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
Most feature packed tractor in it's class
I looked at all tractors in this class and this tractor is by far the best made and has the most features for the money. The deck is built very well and it cuts great. That Kawasaki engine and auto locking rear differential is the whip cream on top. Much better seat as well. Also has a 3 year warranty with no hrs cut off. Like I said I researched and compared in person lots of other brands including John Deere, Cub Cadet, Lots of other models made by MTD. And this tractor is far superior and much better built. Deere had 12 gauge frames and smaller hydro trans and a lot less features for the money. The fit and finish is the best on the Husqvarna except for one issue that needs to be addressed. There is a metal bracket that comes off the frame that is a deck stop. It keeps the mower deck from raising up to high and from causing any damage to your belts. The problem is the bracket has no rubber on the end of it and when the deck hits that deck stop metal bracket it scratches the deck and is taking the paint off it when it does. This is a quality control issue and is causing damage to the deck through manufacturing design of the bracket. There needs to be some sort of Hard rubber on the end of this bracket so no damage occurs while the bracket does it's job. Other then that I would of gave this tractor 5 stars. Still all in all the best bang for your buck in this class.
May 8, 2013
Pay more, get more
I spent some time at a local dealer learning all about Simplicity and Husqvarna tractors, then went to the big box retailer and compared JD, Cub Cadet, Ariens, etc. to what I saw at the dealer. There was no comparison in build and engine quality. The hood is metal with support brackets to lessen twisting and rattling, although I can see where the rub will happen like the other review states. While adjusting the deck wheels I also noticed the deck rubs on the frame at the 3" top height as the other reviewer noted. This should be rectified through quality control.
The engine (Kawasaki) is quiet and powerful enough to get me up my ditch in wet grass without any issue.
The cut with the reinforced deck is very good and with the obstacles in my yard I don't have to worry about denting the weak stamped deck if I accidently hit something. The brush bar on the front also keeps the front well protected too.
At the end of the day I paid a little more to get a more reliable engine, a deck that should last as long as the tractor (with a 10 yr warranty), and on overall very strong cut and tractor.
May 7, 2013
Nice Mid Level Ride-On...
Recently purchased the YT46LS. Although hesitant over the fact it's a new model for 2013, I was encouraged by my dealer that I would not have a problem and Husqvarna offers one of the better warranties in the industry. I am biased towards Kawasaki motors. I've had bad luck with Kohler and not too familiar with B&S. It was a toss between the YTH23V48, the YT42XLS, & the YT46LS. After some thought, I'm glad I chose this tractor. The reinforced deck should last the life of the tractor and looks more "stout" than the grey painted stamped steel decks. The 46" cut is a good match with the 22hp Kawi. I mow at 1/2-3/4 throttle and the power is sufficient. I see a bagger as a purchase in the future. Keep in mind, the welded steel decks require the "powered" $800-$900 collector where-as the stamped decks use the lesser priced units. Definitely $100-$200 more than comparable tractors (Cub Cadet). Husqvarna should add felt strips or bump stops on the bottom corners of their hoods. In this location, the hood is chafing the plastic. Also, the mower deck (when fully raised) hits a frame mounted metal bracket. All-in-All, I would recommend this tractor.
May 2, 2013