Husqvarna Articulating Riders – A Better Zero-Turn?

I put together a short video of a Husqvarna Articulating Riding Mower and how maneuverable it is.

by: Paul Sikkema

You have heard all of the advertising hype this year about how zero-turn mowers can save you time. But you have also heard all the horror stories of how they are hard to use, don’t work well on hills, and will tear up your lawn.

Most of the horror stories are true. Residential zero-turn mowers will tear up your lawn if you don’t have lots of practice, they can be unsafe to mow on slopes and are expensive compared to a lawn tractor with the same mowing deck.

This video shows a different type of zero-turn. An alternative that is easy to use, drives just like your lawn tractor, works well on hills and has a better deck than most of the residential zero-turn mowers currently on the market.

For most homeowners who want a zero-turn but don’t want the headaches that go with them this is a great alternative.

The Husqvarna Riders Offer Unique Advantages

With the front-mounted cutting deck, you have complete control over your mowing area. You can easily see were you are mowing and the deck allows you to reach under bushes and get closer to fences and walls. The unparalleled maneuverability of the articulated steering lets you mow inside corners and inside curves without backing up. The steering makes the riders extremely easy to handle. You can drive one the first time and not worry about wrecking your lawn, landscaping or the side of the garage. The deck is a “ground hugging” deck. It follows the ground contours exactly to give you a perfect cut everytime.

My front lawn is very uneven. I intentionally designed in dips, mounds and slopes to give it character. But after I built it I realized a 42 inch or larger lawn tractor can’t mow it without gouging and scalping the lawns in a dozen places. I used the Husqvarna in the video to mow it and there is not one gouge or scalp in the entire lawn.  If you want the perfect lawn, ground hugging decks like these are the way to go.

My 1999 Huqvarna 970 Rider

Husqvarna Rider

15 Years – Still In Use Today!

Deck DownThe optional BioClip Combi Deck is one of the best mulching decks available. You can use rear discharge for longer grass. The BioClip is especially suitable for well-maintained lawns that are mowed often. The finely cut clippings return to the lawn as fertilizer.

If your lawn gets slippery or is too steep for a lawn tractor in places the AWD (All-Wheel Drive) model is a great investment.

The Articulated Rider will handle most of the attachments you are used to. A sweeper, dethatcher, scarifier, spreader and trailer for lawn work.  The R 220T and R 322T will handle a  snow blade, a snow blower or a front-mounted brush to clear entrances and paths year around. You can easily switch the front mounted attachments.

The Articulated Rider is a zero-turn mower that will handle all you lawn tasks. You work more efficiently, and get perfect results faster, with less effort. In addition, a wide range of accessories helps you complete other garden tasks all year round. With or without All-Wheel Drive – the decision is yours.

You can buy the R 120S here with free shipping: Husqvarna 967181801 R120S Articulating Riding Mower, 42-Inch

Husqvarna also offers 2 other models with your choice of decks. These are dealer only models.

Read about the R 220T and R 322T here: Husqvarna Articulating Riders Discover the full potential of a Husqvarna Rider here: Husqvarna Articulating Riders

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Al LeSage
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Paul I found the easy solution just pull the clip pins on the lift chains so you do not have to lift the whole deck and the silver handle just engages the mower and the safety switches still work

Al LeSage
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THANKS for replying I did that those springs only adjust the float it did not affect the lift there is a big spring underneath the unit for the lift assist but it does not have any adjustments I would like to have advise on what wires to cut and install a switch there it a switch connected to the lift lever with 3 wires a yellow. and 2 green wires BUT I AM UNCERTAIN WHICH WIRE TO CUT INTO IT WOULD BE REAL SIMPLE TO DO JUST THAT AND PUT A SWITCG ON THE PANEL THANKS AL

Marty
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Paul – you wouldn’t have a quick picture of the adjustment?…weird that two different mowers have the same exact problem…

thanks,

Duane
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Hello I previously owned a Bolens articulator which I loved and have been looking for another for years. Just the other day I checked out a Craigslist ad for 500 and found a near perfect condition rider 16 which I bought with a huge smile. Once home I cleaned it, serviced it, and it runs perfect, cuts awesome, way way way better than a zero turn. It’s easy on the lawn, pulls my sweeper dethatcher, and Wagon great unlike a zero turn. I have bought and sold several tractors this year mainly cub cadets and John deere tractors but I… Read more »
Vern Herzberger
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King City, MO. I have a new R322T AWD Husqvarna Articulating mower with Combi 103(41″) Deck, twin 20HP Briggs. I’ve yet to hear the engine grunt. It’ll go about anywhere. I have a bank near the road that I can mow down to the ditch and then back right back up the bank. Amazing I’m guessing my yard to be about 1 acre when I include the pond dam. . I also mow an acre Cemetery and just love the deck that allows me to trim with either side. I get lots of comments about ho great the cemetery looks.… Read more »
Marty
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Bought a R322T end of August 2016. It has a forward creep that only stops if you hit the reverse pedal. Noticed after 6 hours of use. Husqvarna replaced with a brand new one…same thing. Hoping to get my money back.

