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.
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.
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!
After moving from city to 10 acres this mower works a treat.
Lovely mower, easy to start (no key entry just push buttons in a certain order) cuts well. We have the mulch attachment that we use frequently. Safety feature if you get off the seat it turns off immediately and if you sit back on and start again the cutters (if they were on previously) won't start, you need to stop and start them again. We bought the wagon also and it's handy for moving timber around the property. Very nice mower. Not as expensive as others but we found it still works well.
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 mower after a few teething problems.
I have had this mower for approx. 2 1/2 years during this time apart from a cutter head bearing collapsing and the fuel filler cap needing THOR to open or close it has been excellent.
I cut 5 pretty steep acres and traction is good with the body thrown over to compensate.
Very fast ground speed and cutting.
My neighbour bought one several months ago and the front wheel fell off on the 2nd mow ???
I like the mower
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...
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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 ...
Poor quality machine
Bought this in September 2015.
I live on a hilly country property and clearly it is designed for flat ground. The whole chassis feels as if it twists going over any sort of bump and I feel it will some day snap in half. To start with I had endless problems with starting. The engine would flood and it could never be started warm. I see many people have had similar experiences. If it stalled it would have to be left sitting for 24 hours before it could be started again. The dealer eventually fixed this by replacing the auto choke system with ...a manual choke. Starting has not been a problem since. However the mower deck is so flimsy it can tear if a stick hits it. So don't use one of these on a property with trees. The left mower spindle has just cracked, presumably some how due to another stick hitting it. For perfectly flat ground with no trees it seems to cut nicely enough and I would have liked to keep using it but...... I've bought a second tractor for cutting the grass. The TS242 has been an expensive mistake.
A few problems to start with, but now it's fine
Purchased one of these over the 2016 Christmas break, from a dealership in Geelong.
I had a lot of issues with it to start. After it was delivered, it ran perfect for 10 minutes then stopped all of a sudden and would start again. It appeared to have flooded itself, so we let it breathe and tried again a few hours later, had trouble getting it to start but it eventually did, ran for another 10 minutes and stopped again, same issue with flooding.
Called dealership, they brought us over a new one. We had the exact same problem with this one....We took out the filter and removed the foam sleeve that sits around the filter. Couldn't see anything in the manual about this, perhaps was just there for transit from factory and wasn't removed in pre-sale checks. Started up better this time. The first 0 to 5 hours had several random stops, but then I ran it from 5-10 hours continually (did a lot of hauling with the trailer that day) and haven't had any issues since. Now on about 25 hours and it's been a dream since 10 hours. Maybe it just takes some time to "wear in"? Just a heads up for anyone else who has these problems with it. Cuts great, no signs of clippings so it must cut them very fine. Was worried about using it on a sloped paddock but it climbs all the hills around my yard with no issues.
worse mower ever
2 hours old and 1.5 hours of that is trying to start it only will start after sitting all night warmed it up and tied choke in off position still wont start when hot checked spark and is a very week also I think both spindels have failed as they were to hot to touch and making horrible sound with blades engaged not happy and would not not buy 1 of these heaps of crap if I had my time over
Mowing friendly mower! (long review)
The husqvarna ts242 seems to me to be a very good mower and I'm very pleased with its performance all round. Starts first time every time on half throttle, never flooded. The ts242 having bar-blades you need to be wary of rough terrain, although it goes over spoon drains and bumpy lawn great. These bar blades are suitable for already established mowed areas, virgin areas of long grass can conceal all manner of nasty surprises just waiting to bend your bar-blades and destroy your cutting deck. That said, with care, this mower can handle some tou...gh situations and very long grass. More on this later. The catcher: Now we bought the catcher for our ts242 which works great cutting the ragged grass and vacuuming up all those dry gum leaves at the start of the mowing season, which we then dump and once the initial tidy up mow is done, for the following mow we use the grass from the catcher as mulch for our trees. The catcher works great and although the catcher is a bit pricey it proved invaluable and we couldn't do without it. The catcher does prefer being used with the cutting deck setting of 2 or 2 ½ any lower than than a setting of 2 and it has trouble picking up the grass, which unless you like your grass like a bowling green very very short using a catcher, this might not be for you. Though setting 2 is still very short and I like my grass short and the catcher works great. Pulling a trailer: we also use the mower to pull a mower trailer, one of those big plastic tub ones with a steel frame which can also be used by hand when the jockey wheel on the draw bar is deployed, essentially turning it into a large wheel barrow. We have filled this trailer many times with firewood approx 150kg in weight and the ts242 pulls without a problem around our 5 acre property which isn't flat, probably has about a 10-15% gradient slope from front to back. The mower:
This is a shocking mower.
This mower has broken numerous times. If it goes over a stone or a stick it breaks. Not at all hardy. Unless you have flat land with low grass, I wouldn't bother. Would never purchase one of these again. I have spent more money fixing this machine than it cost.
