HUSQVARNA FAST TRACTOR™ YTH24K48
Outstanding lawn tractor for hilly and uneven yards
My yard is about an acre of grass with lots of hills and uneven terrain, and a significant number of obstacles to maneuver around. I've had this tractor for about 6 weeks and had a chance to use it in various conditions (including dry short grass and long slightly-damp grass), and am extremely happy with its performance. Takes the hills like they're not there, turns sharply, and the bagger performance is better than I'd expected. This is my 3rd yard tractor over a 35 year period, all in the $1-2k range for cost. This one is, by far, the best designed and built I've purchased (previous was TroyBilt and Craftsman). Highly recommend!
May 29, 2013
This Tractor is a Rocket!!!!!!!
5/29/2013 I am 6foot 5inches 375lb big guy and this tractor flys around my yard like a Rocket! I Love it! Just bought the fast tractor,48 inch cut the other day, followed the instructions, easy to purge, let some air out of tires to correct pressure, added gas and off I went. Deck seemed to be level, cut beautiful, time will only tell how long this last but this tractor runs great. I had no tire issues, slipping etc. Mayby my size helped! My grass was wet and i had no problem cutting ,turning, slipping etc. This model was easy to drive, cut great, powerful, not very noisy and fast.
May 29, 2013
I LOVE THIS MOWER
After having a JD for 12 years, and going to this...I cannot believe the power. It used to take me 5 hrs may be 6 if cutting in the woods on the JD. Now I can cut 4.5 acres in 2.5 hrs . the first day I used it I cross cut the lawn, not that it needed it..but I loved the ride. Now I have a few weeks under my belt, still after 8 cuts only 14 hrs on the mower. I have a steep hill, woods, creek bed and lots of trees to go thru and go around, this is a beast.....I I trying to clear the front woods now, Once I get a section of downed tress out, I go thru with the BEAST...it cuts right thru the brush. I have yet to really have to pickup any grass after mowing, this cuts it up so fine no issues of having to rake. Great truning around the trees. Only issue I have had it is that it tends to cuts into the lawn, may have to level it out, I cut at 2.5 , that is about the lowest I can go. Once I figure out how to level it out will see if this changes. Also a rough ride, once agian may be handled with leveling out. I have hit everything, tree roots, dog dioshes, toays, only once did I have to stop and untangle a rope my kids left in the grass, easy access, my JD would have required me to drop the deck. So far very happy with this..
May 26, 2013
Great Value for the Price
We decided to replace our 1995 Simplicity 38" riding lawnmower basically because it didn't perform well on hilly uneven ground. From personal reviews we decided on Husqvarna and from online reviews and sales persons comments from Lowes, decided on the YTH24K48. It has performed exceptionally well and this week we gave the Simplicity to our son who has a level lawn. It has taken some getting used to the hydrostatic pedal use, but I'm getting the knack of it after four mowings. Kudos t Husqvarna.
May 24, 2013
Have 6hrs on my new toy, seems to be well made with plenty of power to mow my 2.2 acres. Love it so far!
May 19, 2013
I got this tractor in early Spring/2013. I had 13 year old Craftsman tractor and it was still in perfect shape - but decided to sell and upgrade to a faster tractor! This Husqvarna YTH24K48 was the best. I got at Lowes - looked at Craftsman but reviews were not great and speed was slow unless you got expensive garden tractor with very large cut deck - too large for me. This deck is perfect size for 1.25 Acre lot with lots of things to cut around. Great turn radius, great speed, easy removal of deck, easy cleaning of deck and whole tractor, great engine - Kohler is a must!! I looked at Deer but didn't like quality of engine or plastic hood. Just open the hood and look the Husqvarna is built so much better, hands down! Speed is the top for any tractor in the price range - I cut my yard much faster now! Can go in reverse without having to hold any button down - perfect because I have do a lot of backup while cutting. I got the Brush Guard - looks and works great - very high quality and you can open the hood while it's on. Got the Mulch blade set and I still cut on full speed without any issues at all. I could take the muffler off easy too - I wanted to take off and paint with high temp paint before using - to prevent any rust! The only thing I didn't like was where the hood lays down on the plastic body when closed - there are two notches to catch the hood that will constantly get scratched and worn down and the metal under that also gets scratched. I really didn't like this - so I bought black car door edging and ran that along the edge of the hood so when it lays down - it keeps the metal from contacting anything and it looks really nice - just get at car store for like $12 and cut it to fit! I also added a few rubber guards under the hood so they lock the hood down a little better. Cutting deck is also a small issue - you can only go down 3 notches before the deck hits the ground - not sure why they have like 6 or 7 notches when you can't possibly even go that low! I cut on the 2 notch down or the highest setting and it's perfect. Just seemed strange that you have all these levels for cutting but can really only use like 3 of them. Also - my first mower had issues with the break not locking so Lowes replaced it like a week after I had it. New one had no issues at all. Another nice note is where the trailer attaches to the tractor hitch - I took rubber plumbing washers and zip-tied 2 on the bottom and 2 on the top to create a nice rubber bumper for the trailer to connect too - this prevented the tractor from getting all scratched up every time you used the trailer. Fantastic Tractor! Oh - Gas Gauge - some complain about that but - I never look at this unless I'm filling the tank. I can easily see how full the tank is as it's filling so I don't overfill. It's not a gauge to watch as you cut! I fill up each time I cut - that simple. Takes me 45 Minutes to cut my yard - and about a full tank of gas - used to take me over an hour to cut my yard - this tractor is much faster! One last thing - if you turn you key to the on position it will keep logging hours on the hour meter - so always turn you key to the off position or remove key each time you put tractor away.
