I take care of 2 family properties mowing about 1.5 acres each week in the southwestern part of West Virginia. Roughly 2/3's of this property is sloped hillside.
After a lot of research I purchased the YT46LS because it appeared to be the best value for mowing hillside slopes and because I wanted a two blade mower to reduce maintenance and maybe get a better cut.
The direct drive transmission worked as expected. Yes it did conquer the hillsides going both up and down hill. The brakes worked good. The mowing power was good and the two blade deck gave a better cut than I expected.
On the flat parts, it did a nice job but turning too sharp can tear up the grass a bit so I will have to modify my lawn plan a little to reduce the sharp turns.
My biggest concern was being able to power up and down the slopes without loosing traction and I give it an A+.
Price was another big consideration. I needed the best value to cut grass on slopes, and I think I found it.
I purchased it from a local dealer and they did a great job servicing it before I picked it up. Warranty, Service and Parts are just a few miles down the road.
June 28, 2013
ORIGINALLY WAS GOING TO BUY THE HUSKAVARNA 48", BUT DEALER WAS SOLD OUT. REALLY GLAD I BOUGHT THE HEAVIER DUTY 46" WITH THE KAWASAKI ENGINE. ESPECAILLY LIKE THE HD STEEL PLATFORM WITH RE-ENFORCED SIDE EDGES. ALSO LIKE THE TWIN BLADES AS OPPOSED TO THREE ON THE 48'. GREAT POWER! GREAT RIDE! I GOT THE OPTIONAL MULCHER WHICH ELLIMINATES GRASS CLIPPINGS. ABSOLUTELY NO GRASS RESIDUDE LEFT BEHIND. ONE DESIGN FLAW IS THE STEEL BUMPER BETWEEN THE FRAME AND THE PLATFORM. THIS WOULD EVENTUALLY WEAR THE PAINT OFF THE PLATFORM. EASY FIX: COVER STEEL BUMPER BY CUTTING A 2 1/2 IN SLIT IN A TENNIS BALL AND SLIP IT OVER THE BUMPER. EVEN THOUGH THE 46" COST $200 TO $300 MORE THAN TH3 48" IT IS WELL WORTH IT. ALSO PLAN TO BUY SNOW PLOW PKG. HAPPY MOWING
June 28, 2013
best for your money
i shop around for over a year,look at all the lawn tractors on the market. i am 52 years old an i wanted some thing to last an will cut when i need it ,i look at all the stuff that lowes sells,but i dont think lowes knows any thing more about a lawn tractor then a 2x4 so i went to a husgvarna dealer an i was glad i did ,i got the yt46ls had a jd.lx255 i cut almost 2acres the yt is the best bang for your hard earn money, the yt46ls performs well cuts well an has all the power you need i would recommend this lawn tractor to any one
June 24, 2013
my yard is graded like Mt. Everest
This tractor is outstanding. The local delaer brought it to my home (awesome - Allen Lawnmower) to be sure it would go up my hilly yard. Went up like I was on a flat lawn!! Outstanding!! I am concerned about buying the bagging setup based on reviews. My ONLY complaint - and maybe it's me? - - - the power in reverse is severely lacking. Just backing up the ramp going into my shed bogs the tractor down. That was a huge surprise. Otherwise, I love the thing. Well worth the money. It seems to cut well, drive well, it is made well - I love it!
June 23, 2013
I used the tractor for the first time today.I must admit I am impressed with it.I have it set up with the mulching kit which performed better than I expected.It is replacing a 13 year old John Deere and it has out performed it in every way.The locking differential really makes a difference as I have substantial hills on the property that I mow.Where I would get stuck with the old tractor the new one just powers through.The ride was good the machine is quiet and the cut was good.I hope the bagger works as well when the time comes ,but I have no doubts.
The only complaint is the gas window is useless due to the tank being opaque but not a big deal.Great value for the price as the competition was much more expensive.I will write another review in a year after I get some mileage on the machine but I am confident the quality is there and this machine should give me many years of service.
