Don't buy this ride on lawn mower
Worst ride on lawn mower!!! I've had nothing but trouble after buying it 18 months ago to mow a 3 acre area around our house. Have taken it back twice to Agent/Seller & when they put on my statement that I didn't use the choke and throttle correctly, I was amiss. Today (3 months later), the belt came off the cutting mechanism!!! For the price of this machine, totally disappointed & would never recommend it
Purchased at star sales and service, albany wa for A$4,500.00.
Had the mower for 5 years done over 600 hours on a large 45 acre farm, yes replaced a few spindles but for the amount of work is understandable.
Would 100% recommend. Kohler motor is unbreakable giving service intervals are met,
Original motor, original deck and tyres.
Owned a John Deere- won't go back!
I have owned a John Deere D 110 in the past- tractor was reliable but the deck spindles had to be rebuilt every time I sharpened or replaced the blades- so far the husqvarna only has 26 hrs- first blade change- original spindles will go round again.
Purchased in November 2019.
perfect for my little 3 acre block, I have the ts242d, great on slopes and soft areas, haven't hot it bogged yet, can still cut while in reverse. Easy to clean and service. Reliable with a Kawasaki engine.
Purchased in September 2019 at north west mowers burnie tas for A$4,750.00.
Waist of money backfired in 15 mins wouldnt start again and cheap spindles needed replacement after accidentally small rock.
Now there is a recall for the fuel system cheap machine in my veiw
Purchased in September 2016 for A$3,800.00.
Don't touch these
Quick release system is useless, very easily damaged, mine has been ripped off twice and spindle has been damaged
Always having problems starting it....
To much of a pain in the head.... absolute junk and thats all after only 3 years old with 65 hours on the clock
Husqvarna should be charged by Consumer Affairs for selling these as mowers.
Purchased in November 2016 for A$3,000.00.
Yep, never again.
I've had my ts242 for a couple of years now, only about 60hrs on the clock. Always seems to have something going wrong with it. My acre block is not the easiest to mow, but today I hit a small clump of dirt and broke the alloy belt housing that attaches to the mowing deck. This is the THIRD TIME. It just has no strength. Also, the blade indicator light keeps coming on and also not engaging when I can't see anything wrong with it. Always clean it out and give it a bit of a wash. It just seems to be a piece of junk, thinking about swapping to a John Deere, but after reading the reviews, they don't seem to be much better. May as well cut my lawn with scissors.
Never again will I purchase a Husqvarna. Nothing but issues from the day it came home. Would not start after it had been running as it would flood. Dealer had to bypass auto choke.
Second fault was the Not so Smart start. Solenoid failed and for months had issues getting the unit to crank until it refused to start at all. Smart Switch needed replacing.
Cutting deck split within the the first month. A flat soccer ball caused a split of approx 100 mm near the waste shoot. metal is incredibly soft and poor design as it sheared near a cutout....
Absolutely pathetic. I purchased a 138, when it was less than 3 months old with 12 hours on meter
It was a HUGE MISTAKE to purchase a Husqvana 138 after having a greenfield for 30 years.
I had the 138 for less than 3 months with 12 hours on the meter and i made a bigger mistake when i traded it on a 242.
Within 5 months it had 2 recalls, at 20 hours, it would only idle on full throttle and blow black smoke until it stopped.
Then it wouldn't start.
"" Smart switch what an absolute joke that thing is" Called it a day.
No lights, nothing.
Also, drama when engaging the cutting blades.
Pull button up to start cutting and nothing or they may turn for 3 or 4 turns and stop completely with the EE fault light on.
Took it to Dealership, 190 kms away, for Warranty repairs and service.
Smart switch was replaced under warranty. ...
Good mower if used with care
The mower has 140 hours on the meter and is being used on a 1.7 acre block with good level lawns, and a 2.0 acre block that is fairly rough. The former has lots of trees and garden beds to go round and takes about 2 hours. The latter has trees planted on a grid but has to be taken more slowly because of the roughness of the ground (former cultivated paddock). It takes 2.5 - 3.0 hours to mow.
