Disappointed in Texas
I rarely write reviews like this, but in this case I have to. This has been one of the most disappointing things I have ever purchased and now I guess I am stuck with it. I will give some background.
I have owned John Deere lawn tractors in the past. My most recent one started having motor problems with 800 hours on it so I decided to purchase a new lawn tractor for my 2 acres. I had always heard that Husqvarna was a good brand and we have a local dealer who can work on them, so I went shopping. I fell for the hype from the sales person about the strength of the fabricated deck and other features of the YT42XLS, so in September 2013, I made this purchase of a new machine. The tractor starts easily, drives fine, and is easy to operate. What is the problem?.....it does a lousy job of cutting grass. Within weeks of my purchase I had used it twice, both at my home and at our 5 acre church lawn. It left two strips of grass virtually unmowed in the center of the machine. I took cell phone photos of this and took the photos to the dealer where I had made the purchase. That is when the excuses started. I was told that Husqvarna was having some problems with "some" of the mowers with the fabricated decks in that the fabricated deck did not allow the proper "lift" to the grass so it could be cut evenly. I was told Husqvarna was working on a "baffle" kit which they would install free of charge to fix the problem. These baffle kits were not yet available but the dealer installed new "high lift" cutting blades to correct the cutting problem. I did note some improvement to the cutting ability, but still it would not cut correctly. Months went by and finally in February, 2014, the baffle kits arrived and over the course of a week or so this kit was installed on my tractor. In April, 2014, I used the mower for the first time this season......still leaving areas virtually uncut and I have to run over the yard twice to get the grass to look decent. I took more photos and have told my dealer I want a new machine and that I am fed up with a new machine that will not cut grass. I have waited 5 months to fill out this review to give Husqvarna time to correct this issue. Whether I can get a new machine or whether I will be stuck with this one, I do not know as yet, but this has proven to be one of the most disappointing purchases I have ever made. My beat up 7 year old John Deere tractor cut grass a lot better than does this brand new machine. I regret making the purchase and my feeling about Husqvarna has seriously declined. In the images below, the first one shows the cutting when the machine was brand new in Sept. 2013. The 2nd image shows the cutting after the "baffle kit" was installed. Still a terrible cut.
April 23, 2014
Being a home owner again and having a large lawn to mow and a long driveway I needed a lawn tractor for the first time. Doing extensive research online led me to decide on this Husky. I was not disappointed. It has handled everything I needed to do with no problem. It is a great lawn tractor.
March 21, 2014
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