Overall I am satisfied with the Hysqvqrna as I have had 6 John Deere rider tractor lawn mowers but do have many essential complaints as I consider myself very knowledgeable.
First, the reverse doesn't work satisfactorily if at all. The reverse peddle is too short and doesn't engage. I had to take the tractor back to the dealer who lifted the reverse peddle up about two inches so it would work properly. They indicated that they had the same problem with previous sales.
Secondly, the notches on the deck lift adjustment handle are so sharp they catch my pants and rip them every time I get off the tractor.
Thirdly, the maneuverability (tight turns) is not up to par with John Deere tractors of equal size.
Fourth, the headlight doesn't work.
Lastly, the two rubber bumpers on the front are always falling off. Just make this a continuous metal band.
As for the positives, the metal fabricated deck is excellent and very durable. The power is good and I consider this a very rugged machine. But the deficiencies of the reverse and sharp lift edges make this a tractor I would have difficulty in recommending.
October 22, 2014
Excellent tractor for the money
I seldom submit reviews, but this mower is extremely worth the investment. I'm old school Wheel Horse but as I've gotten older and have better things to do than to cut grass like a snail. My old Wheel Horse was a true garden tractor with 42" cut, very heavy. I was concerned with new mowers being "lighter" and not getting traction on my slopes. My dealer suggested this mower because of the limited slip differential. Best move I ever made. The new Husquvarna gets better traction than the old Wheel Horse! It will actually back up a hill. Never spins! Couple the good traction with the fast hydrastatic drive, I cut my grass cutting time from 1.75 hours to 1.0 hours. The Kawasawki engine has plenty of power, fuel efficient. I have cut 2 full seasons now with NO issues. The limited slip does cost a fair amount more from a dealer as opposed to the non-LS type from the big box stores, but I have no regrets. If I had any complaint, the mower deck collects more grass inside the deck than my old Wheel Horse did when cutting damp grass. Seems to have more catch points under the deck for grass to cling to.
September 23, 2014
I have two acres that is basically a ridge with steep hills on either side. One hill is 50 degrees. I need power and traction. I got both with this lawn tractor. Going up my hills is not a problem. Posi-traction rear end is perfect! It has enough speed....so much more quieter than the cub cadet I had. And I loved my cub cadet. It just couldn't take the hills any longer. This mower has the 24 hp Kawasaki...wow what a difference! I don't like the reverse pedal, the height adjuster is on the left side, and the fuel level is in a location that is hard to read. I knew all three of these things and is easy to get used too. The positives out-weigh the negatives by a long shot.....definitely worth the 3k I paid. Of course what is most important is how it cuts my grass. I cannot say enough good it does. It just feels solid, reliable, and stable that nothing is too much for it. Best buy I have done in a long time.
August 26, 2014
Good solid yard tractor with okay cut quality
I've had this tractor for about 2 months now. I use it weekly. I've debated heavily between this and the Husqvarna garden tractor series since there was only a relatively small price difference. In the end I went with this one because I really wanted to stick to a specific bugdet and with this one I could stay completely within my budget and get the accessories I wanted. Below are the things I like and dislike about it:
Things I like:
- Heavy duty, durable, and sturdy turf tires.
- Built in charging port.
- Fabricated deck is rock-solid and will go over anything.
- No fancy keyless ignition like the more expensive models. (I know keyless start is considered a bonus but to me its something extra to break).
- Cutting deck stays pretty clean. I rarely have to wash out the cutting deck as it seems to do a pretty good job of making sure that grass doesn't get stuck up in it.
- Mows in reverse and easy to operate in reverse.
Things I don't like:
- Cut quality is very so-so. It always misses something. My yard is a little uneven and I rarely make a pass without a weed or patch of grass getting missed here and there.
- Cup holder isn't deep enough. Everytime I use it my drink container ends up bouncing out of the cup holder.
- Cutting deck height adjustment lever always seem to catch on my pockets. Maybe its just me but I get hung up on that adjustment lever getting on and off the tractor frequently. I think its just kind of poorly placed.
- Steering is a little loose feeling to me. This could be an assembly issue but I don't know because I got mine fully assembled from the dealer.
