Great on paper but .....
The Kawasaki engine is smooth and powerful. The fabricated deck is built like a tank. Too bad the steering isn't as good as the engine or deck. My first warranty repair involved replacing the tie rods with redesigned ones so the left front tire wouldn't grab the tie rod when turning sharp left. The second warranty repair replaced the locking transaxle with a non-locking version. This was supposed to help it turn sharper to the left but it still has a tendency to push straight ahead when turning left. A third warranty visit involved a noise that developed in the front end after about 15 minutes use. Turns out the front axles weren't adequately greased from the factory so they heated up after some use. If the rest of the machine was as good as the motor and deck I could whole-heartedly recommend it but the steering issues prevent my doing so.
November 16, 2013
My wife loves this mower
We have 5 acres, and we mow my mother-in-laws 3.5 acres. So when I was looking for a larger mower my wife seen this one and wanted it. We had already been using two older mowers and it still took us all day. So I got this one and the 52 inch mower. With both them going we get half a days worth of fishing done on Saturday now. We are very pleased with the quality of cut and value of both mowers.
September 29, 2013
YT42XLS, new purchase
New owner of riding tractors.
Tractor drive belt broke first time I used it.
Tractor does a nice job cutting the grass.
September 19, 2013
A lot more than expected!
Bought this tractor out of necessity. The old mower,s trans-axle died early because of hills we mow and the wheel weights needed to get around on the hills. I purchased this mower for the locking trans-axle and deck style and hoped for it would work well. In fact haven't spun a tire with out weights, yet. Can pull the sprayer and dump cart up the hills with out a running start now. There has been a lot of wheel spin in the past. Even with 35 lb wheel weights. To my surprise it works great and the deck mows unbelievably better than the old one. Nice and level. Use less gas than the old mower. Have about 15 hours on XLS now and enjoying it. Mowing 2 acres.
September 7, 2013
Great Lawn Tractor
I've only had this tractor for about a week now and because it's been pretty dry here I only got to mow with it once. I have less then an acre lot that is somewhat hilly. When I mowed the grass was wet and this tractor didn't slip or loose traction once. I can't really judge cut quality yet cause my grass wasn't that high and I only mowed one time. This tractor has plenty of power and the fabricated deck is built like a tank. The engine is about half as loud as my old Toro 8-32 rear engine rider. I would say over all its a great tractor but if I were to change anything especially because it is an XLS model I would have put a better transaxle in it. (Rather then using the entry level Tuff Torq K46 transaxle# The only other complaint would the grass discharge chute is too big and drags the ground. When backing up it gets stuck and pops up. The dealer told me that this is a common issue and that most people either remove the chute #which I feel isn't an option because one of the three blades is right there) or modify the chute by cutting out the lower rear corner so it doesn't scrape the ground. So far over all I feel that this is a great tractor that will last for years and was worth the purchase.
August 7, 2013
first year garden tractor
After much research I decided to purchase the YTH24V42LS.
A smaller deck is better for my property terrain.
Pluses: Power, Quality of cut, handling, great speed. Fabricated deck. Makes taking out the garbage fun!
Minuses: Reverse pedal small and awkward to push and hold when wearing boots. Connection for trailer is set up so you can't see the pin hole while trying to insert pin. Bit of vibration and... My wife still refuses to cut the grass, even though I keep showing her the flyers with the smiling wife cutting the grass.
Overall very useful and pleased with overall performance
August 5, 2013
Deere VS Husqvarna
Bought a D130 Deere from a "box store." First unit was scratched and wouldn't start (dead battery.) Second unit had a front end that was so far out of alignment that the tires scraped black rubber onto my driveway. Bought a Husky...fantastic machine and came loaded with options. Perfect cut, quiet (Kawasaki engine), great traction on my hilly lot, and I don't feel beat up after mowing my yard. Best of all, I bought it from a local distributor that took time to answer my questions and they delivered it within two hours of purchase. Kudos. Don't pay extra for green paint.
August 3, 2013
great machine, quality cut, and strong value
When I started looking, my criteria were pretty simple. I wanted a deck around 42" and I was willing to spend alittle more money to get a good machine that was gonna last. It's sole purpose was mowing the lawn and it had to have a bagger for fall/spring clean up. I have a Kubota B6100 for other yard chores. I DID NOT want a B&S motor and was on the fence about Kohler. I did alot of research and found the husqvarna had all the options I wanted. Welded 42" deck, kawi motor, cast iron front axle, big bagger, good quality/reputation, good price.
The cons: The auto locking rear axle DID NOT work for me, I didn't need it and found it hindered the turning ability unless I was coasting down hill. My yard has lots of tight turns and is hilly, the rear was constantly locking up and tearing up the lawn. I wish husqvarna would make it an option, but they did allow the dealer to swap it for a non locking under warranty. The chassis also has alot of flex to it, I can feel it in the floor and seat, not something I'm used to even on cheap mowers. For comparison sake we used to use old free lawn mowers in place of ATV's growing up and never felt this kind of flex.
I only have about 7 hours on it, but feel I made the right choice and feel this machine will last me a long time, I would recommend my dealer, and Husqvarna to anyone looking for a new mower.
July 21, 2013