Greenworks 60V 42″ Zero-Turn Lawn Mower Review

Greenworks 60V 42 Zero-Turn Lawn Mower Review
PTR Review
  • Pro Review 9.2

Greenworks offers a simple solution with familiar controls that feel like a gas zero-turn. This is a great product to help you transition from a gas ZT to battery. The cross-compatibe batteries and rapid charging also help sell this as a viable solution for homeowners or small property owners. We also love the bonus rear hauling bucket—which is how this "CrossoverZ" gets its name.

Overall Score 9.2 (out of 10)

Greenworks 60V 42″ Zero-Turn Lawn Mower Launches at Tractor Supply

We first saw the Greenworks 60V 42″ Zero-Turn Lawn Mower as a prototype. Now, we had a chance to test an actual sample. Can it provide both the power and value discerning consumers look for in a battery-powered ZT solution?

Pros

  • Excellent cut quality
  • Cuts up to 2 acres on a charge
  • Familiar (gas-like) acceleration
  • 90-minute external charging system
  • Easy-to-use, familiar controls
  • Uses 60V Greenworks Pro batteries
  • Available bagging kit (optional)

Cons

  • No onboard charging, so it requires three dual-battery eternal chargers

Greenworks 60V CrossoverZ 42″ Zero-Turn Mower Design

Switching from a gas zero-turn to one that runs on battery power is a big step. Greenworks did several things to make the transition easier for consumers.

First, they added a familiar spring-loaded key to start up the mower. While it’s odd to give it a turn and not hear anything, the action itself lets you know you’ve activated the system—getting it ready to mow.

Second—and most important to us—the lap bar controls feel natural. This is a big deal since they aren’t linked to a transmission but rather independent brushless motors. The acceleration doesn’t overpower you but responds similarly to other consumer-level gas ZTs we’ve driven. Jumping on a Greenworks Pro battery-powered zero-turn mower feels a lot like sitting down to operate something from Toro, John Deere, or Cub Cadet.

Greenworks Pro RZ-42R zero-turn mower

Overall, it took about 5 minutes to get used to driving the Greenworks 42″ zero-turn mower. Once you get a feel for the lap bars and turning, it’s a very easy transition.

Greenworks Pro App

If you want to access more details on the mower via your phone, you can use the Greenworks Pro app. You don’t need to download the app in order to operate the mower. If you do, it gives you some additional features.

How to get the app: 1) Scan the QR code on your quick start guide and download the app. 2) Create an account. 3) Pair the mower using the serial number and pairing code.

Once you’re all set up, the app gives you access to the following:

  • Fault codes (these would also appear on the mower’s LCD screen)
  • Speed
  • Remaining battery power
  • GPS location based on the last time the mower was connected to the app

Additional Features

  • Reinforced stamped 12-gauge steel deck
  • Hose cleanout adapter
  • 1.5 to 4.5-inch deck height
  • Rear bucket can hold up to 200 pounds
  • Up to 300 pounds towing
  • 7.5 MPH maximum speed (3 MPH in reverse)
  • 20-inch rear wheels and 15-inch front wheels
  • Suitable for hills up to 15°
  • Simple LCD screen readout with battery charge status and fault codes
  • Dual LED headlights
  • Accepts both front and rear universal attachments
  • Optional bagging attachment (model number 42BAG2B, $499.99)

Greenworks 60V 42″ Zero-Turn Lawn Mower Cutting Performance

We expect a lot out of Greenworks since they’ve been making lawn mowers for quite some time., They also had a lead in the industry via their commercial line of zero-turn mowers. We’d think Greenworks’ expertise in these areas would contribute to the design success of this new residential 42″ zero-turn mower.

Battery power can hold its own against gas. The real issue always seems to come down to run-time. With the Greenworks 60V 42″ zero-turn mower, they went with six 8Ah 60V batteries. These are the same 60V batteries that power their 60V handheld tools (except the 8Ah sizing fills them with more power). You can technically run the mower with just one 60V battery—we tried, and it cranks up! The best way to run it, however, is by using all six of the included batteries.

six 8ah 60V batteries

Greenworks claims the 42″ ZT operates at the equivalent of a 24-horsepower gas engine. We’d agree with that assessment. The mower spins up the twin blades at up to 3000 RPM. With reasonably thick dry grass, the mower never seemed to bog down. You can, however, cause it to lose speed on really overgrown areas—this gets compounded by wet grass. Overall, this mower works best on regularly-kept lawns—it’s not a bush hog!

Greenworks Pro RZ-42R side discharge

Greenworks 60V 42″ Zero-Turn Lawn Mower Runtime

Greenworks rates the runtime of their 42″ zero-turn mower at 1 hour. We tested the claim by running it on our property in high speed (blades and drive). Thanks to recent rain, the grass was longer, yielding what we consider a medium-heavy cut. We took around taking 2 – 4 inches off in most areas of the property. The mower finally fell into limp mode after 52 minutes and 5 seconds of continuous cutting. The batteries dropped to 5%. Doing some quick math, we recognized that we had mowed about 1.5 acres.


60V residential ZT mower controls

We feel that Greenworks’ 2-acre estimate seems reasonable for maintenance cuts. You may even get a bit more depending upon your grass type. Running the blades at Low speed can also extend runtime if needed. Also, remember that you can pop in a couple of fresh batteries if you need to go out and get that last tiny bit of mowing done.

Charging the Batteries on the Greenworks Pro Zero-Turn Mower

Charging your batteries has some give and take. We do prefer onboard charging. Greenworks has opted to include three external dual-battery chargers in the kit. While it’s a bit inconvenient to remove batteries, it has a couple of inherent advantages. First, you all six batteries back to a full charge in just 90 minutes. Greenworks beats all the competition in that respect. Second, batteries hate heat. If you store your ZT in a hot shed, keeping the batteries separate from the mower should increase their life expectancy significantly.

These are also 10-amp fast chargers. If you happen to plug all three into one power strip, it’s likely not going to work without tripping the onboard circuit breaker.

Greenworks 60V CrossoverZ Zero-Turn Lawn Mower Price

Tractor Supply carries this Greenworks zero-turn lawn mower (and its lawn tractor cousin). The kit includes six 8.0Ah batteries and three dual-port chargers for $4999. The warranty period is 4 years or 200 hours of operation (whichever is shorter).

The Bottom Line

Greenworks offers a simple solution with familiar controls that feel like a gas zero-turn. This is a great product to help you transition from a gas ZT to battery. The cross-compatibe batteries and rapid charging also help sell this as a viable solution for homeowners or small property owners. We also love the bonus rear hauling bucket—which is how this “CrossoverZ” gets its name. While it lacks onboard charging and a fancy LCD interface, we think the Greenworks Pro 60V 42″ Zero-Turn Lawn Mower has a successful future ahead of it.

Check out the entire Greenworks 60V line here .

Greenworks 60V CrossoverZ Zero-Turn Lawn Mower Specifications

  • Model: Greenworks 7409302 (CRZ 426)
  • Power Source: 6 x 60V, 8Ah batteries (included/recommended)
  • Deck: 42-in reinforced stamped steel
  • Blade speed (Hi/Low): 2400/3000 RPM
  • Towing capacity: 300 pounds
  • Hauling capacity: 200 pounds
  • Speed (max forward): 7.5 MPH
  • Speed (max reverse): 3 MPH
  • Warranty: 4 years or 200 hours (whichever is shorter)
  • Price: $4999

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Keith Butts

Greenworks sounds good, but still made in China. If made in USA, I may be a buyer.

Steve

Can it mulch?

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