Overall I'm very happy with the purchase so far but I wish I had gotten the garden tractor series only because I think I might eventually have need for some of the ground engaging attachments that the GT series can handle. At the time I bought it my dealer really didnt explain to me that I would need a GT series if I wanted to use certain attachments.
August 17, 2014
More power and less effort
Lawnmower cuts great and the ease of use is astounding! It climbs hills and tight around trees. Amazing turn radius for a lawn tractor. I love the automatic locking differential as I have several prominent ditches that require mowing and it climbs out of them really well without stalling or digging in.
The only downside was in the preparation by the dealer. So far, the oil cap came undone and sprayed oil everywhere and I threw a blade this past week, something I never have ever done in other mowers, so I must assume it was not torqued down properly.
July 6, 2014
I just purchased my tractor today. I had researched many tractors online and I was looking for some specific things. Because I live in the mountains I wanted a limited slip differential and a kawasaki engine. So I looked at multiple brands including John Deere, Kubota, and Simplicity. This tractor had all of the things I was looking for and it has an absolutely amazing fabricated deck. My friend that went with me to pick it up has 5 John Deere products from lawn tractors to farm tractors. He said he wished he new about this tractor before his last purchase. He was so impressed with the quality and the build of the deck, spindles and blades. For the price you cannot beat this tractor. As soon as I brought it home I immediately put it to use. I cut almost 2 acres of tall thick pasture grass. Nothing slowed it down and the cut was great. So far no complaints. A very satisfied customer.
June 26, 2014
Few flaws, but good bang for the buck
After moving into a house with 1/2+ acre of somewhat hilly lawn to mow (plus 4 acres of seeded field), we decided to shop around for a rider lawn mower. The price per performance of the Husqvarna couldn't be beat. After owning the YT48XLS for about a year, here's my impressions:
1. No problems with the engine yet. Starts up right away every time, even after being in the shed over a particularly cold winter.
2. Cuts through overgrown grass, and only has issues when it's particularly thick (like thick-bladed grass over a drain field allowed to grow 12+ inches).
3. Easier blades to remove and sharpen that my Toro push mower.
4. Lifetime deck warranty
1. Had a bent spindle on one blade right out of the box, which caused it to rub on the mandrel cover until it literally bore through (surprisingly, this didn't make a gigantic racket while mowing and I didn't notice until I was washing it after two mowings). The warranty covered the replacement spindle, but not the mandrel cover, so I have that eyesore to look at now.
2. Found a flaw in the drive belt design. The brake loosens the drive belt, and releasing the brake tightens it. However, one time the loose belt fell off the rear pulley and releasing the brake tightening it and jerked it into a position that was a real hand-thrasher to get corrected. You'd think the mechanism would be a little more sophisticated to prevent drive belts from falling off pulleys while loosened.
3. Almost no power in reverse, while makes getting into some tight, hilly spots around the house difficult.
4. Rough ground makes for a rough ride.
5. 3 blades instead of 2 makes for a more unfinished look on hilly areas of the lawn.
1. Cup holder clearly designed for a proprietary "locking-in" cup, so whatever that cup is, it should come with the mower like the freebies they throw in when you buy a sports car.
June 9, 2014
I really like the power, smoothness, and quietness of the Kawi motor. The turning radius is small, smaller than the 38" Toro this mower replaced. Cuts fine and was ~$1000 less than the equivalent Deere. The ergonomics of the foot pedal for the hydraulic drive is poor, I must lift my foot off the floor board and press it straight down to make it reverse correctly. To go forward the pedal has to go forward and not down like you would do with the gas pedal on a car. The vinyl covering the seat is paper thin and I expect it to tear in a very short time. The bagger is way too expensive and not that well made for the price. Attaching it and removing it requires the deck height on the right side be adjusted to keep the deck level when it's attached. I would like to see the deck more rigidly mounted to the mower. At first the lever for the deck height seemed to get in the way when getting on and off but as I get more time on it I don't seem to be having as much issue with it.
Even with these faults I like the mower and it mows my 2 acres just fine.
May 23, 2014