Mower is comfortable and each block can be usually mowed in one go without any aches and pains.
Engine always starts first go and has plenty of power ...
Major problem at 16hours
Both spindles had to be replaced at 16 Hours, also had starting problems when new the choke needed fixing, apart from this the mower is fine. I find the code method to switch on the ignition a waste of time. The mower is comfortable to use and very good at cutting the grass. So far I am reasonably happy.
great mower with a few problems
have ts24 replacing lth21 42 more speed more talk a great mower apart from one problem the new quick blade release in the first few hours of mowing cap came off chewed up by blades next mow the other one came off yesterday removed blades fore sharpening the brackets that hold blads on were very hard to undo because of the buildup of hard dirt had to use the wd spray the blade holders are hinged with two cotter pins on one side they went awol don't know how the blade stayed on pretty scary thought still on the original blades there is a bit of wear through not being protected by the caps i think the idea of a quick release system is a good one but it needs much improvement i think there should be a recall it is dangerous
The plastic caps over the quick release mechanism fell off and got munched by the blades on about the third use, around 15 hrs. The cutter deck metal tore open at the exit shute as the cap exited. Not a good start, welded up the cutter deck and tossed the plastic caps. Then around 160 hours later one of the blades fell off. Removed the deck to inspect properly only to find one of the pins missing from the hinged quick release clamp, checked its mate and same thing, one of the hinge pins missing though this blade was yet to jump ship. Am yet to ...discuss my angst with the dealership but was hoping to find a good work around soloution. I think my spindle bearings are also on the way out too, they are a bit lumpy as you turn them with no load. We used to have a Murray by Sentinal, cheap and cheerful and no where near as flimsy as this pretty piece of plastic. The whole chassis twists on uneven ground which is a bit disconcerting, I am concerned about the metal fatigue this is causing. The keyless start is frustrating and unnecessarily time consuming what were they thinking, it’s a lawn mower for goodness sake, keys work just fine thanks. Would I buy another Husqvarna, probably not; would I recommend this model, definitely not. Had a chat to our local dealer who did not want to know about my dramas, ie not covered under warranty. I sent them an email quoting a few important terms like “merchantable quality” from the Australian Consumer Law web site. It had the desired effect though they had the go slow thing happening for 3 yes 3 weeks. Even hung up on me once. I read somewhere that it is just as important to have a reputable dealer as a reputable product. Too true. Never ever going back to the mob I bought mine from.
Does what I need it to do
After much researching I bought the TS 242 despite some of the reviews on here. It came with poly trailer, cover and bottle of oil and was the best value mower I could find by far. It's perfect for my needs and I've had no problems with it at all (touch wood) aside from accidently starting it with the oil cap off. It only gets used 4 or 5 times each summer but it's over some pretty rough and step ground, it's handled everything so far without issues.
Best Value For Money
The cheapest 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 Kawasaki Engine. I'm impressed with the features and priced well at $3799. I also thought the 36 months interest free deal was something to consider when purchasing one.
Purchasers Review Husqvarna TS 242
I found it hard to find any reviews on the TS 242, so I thought I would give my opinion, as I traded my LT 2142 model single cylinder in on this model twin cylinder. Well, firstly the day I picked it up it cut out half way through the mowing, then refused to start, let it cool down (1 hr ) it started then would keep stopping, I rang the dealer took it over had to leave it ( 4 days ) then picked it up, and the same thing again, this happened 3-4 times after going back to dealer, it was in the workshop for the first 4 weeks I owned it, they event...ually fixed it with new modifications to carby arm, springs and temp alteration. Now Husqvarna has really made a mess of this new model, comparing it to the LT 2142, they changed the steering setup, now it takes more effort but it's a larger turning circle (bad).... It now has a crazy press button light combo, which malfunctioned and had to be replaced, the twin cylinder is supposed to be quieter than the single LT model, WRONG, this model is LOUD ! ... The LT used to be a breeze to do oil and filter change, so Husqvarna decided to change a brilliant system into a flimsy over complicated system where you have to dismantle bodywork to do the job....Next is the ride, it's so rough and jarring that you feel like your on a WRX STI on steroids with ultra low profile wheels, to simplify, wear a kidney belt ! .... The transmission is basic quality, but I have noticed that at certain times it tends to jerk a bit, no where near as smooth as my old LT.... On the bright side it has enough power to do the normal work. In summary if I had my time again I would have kept my Lt 2142 model, and I have had Cub Cadet, Murray, Toro and now Husvarna, so would I buy a Husqvarna again, probably not, as I think that a company that goes backwards with a new model is not the sharpest knife in the draw. Hope this helps.
