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
Great mower. I now have two of them, one on each property . Great cut and will go though my tick yard with ease.
June 1, 2014
My Husqvarna AWD mower
Mine is actually an HU775AWD model, this machine is exemplary in every aspect, it starts easily, handles well and has a full, variable speed self-propulsion system that takes the drudge out of grass cutting. I would recommend this quality product to anyone.
June 1, 2014
terrible mulching mower
Honda engine runs great. The all wheel drive works great. If you want to mulch grass, this mower is terrible-worst I have ever seen. There is no mulch plate, so the grass collects at back of mower and leaves a trail of grass behind it. Terrible design, and side discharge just as bad. If they wanted to compete with Honda mowers, they should have used more than just the engine.
May 29, 2014