now, and it worked flawlessly. It also cut the higher grass, and dry and wet grass as well. I haven’t seen any issue with it so far.

The seat is really comfortable, and the bonus items that included a roll bar and a seat belt turned out to be useful for my safety while I was moving around. The mower managed to reduce the cutting time significantly, and it worked flawlessly at high speed as well without leaving traces of un-mowed grass behind it. It was also effortless to control, and I haven’t had any issues with driving it around the yard so far.

All in all, I can say that I was pleased with the powerfulness of the Z-Beast mower and I would highly recommend it to any of my friends.

The pros

What to like:

  • The quick adjusting deck
  • Incredibly powerful engine
  • Dual hydrostatic drive system that provides high maneuverability and increased speeds
  • The enhanced safety that comes with the safety belt and the roll bar
  • Robust construction and the durable pieces
  • The pro-level cut quality
  • The speedy blades
  • Reduced cutting time
  • Excellent traction and easy navigation of uneven terrain from the yard
  • The increased belt life provided by the high-temperature resistant rubber
  • Only needs little maintenance

The cons

What to consider:

The product comes with slightly different looks compared to the one that is presented by the manufacturer. To be more specific, the seat and the gas cup look a bit different from the product picture. But it works as promised and it offers only high-quality features. The mower is only available for shipping in the U.S. except for California, and it’s not eligible for international shipping.

Warranty

The product comes with a two-year Limited Warranty. The BEAST power equipment will only be repaired under the manufacturer’s warranty, and it will only be replaced via a service contractor. The product’s warranty does not cover the pickup and the delivery to the service center.

Final verdict

If you are looking for a top-notch zero-turn mower, then it’s worthwhile checking out the mower offered by Z-Beast. What I loved the most about it was the quick and easy assembly and the fact that the machine provided professional features that were mirrored in the highly powerful engine and the significantly reduced cutting time.

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