Husqvarna HU700L 22-Inch 160cc Honda GCV160 Gas Powered 3-in-1 RWD Self-Propelled Lawn Mower
|Price:||$695.20 & FREE Shipping|
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- Rear Drive Self-Propelled with Duel Trigger Drive Control
- 8-Inch Wheels, washout port, anti-vibe handle, fusion blade, 4 point - 9 position height adjustment
- Optional rear discharge chute available for free through mail-in card Included in package
- 3-in-1 Cutting System - Side Discharge Capable, Collect Mulch/Rear ejection
- CARB Compliant
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|Cutting width||22 inches|
|Item Dimensions||20 x 25.5 x 39 inches|
|Item Weight||91.45 pounds|
|Manufacturer Part Number||HU700L|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||2 Year|
|Shipping Weight||94.2 pounds|
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|Item Dimensions||25.5 x 39 x 20 in||25.25 x 40.25 x 20.75 in||26 x 38 x 20 in||24 x 36.7 x 17.8 in||24 x 38 x 17.5 in||25.25 x 36.25 x 20.75 in|
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|Power Source||gas-powered||gas-powered||gas-powered||OHV engine||gasoline-powered||gas-powered|
Equipped with heavy-duty steel cutting decks and easy-start engines, the HU700L features collect, mulch/Rear discharge, offering you added versatility in terms of mowing frequency and cutting results. Rugged ball-bearing wheels ensure a smooth run and minimized play, even after many years of use. Variable drive speed allows you to adjust the speed according to your needs and the condition of the lawn.To receive the rear discharge chute, send the card present in the manual bag.
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It has turned out to a winner. It takes about two hours to cut our yards and I do it about once a week in the peak of the growing season. So far no issues or problems.
some pros: Easy to start, Handle height is great for a 6' operator and is adjustable for shorter folks, Honda motor has pleanty of power, I don't bag so no issues there, rear shute arrived 3 days after registering product on line, sturdy machine all around.
Cons: none so far
Querts: If you do not release the drive before you nose up to an object (like a tree, fence, etc..) the rear (drive) wheels will not roll backwards. You have to get into the habit of releasing drive and allowing unit to coast to a stop. IF you don't, slide rear wheels a bit, nudge forward and drive will release.
Overall well pleased and happy with the purchase.
OK. Here is the deal. Having a few seasons under my belt with this mower, I've figured out a few things.
1) If you want this mower to work, you either need to use it it in side discharge mode, or replace the blade with a true mulching blade that actually works. I'm using this which works pretty well :
2) Count on replacing the blade adapter pretty frequently. If you hit anything, you will likely have to replace it next time you remove the blade. The good news is that this should protect the shaft/motor.
3) The drive belt will need replacing periodically as it gets stretched out and stops engaging the drive and falling off.
First, the PRO'S :
1) Although not related to the product, the mower came via Amazon Prime in a day - amazing!
2) Very easy to unpack, assemble and started on the first pull.
3) Propulsion is initially strong and fast. (but not that variable)
4) Engine is easy to start and pretty powerful.
1) This mower clogs INCESSANTLY in the default mulching configuration (which is what I bought it for). I'm surprised given all the positive reviews. I can barely make it 40 ft in medium thick grass without the deck clogging and engine stalling. I then need to flip the mower on the side and pull out massive amounts of grass leaving piles all over the lawn. My John Deere has had no problems in 5 yrs under identical conditions.
2) The mower blade attachment point is keyed (see photos) so you cannot use many std blades with this mower.
3) The bag is small, but probably not smaller than similar mowers.
4) This unit does not come with a side discharge unit, you have to order it online - at least its free and comes quickly.
5) If you don't release the drive system prior to stopping, the rear wheels lock and you won't be able to roll the mower backwards
6) Dealing with customer service is unbelievably frustrating.
I've only used this mower twice, but so far, it is useless as a mulching mower. Its simply unusable in this mode but I'm hoping its just related to the blade. My previous mower which was a John Deere seemed less durable, but had no trouble actually cutting my lawn under worse conditions.
I will say that the included blade looks alot flatter than other mulching blades I've used so I'm hoping a blade change will alleviate the problem and I'll update when/if I can find a replacement.
