Great Mower, would like more Honda Features.
Like Sports Car it drives like a dream. Works incredibly well without issue. Love the engine and the blade cleaning system. Bag is also great and seems more rooming and less likely to clog that others. Like it A LOT better than Toros. Feels and seems reliable. Would like some other features of Honda Mowers like Smart Drive, Micro Cut Dual Blades, aRotoStop, and more importantly A Nexite Deck but of course those features on the Honda costs $300 more. This mower shower still has a good Warranty and I LOVE the easy, no pump, start; always starts right away. Also stops right away for safety. Would always recommend and love the AWD.
July 9, 2014
I have owned my AWD for a year and had I known that every other time I mowed my yard I was going to have the remove the top and bottom cover to clean the grass out I would not have purch the AWD mower.
If you buy it from Lowes you better take out their warranty as you are going to need it if you use them to service you mower.
If you don't clean the grass from around the gear box and pully assy you are going to be replacing the front gear box and pully trust me I know first hand.
The manual doesn't tell you anything about cleaning the front area and to remove the covers to do so.
Think twice before you buy this mower and if you do buy it from a Factory Husqvarna dealer.
July 2, 2014
I bought this mower on 4/23/2014. On Friday 6/27/2014, the AWD quit working. I have checked all belts and pulleys. I have been in contact with an authorized service center just to be told that it will take 3-4 weeks for them to repair my mower. I will not buy another Husqvarna product!
June 30, 2014
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