This is a great mower
Bought this mower 3 weeks ago and was concerned with the reviews about issues starting when warm. I asked the dealer (Red Shed in Mitcham Victoria) and they said it is because people try to start it in the "Cold" setting (putting the throttle to the maximum) and it floods the engine. Actually, this cold setting is used when the temperature is zero or less, which is probably of not much use in Australia. Mowed 3/4 of an acre 2 weeks ago on undulating terrain which in parts is just dirt, rocks and sticks on a 10-15 degree slope and not a problem....Then, spent last weekend mulching by using the cart and starting, driving, stopping, tipping mulch and repeating for 5 hours without a problem. I've used it for 3.5 hours so far according to the service reminder and I would definitely recommend it.
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Husqvarna TS242 Lawn Tractor purchased May 2016 starting problem solved
Like a lot of others I was very unhappy the very same day I bought this mower as it would not start when it was warm. I had been using a 2005 model LTH1842 for 9.5 years with never a single starting problem, it was brilliant and had 604 hours on it when I recently sold it to get a new one as we have a lawn that gets bigger every year.
After reading the bad reviews about not starting I printed them off and went straight back to the dealer, a small dealer in a country town. He was extremely upset that this problem was not reported to him by Hu...sqvarna. He rang them while I was there, and the rep said they had a "fix" for it. Imagine his surprise that Husqvarna Australia had a fix for a well know problem but failed to tell the dealers..I spoke to the rep myself, and told him of another problem I had re-programming the smart switch start code. He said there were some mowers shipped that would not let you change the code using the procedure in the book that comes with the mower. He emailed the fix to the dealer and I have today re-programmed the start code OK. The dealer did the "fix" on my mower that would not start 3 days in a row when warm (started OK when cold every time) and today I started the mower a dozen times cold, warm and hot without a problem. The fix is a very simple job to adjust the bracket on the thermostat that controls the auto choke. Husqvara mowers in my previous experience are bloody good mowers, the old one had a Kohler motor, a gem of a thing, never used a drop of oil in 604 hours. The TS242 has a Briggs & Stratton motor, which appears to be a very nice powerful motor, time will tell if its as reliable as the Kohler. Time will also tell if my wife can handle the idiotic smartswitch, which is the dumbest thing I have ever seen on a mower. So anyone that has a TS242 that will not start warm, take it back to your dealer and get them to adjust the thermostat bracket and all will be well. If they say they are not aware of the fix, tell them to ring the sales rep for southern Queensland as he is the one I spoke to. The power of the internet wins again....DAVID
Bought a Husqvarna TS242 after recommendations from a few dealers, lawn on a slope and lock diff would be advantageous. Picked it up from the dealer and did 0.2hrs before it destroyed the left hand blade spindle. Then wouldn't start when I wanted to load it in the trailer. Tried to restart 10 then 20 then 1 hour later with no joy. Took it back to the dealer and had it back within 2 hours with a new spindle and the right hand side checked to see if the same issue was present. Have not had a failure since and have done 20 odd hours mowing. The on...ly fault that still exists is the hard starting. It will start cold every time and once hot, it has no problem as well. The problem is when the engine is warm. If you stop it, it goes into cold start mode, cranks for 5 seconds but will not fire. This floods the engine and you have to wait for a good hour or more before it will start. The only way around the problem is to manually move the choke linkage to the off position and crank the engine. It will start and pours black smoke out until it clears its lungs and then runs fine. The engine and controlling system is built by Briggs and Straton, a company that have been building engines for an eternity and still can't get it right. I believe the system is designed for European conditions but fails miserably in Australia. The dealer pre-delivery was a joke as well. The front wheels toe'd in that much it left black marks on concrete when driving it in the shed. Would not recommend this product to anyone else. Product update, I've now done 34hrs mowing with it and only had 4 issues in total. Latest to go was an idler pulley on the mower deck. To the dealers credit, they trusted me to remove and fit the new one (supplied under warranty) which saved me having to load the piece of junk up and cart it back to them. I've also had them disable the auto choke function, it now has manual choke only and will start every time hot, cold or indifferent. If its warm or hot, you leave the choke alone, if its cold it requires minimal time while cranking in the choke mode to get it going.
One of the worst decisions made
I purchased a Husqvarna TS242 late last year. At 2 hours, it would not start. Back to the dealer. I was told a solenoid on the starter motor. At 8 hours, machince againe would not start so back to the dealer. The module with the start buttons had failed and was replaced. At 14 hours, machine started making strange noise then lost all drive. I am told it's possibly a puley failure but the dealer will need to confirm. I contacted Husqvarna and was told that when you get new machines, the problems generally come out early in its life and they will...work with the dealer to make sure they get the parts they need to fix it. They were not the least bit concerned that the product had failed 3 times for 3 seperate issues. I would not buy another Husqvarna product or recommend them to anyone. I will do better research next time.
Questions & Answers
I am looking at a Husqvarna YTH2648 TDF 2010 model, would appreciate comments.
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
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