HUSQVARNA R 120S
I really want to like this mower, but . . .
Getting this mower off the delivery crate/pallet was a major undertaking. The mower arrived with no paperwork whatsoever (no owner’s manual, no guidance to uncrate it, etc.) which I thought was odd and especially not helpful (though, after downloading the owner’s manual, I’ve find it to be ‘light’ / unhelpful). I finally ended up using a crow bar and mallet to remove portions of the pallet. Extremely time consuming and frustrating, especially in the heat and humidity.
It may seem ridiculous, but it took me forever to figure out how to attach the steering wheel (with the pin that was too big for the hole in the steering column). And it didn’t help matters any when I called Husqvarna’s customer service, and between being put on-hold several times, the rep was unable to locate this model number. I finally hung up and phoned back (with success) another day.
I’ve purchased and installed the mulching blades, but for the life of me, can’t figure out how the heck to remove the pin from the side discharge flap so I can install the mulching side discharge cover . . . sigh . . .
I’ve owned the mower less than 2 months. And between delivery and getting it uncrated, I’ve only used it to mow 1.25 acres, 4 - 6 times max.
The lever to raise and lower the deck is poor design placement. Since it faces outward, I’ve caught it on something while mowing twice and didn’t notice the deck had automatically lowered until later.
The plastic ‘hubcaps’ work loose. I lost one the 1st or 2nd time I mowed, but luckily found it during the following mow.
The tire stem caps work loose. I’ve lost 1 and upon finding the 1 gone, noticed 2 others were loose/unscrewed.
I now check the hubcaps and tire stem caps every time I mow.
For what this mower cost, it’s disheartening to see the percentage that’s made of plastic. We’ll see how well this will hold up over time.
Like others, I’ve had issues with the engine backfiring, but idling the engine down, before shutting it off has eliminated this issue.
The more troubling and frustrating issue I’ve experienced with the engine is, it not wanting to start.
At times, this occurs after it’s sat all week and I try to start it to mow. This past weekend, it didn’t start until the 3rd or 4th try (I wait the specified intervals, in-between, before attempting to start it again - I also have the throttle lever pushed all the way forward, in the starting position).
It’s to the point, I’m afraid to shut it off or, Heavens forbid, kill it by accident before I’m done mowing due to the frustrating, hard to start issue.
In the short time I’ve owned it, I’ve had to leave it sit outside twice, because I couldn’t get it started to return it to the garage. It’s ridiculous.
I’ve had engines made by the manufacturer of this engine before, and my first one (in a push mower) was GREAT! I didn’t service this push mower like I should have and it still lasted 12 years.
While I’ve regularly serviced my 2nd push mower with an engine made by the same manufacturer, this summer, it started dying, for no apparent reason. Sometimes it will start again and other times it won’t (and it’s only 3 years old).
Now, the engine in this Husqvarna seems to be either a lemon or junk.
In essence, this mower is brand new, and while I love it’s maneuverability, the frustrations; from getting it off the delivery pallet, to the backfiring, all the plastic parts, parts coming loose, and now, not knowing when (or if) the engine is going to start, is quickly moving this mower to the number 1 position on my The Big Stinkers List.
July 30, 2015
The mower works great!
The mower works great, but I can't seem to find any DIY videos on what deck wash port is needed, jacking up the mower to change a tire, removing the deck, changing blades.... The manual contains very little information. Please help!
July 5, 2015
I am intrigued with these machines, the 4WD in particular.
2WD will have to do...
One common issue that comes up is backfiring...
If it does not say anything about shutting down in the owners manual it should.
Turn key to off position, as doing so open throttle.
Or another way would be to say advance throttle as you turn off ignition.
No more backfiring.
July 4, 2015
After looking at zero turns i decided to buy this one it is just like a zero turn but narrower which gets around the yard easier. The articulating steering is awsome very easy to steer
The foot controls are the best. You have to try one to appreciate one. Would buy another one on heart beat. May the awd next.
June 22, 2015
R120S mower deck
I purchased this unit in the fall of 2014. Used it 2 times until knee replacement. Got it out in the spring and realized the deck was cutting lower on one side. No adjustment. Dealer picked it up and said it was fixed, wrong. Still 1/2 a bubble out of level. Showed dealer what was wrong, replaced entire deck and mounting frame. Cuts level but if I take the deck out of the highest setting it literally scalps the yard. All of the deck adjustments are for lower settings. Disappointed in this feature. Dealer installed a mulching kit but it doesn't do a very good job. Again disappointed. Like the way it handles and cuts around trees and flower beds.
June 16, 2015
This R120s mower is great! It mows better, steers better, and rides better than any tractor type mower. My son has a Toro ztr and a John Deer tractor type but likes my R120s better than either one of them.
June 4, 2015
Great cut but..man does it backfire..WOW
I just bought this mower on 4/13/15..first the spring broke for the parking brake,I fixed that..next is the backfiring I tried it all,my house shakes when I shut it off(I keep it in my garage)..it's only a month old and it's at the shop!the hydraulic fluid looks low too..I asked the dealer to check that out too I hope there is no charge for that..but besides all the trouble I can't wait to get it back,I love the way it cuts..I bought the snow blade attachment for it too..please take care of the backfiring and I'll be one happy customer..thanks
June 3, 2015
BANG WHEN I TURN OFF
Severe after fire(backfire) when I shutdown engine. I've tried lower idle for 60 seconds before turning off key and it still makes loud bang. I understand this is a common problem.
May 30, 2015