HUSQVARNA R 322T AWD
Don't even think about a different riding mower
I spent so much time researching (a good half a year)... I was looking for a machine to handle about an acre of lawn but would give me the flexibility to run other equipment like a snowblower, and some pull equipment like a tine harrow (for a gravel driveway). I have some trees and a few smaller hills.
I have owned the machine since June of this year and really had no intention of writing a review. However, every once in awhile you run into product where it becomes clear the designers had a magical moment and actually built a better mouse trap, so to say. Here are a few things that this mower does better than anything I have ever used (and I have been a professional landscaper and designer in the past and used nearly everything out there):
- Handles hills wonderfully. I took it over a buddy's house to help him install his lawn by using my harrow to grade and rake the soil. He has enormous hills and the tractor handled them very well even pulling the heavy time harrow. This mower handles hills like a mountain goat. I found it very challenging to keep a zero turn going straight when crossing a hill. The front end wants to drop requiring constant correction. The same thing happens with traditional riders only worse as correction is often not possible. With its AWD, this rider just mows across hills effortlessly. The AWD makes up and down hills actually enjoyable with little or no risk of slip and seemingly unlimited power.
- No trimming (zero). I use a Roundup type vegetation killer around my trees a couple times a year (careful not to spray the leaves on the smaller plants) and with the 11" turning radius trimming is a thing of the past. In fact, I use the vegetation killer to create about a 5" strip (barrier) around any stationary object in the yard and get a beautiful professional edge whether needing straight or natural lines along beds and structures. The front mounted deck is the final piece to having a zero trim lawn. I can scoot directly up to objects that can't be reached from the side. A zero turn or tradional rider just can't because the mid-mounted deck.
Great handling:. I know zero turns usually have great transition between forward and reverse but this articulating mover is just as smooth with its foot peddles. The auto breaking feature makes for a nice slow down if used gently and the transition into reverse is smooth as silk. Using reverse is so fast and efficient, I find myself sometimes backing up even when I could do a 365 degree turn. This flexibility has allowed me to mow using diagonals and other directions to keep cutting angles variable from week to week.
In the end, Huskvarna didn't invent anything new with this mower. Front mounted, rear engine, rear turn mowers have been around for decades. What Huskvarna did accomplish was to put a mower with these qualities within reach of any homeowner that was willing to purchase a rider in the first place.
October 28, 2012
Neighbors said it couldn't
Mowed my acre lot first time today. Have several areas with 20 degree inclines. Took two hours and results were perfect. Mowed up and down inclines, never across. Plenty of power.
Surprised that I have to choke to start, no matter how warm but unit is brand new.
April 27, 2015
Make sure your dealer is Briggs certified before you buy...
Overall it's a nice machine, but I'd recommend anyone shopping for this type of rider to make sure their dealer of choice is equipped / trained to work on Briggs engines.
I found out the hard way that being a certified Husqvarna dealer means nothing if you have an (Briggs# engine related issue, they can't even supply you with an air filter, let alone repair it. Mine developed power issues towards the end of last season so for this season I wanted to get it looked at and that was a no-go from my local dealer and they referred me to 3rd party service locations.
The Briggs engine takes a lot of cranking to get started #compared to Honda units I use).
April 27, 2015
Love the 45 seconds it takes to move the deck to service and another 45 seconds to put back
I purchased the Husqvarna 155 new 5 years ago and then two years ago I sold it to my neighbor. The reason I sold it was because I wanted a small lawn tractor with a loader etc., Well that lawn tractor had a belly deck and I hated the process of removing the deck to get to the blades. Also I mulch my lawn so I mow high and often. With the belly deck you run over the grass first before you cut it, unlike the Husqvarna. I asked my neighbor to buy my old 155 back and of course he liked it so well he would not sell it back. I then found a 322T awd for sale with only 12 hours on it. I purchased it and love it. I think the upgrade to the awd is worth it because it has the twin cylinder engine and runs smoother and is quieter. The only thing missing on this mower is power steering but it is not too bad. I keep the tires aired up and that eases the steering. I was just used to power steering with my other mower. I kept my other lawn tractor for use in my woods and spreading mulch but plan to sell the belly mower deck.
