I used to loath mowing
We have a rather steep incline in areas of our lawn and have wanted a rear wheel drive mower for some time. I was intrigued by an AWD option. I've had this mower for a month now and actually look forward to mowing with this machine. The power to climb and effortless work on my end makes mowing a breeze. The only issue I've had are when the wheels lock up trying to go in reverse. If I would have read the manual I would have realized you only need to push forward a couple inches upon releasing the drive control and the wheels will reverse just fine. The Honda motor seems more than adaquate as the machine does not bog down in tall grass nor does it strain when the drive wheels are engaged. Really like the design and colors of this mower too. I'm hoping for 15+ years of service.
May 25, 2013
I've conquered 'the hill'
I have this impossibly steep hill that slopes down to a seawall about 5 feet above the lake. I've tried weed-wackers, mowers, and even tried to hire a lawn service to take on this hill. Redesigning the landscape would cost upwards of $30,000. My chiropractor bills are as steep as that hill in the summer.
So when the drive cable on my old mower gave way, I found this AWD mower and said 'I gotta try this!' The hill is steeper than what they say this mower should be used for. But I had to try something and it worked. The only caution is that the full power of this mower may propel the mower faster than you can walk sideways on a steep slope so be careful. It's like a Jeep for mowing! Great on hills and tough terrain!
I'm finishing the job in a fraction of the time now and I'm extremely happy with the mower and the results. My chiropractor may not be as happy.
BTW, it starts on ONE pull!
May 24, 2013
HU 800AWD Great Mower for Steep Terrain
I just purchased the HU800AWD and I am impressed with the smooth mowing and great power to go up hill or down hill with no effort at all while mowing heavy spring grass. I have a rather steep and somewhat treacherous hillside that I have been mowing for many years with many types of different mowers. High wheel, lightweight push and even tried to mow with a riding mower but with no luck and dangerous. This mower is GREAT for the hillsides and steep banks I have to mow. Its mowes Like crazy, Great Machine and the Honda motor is powerful easy to start and very efficient on fuel. The ALL Wheel drive is Great. Highly recommend this mower.
May 18, 2013
Truly self propelled, even up steep hills
My large lawn is one steep hill. My drive slopes up at over 30 degrees, parts of the hill are significantly steeper. This has no problem dealing with the hills and in places uneven terrain. It has plenty of power, is easy to use when going forward along a hill or straight up. The only problem is that the wheels usually lock when I need to pull it backwards. This is a heavy mower and it's not easy to pull it backward even short distances with the wheels locked. I found that engaging the drive briefly sometimes unlocks the wheels. Husqvarna needs to address this problem!
May 17, 2013
I read a lot of customer reviews but have never written any till now. I feel I need to get my opinion out there on this one. I have a very hilly yard which has been no problem until I suffered a leg injury. Now mowing has become a chore. My old craftsman was wore out and didn't have much power. When I saw the ad for the husqvarna AWD I thought that it would be perfect. All wheel drive plus mulching. I always mulch the lawn because the garbage company does not allow us to put clippings in the trash can. Bagging requires us to take the clippings across town to the city compost. I got this mower and it started on the first pull. The honda engine is great. Starts easy and has lots of power. The AWD goes everywhere you want it to. The problem is the mulching. About every 20 feet the mower spits out a ball of un-mulched grass. When I'm done mowing there is clumps of grass all over the yard. I thought maybe I let the grass get too long before cutting. The next mowing the grass was not long at all. It had only been 4 days since the last cut. Same thing. Clumps of un-mulched grass all over. Once these clumps dried out the lawn looked awful. I came across a copy of consumer report and guess what. Poor rating because of this same problem. Don't buy this if you want to use it as a mulcher. Not sure if I can get my money back and not looking forward all the extra walking to dump the grass catcher. Plus the drive to the compost. Couldn't really afford this mower but with the injury I thought it would be great. Wrong
May 16, 2013
One Awesome machine- HU800AWD
I was so excited to see the great technology finally being put to great use, with the Husqvarna HU800 AWD, which was represented at last years GIE+ Expo in Kentucky.
After seeing the review, I have to confess that I was more than sold. So much, that I did not mind waiting a month for my new HU800AWD mower to arrive from Amazon.
So today, the UPS guy came and delivered my new "baby". I decided to put my new mower to the test, as I was not to crazy about the uneven cutting from my Craftsman 22 Inch mower, even with a new blade.
In one word, "wow", is all I can say about my new lawnmower. I was skeptical about the "starting on the first pull" however, not only did my mower start on the first pull with fresh gas and oil, it repeatedly started everytime throughout my cutting the yard between 15 stops for bagging....so amazing. And yes, on the very first pull each and every time...practically effortless. And the all wheel drive control is just fantastic....the mower is neither too fast nor too slow. It was very easy to use and the cushioning grip felt very good on my hands....no more blisters ever again.
The Honda GCV 190 purrs like a kitten and is not to loud.
The cut, with the specially designed and included blade is just amazing...perfectly level and smooth. The included bag is great and fills up so much better than any Craftsman 22 inch mower ever has. The wheels are very easy to adjust, too. Everything is just perfect with this mower...including the great 3 year warranty. Now that I have "fallen in love" with my new mower, I will be selling my 3 year old Craftsman (with electric start) which retailed for about the same as this mower, yet pales in comparison. Who needs an electric start anyways, batteries to replace, etc, when this mower starts up on the first pull every time?
You will not be disappointed with your purchase of this mower. Starting and maneuverability are very simple and hassle free. I consider this mower to be the Bugatti Veyron of Lawnmowers....their is no equal nor second best.
I have done all my own yardwork for most of the 11 years I have lived in my home, and must say that this is by far the most exciting of any and all power equipment which I have ever owned. Trust me when I say that if you mow your own lawn with any other type of 20-22 inch mower, you are "missing the boat" by not having this mower. Don't just take my word for it...look at all the positive reviews, one after the other....they all speak volumes...you will wonder how you ever lived with out this great mower....definitely makes cutting the yard fun, and in about half the time too I might add. You owe it to yourself to have the best and be the envy of all your neighbors.
May 14, 2013
Just one thing...
I agree, for the most part, with all of the excellent reviews. There is one really BIG miss in the design that I have found after using the mower several times. I am someone who bags the cut grass. There is a HUGE flaw with the design of the discharge chute at the back where the cut grass is sent into the bag. The discharge window opening is way too SMALL, and it is also for some reason located at the bottom of the deck. So, when the grass is launched into the bag, it enters the bag at he bottom of the opening into the bag. After only 4 short passes across the yard, the bottom of the bag fills up and the opening is now BLOCKED by discharged grass!!! The mower bogs down, and grass clippings are sent out the bottom of the deck and onto the yard, leaving a trail of cut grass that defeats the purpose of bagging!!! You now have to stop cutting, let the mower shut off, remove the bag and either empty it or shake all of the grass in the bag to the back and re-attach and continue mowing. This is VERY FRUSTRATING for the way I mow my yard!!! Please re-visit the deck / bag design and fix this poorly designed issue!!! I love everything else about the mower, but this just doesn't make sense. I am sure that anyone else that bags the grass has had this issue.
May 14, 2013
What a mower!!!
This mower is a beast!! My previous mower wasn't making it through my backyard because I have thick grass back there. I got tired of having to mow over the same spot 2-3 times. So, when it was time for a new mower I saw this one and was very happy with the results. Mowing the lawn only took 25 mins and only had to go over it once. It was easy to assemble, easy to operate and clean up was a cinch. My only negative comment will be the price. But, you want the best you have to pay for the best.
May 13, 2013