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Husqvarna TC138L - yes, the brother of the TS. Fairly good machine, poor manual and instructions !TS 138
Seems that in Australia you don’t have the TC138L ? Here in the EU both the TS and TC (L) are being offered. Ours is the TC138L, meaning with the grasscatcher attached. Our neighbor has one, seems to ride it easily and is happy with it. So we decided to follow suit. Some of the pro’s and con’s we noticed, clipping our field for the first time. NB it is ca 2300m2, bumpy, rough grass, but with no inclines and not many difficult obstacles.
* poor instruction on delivery. Though the dealer rep was sympathetic enough, he failed to inform us of some... Read more important intricacies. Same for the manual which has many languages combined but lacks clarity and omits rather essential info. Hence, we had to find out much by ourselves. * first of the bat: just to get moving ! The brake/clutch pedal reacts very rough (we jumped like riding a wild horse) and the clutch is a noisy screaming thing. Hydraulic action would have greatly improved this. * then again: on a hydrostatic drive the clutch is hardly needed. You can just let it up with the drive lever in N, then move the drive handle gently forward (or aft) and off you go, no jumps, less noisy, smooth and with speed control in both directions. Very obviously this is a main feature which should have been explained to us lay persons - but we had to find out with a tiresome internet search and it was not any Husqvarna video, but from a Finnish guy whom we saw drive it forward and back without pushing the clutch/brake pedal at all. Fat minus for Husqvarna and the dealer rep. * the cutting: reasonable to good. Except that, as noted by others, the eject chute towards the grass bucket clogs up often, despite the advertised ‘air induction’. However, we often cut when the grass is reasonably long and sometimes humid. We’ll try again sometime in two goes (high-low) and when it’s really dry. In all fairness, our fuel-driven hand machine had the same issue, while the smaller, lighter electric Wolf Geräte handled the grass better somehow….. one of life’s mysteries. In any case, clipping is neat enough to use it without the bucket/catcher. * the engine and the ride: the 452cc 12 hp is enough for our purpose and vibrations are limited, also when mowing. Very nice machine ! We do not experience the discomfort mentioned by others.Let’s see how it is after a few years… steering and other controls are easy. Well, that’s for my wife, who is the only person I know who did the famous Elk (or Moose !) evasion test with a real Moose :-) Well, it was a dear actually, at 130km/h on the East German Autobahn. Sorry, couldn’t help but mention it ! * our machine was sold in Poland with 2 yr guarantee and we could buy a year extra. In The Netherlands, my country of origin, 5 year is offered. It’s rather weird that this should differ by country ! Even stranger is that our machine was build in the US -they said) while European production is in Austria…. * last, still trying to figure out how the ‘bucket full’ alert works, if any…. there is a sensor but since the tractor has no dashboard except one mini lcd hour and service indicator…. perhaps a sound signal ? Again, the manual provides no answer.
great lawn tractorTS 138
Great little tractor Ideal for our size property of just under an acre Can do lawns in about an hour. reliable and quite ecominical... Read more
This is rubbish stay away do not buy oneTS 138
Incredibly out of balance and vibration from day one whenever the cutter blades are engaged. The grass shoot blocks straight away even when grass is dry and travelling slowly and only gets worse when grass is damper. Belt seems to fall of with amazing regularity so I recommend that you buy a different mower if you want to cut grass rarther than work on the thing all day... Read more
Cheap Lawn Tractor Husqvarna TS 138TS 138
It was time to sell my trusty old Clipper Rover 38'' ( 12 years old, Mainly because you can't get parts for them anymore),cut same size as My new Husqvarna TS 138, When I first used TS 138, the main things that stood out was how comfy that seat was and steering wheel wow, levers and switch's all with in easy reach. It has a very tight turning circle compared to the Clipper Rover the TS 138 was wow louder with the engine being under powered and excessive vibration, Struggles to cut Buffalo grass especially if you've missed a week due rain. Ta... Read morekes longer to mow my property at much slower speed. Fuel tank is adequate in size, just enough to do my yard, things Ive added to it are Isolator switch, fuel stop valve and fuel filter. other than that, the plastic steering collar has broken (hope warranty fixes that) there has been no other issues with it and it's due for it's first 10 hr service. It's cheap with 5 year warranty witch is what attracted me, In hind sight, would have been better of buying the next size up. Will I get 12 years out of this?, not likely but hears hoping
Not happy!!TS 138
It came with a six year warranty it is now seven years old and has done 179 hours. It needs it's FOURTH gearbox, while the first three were changed under warranty, Husqvarna denied responsibility for the latest failure. Only with much emails and phone calls have they agreed to MODIFY the useless transmission. The dealer has been excellent and is going to cover the cost of labour. I mow about 1500 sq m with some slope but not steep. Apart from the gearbox every thing is fine.... Read more
Great entry level ride onTS 138
I picked one of these up recently to replace a cheap Parklander that had given me issues, and it's a huge improvment - I don't have a huge lawn to mow (about 1000m2) so it's not getting a hard life like some of the other reviewers.
