The 46" RZT Mower is a 0-turn mower. 0-turn mowers allow the rider to quickly turn corners and turn completely around for faster mowing. My other riding mower has a very wide mowing radius in comparison which means I spend lots of time trying to get that last little circle of grass in a spot by changing my angle repeatedly until the grass looks just right. The RZT helps me get really close and tight around small areas which reduces the amount of time I spend spinning on the mower like I used to do!
Sometimes time doesn't allow you to cut back your grass when you should and the rains make it grow extra tall. The RZT cut right through my extra tall grass efficiently, evenly, and without losing speed.
Perhaps the most important thing to me as a gardener is the amount of time this mower has saved me. Through a combination of its speed, 0-turn ability, and the wider mowing deck (compared to my old mower) the RZT has cut an hour off the mowing time of my 1.3 acre lot. Larger yards (with fewer trees to mow around because of obsessive gardeners) could easily gain back more time for the gardener to spend gardening or just sipping lemonade on the patio.
The Troy-Bilt RZT has some great features for the convenience of the user. The seat is very comfortable even when going over bumpy yard spots caused by irritating rabbits digging holes.
The oil change valve on the side is easily accessed for changing. Just hook the plastic tube they provide with the mower to the valve, place the other end of the tube through a hole in the deck, and direct the flow of oil to a oil catching container and turn the valve. I haven't done this yet as I haven't gone the recommended 50 hours of mowing time but I don't dread changing the oil on the RZT like I do my other mower.
I'm very pleased overall with the RZT mower but it isn't a mower for every yard. Slopes can be tricky and Troy-Bilt warns not to use on a slope greater than 15 degrees. Those slopes are best taken care of with a good weed eater or a push mower. Also smaller yards really don't need a mower this powerful. Troy-Bilt has other mowers designed for smaller yards that would be better choices. Some of my Saturday6 colleagues will be reviewing other Troy-Bilt mowers so be sure to check their blogs out too. For my acre+ yard the RZT has done a great job at saving me time so that I can do other gardening tasks!
As a member of the Troy-Bilt Saturday6 I was provided compensation and products to review from Troy-Bilt. All opinions and statements in this post are of my own observations and experiences.