It seems that the Z5xx is "new". Just how new is "new"? Is this the 1st year for it? Any information on reliability?
I'm looking for a ZTR and have Kubota, JD, and Lowe's (selling JD and Husky) available for choices. The residential Kubotas are priced $2k over what I'm willing to spend. I'm not especially impressed with Husky so I've been focusing on JD. I've looked at the Z3xx series and feel that the 5xx series seems to be well built and reasonably priced. Of course the JD dealer wants more than what Lowe's wants, but he'd be the one to do any repairs/warranty work so - - - probably go with the dealer.
I'm looking specifically at the Z525E. It comes in a 48" and 54" deck. The salesman says the engine is underpowered for the 54" deck. Of course, he has the 48" and Lowe's has the 54" deck. Anyone have any experience with this machine in either size?