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Twister555 3,135 March 3, 2014 at 07:13 PM in Review More Tractor Supply Co Deals
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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.. Smilie

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get yourself a gravely 52hd and be done with it. I have one and love it. Has a Kawasaki motor, mows great and stands up to abuse. It costs around 5k, not sure what the bad boy costs. I actually have a small mowing business I do in the summer, about 25 yards per week and my gravely does a great job.
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The TSC bad boys are not commercial grade.. They are junk. I will check out that Gravely.. Thanks!
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the gravely hd is not a full blown commercial mower but it is as close as you can get in the 5k price range.
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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 have written fair but negative reviews for a few things and funnily enough they don't ever get posted on the company website or even the store website that I bought from... Word of mouth or unaffiliated websites are the best way to go when looking for honest reviews on anything.

Thank you for the informative and truthful review!
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Your most welcome!
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Well here we are heading into the 2014 mowing season and I am about to buy a John Deere Z425 54".. Its comparable to the Bad Boy MZ 54".. After a few months I will be sure to let you guys know what I think.. Is it worthy to keep? I will see.. Smilie
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just remember, when you buy a john deer from lowes home depot etc, it may not be a john deere at all, just a name plate put on. Most of those mowers are made buy mtd.

it would be worth looking into this mower, http://www.gravely.com/en-us/zero...vely-zt-hd




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Well here we are heading into the 2014 mowing season and I am about to buy a John Deere Z425 54".. Its comparable to the Bad Boy MZ 54".. After a few months I will be sure to let you guys know what I think.. Is it worthy to keep? I will see.. Smilie
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Still looking to buy a mower here soon.. I came back to give my opinion of the 2014 TSC Bad Boy Mowers... Honestly I am impressed.. Bad Boy fixed a lot of my complaints and the 60" model is now $4500...The John Deere 425 increased the gauge of the deck to 10g and the transmission is now 8.5mph... So its pretty quick. I can buy the 2014 John Deere Z425 w/ 54" deck for $3625 delivered.
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Thanks. Almost just eB#yd one with very low hours. Couldn't figure out why so cheap guess I know why now. New elite 60 is pretty nice but lots more money and many improvement's in last few years. Super review thanks for taking time to comment.
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Quote from AWILLIAMS64 View Post :
just remember, when you buy a john deer from lowes home depot etc, it may not be a john deere at all, just a name plate put on. Most of those mowers are made buy mtd.

it would be worth looking into this mower, http://www.gravely.com/en-us/zero...vely-zt-hd
Stop spreading lies.

This comment is such crap and I'm tired of seeing it on the internet. 100% inaccurate. If you buy a D100 series from Lowes or a dealer, it's the same damned thing.... exactly. Hell, the ones at Lowe's are even assembled by the dealer around here.

So many stupid people on the net these days.
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Stop spreading lies.

This comment is such crap and I'm tired of seeing it on the internet. 100% inaccurate. If you buy a D100 series from Lowes or a dealer, it's the same damned thing.... exactly. Hell, the ones at Lowe's are even assembled by the dealer around here.

So many stupid people on the net these days.
wow 1 post and you are already adding great info. Wow, the dealer assembles them? I thought that was done in the factory in TN. That is great that your dealer is able to assemble the mower and then be able to supply them to the home depot and lowes in your area. John Deer lighter series mowers are actually assembled in tn I believe to compete with the lower end tractors found at the box stores. I was just stating the mtd manufacturer makes many mowers and rebadges them, A few years ago my father in law was looking for a mower and we were at home depot looking at deers. I looked on the rear axle and it had a mtd sticker on it with date manufacturer and model number. A few of the other brands had the same thing. Also, I have noticed that many dealers in my area do not carry the same models that the box stores carry. They usually carry one around the same price point, usually a little higher, but it has a better feature, or better motor, etc.
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wow 1 post and you are already adding great info. Wow, the dealer assembles them? I thought that was done in the factory in TN. That is great that your dealer is able to assemble the mower and then be able to supply them to the home depot and lowes in your area. John Deer lighter series mowers are actually assembled in tn I believe to compete with the lower end tractors found at the box stores. I was just stating the mtd manufacturer makes many mowers and rebadges them, A few years ago my father in law was looking for a mower and we were at home depot looking at deers. I looked on the rear axle and it had a mtd sticker on it with date manufacturer and model number. A few of the other brands had the same thing. Also, I have noticed that many dealers in my area do not carry the same models that the box stores carry. They usually carry one around the same price point, usually a little higher, but it has a better feature, or better motor, etc.
I do know that they have a supporting dealer sticker on the mowers now for warranty purpose. That does not mean that dealer assembled it, they are just the service dealer.
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Why would you buy a JD ztr in the first place?
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I bought one of these MZ Magnum mowers from BAD boy mowers. I had a problem within the first 2 minutes the left side of the deck wouldn't cut grass. Talk about pissed off.. I told the dealer to come and get this piece and give me money back. BAD boy mowers doesn't inspect the product too well with the "90 point inspection." Buyer BEWARE!!!
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