April 19, 2015
1/24/15 had 6 inches of wet snow today and cleared my 500 foot driveway with no problem.Slight hill upwards at the end of my driveway no problem this tractor doesn't need chains snowthrower works great.You can actually turn while snowthrowing with no problem as well.This tractor is pretty new so I cant give it any stars for durability yet and I cant wait to actually cut grass with it .5 stars
January 24, 2015
Just mowed the lawn for the last time this year. I love this mower. I live on a very steep lot with many obstacles. I researched many different mowers for several months before buying this mower. Considered a 4-wheel drive Kubota and also a 4-wheel drive John Deere. They were both thousands of dollars more than the AWD R322t! My Husqvarna rider is more maneuverable, gets better traction and uses less fuel than the Kubota or John Deere.
I decided to purchase the CombiClip 110 (41in) deck with rear discharge. I would recommend the somewhat smaller deck without the side discharge. It allows you to cut right up to mulch beds or trees on either side of the cutting deck without worry about spraying the clippings into the bed or out into the street.
I was not able to find any competitor that offers a cutting deck that tips up for cleaning and maintenance. This feature is wonderful for getting your cutting deck really clean before putting the mower back in the garage. I have to believe the cutting deck will last longer because of this feature.
You do not need power steering on this machine. The cable steering is smooth and responsive without being too jarring on your arms. My wife can easily and safely operate this mower.
The seat needs a longer rail adjustment. I am not a huge guy (5ft10in tall with ave. build) and I am somewhat cramped on the seat. Not uncomfortable, but would have been easy to add a couple more inches to the seat rails.
Overall, a fantastic value! I challenge anyone reading this review to find more mower for the money than the R322t. If you find a better value I want to know what it is. I can't imagine a better combination of features and abilities for the cost. Nice job Husqvarna.
November 9, 2014
This is an amazing mower!
I have owned this mower for less than a month and love it. I don't get stuck or hung up on anything. I can also mow where I never could before. It is so easy to clean the deck. I spent a little more than I had wanted to, but would do it again. I look forward to trying the snow blower.
May 18, 2014
Good rider for hills and obstacles
I finally got my R322T with a 48-inch side discharge deck the other day. After having a heck of a time getting the drive belt on, I was able to get in my first mow.
PROS: It can handle my hill with ease. I was even able to mow a circle around a small tree that is located on the steepest side of the hill (I know, not the smartest thing to do, but I wanted to put it through as much as possible to see what it can do). It does tend to slow down a bit going uphill on the steepest portions, but that is fine with me. Also, I was able to run the mower parallel with the hill. There is definitely some leaning, but I never felt too uncomfortable and it felt much more stable than a garden tractor. Going downhill is fine, just some getting used to (slow and steady wins the race).
I will have to figure out how to properly adjust the deck, but the initial cut was still very nice. I even had some professional landscapers (mowing the neighbor’s house) tell me that my mower was very interesting and the cut looked awesome. It only bogged once when I tried to run over a massive clump of clippings.
Cutting around trees and tighter areas is great. I can see where I want to go and as long as I take it a slow, I can get around almost anything I want. I am able to get to areas I know a ZTR or a garden tractor would never be able to get.
I love the fact that can have the mower blades still run when going in reverse.
CONS: Nothing too big, but going in reverse with an articulating AWD mower is definitely taking some time to learn. This issue isn’t bad for a simple back-up on the ground, but when I am trying to come off a trailer with a steep ramp, it’s almost like trying to direct a go cart with a trailer attached.
Another thing is the lack of power steering. I have absolutely no problem with it (since it as AWD, it sometimes feels like I do have power steering), but I can see it maybe being a problem for some.
The owner’s manual is very vague about some aspects, like putting the drive belt on. After some searching, I managed to download an exploded-view parts list off the Husqvarna website since the manual didn’t come with one.
The cutting height adjustment has a scale of 1-10, but it is not in any defined measurement like inches or centimeters. It’s a guessing game as to how high you are cutting.
My first cut; while learning all the controls and figuring out the lay of my land, it took me about 1.5 to 2 hours for my 1.1 hilly, bumpy, obstacle filled, high grass lot. I am sure after a few more mows I will be able to get it around an hour or under.
So far, I am pretty pleased with my purchase. I have yet to use the flip deck option due to the belt was so hard to get on. Hopefully, over time, the belt will loosen up and I can start cleaning out the deck with some ease.
May 14, 2014