UPDATE 1: Turns out the mower is shipped with a '3 in 1' blade (part # 532437601), which doesn't make any sense because the default configuration is for mulching which this blade is useless for. I called Husqvarna customer service and they recommended taking my 1 day old mower to a service center for evaluation. Not overly helpful.
UPDATE 2: Husqvarna CS gave me the wrong part number for a mulching blade : #532406713 Husqvarna 406713 22-Inch Lawn Mower Blade For Husqvarna/Poulan/Roper/Craftsman/Weed Eater I ordered this blade and turns out, it doesn't fit this mower as the blade attachment pt is keyed. Very frustrating.
UPDATE 3: After several tries with Husqvarna CS, I've been told that a keyed mulching blade is NOT made for this mower. To add insult to injury, after 3 uses, the mower has developed a high pitched whining noise and the drive system has failed.
I've contacted Amazon and understandably, given fuel issues, their policy is not to take returns on items like this and they refer you to the manufacturer. Husqvarna refers you back to the pt of sale.
Bottom line. Its possible I received a lemon, but I would STAY AWAY FROM THIS MOWER unless you will be using it exclusively in side discharge mode and are ok with the drive system failing. If you buy one, buy locally so you have some recourse when things go wrong.. I've just wasted $400.
I'm surprised that out of 14 reviews 36% gave this mower 2 stars or less. Then I looked at them; 1 reviewer gave it 1 star because of a bad wheel adjuster, another 1 star had to do with the Honda engine not starting after a couple weeks and failing again 3 days after warranty service and the 3rd 1 star complained about oil leaking when it arrived and the reviewer said the machine ran for just one day. First of all no gas engine is shipped without being lubricated so yes, there will be some oil showing on the machine and packaging. Did that reviewer check the crankase for oil?
Enough of others reviews, even with the 1 and 2 star reviews I purchased the Husqvarna HU700L from Amazon. The other mower I was considering was the Troy-Bilt which had only 9 reviews with no 1 or 2 star reviews. Then I went to Lowes so I could get a little "touchie feelie" experience. To my surprise the Troy-Bilt did not appear to be the same quality of the Husqvarna plus the Husqvarna has a padded grip, something missing from the Troy-Bilt. Back home I came and ordered the Husqvarna.
The mower arrived Thursday morning at 9AM and, yes, there was oil residue on the engine from the build process. The crankcase did NOT contain any oil. I put the handle together, a total of 4 nuts and bolts, adjusted the 4 wheels, filled the crankcase with the oil shipped with the machine, filled the fuel tank, turned on the choke and within 3 pulls the engine was purring like a kitten. I let it run for a couple minutes then shut it down. Here in Seattle this time of year the grass is either soaking wet or just plain wet and 9AM or 10AM is simply too early to mow. About 1PM I put on the grass catcher, fired that baby up and started to mow my damp, (not soaking wet), front lawn.
Being this is my first ever self-propelled lawn mower I knew enough to gently squeeze the propulsion levers. My gosh, I could have it move at a lazy and comfortable walking speed or, if I squeezed hard enough I could run behind it. I opted for the comfortable walk. :-] This was the first mowing of the season so 2 staggered passes, one up and one down, it was time to empty the grass catcher.
Time to move to the back yard where the grass was even thicker. By the time I was done with both front and back yard I'd filled 2-96 gallon containers with wet grass clippings.
It was now time to give the wash out feature a try. I know when cutting wet grass there will be a large build up of clippings on the underside of the housing, I was not disappointed. The wash out feature did a great job cleaning, large clumps of grass discharged beneath the mower. When I looked the underside was nice and clean of debris.
Oh, the lawn looked as though it had been professionally cut and all the leaves and other winter droppings had been "vacuumed" into the catcher. I appreciate the fact the wheels are staggered so there're no visible wheel tracks and the deck extends far enough beyond the wheels to enable cutting up against the fence line. That means less use of the string cutter.
I've not tried the mulching feature, perhaps this summer when the grass does have a chance to dry I'll give it a try. Other than that I feel this 22" mower with the little Honda 160cc, 4HP, engine does exactly what it was built to do, mow the grass with the minimum of effort.
Most recent customer reviews
even with starting fluid. Had back to shop
6 times in 1.5 years. Piece of junk. No primer to help. STAY AWAY. $350 down the toilet