Nice engine, nice plastic body shell, worse than 1980 models
I bought my TS 238 in 2018, it was 1.5 years old and had about 90 hours on the clock. I was nice to drive, very manoeuvrable and cut neatly on flat lawn. My kids like driving it and mowing. But in the springtime when the grass was lush and about 100mm high, it would clog up the grass delivery shoot to the catcher. It it is a long plastic curving tube that delivers cut grass to the rear catcher. It is no bigger than the rear grass shoot on my 4.5 hp walk behind mower, so that is the first design flaw. I catches at the lower edge where it is mov...ing from the mower deck up into the delivery tube. Our property is completely flat, and during spring has thick lush grass. At a 100 hours, it broke the drive belt for the mower deck, and in replacing it I found that 6 of the 8 bearing on the deck were worn, rusty and had almost no grease. These are the bearings for the two short blade drive shafts, and the bearings in the tensioner/change of direction belt gearbox. Not impressed about that. The Husqvarna dealer noticed that the belt pulleys mounted on the tensioner bracket were askew, not aligned, out of allignment about 20 degrees, seemed to be due to the weak bracket they were mounted on. Bent it back into place Soon after repair it broke the propulsion drive belt. Then at 150 hours it broke the mower deck belt broke again, this time the previous bracket had bent/twisted again so two pulleys were askew, and as well, the back idler pulley right up by the engine drive pulley, was also misalligned, and a full 15 mm too low for the belt coming off the heavy main drive pulley. It took a day to modify both faults. The bracket was strengthened with long weld beads. The back idler bracket had to be modied to sit up higher and have two bolts clamping it, not just the factory one. All this was done in consultation with the dealer who was very helpful. Next the tensioner spring broke, the belt jumped off got caught and nearly burnt out a third mower deck drive pulley at about 160 hours use. These faults may be corrected but I think the design engineering in these mowers is very poor. My advice is to check pulley alignments, and belts to preempt belt wear from this possible fault. I would now recommend that the plastic guards be removed on the two outsides of the mower deck. it is better to be able to see what is happening down there, and to clear grass and rubbish that accumulates very quickly in the recess above the blade. I B&D engine is a very good unit, just changed the oils and filters and works faultlessly
Purchased in November 2018 for A$6,000.00.
The nice price mower i could find with the features it has. Great all round mower. Smooth operation. Nice big fuel tank. 5 year warranty when purchased with 5 litres of engine oil. Powerful Husqvarna 200 Series Engine. I also thought the 24 months interest free deal was something to consider when purchasing one.
regretfully purchased this piece of rubbish 9 months ago. Tyrs are as thin as paper and I am continually getting them repaired. Engine has no power, blades are crap and overall a great disappointment. will never purchase anything from this company again - ever!
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