I find it easy to start thanks to the automatic choke and it's easy to drive. The ability to reverse while mowing without holding down a button makes it a lot easier to zip around my lawn and get in and out of some tight spots and the cutting width is great.
It's easy to engage/disengage the blades and the height a... Read moredjustment is straight forward. Where I've marked it down is that to use the mulch kit, you need to leave the side chute attached - which can make getting through my gate and around part of my yard a challenge - I've actuall attached a pull string to the chute so I can manoveur through these areas but I wish I could simply remove the chute and have the mulch plug stay in place. All in alll though, it seems to be a great mower for what I need it for
Cheap Chinese machine but does the jobTS 138
It's managed our 1 ha sloping section except in most conditions. No diff lock.
Nothing serious broken yet, the transmission needs the break pressed before going forward to reverse.
Belts easy to change, engine starts easily and fuel consumption not to bad.
Headlights are poor but not often mowing in the dark so no problem.
Works well as a little tractor around the farm as long as not to steep.
Turning circle is about 3m so not bad.
The engine in my unit is 17hp and coped with long grass if going slowly and using Kevlar deck belts. If cut
2 years old, heap of scrapTS 138
When it's going, it's not a bad mower. However it's the softest machine that I've ever bought.
I've spent more on fuel to haul it back for repairs than I have in fuel to run the damn thing. I've never been able to cut the entirety of my lawn without something going wrong or breaking or failing.
The gearboxes and blade carriers that they have hidden behind safety guards are made of aluminum. Penny pinching whilst calling it weight saving. The hitch bends when any weight is applied to it. The transmission overheats after 40 mins and kills the engine (no I do not live in a desert, it'll do this at 15 celcius).
Run fast and far from this heap of scrap.
Atleast my dealer is decent and stands behind the machine.
Long Term Review - Average UnitTS 138
I have now owned my TS138 for just over 5 years and thought I would post up a review
Overall the mower has performed well, it mows okay although you can’t use the lowest 2 height settings without hacking up the grass even on a flat surface
I have had two of the plastic gearboxes replaced as well as about half a dozen other small items that required warranty repair
The catcher was a waste of money for me, it aways got clogged and was a burden
Based on this experience it’s done it’s job for a cheap entry level mower, if you have a good service agent handy it’s not much a drama
2 Years going greatTS 138
After 22hrs and two years it is going strong. This is the entry-level ride-on from Husqvarna. I use it cut 2000m2 block and it works great. The mulching kit is a must-have. planning to do the 25hrs myself. This little guy will do what you need. If you get the mulching kit and it starts to clump, check your blades and sharpen them. Easy to do yourself, watch some YouTubes.
