Husqvarna AWD with Honda engine
Best feature: has Honda engine
Worst feature: AWD propels with R or L control, and they are not coordinated or matched.
Almost worst feature: back flap for protecton will wear out very quickly if mower moved backwards, since it drags the ground tightly.
Cuts well and starts well with Honda engine. Very heavy so women probably will not feel comfortable with it. I know my wife would not. The scale for cutting height is very good, and the changes to height is made difficult by the weight. But not a significant negative factor.
Caveat: no mower works efficiently with wet grass, and couple this with tall grass and even the highest height setting will cause problems. This is not a fault of the mower, but of the user. Also, if tall grass, do not use mulching capability, especially with wet grass! Side discharge is essential. The lack of ability to stop mower blades, yet keep engine running is NOT available, which would make this a desirable feature. As with all heavy mowers, not easily movable, even with "AWD",
All in all: excellent for price (Honda motor)
June 29, 2014
I have returned 2 of these mowers for the same drive issues. I return the last one and there is another sitting there with the same issue. Need to revamp the drive train cable system
June 20, 2014
I always bag my grass, on every pass the mower leaves a trail of clippings on the right side of deck that will not go in to the bag! Very aggravating to double cut every pass... Is there a remedy for this ?
June 17, 2014
Hard to start
Mower worked well the first season I used it. After sitting during the off season it became hard to start. The gas was protected with Stabil and it was way less than a year old. It did not contain ethanol either so I did not understand how the problem developed. The gas valve was shut off and the engine died before I stored it.
I ended up buying some Gumout choke cleaner and cleaned the automatic choke linkages and the starting improved for about a week. It would start on the first pull after a thorough cleaning. The problem resurfaced after the mower sat for about 6 days between mowing. I cleaned the choke linkages and choke again but it was still difficult to start. I wish they stayed with a manual choke like both of my previous mowers had. This auto choke seems to be a bad joke for me.
June 16, 2014
NOT for bermuda grass
Honda engine is great. Plenty of power. Good bagger. Mulching does leave piles of clippings unless you mow a lot. My biggest problem is with the combination of mower deck and cutting blade height. When in it's lowest position the deck is 1/2" off the ground. The blade cuts 5/8" above the bottom of the deck. Who's lawn is that flat to get away with the deck being that close to the ground? Bermuda needs to be mowed short, and when you lower the deck to the point where you're cutting the grass to the height you want(about 1.5" or position #2 in my case) the deck is still so low it often scrapes on the ground. So even though you have 4-wheel drive, it can't drag the deck across any uneven portion of your lawn. If you have taller grass or your bermuda lawn is 100% flat or has long gentle slopes, you'd probably do OK. Unfortunately, my lawn is bermuda and not so perfect (part of why I thought the 4-wheel drive would be good). Even a slightly exposed tree root creates an issue. Combine the extremely low deck with the uphill wheel lock and when you inevitably get stopped/high-centered you're left dragging a hundred pound lawnmower backward with the wheels locked up.
1) Give me a way to disable the uphill wheel lock.
2) Give me a way to lower the cutting blade down closer to the bottom of the deck, so I could raise the deck to avoid scraping along the ground.
June 10, 2014
I've had this mower a month and love it. I bought it as a floor model at my local big box store and was concerned it may not perform, but it started on the first pull and has ever since. Very Happy with the cut and ease of use. If your on the fence, jump over and get this mower.
June 9, 2014
Starts easily. Moves a little too fast. Takes some getting use to. I have a long stride when walking and tend to hit bagger with my feet while mowing. A wheel adjuster was found broken when removed from carton during assembly. Part was sent quickly after contacting customer service. Not completely satisfied with how well mower cuts Bermuda. Moves a little too fast.
June 8, 2014
Had the mower for two months
And so far so good...my yard is not big enough for a riding mower and I have a few obstacles and a definite sloped backyard. Previously, I had a smaller cc mower with front wheel drive that only lasted a few years...it definitely labored on the slope and finally died.
This mower has no problem with the sloped backyard, i.e., the power is great. With the obstacles, it was a trade-off, but my 13 year old daughter needs the exercise. A little maneuvering and turning the mower is fine.
I would say my only wish list item would be side powered wheels, which would be great for turning.
June 3, 2014