HUSQVARNA R 220T
Great mower but with issues
I purchased this machine 2 months ago and love the way it skirts around our trees and can drive under low fruit trees on our property. Has plenty of power as our land is fairly flat. The large mowing deck shortens the time it takes to mow our one acre.
After purchasing the mower, I wanted to clean under the deck and when removing the plastic hood over the pulley the snap broke and now have to use a bungee cord to keep it secured.
The deck would not pull out as shown in the owner's manual and had the dealer take it back to fix the problem and they returned it the next day and works fine now.
Also had a problem with starting after several uses. The battery cable connections and the ignition switch contacts were dirty and had to be cleaned, but works fine now. The machine had been sitting outside the dealer's lot for some time and they sold it at a discount.
The other issue was the oil drain plug. It is very awkward to get to and once removed oil drains everywhere. I solved that problems with a 4" galvanized nipple and a 90 degree elbow with the original plug screwed into the bottom. No more oil mess and it doesn't interfere with anything.
October 12, 2014
Best rider I've owned
R220T is perfect for my large yard with its many trees, shrubs and narrow spaces, better than the (wider) zero-turn that I had for years. The front-mounted deck reduces the need for trimming and does make a difference in mowing areas that you can't reach with other riders. You have much more control with the front-mounted deck. It's relatively easy to access the deck to keep it clean (you can do that fairly well without lifting the deck) and to service the machine overall. R220T requires some driving practice because it maneuvers differently from a ZT or tractor. It reminds me of a giant beetle that flexes at the waist. Once you understand how it operates, it works very well even in tight spots, considering its length, and it is much less likely to dig into the turf when turning than my older ZT. Pulling off the mower belt before lifting the deck is harder than the video suggests and a few tips (not found in the manual) on that maneuver would be helpful. I would agree with another reviewer that an oil drain tube and a timer would be good, inexpensive additions, which I bought separately. For very high, thick grass/weeds, it could use a bit more power, but it handles what I have here in south Florida. Don't yet know about the durability since it's nearly new (guessing 4 stars). It wasn't cheap relative to a new ZT that I was considering, but it was definitely worth the extra money for my yard.
September 21, 2014
Problems encountered with Husqvarna 155 Rider (2 wheel drive) :
Reason(s) for purchase: small turning radius (numerous trees), uniform cutting height and minimum lawn wheel marking.
Properly: One acre corner lot, level residential property with numerous trees.
Mower purchased May 2007.
Positives: Use of high quality materials, i.e. high quality V-Belts & anti-friction bearings.
Negatives: 1)High Price. 2)Very high cost of replacement parts!! 3)Poor design, 4)lack of Husqvarna response; 5)lack of mower deck stabilizer linkage resulted in excessive wear and lockups (HQ called it normal wear, $400 repair after 1 year and each year thereafter), 6)steering cable broke, 7)transmission cable broke (I installed after HQ replaced them), this was not a simple task. 8)The small wheels on the front of the mower deck now need replacement due to wear, HQ price is $50 not including labor or shipping. 9)The front tires also need replacement because the thread is gone (cost is not know but it will not be cheap). Not sure of reason for this unusual tire wear, but I think it is probably because the front and back tires do not turn on the same radius I now have grassless ruts around many of my trees and small cutting radius turn areas. 10) Lawn wheel marking is no better than other mowers. 11) I did not find it a simple task to remove the mower deck, maybe somewhat better than Sears but don’t expect to simply pull a pin to remove the deck.
If I could reverse my decision I would not buy this over priced mower.
August 16, 2014
Great for trimming
Turns on a dime, great maneuverability and comfortable to use. Since we bought this, we seldom use our push mower.
For just under $4k, I would have expected some features typically found on less expensive mowers. Lights, fuel gauge, hour meter would have been nice, but the mower does what we bought it for... the ease of cleaning the deck. That one feature makes up for any shortcomings. To clean the deck, just loosen the belt, release a tension cable, slide the deck out and up. That's it. No more laying on the shop floor, pulling pins, sliding the deck across the floor, dragging it outside to clean and then reverse the process to put the deck back on.
If you are tired of fighting the deck on your current mower, take a hard look at the r220t. Note, some re-sellers have mistakenly advertised the model below this, the r120s, as having the easy clean deck. It does not.
August 9, 2014
Great product but a few recommendations
I placed an order for this tractor in 2013. When I went to pick it up, the dealer took the time to show me how everything worked. Kudos to the dealer for showing how everything works.
It takes a little getting used to when operating the first few times but after that...nice.
The tractor was ordered with the Combi 103 deck. I have to say, it is awesome to be able to mow tight on both sides of this deck. I used the entire season as a mulcher and didn't see large clumps of grass like I did with previous mowers. Engine is located behind driver so noise is slightly less (still use hearing protection) than if the engine was in front. Controls are easy to work and adjust and overall, with the Combi103 deck, this works great for my lawn. I like the fact you don't have to turn the key to a special position to run the blades when backing up. I store the tractor for the winter but used this tractor late into the fall to mulch the leaves in the yard. It does an awesome job and no additional parts needed to purchase for mulching as the deck can be used as rear discharge or mulch.
Engine compartment is great. Easy to get to oil filter, gas filter and has ample air flow around it. Deck was easy to service in "service position" and cleaned before storing for winter. I did clean 3 or 4 times during mowing season and noticed very little grass accumulation on the deck even when the lawn was rather long. Less grass build up means less chance for acid erosion over long term.
A few items that I would recommend that Husqvarna change: 1) The oil drain. The B&S plug setup should be changed to a B&S drain tube. I went to Briggs and Stratton website and ordered a flex tube for draining the oil. You need to change the oil after the first 8 hours of operation. That is a good time to replace the B&S drain plug with a B&S flex tube to make oil changes easier and cleaner. 2) Add an hour meter to the 220 unit just like on the 322. I purchased an aftermarket hour meter so as to keep track for maintenance reason. The hour meter I chose does not take batteries but hooks up to the spark plug wire. 3) Add a light to the 220 model just like on the 322 model. How about LED light? 4) Create a heavy duty cover (something other than the light nylon covers) that works for the Swedish riders as the standard cover does not do a good job.
March 8, 2014
Happy with mower
We replaced a 10 yr old John Deere with this mower. We are very happy with it--it has so much a smoother and faster ride.
November 9, 2012
Husqvarna Rider - Great value
I've owned and used my Rider 155 for over 10 years; >2,000 hours cutting time, and still runs perfect. There were a couple of minor problems when new, but those were handled under warranty.
I've yet to find another riding mower that cuts as smooth as the Rider. Handling is effortless. Maintenance is as easy as it gets. Removing the mower deck is a 2 minute task - a nice feature for changing blades or cleaning.
The Rider R220T appears to be the same engineering and quality as the Rider 1550, except a bit larger and stronger.
The complete front cutting assembly allows me to cut UNDER bushes, and close to edges. The 4" turning radius makes it as manuevable as any ZTR, with a much easier to use steering wheel to boot.
Based on my experience with it's little brother the Rider 155 - I'll be certainly considering this articulating mower, or it's big brother the 4WD model.
October 9, 2012
This mower cuts great. Is easy to use and have not had any problems.
May 28, 2012