Thread DetailsLast Edited by Twister555 March 3, 2014 at 08:15 PM
I mowed a whole 2012 season with the Bad Boy Mz Magnum 54". At a first look it seems like a great mower and I am here to tell you why it is not.
1. The mower has plastic idler pulleys. Get down and look.. So I called Bad Boy and ordered two steel for $50.00 Bad Boy even admitted that 1st thing to go is those pulleys.. and when the 1st breaks? The belt gets trashed doing possible more damage to the finish and pulley arms.
2. The advertised 3 gallon tank is false advertising. Look under at the gas tank, behind you will see a blank unused platform to hold a second tank.. Yet another corner taken. I had to be available to fuel the mower each time my wife would use the mower.. Because the tank actually holds just under 2 gallons of gas.
3. The seat is not adjustable unless you undo 4 bolts and adjust. I am 5'7" tall and I can barely reach to change the height of the deck. My wife at 5' tall couldn't
4. The sand paper floor mat tears very easy. Actually ever demo model had torn mats and I called Bad Boy and ordered the Elite Bad Boy Rubber mat for 25.00. I had to drill the mower to install it but Bad Boy assured me it would not affect the warranty.
5. A welded deck is not better than a stamped 1 piece. Over time paint peals in these key areas and the welds can break. But a stamped 1 piece can not. I read a review about how a woman could stand on a Bad Boy deck.. How she bounced up and down and I was thinking wow.. That sounds great.. But the reality is you do not want a fixed deck. The deck needs to float up and down in all directions so it will cut even. If your mowing a Football field? Fine! My Bad Boy always would scalp my yard into the dirt if the ground was slightly uneven. Bad boy did send me a free can paint to touch up the deck..
6. What a ruff ride.. The tires come with 30psi of pressure.. haha.. I called Bad Boy and they said to let the pressure down to 12-15lbs so I did and the ride did get much more smoother.... But now the mower sat lower and I would have to set the mower to 4" to get a 2" cut.
7. The spindles.. Ever check this out? Look under the Bad Boy MZ Magnum and see how far the spindle hangs giving yes that's right.. Leverage. I was on uneven ground and my deck angled straight down in the the dirt and hitting a rock that was big enough to bend the deck making the spindle angle and give me an uneven cut. So I jacked it up and surprised how easy I bent it back by hand. So the hit wasn't as hard as you might imagine. Also Bad Boy cut another corner.. No grease fittings on the spindles.. You mow and in 200hrs you replace them for $80 each if you do the job yourself.. There are 3.
8. Break in oil.. The Mz Magnum has thin oil that is to break in the engine. Once 6hrs is reached? Replace the oil and oil filter. I mowed once and replaced with full synthetic oil.
9. Lack of a separate choke. Bad Boy trying to save yet another buck.. They have the throttle and choke in the same lever. Not so bad I thought at purchase.. I was watching my wife mow and noticed my NEW Bad Boy blowing black smoke. If your Bad Boy throttle cable gets slightly out of adjustment? You must have the cable adjusted so you do not over throttle moving into the choke zone, choking the mower out.. I just set my HR meter to RPMs ( by holding the little button on the gauge for a few seconds) and kept it at the proper recommended RPM setting.. A pain in the butt and I didn't want to take the mower to a Service center over a stretching cable.
10. Bad Boy decided to cut yet another corner.. In 2012 the front caster wheels had the grease fittings removed. They feel its not important to grease the bearing of a wheel that turns 2-5k revolutions per mowing
11. Horrible customer service. You literally have to twist an arm and get moved from red neck to red neck.. Then sent to the warehouse to talk to yet another red neck. Its like they have no idea what they are doing. I heard this one guy spitting tobacco while talking.. LOL Now I live on a farm so its not a big deal.. But where is the professionalism?
12. The adjustment of height of the zero turn handles. There is only 1 height adjustment.. If you look at the MZ Magnum? It has a bolt hole ad the edge of the top handle and there is an alloy fitting that it fits over. When you raise it up? You know longer have a flat surface to keep it stable. You end up with a 1-2 inch of slack that makes the handles very loose and clumsy. If you had a tube like washer to fill the space? or a longer alloy fitting you could adjust it properly.
13. The motor ran very good for a Briggs and the transmission seemed okay for a mower targeted for casual home use. The ground speed felt a bit slow at maybe 4mph.. I will say it would mow quite well through tall grass. The blades seemed to be made of cheap metal and wore down very quick.. I don't even have too many rocks in my yard but for some reason the blades had many chunks just after a few weeks of use. It seemed very loud when the blades were engaged as if I was about to take off.. LOL
14. The battery is sitting right on the frame. After 3 months the battery acid leaked and ate the paint followed by first signs of rust.. I thought to myself.. Yet another corner that Bad Boy decided to take.. They could have put a simple plastic battery box with a drain tube.. So in case of battery freeze or over charge and acid spills it would keep a future issue away. But that was too much for them to figure in on a $3500 mower.
15. I called and argued with Bad Boy on several occasions when I started to have my fill with this mower. Coming from a 6yr old John Deer, Lowes LA150.. Sure I had to change the oil 2 times and drive it around but it was problem free.. I did put 200 into rebuilding the deck because I did not grease the spindles of the mower deck.. My fault... I busted the deck off once mowing in the water ways of my dads Farm.. My fault.. But I have to give the LA150 some credit. For 2200 on clearance at the end of the season I got my moneys worth and put 250hrs on it and sold it for 1750.. FAST.. I had people fighting over it.
Now my argument to Bad Boy was.. Why are all this small corners cut. This mower does have the ability to be a decent mower. They replied that for 3500 you get a mower designed to cut 1 acre. That since I had 3 acres of yard I would be voiding my manufactures warranty and that would be considered as commercial use. I used a cheap Lowes LA150 John Deere for 6yrs and it seemed to hold up okay. I thought Bad Boy advertises its mowers as having Commercial features. Bigger and Better?. They replied a commercial frame only. Everything else is made cheap and very cost effective.
So if your on the fence of buying this mower? Keep in mind that I have written 3 reviews on TSC website and they deleted them all. TSC filters out bad reviews and in several years they only have 3 total + Positive and TSC deletes every voice they feel will hurt their sales.. So take my review as you wish but be educated now what to look for so you can make the right decision. I sold mine last October to a woman that had no clue and gave full asking price $100 over what I paid. Here we are at the end of my review and I swear Bad Boy mower engineers must be Nascar drivers.. Because they cut so many corners on this mower.. It was like Left turn Left turn Left turn Left turn Left turn Left turn Left turn Left turn Left turn Left turn.. LOL Good luck and happy mowing..