Al LeSage
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were you able to make any adjustments so you can raise the mower I can not get any advise on this issue i have a hard time raising the mower. if I can figure out how to install a switch to engage the mower I will just leave it down and switch the mower on and off with a switch

Chris
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Hi Paul, I’m from Pawling, NY and I have about 2 1/2 acres of lawn. Im driving myself crazy with all the decisions on a new mower. I’m hoping you can help me with my decision. We had a Craftsman DYT 4000 and took us between 2 1/2 – 3 hours to mow. Our property is uneven, has slopes, 20+ trees, many angles. Yeah, the lawn tractor was horrible. We are debating between a Husqvarna r220t, r322t, and the cub cadet RZT S. We like the price of the cub cadet, but is it reliable and ideal for our property.… Read more »
Adam
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Love the site by the way, I think I’ve read every article now over the past couple of months, trying to decide which rider was for me. I have a brand new house/lawn and plan to purchase my first rider within the next 1-2 weeks. I have a total of 1.5 actual acres (don’t need to subtract my house) of irrigated lawn with a little bit of character, but the combination of rolling hills and a walkout basement gives me some bigger slopes to the side and back of my home. I’m a bit all over the place with trying… Read more »
B Moudy
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I purchased the 322 AWD w 41” deck and love it, but wanted see if anyone had any experience with a wider more aggressive tire. Any advice!

Michael
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Hi, Paul. It’s Michael from Michigan again. I commented earlier that – based on your review and our yard – a Husqvarna R322T AWD was going to be my next mower. I did my research and chose a respected dealer with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. That was one month ago today. So far, they have told me three different dates when they were supposed to receive the mower from Husqvarna. In fact, they are telling new buyers that they are 45 days out if they order today. Are you aware of problems Husqvarna is having shipping… Read more »
Ed
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Hello Paul,
I am looking at a used 2004 155, how does this compare to the newer models? It looks identical.

Michael
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Hi, Paul. Based on your reviews, I’ve decided I want to buy the Husqvarna R 322T AWD with the 103 combi deck. But I can’t find any dealers (southwest Michigan – not exactly the boondocks) that carry it or have even heard of it. I love the out-front deck and the AWD would be great on our property, but I’m really concerned about dropping around $5,200 on something that I can’t kick the tires of first. Could you see if you could do some magic and get people who follow you to make some additional comments on the R 322T… Read more »
Chris
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Michael, Try your local Family Farm & Home store. They were stocking the R120 last year and I’m sure they could order the larger models for you. I live in SW Michigan as well and saw the R120 at the Benton Harbor, MI Family Farm & Home store behind Wal-Mart.

Dave
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Paul, I appreciate your write-ups. I’m building a house on 2.2 acres that has maybe 10-12 trees, so it will have plenty of wide open runs. My initial thought was a 54″ – 60″ Zero turn when I stumbled on your blog. I also want something that will pull a cart. I’m now seeing that a Zero Turn isn’t designed to pull a loaded up cart. I like the top speed of a Zero Turn, which was my #1 reason in getting one. What are your thoughts on using a 220T or 322T on 2+ acres. My concern is that… Read more »
Jeff
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I’ve recently purchased a R322t. I’m trying to find a copy of their Workshop Manual for that model. Of course the manufacturer and dealer would prefer to do the service and make that money, however, I grew up on a farm and have been taking care of equipment my whole life. Any ideas how I might locate a copy of the Service/Workshop manual for the R322t?
Jeff in Atlanta

Curt
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I have a few follow-up questions. A local dealer didn’t know much about articulateds and didn’t really endorse them. He mentioned the older models had timed blades. Is that still the case? I want the service position and a NC dealer told me the 120 would be enough for my yard. I didn’t want to argue but to get the service position I would have to get the 220 or the 332, correct? Would Husqvarna be able to point me to a dealer that stocks the articulateds so I can see/touch/possibly drive one before purchase? Would the 220 with a… Read more »
Curt, Springfield, IL
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Curt, Springfield, IL
Hi Paul. I currently have a JD GT235 Garden Tractor with the Kawasaki 18HP V-twin engine and 48″ deck. It was great for the 2 acres I mowed before moving. I now have half an acre with 20+ trees. Until yesterday I was set on selling the Deere and getting a zero-turn, probably a Hustler Raptor 42″. Then I saw the Husqvarna articulating mower which really interested me. I like the idea of the out-front deck and the ability to add a blade or blower for snow. My question is reliability. Is this a mower that would hold up over… Read more »
Terry
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After using the articulating mower all summer, what are your thoughts on this mower now?

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