Executive Summary: I first saw this mower at Lowes. It had me confused Build.com has FREE shipping. It features a good Kawasaki motor and Husqvarna’s best hi-flow deck. . The “automatic” is easier to drive than a shift-on-the-go trans and the motor is the B&S Gold series with an oil filter. It doesn’t have Craftsman’s Turn Tight 6 inch turning radius but if you want a good lawn tractor JUST to mow lawn and pull a small cart this is a good choice! Even though it is listed as a Garden Tractor it is not as heavy as the Craftsman, Cub Cadet or John Deere Garden Tractors
Model/Series: Lawn Tractor or Light Garden Tractor
Item Number: Item Number Varies By Retailer
Where To Buy:
Build.com: Husqvarna 960 43 01-11 Self-Propelled YTH26V54 26HP Lawn Tractor with a 54″ 3-Blade Stamped Steel Mower Deck 960 43 01-11
Street Price: $2199.99- $2599
Basic Quality: (Cheap, Good, Best, Premium, Don’t Buy) This is Husqvarna’s Best Quality. There is a better quality sold at your local Husqvrana Dealer. Husqvarna does not make a tractor styled mower in the premium quality but they do have a series of riding mowers that are premium quality.
Type: (Riding Mower, Lawn Tractor, Yard Tractor, Garden Tractor, Estate Tractor, Sub-Compact, Zero Turn, Stand-On) Lawn Tractor. See the recommended attachments at the end of this article.
Compare it to: Craftsman YT-4500
Good Price for the size!
Large tires, rides well!
Makes a mess when mulching
18 inch Turning Radius!
Retail Price: $2999.99
If you are looking for a light duty Garden Tractor but you don’t need the Craftsman Turn Tight Steering or an 8 mph ground speed this is the one! This garden tractor uses the same hi-flow 54 inch deck as the Craftsman YT-4500 . It is a good cutting deck and great for side discharge and bagging.
I can’t compare this tractor to the Craftsman GT-6000 because it has smaller tires, no arm rests, a regular transmission, and does not have the Craftsman Turn-Tight front end. The Craftsman is easily worth the extra money if you want a heavy-duty tractor.
You will hear a lot of comments in the tractor forums about the idea that you need a fabricated deck when you get to this size (54 inch). This deck has superior air flow over a fabricated deck. It lifts the grass well and cuts it evenly, it throws the grass out the side discharge well and spreads it evenly. You can use a bagger with this deck and not have to spend the extra $400 to $500 on a discharge blower. (a fabricated deck does not have the airflow this on has and you need to add a grass blower to it to use a bagger)
This deck is reinforced compared to a lawn tractor deck but a fabricated Husqvarna deck is stronger. It is also stronger than the comparable John Deere and Cub Cadet decks. So if you have a habit of banging into everything you try to go around (tree, foundations, landscape beds) a fabricated deck will last you longer. A fabricated Husqvarna deck will mulch better. Because of the reduced airflow the fabricated deck keeps the grass under the deck longer and chews it up more than this deck does.
You can get a fabricated deck on the dealer only model garden tractor: GTH26V52LS and GTH27V48LS. My Dealer is Eau Claire Lawn Equipment
I don’t have a lot of negative things to say about this mower. It has a good Kawasaki motor, with oil filter and if you are unfamiliar with the brand the commercial operators love their Kawasaki’s. It has five anti-scalp wheels and if your lawn is smooth it will mow just fine. It has a cast iron front axle and decent transmission so you can mount all the attachments Husqvarana sells and pull all the attachments Sears sells (Sears has more attachments than Lowes.) From my research this tractor is not as heavy-duty as the Craftsman GT6000 so I would not recommend using it a lot for ground engaging equipment. It has a normal turning radius for a garden tractor.
This lawn tractor will mow in reverse.
People who buy this lawn tractor know what they are buying and this is just what they want. That is why you will find so many good reviews on Husvarana and Sears.com. No frills, they just want to mow their large surburban lawn and pull things and blow snow and …..
This article was first published at TodaysMower.com
I’m not going to go into a lot of detail on this review. If you have specific questions leave a comment below and myself or the readers will be glad to answer them. This is a great tractor and if you want one to last this should be at the top of your list.
Comfort – Ease of Use: Deluxe seat, easy to use operator controls, good field of view. With large tires this tractor is comfortable to ride for this price range.
Power For Mowing: This tractor has plenty of power for side discharge mowing and/or bagging every week. It has plenty of power for mulching.
Reliability – New to 3 yrs: This tractor is serviced by your local Husqvarna dealer if you buy it from Lowes or Northern Tool. It is serviced by Sears if you bought it from Sears.com. There have been no issues with the build quality. You can also go to Husqvarna.com and read the many reviews there. (Sears offers the best Optional Protection Plan)
Handling – Traction/Steering: This tractor has average traction and handling and is similar to all the other garden tractors. I recommend you never use a mower like this on wet or drought-dry slopes.
Mow – Mulch- Bag: This tractor get high marks by owners for mowing and bagging but not for mulching. This deck is a high-air-flow deck and cuts very evenly for a 54 inch deck. But when you plug the discharge with a mulch plug the air still has to go somewhere. The air comes out the right front and if you are mowing dry grass the clippings fly out there and usually right into your lap. If you want to mulch all the time buy a Husqvarna with a fabricated deck. With this tractor/deck you set the height of cut using a lever on the tractor.
Specifications, Features, Benefits
The rest of this article is taken from the retailers website. Specs subject to change.
Type: Garden Tractor
Maximum mowing area per hour (acres): 2.5 acres at 5 MPH
Recommended for moderate slopes? Yes
Excels in mowing around obstacles? Average
Will Mow In Reverse? Yes
Engine Power: 24 hp*
Displacement: 726 cc.
Cylinders: Twin, cast-iron liners
Type: OHV, oil filter, Pressurized
Charging System: 15 amp regulated
Choke/Speed Control: Separate lever
Fuel Tank Capacity: 4 U.S. gal.
Transmission: Foot with cruise
Transmission Control: Direction -foot speed – pedal
Cruise Control: Yes
Forward Speed: 0-5.2mph
Reverse Speed: 0-2.9 mph
Chassis: 13 ga.
Front Tires: 15×6
Rear Tires: 20×8
Front Axle: Steel Tube
Hood Material: Steel
Tool Tray: NA
Translucent fuel tank or Fuel gauge: Yes, Under hood
Deck washout port: No
12-volt outlet: No
Steering: Type 2-wheel steer
Turning Radius: 18 in.
Uncut Circle Radius: ? in.
Spindle Bushings: Metal, greaseable
Seat Back Height: Deluxe high back
Fore-aft Adjustment: 5 in. while seated
Seat Suspension: Two coil springs
Deck Lift System: Fender
Mower Cut Height: 1.5 in. to 4 in., 7 position
Cut Height Increments: ? in.
Preset Cut Height: No
PTO clutch: Electric
Type: Side discharge
Mower Cutting Width: 54 in.
Mower Deck Material: 0.105 in.
Mower Wheel Adjustment: NA
Mower Level Adjustment: Exact
Mower Drive System: In-line belt, Electric PTO
Mower Attachment: 4 point Not EZ-Off
Mower Drive: Belt Tension Spring
Mower Wheels Rotate For Deck Removal: No
Overall Length: 70.5-in.
Width without mower: ?-in.
Width with mower: 67.5-in.
Width with mower: (deflector raised for storage) 57-in.
Weight: 540 lb with mower, no fuel
U.S. Warranty: 3 year limited, 3 and 5 year optional protection plan Sears, Optional 2 and 4 extended warranty Lowes