HUSQVARNA R 120S
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
Surprised and delighted
I was unsure of this design but wanted something with tight turning radius, faster than traditional riding mowers, but much less expensive than Zero-turns. I did my homework and checked all the reviews. I visited the dealer twice before purchasing. I have had it now a month and spent 10 hours on it. Of course if I were engineering it I would have made some minor changes in the design to get to things like the oil drain plug, use a different clamp mechanism for the engine cover (already had one to break off because it is plastic and requires prying off as part of the design and instructions!). The video of tilting up the unit to expose the mower deck for cleaning apparently only applies to the 4WD unit, not the 2WD which I purchased (disappointed with that fact). It does take a bit of practice to get used to operating it and having a separate pedal for forward and reverse! It likes to backfire if you don't reduce the engine throttle and running it about 5 seconds before turning off. It is very easy to move when not running (with the drive disengaged). I could not get a straight answer as to whether this model is discontinued but mine was manufactured in 2013 and I bought it new in April 2015. That fact might have caused me some hesitation in my evaluation but the question for me is now mute. The dealer quoted me $100 over MSRP and I had to show him the MSRP on the Husqvarna website to get that price. In retrospect I would have pressed harder for a discount.
May 14, 2015
This product stopped cutting after two minutes
First time to tray and use mower the blades stopped cutting after about 100 feet. returned to dealer for a refund.
Form $1900 you would think you could cut the grass at least one time.
April 23, 2015
The R 120S is my third lawn cutter. I started with a typical riding mower to handle a 1 acre lot and then moved to a top-of-the-line Gravely Zero Turn mower to cut a 3 acre lawn. I recently moved to a smaller 3/4 acre property and decided to get the R 120S over its bigger R 220T sibling or another zero turn mower. I can honestly say: I made the right choice.
Zero Turn (ZT) mowers can be very fast. My previous unit could cut at 12 mph! But that is hard on machinery and the rider too. Cutting accuracy also suffers as the machine starts bouncing and rocking. Then there is the biggest ZT drawback: 'turf tearing' when you make a less than perfect 180 degree turn. ZT mowers skid when making many manoeuvres. You get damaged grass all the time. When I had 3 acres to cut, I could live with these deficiencies. With a 3/4 acre lot, I want better cut quality.
Traditional riding mowers suffer two shortcomings:
1) Handling. Turning circles are really measured in feet no matter what the brochures say.
2) Ground Speed. Most cut at 5.5 mph. After my super fast ZT, 5.5 mph feels like I am backing up!
Now on to the R120S. Here's what I like:
1) Front mounted deck. Putting the blades out front means you get to cut grass before it is flattened by the front wheels. I am sold on this design.
2) Speed. The R 120S cuts at 7 mph. Not blinding speed but just about right for my smaller property. Note that the bigger R 220T cuts at 6 mph. I have tried both. I am happier with the R 120S.
3) Handling. It takes a little practice but it's worth the effort. I can cut closer and more accurately than any of my former mowers.
4) Smoothness. Surprise! The one cylinder Briggs & Stratton motor is smooth and relatively quiet compared to the V-twins I had previously. Having 2 blades rather than 3 also means quieter operation
On the downside, I am disappointed with the amount of plastic on the R 120S. I also don't know how well the pivoting motor will hold up to long term use. The R 220T uses a different pivoting rear axle. I do wonder why this design was chosen for the more expensive model? Given the low purchase cost and the fact that the front axle is solid, I expect the R 120S will deliver better than average value in the long run.
My overall Summary: The R 120S features and design are unmatched in a cutter that costs less than $2000. I had a mower that cost six times as much and could not cut as cleanly or accurately. If you have the right-sized property and appreciate handling and speed over other features, I highly recommend this product.
August 8, 2014