May 17, 2013
Got a good deal...I hope.
I was looking to buy a mower quickly. With all the rain we have had this spring and without a mower, our yard looked like the Amazon forest. We had grass as tall as 18" in spots and I knew I would have to have a good mower to tackle the job. I went to the local Lowe's to look at what they had. I didn't want to spend a small fortune on a mower. Yeah call me a tight wad. Well, they had a good variety of Troy Built, Husqvarna, John Deere, etc. I was looking at the mowers around the $1000 to $1200 price range. Needless to say I wasn't too thrilled at what I saw in that price range. Then I spotted a Husqvarna sitting away from the rest of the mowers. I walked over and saw it had been returned for a repair. The repair ticket stated they found nothing wrong with the mower. They had it reduced to $1500. Still a little more than I wanted to spend. I asked the salesman if that was the best price they could offer on a "used mower?" He checked the hour meter and it had 4.9 hours on it, it was just broken in good. He said he could take another $50 off. With my 10% discount for being a Vet I figured it would make it around the $1325 range. Just a little more than I wanted to spend but I figured I was getting a $1900 mower for around $1300. So I bought it and hoped that I had made a good choice.
I got it home, pulled it off the trailer and started to mow. I set the deck to the 2.5" mark and started to mow. WOW! That was the first word that came out of my mouth when it cut through a stand of grass about 14" tall and as thick as it could get. I figured I would have to mow 2 or 3 times lowering the deck each time so as not to choke the engine out. Was I ever wrong! It cut right through the grass and never bogged down a bit. It was probably the best mower I had ever used to date.
Now the horror story of cutting grass that's 18" tall. It's hard to see things that are on the ground hidden by the grass. I was trying to keep an eye out for things that wouldn't be good for the "new" mower. I was going along in some really thick grass when I heard the awfullest racket. Before I could stop the mower and see what I had run over, the mower had spit out an old heavy duty aluminum pot that we were using for the dog's water bowl. As I saw the pot come flying out the discharge and landed some 20 feet away, I was in shock. I shut the mower down, then walked over to take a look at the damage to the pot. There were chunks missing from it! It was all bent out of shape and pieces were missing from it as though it had been blown up by C4 or something..LOL. I took a look under the mower deck to see if there was any damage to it and to my surprise I couldn't see anything! Now if a mower deck can stand up to mowing an aluminum pot and not be damaged I'd say it's a great mower deck. When they say it's armored, they mean it!
I continued to mow the rest of the 3 acres without any problems or objects. With grass as high as 18" high I thought it would have taken me a couple of days to get it all mowed. I thought I would have to mow it several times before it was at the height I wanted. I mowed with the deck set at a 2.5" height and it ate through the tall grass like a brush hog. It only took me 3 hours for what I thought was going to be at least a 2 day job.
I think I made the right choice with the Husqvarna, the only thing I'm worried about is that it was returned for a repair even though they found nothing wrong. My wife says with 4.9 hours on the meter, someone mowed their yard then decided they didn't want it. So for the price I got it for I think I got a great deal instead of a good deal!
May 9, 2013
Bought this tractor after a lot of research. Features vs price and for the money this was the best deal. The cut is beautiful and the ride is very comfortable. I haven't found anything that I dislike about this tractor.
May 8, 2013