Mulching Very Disappointing
Mower will not mulch without leaving large clumps of grass behind. Seems like designers left to much dead space on right rear to allow grass to be mulched properly. It does have some nice features such as easy cranking, quiet running, and blade disengagement but these don't mean anything if you need to mow your yard twice. It does not fill the bag very well when bagging either. Poorly designed, just can't recommend.
July 21, 2013
Best mower I ever had
This mower replaced a Toro self propelled. There is more than sufficient power to do my yard, which has a good sized hill. Starts on first/second pull, and starting is effortless. This is a quality machine. I would recommend this mower.
July 20, 2013
Purchased 7/16/13, at Lowes, assembled according to instructions, added oil/gas, and tried starting but would not start....returned to store and staff also unable to start.
July 17, 2013
Very good mower
This mower started the first try. It is fairly quiet, and has a very good cut. This lawnmower exceeded my expectations.
July 4, 2013
Good mower for large unobstructed lawns.
Overall this is a good mower.
I bought this mower (model HU775H) at Lowe's after viewing their display. Unpacking was a snap and assembly was easy and quick. From unopened box to mowing was lass than 20 minutes. This mower starts on the first or second pull EVERY time. The mower is quiet and the cut is clean. I live in Florida and have St. Augustin grass which is thick and spongy to walk on and in summer needs to be cut about every 4 days. The canted handle is comfortable to hold and is easier on the wrists than a straight handle once you get used to it. I mulch the lawn so cannot comment on the side discharge or rear bagger since I have never used them. But it is a great mulcher. I have this mower for only two months so cannot comment on durability but so far everything works. This mower is great for a large unobstructed lawn that does not have many sharp turns or trees and/or bushes to maneuver around. The one-lever 4 wheel height adjustment is easy to use. However I find that I need to cut at a higher setting than I'd like because the mower deck drags on the soft turf and the wheels spin. I also cut back the rear rubber flap one inch because it caused too much drag. However there is a significant problem if you have an odd shaped lawn that sort of looks like an amoeba. I wanted a rear wheel drive mower for traction but that also creates a problem. Since the drive wheels and transmission are in the rear and this is a rear bagger, the engine has to sit farther forward from the fulcrum point (rear wheels) and makes it more difficult and tiring to lift the front wheels when making turns. I think many women would feel this machine too tiring for them. For my application swiveling front wheels would be a great help. I wish Husqvarna made a kit for that and I would gladly give up the one-lever adjustmant for it. A more annoying and frustrating problem is the speed control system. This is a design problem and Husqvarna engineers really need to address this. For example; when I mow up to an obstacle I need to release the speed control handle and push the mower for the last 6 inches or the transmission will not disengage from the wheels. If I forget or misjudge, then when I pull the mower back I am also turning the gears in the transmission and this makes it twice as hard. Frequently I find myself pulling the mower back a foot, pushing it forward 6 inches to disengage the transmission so it will "free wheel" and then pulling it back again. Frustrating. Another problem is the speed is not consistent. To keep the mower at a constant speed I need to keep "jiggling" the speed control at a fairly rapid rate. It almost feels like the "juice" from tall grass lubricates the drive belt and makes it randonly slip. One moment I need to squeeze the control all the way just to get the wheels to turn and the next moment it takes off and I need to release the lever to maintain control. In summery, as a manuverable close-quarters mower this is a BEAST. As a large open area mower it would probably be great. Overall a good machine with some aggravating quirks.
July 4, 2013
Ehh. expected more...but not bad
I guess when I bought a Husqvarna, i expected a powerful product. This mower sounds like it wants to stall the whole time i'm cutting. And thats with short, dry grass and a clean deck. Ultimately, it never stalls and does the job. I have noticed oil leaking from muffler area. Kinda weird for being two months old.
June 30, 2013
Bad luck or poor quality?
Unlike the other reviews I have read, my experience is quite different. I purchased my 775ex from lowes last summer. I loved it...the power, ease of use, and admittedly the color(I have always been a Husqvarna fan!) the first three runs went great. Fired up first pull. Had to speed walk to keep up. Blazed through my large, over grown lawn in record times. Then it started to smoke, lose compression, and blew oil every where. I am mechanically inclined. I cleaned out the carb, replaced the spark plug. It ran one more week and died. I took it back to Lowes very frustrated. They replaced it since it hadn't been thirty days.
I brought home the new mower and it worked well. I thought this must have been a fluke. I finished the summer out. Stored the mower correctly. This season.... I changed the oil. Sharpened the blade and started mowing.... Immediately something was different. The power diminished. It started smoking and now the drive belt slips off. I put the drive belt back on. However it comes off after 20 mins of operation no matter how tight I set the tensioner to. I can have the tension so tight it almost drives it self, but the mower hits a small bump and off it comes. I now dread mowing. Without the drive, the mower is overweight and difficult to push. Highly disappointed.
June 30, 2013
Fast, Powerful and starts easliy
I have a half acre lot with a moderately steep rise at the back. I just turned 60 and my last mower (FWD) was trying to kill me (hard starts, drive wheels stripped). So I read the reviews and purchased an HU775. I should have done this a year ago !
The mower starts on one or two effortless pulls. The rear wheel drive is fast and strong uphill. The controls are intuitive. The one-touch height adjustment is a wonderful feature. I used the bagger once and it really hold a lot and catches all the cuttings.
I find it's a little difficult to line up the wheels to ensure overlap of passes, but this is minor. If I don't use high settings, there can be grass trails. High settings, which are what I prefer, pretty much eliminate that problem. Another issue I've conquered has to do with the drive wheels locking after a pass - can be mucho annoying. Here's the secret to avoiding wheel-lock: release the drive about 2 feet from the end of your pass and the wheels will spin free. I've had no problems since figuring this out :-)
This is a well-built, reliable machine. I get my chores done quicker, with far less effort. I'm glad I made this purchase.
June 26, 2013