June 9, 2013
A Great Tractor, IMHO Best In Class
Bought a YT46SL yesterday. First thought I would purchase the YTH24v48. After speaking to staff at Marietta Lawn & Garden, Marietta, SC, learned that, with my slopes of between 15-20 degrees, I would be better off with the YT46SL as it has (automatic) locking differential. One other difference I had to wrestle with was the YT46LS has two blades versus the YTH24v48 with three blades. And the the YT46LS has quick disconnect blades.... But as you see with a comparison of features, the YT46LS has much to offer for the additional $300. I have to say, after working with this tractor yesterday, it was a real pleasure to use.... I blurted out to my wife instantly after she asked how I liked this machine, "This is a perfect lawn tractor". But it has much more than just locking differential.... To say this is my "perfect tractor", I am compelled to at least describe some of my history with "riding mowers". My history with tractors...grew up using my dad's MTD's & Craftsman's....first purchased a JD LT 155 years ago...a good mower, but single drive wheel, and rear wheel was always slipping when making turns. I could not mow in one area of the yard due to this issue. So, years go by, and in late summer of 2009, purchased a JD X520. A good tractor....but it had a locking differential which you had to manually engage by stepping on a pedal. That was OK....but there were times when I'd need the locking diff and it was just darn near impossible to keep my foot on that lock pedal. And then there was the "cutting in reverse" manual button pushing every time I needed to "back-up". That was a pain to use on the JD X520. This Husqvarna YT46LS tractor has a lot to offer.....in a complete package. The floating deck was perfect....grass cut was smooth, looked excellent. This tractor has a Kawasaki engine which has all the power you need......and it runs "quiet" in comparison to any of the aforementioned tractors. Some people complain about a bracket which is just under the mower (under your left foot) that causes the paint to wear as it directly comes in contact with the mowing deck. I have to say, seems like someone at Husq would have a better idea for that. Upon observation, it looks like it's actually missing a "boot", or anything which might help the significant paint wear. On my otherwise perfect tractor, this was my only observation of an issue....I'll call it a design flaw. So....with a very comfortable seat, a smooth ride, no jerkiness from the transmission, options like a 12 volt generator plug, amp meter, hour meter with service minder, external charger for winter charging, auto key position for reverse cutting, and more, this tractor has much to offer. Already used it with my core aerator, and seed/fertilizer spreader. Does everything you expect it to do...... So, my instruction to anyone considering the the YTH24v48 (which in it's own right is a great tractor), or any other lawn tractor, take a look at the YT46LS..... and buy it.
June 4, 2013
I purchased this tractor about a month ago. I did extensive research and this tractor seemed to be the best I could find in my price range. It started off a little rocky however. The first mower I purchased, I took it home that Saturday and started mowing. I noticed that when in reverse and turning the left rear tire was binding up. So I immediately took it back to the dealer I purchased it from. They tested it out and said they had not seen one do that and immediately uncrated another one and put it together. We tested it out extensively in the parking lot. Once I was satisfied I loaded it up and took it home. I came out the next morning to mow and the right rear tire was flat. I think when it was uncrated it rolled over a staple as they were in quite a rush. So they swapped the tire out. Took it home to mow, now the left rear tire goes flat. I had hit a piece of wire from somewhere. My fault. However, be aware that the reason I gave this a good for durability and performance is that the tires on these tractors are only two ply tires. They are VERY thin. I have for now plugged the tire and will run it until a time when I go with a four ply tire. Other than that the tractor so far is great. Just not hit 5 hours and will be changing the break in oil. Tractor cuts well, the posi trac rear is great but be aware that at tight turns it could possibly tear the yard up a bit. Not a problem for me. Overall good tractor. The only thing I wish was changed is the tires to a 4 ply, especially since this is a yard tractor. The Kawasaki motor is quiet and powerful. An upgrade well worth it to me. The reinforced deck with 10 year warranty is again worth the money.
May 21, 2013
Best of its class ...
First off, I’d like to say this is my first new mower purchase. Before I buy anything, I will research it to death, compare it to death and even lose sleep over it. But my local dealer showed me this model and was very knowledgeable about its features. I looked at other brands and other Husqvarna models, but choose this one due to the locking rear differential, the built in battery charging port, the reinforced deck and most importantly the powerful Kawasaki engine which is very quiet compared to others. While looking at the John Deere line, a mower with comparable features starts at $5,000 (just a FYI)
I purchased my mower on 4/30/2013 and was very excited to try it out. Do note I live in Kentucky and our land is not flat by any means. I have slopes, hills and dips that will give a mower a run for its money. The mower does a great job coming down hills, and you will feel the differentials power when it kicks in. Thou it has not kicked in a whole lot which is great. The engine is a power house. I weight about 280lbs and we go up hill with no problems. It’s very easy to start and does not require to be choked after sitting for a restart. So far I have approx. 6hr on the mower and can tell you I ran out of gas at 4hrs. Mowing in reverse is not too hard. Instead of a pto button you have to hold in you just turn the key, mow and turn the key back.
Now to get down to the bad side of business. My mower had scratches on both sides of the deck down to the bare metal right out of the crate at the dealer. They were from the brackets rubbing the deck during shipment. We contacted Husqvarna and they are sending me some paint to fix it. Not a huge deal to me, but a disappointment none the less. Also the built in battery charging port is great, but you can’t get a charger for it, and my regular battery maintainer plug will not fit it. After calling Husqvarna they have advised it is not available yet and don’t have a time frame. Again not a huge deal as in sure soon enough one will be out for it.
You can get a cheaper mower this is true, but you do get what you pay for now days. And trust me this mower is worth every dime…
May 9, 2013