Couldn't get it running until I learnt of the Manual choke.
I purchased the TS 242 and used it twice. Then it stopped. I read everything in the manual and I've used ride on mowers before and still couldn't get it to start/ kick over. It sounded like it needed more choke...
Turns out some of the mowers have a faulty choke line. There's a manual override under the hood at the front of the engine. If you hold down the choke lever and press the electronic starter button it will work every time. Do this and then go get the choke adjustment done from the dealer. The dealer said it's quite common and once the adjustment is done, it's all sorted. Using this method also doesn't affect the engine, it's just a pain popping the hood and reaching over everytime to start it.
great no drama except reversing it of the ute was a bit tense
i read the reviews ... almost didnt buy it..
look when someone said it lights up like a disco when you try to turn it on i was pretty much going to leave it ..
then i went in had a look and the dealership was the best service i have received. now have done about 10 hours.
no problems. start first time everytime. no dramas. the light just tell you when you have forgetted to do something.... blades still on park brake engage... took on 6 foot grass 2 runs over looks like it was never 6 foot. except all the loose grass. husq rep gave us the r...
- TS 242
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A case of more is less - much much less
After 10 years of using an LTH1842 with the Kohler motor, 600 hours of pretty much trouble free mowing, I upgraded to the TS242 with B&S motor, "smart switch" and "quick release" blades. Whereas the old mower was easy to start, had trouble-free blades/spindles, the new improved TS242 is the exact opposite. Extremely annoying to start as the smart switch is the dumbest thing I have ever seen on a lawnmower. Always a pain to start, lights flashing like a disco, the battery takes a pounding whereas the old one would start with a simple, single tur...n of the key. The quick release blade system is so frail you have to only hit a stick or root and it will be destroyed. I have smashed the covers, the quick release mechanism, and a blade, and a spindle shattered into 9 pieces as this system is only any good if you have bowling green style lawns. So if you have a bush block, you will NOt want one of these. I have converted the blades to LTH1842 system, and am just adding a dumb ignition switch that uses, of all things, a KEY...so I now have a lesser mower than the old one, as the B&S motor is rubbish compared to the old Kohler..
Issues are non stop
Nice to use, pretty comfy and good turning circle are about the only positives.
Under 10 hrs - missfiring, back firing, bearing went and the battery died. The deck has split, yes I hit a rock but the pressed steel is like soft butter. Avoid rocks... or anything but soft short grass for that matter. Had a horrid squeal/scraping noise when moving/driving. Pulled the front wheel off and found no grease on the spindle and the washer had started tearing the spindle out. Pulled all the wheels off to find they were the same. Cleaned and greased ...
Questions & Answers
My 242 hit a small root and caused the blade to split the stone guard. The mowing mechanism now makes a dreadful noise when engaged. Can the the guard be welded apor will it have to be replaced? If so, approximately how much would this cost?
Are the 242 and 342 ts now of a better quality now and are the spindles protected with a shearing devise in case of hitting an obstacle.? When a starting switch is accidentilly left on does the hour meter continues to count or does the meter only count when the engine is running? Which is important!
Looking forward to your reply WVB
What are they like now with the Kawasaki engine
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