Ripper little tractorTS 138
I just bought (new) the TS138 this weekend . We own 3.5 acres , mostly flat with approx 2 acres that need to be mowed . The TS138 did a great job ,I also bought the mulching kit that works great . Sure it’s not a fast a zero turn but it’s also about half that price . Highly recommend... Read more
Perfect for our situation.TS 138
We live on an acre block - half lawns and half bush. Our old MTD was becoming unreliable so we bit the bullet and went new. Have had the TS 138 for over a year now. The mower gets a lot of use both mowing and towing a small trailer. The transmission is so much easier to use than the older mower. A previous reviewer mentioned not being able to mow in reverse, but if we turn the ignition switch one click towards the off position while it is running, this enables mowing in reverse. Also, if the park brake is used, one can dismount to pick up tenni... Read mores balls etc. I would prefer it to cut the lawn closer but it still does a pretty good job. Goes through blades quickly but I guess that is because it gets so much use and gets a good workout in the bush part of the block. As for power - we must have the later model with a bigger motor. My only real complaint is that the motor is loud but I wear earmuffs.
Not really man enoughTS 138
Starting it is no problem, gear selection is easy, taking up the drive is a bit jerky. It will stall on even slight inclines, even in first gear. If the grass is short and dry then it works with no problem, but a very lush, close lawn over 6" long is a bit of an ask even at its slowest speed. I bought the mulching plug, but the engine isn't powerful enough for mulching even a very short lawn. It looks the part but I cannot reccomened it, not my best purshase.... Read more
So far, so good.TS 138
Bought the TS138 and have used it a couple of times. For where it sits in the price range, very impressed so far. Husqvarna seem to have gotten everything right with this model. Great turning circle and safety features. Very simple, easy to use machine. Got a great price on it, but the 5 year warranty is what sold it for me. Only cons are the inability to reverse without disengaging the cutting belt, and theneed to often do this may lead to belts wearing quickly. Also, that the mower cuts out if you get off to move a branch or tennis ball. Now, time will tell reliability, belt wear etc. but so far, so good.... Read more
Awful problems with transmission beltTS 138
I've had this machine less than a year and two transmission belts already. We have a cutting season of 3-4 months of which 1 month both last year and this is spent getting a new belt. Awful reliability. I had a Castlegarden for 10 years and never even serviced it. So much for modern technology. Built to fail I think.... Read more
Questions & Answers
The baffle on the blade housing has fallen off twice now. The head of the bolts wears down. This has happened twice and this time got caught in the blades. Is this a general design problem?
When I take the parking brake off the alarm comes on. I can’t figure out why. It stops when I put the brake back on. Only had it a day any help much appreciated
Dave , Ihave a ts 138 that will not revese it is not the key.Can anyone help
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|Category||Ride-On Mowers||Ride-On Mowers||Ride-On Mowers||Ride-On Mowers|
|Features||Deck Clean-out Port, Mulching Capability and Side Discharge||Deck Clean-out Port, Mulching Capability and Side Discharge||Deck Clean-out Port and Mulching Capability|
|Catcher Capacity||200 L|
|Cutting Deck Material||Steel||Steel||Steel|
|Cutting Width||970 mm||1,070 mm||760 mm|
|Height of Cut||38 mm to 102 mm||38 mm to 102 mm||38 mm to 102 mm|
|Number of Blades||2||2||1|
|Noise Level||105 dB||105 dB||105 dB|
|Weight||180 kg||274 kg||176 kg|
|Horsepower||17 hp||26 hp||17.5 hp|
|Max Speed||8.4 km/hr||6.7 km/hr||9 km/hr|
|Reverse Speed||4.7 km/hr||3.5 km/hr||4.4 km/hr|
|Dimensions||1016 x 1250 x 1753 mm||1270 x 1240 x 1780 mm||1000 x 891 x 2220 mm|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)|
|Engine / Motor|
|Engine Name||Loncin 17 HP 1-Cylinder 452cc Engine||Husqvarna 26 HP 764cc Engine||Briggs & Stratton 17.5 HP 1-Cylinder 508cc Engine|
|Brand||Briggs & Stratton|
|Engine Displacement||452 cc||764 cc||508 cc|
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