Hu800awd just okay
I have owned husqvarna chainsaws and bush saws for over 20 years with very little problems. Always promoted the products to friends.
I have to say I am disappointed in this mower.
Pro's: AWD works great especially on steep grades like ditches. The dealer didn't prep it and had to adjust it so it would work at the various speeds and work on steep slopes.
Honda motor can't say enough good. Gas economy is good for the amount of work this engine is doing with cutting and drive.
The wash feature is useless. Ended up using a hose nozzle and plastic putty knife. Still plastic holds the water after running it to dry.
I mulch about an acre of grass. Seems when mulching the airflow isn't enough to pull long dandelions lying down up to the blade. Don't know if it is the blade or deck design. If I manually push it really slowly it will pull them up
I used the side discharge and air flow does seem better.
The rear bag area of the deck holds a lot of grass instead of being flush with the curvature of the deck.
The stop start handle isn't molded to fit around the handle
properly and on rough ground pinches your hand. Brought it to the dealer attention and he was to talk to rep. Never heard back.
The side discharge chute doesn't stay attached as the catches are not deep/curved enough to hold it in place.
Can't shorten the handle as the holes are not drilled the same size even though the handle is molded for it. You are only able to adjust the height. I have quite a few trees to cut around and the long handle is a pain.
Nice to have feature: Reverse
June 21, 2013
Truly a Cadillac of Lawn Mower
I did a little home work on searching for a lawn mower. My previous lawn mower is done, so the search is on. I have some physical restrictions so I need to have the lawn mower to be self propelled for sure. I went to Lowe's and I saw this lawn mower that has AWD, but I never heard of Husqvarna. So I went to the internet, looked it up read the reviews. It was a little pricey, but with all the features that the HU800AWD has coupled with my health concerns. The price for comfort in taking care of my lawn with as little stress on my body as possible is worth the cost. I got it home, assembled it, put in the oil, and the gas. I pulled cord one time as the instructions stated and WOW! it started right up. Then I pulled the propel lever and BANG ! It was like "off to the races"! I was chasing it at first, until I began to understand how to control the speed of the AWD. The experience was incredible. i've never had a lawn mower of this caliber. It was definitely worth the price. i can't say enough on how pleased I am of this lawn mower. the level of cut is even and even on my uphill cutting, the cut remain level. It is a winner in my book and i'll recommend this lawn mower to anyone. It's worth the cost that it's advertised. It is one of my best investments, most definitely !!!
June 20, 2013
AWD is GOOD
The mower has plenty of power and starts easy. When the AWD is working properly it maked mowing easy. I like the mower and it cuts the thick grass with ease. The $500.00 price is high but the mower cuts very well.
Dan M. Louisiana
June 18, 2013
Great mower, But..
First of I would like to say that I don’t have any hills or slopes in my yard just very thick centipede grass.
Where do I start, this is a very cool looking mower being that orange is my favorite color. I pulled the lawn mower out of the box added oil and gas, gave it one pull and it started no problem at all. Pulled the handle for the AWD and this thing nearly took off and almost got away from me. I really wasn’t expecting this mower to have that much power and speed.
Changing the height was very easy, no problem there.
It handles great, feels like your just taking a walk in your yard when your behind it. The mower does all the work your just there to guide it.
Took a while for me to get used to corners and turning.
The engine could handle just about anything, which leads me to talk about the things that I feel Husqvarna could of improve and change.
When your making a turn or turning around and the self propelled is in engaged, it makes kind of a grinding noise. I don’t know if this is the belt or the transmissions and gears catching up with the peace that I’m pushing the mower. I do see this becoming a problem that I would have to repair in the future.
Mulching, this mower did not do a good job at mulching. There were times where the grass would build up under the mower and the engine would bog down. I don’t know if it was just that my grass was to thick or what but it really became a problem where I had to attach the side discharge to finish the job. This mower need to have a device installed underneath into the mulching system like the Toro models have to help with mulching.
Also for the price this mower should have a blade stop and a electric start.
Overall this is a really great mower, but it needs a little more improvement in the areas I mention above. For the price of $500 there are much better mowers
June 17, 2013
Consistently leaves a trail of grass;
After three mowings in medium length, dry grass, this mower consistently leaves a trail of grass on the right side. Even mowing half widths, along with the trail, the discharge chute clogs with the bag still half full. The manual says to mow in a clockwise pattern, but this isn't always possible. I ended up mowing 50% more of my lawn to pick up the grass left behind. I wish Husqvarna would address this defect with a new blade design or recall.
June 16, 2013
smooth & powerful
I can't believe it----I finally have a mower with the power and ease to climb all the banks and hills I have to mow!! I love the "start up" on one pull ( always ). Since I have arthritis in my hands, this makes it so much easier for me. Thanks for a great product. Pearl
June 16, 2013
It does every thing that the tv add show you it can do.The best mower I have ever owned, and I'm 65 yo.
Thank you Husqvarna keep up the great work!!
June 13, 2013
Love this mower, BUT!!!
Purchased this mower 2 months ago, and absolutely love the power and the drive system! Starts everytime on the first pull, and I love the look and feel of the mower.
That being said, I have two major issues with it:
1) Like MANY people on this site, I have a problem with the bagging system leaving a trail of grass on the discharge side of the mower. Very frustrating!
2) I already have a hole in my bag! It ripped where it is sewed to the plastic bottom. Very cheaply made, and I am NOT happy! I am hopeful the manufacturer will stand behind their product!
June 13, 2013