2012 48 in 24 hp Model YTH24K48FR Review – Jimmie Johnson’s Fast Tractor

Executive Summary: Would I want a lawn tractor that goes 8 mph?  Yes!!! My lawn is 400 ft long.  The compost bins and nursery beds are all the way in the back. Most of my wife’s landscape beds are at the other end of the property!  When moving dirt and hauling plants for her it seems I spend half my time just riding the tractor.  If mine would go 8 mph it would seem like I am getting a lot more done! Other than that this mower will now mow any faster than any other lawn tractor (3-4 mph) so unless your lawn tractor is your only transportation to the local bar this may not be the best choice for you.

by: Paul Sikkema

It even comes with armrests to keep me in the seat.

If I cut my own firewood “out in the back 40” I could use a tractor like this.  I know, many of you reading this review already have an ATV, but for those of us who don’t this is a great alternative.  You should buy a better yard cart because you will run the wheels off the cheap ones!


Brand/Manufacture: Husqvarna / Husqvarna
Model/Series: Yard  Tractor 
Item Number:  YTH24K48FR
Where to buy:
Husqvarna 960 43 01-40 Self-Propelled Fast Tractor YTH24K48 24HP Kohler Lawn Tractor with a 48″ Reinforced Stamped Steel Mower Deck 960 43 01-40
2012 48 in 24 hp Model YTH24K48FR Review - Jimmie Johnson's Fast Tractor 1 This is an online Build.com exclusive. 

Note: Lowes was the exclusive seller of this item last year. It appears they did not sell enough of them and Husqvarna now is selling it through the largest online home improvement store, Build.com.  Build.com offers free shipping on this product. 

Street Price: $1919.99

Basic Quality: (Cheap, Good, Best, Premium, Don’t Buy)  This is Husqvarna’s Best Quality.

Type: (Riding Mower, Lawn Tractor, Yard Tractor, Garden Tractor, Estate Tractor, Sub-Compact, Zero Turn, Stand-On) Yard Tractor Handles most attachments.
Compare it to:  Craftsman Model 28861  (The Craftsman is the only other tractor that will go this fast)


2012 48 in 24 hp Model YTH24K48FR Review - Jimmie Johnson's Fast Tractor 2

Jimmie Johnson’s Husqvarna Fast Tractor

Fast, Fast, Fast!
Jimmy Johnson Endorsed
Great 48 inch deck
Has Armrests!


Won’t cut as fast as it goes.
42 and 46 inch decks cut better.

Retail Price: $1919.99 Check The Best Sale Price Here:   Husqvarna 960 43 01-40 Self-Propelled Fast Tractor YTH24K48 24HP Kohler Lawn Tractor with a 48″ Reinforced Stamped Steel Mower Deck 960 43 01-402012 48 in 24 hp Model YTH24K48FR Review - Jimmie Johnson's Fast Tractor 1 

My Review:

This tractor is going to be fun to drive! There is one other Garden Tractor on the market that will also go as fast.  The Craftsman Model 28861  is larger and has a high speed, heavy duty garden tractor tranny so it is priced higher.  If you have a normal lawn buy this Husqvarna, if you have 3 acres or more and want to haul heavy loads buy the Craftsman.   (see my review here)

This tractor is new, but not really.  The basic tractor itself has been around for a few years. The 48 inch deck is a proven, reliable unit.  It does not cut as well as a 42 or 46 inch deck, but it is a good alternative to the 54 inch decks. It comes off the tractor easily.  Last year the Husqvarna yard tractors got a restyled fully enclosed hood, this year this model has the high speed tranny.  I really like the new muffler guard shown on Husqvarna.com.  It really cleans up the front of the tractor and makes the tractor more aerodynamic for high speed use. 😉

You know I have no real issues with Husqvarna tractors and zero-turns.  You just need to pick the right one for your yard. They are all good machines that have good service records.

This lawn tractor will mow in reverse.

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, armrests, comfortable steering wheel, angled for optimal driver’s position. Easy to use operator controls, good field of view.  This tractor is about as comfortable as you can get in a lawn mower.

Power For Mowing:  This tractor has plenty of power for side discharge mowing, bagging, and mulching every week.

Reliability – New to 3 yrs: This tractor is serviced by a Lowes authorized service center.

Handling – Traction/Steering:  This tractor has average traction and handling and is similar to all the other lawn tractors from the other retailers.   It will work on moderate slopes and hills.  I recommend you never use a mower like this on wet or drought-dry slopes.

Mow – Mulch- Bag:  This tractor gets high marks by owners for mowing.  The 48 inch air induction deck is one of the best cutting 3 blades decks out there. The smaller blades don’t allow it to bag heavy wet grass well. Because of the high air-flow design, other decks mulch better. But for side discharge mowing it is a great deck. Be aware this is not a “high-speed” deck like you will find on a commercial lawn mower.  It mows perfectly at 3-4 MPH but don’t expect it to mow as fast as the tractor will go (7.9MPH) and give you the same results.  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:  Lawn Tractor
Maximum mowing area per hour (acres): 2 acres at 5 MPH
Recommended for moderate slopes? Yes, does not have traction control or diff lock
Excels in mowing around obstacles? No, but with the 48 inch deck it will trim well.

Will Mow In Reverse? Yes

Manufacturer: Husqvarna
Brand: Husqvarna
Engine Power: 24 hp* 
Displacement: 725 cc. (I think the Lowes description is wrong)
Manufacturer: Kohler
Cylinders: v-Twin, cast-iron liners
Type: Kohler Courage OHV, oil filter, Pressurized
Charging System: 16 amp regulated
Battery: 12 v 28 amp
Choke/Speed Control: Integrated One Lever
Fuel Tank Capacity: 3 U.S. gal. 
Transmission: Tuff Torq Hi-speed
Transmission Control:  Direction, speed – pedal
Cruise Control: Yes
Forward Speed: 0-7.4 mph
Reverse Speed: 0-2.9 mph
Chassis: Don’t know for sure but probably 12 ga.
Front Tires: 15×6-6
Rear Tires: 20×8-8
Front Axle: Cast Iron
Hood Material: Steel
Hourmeter: No
Tool Tray: NA

Cupholder: Yes
Headlights: Yes
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, replaceable
Seat Back Height: Deluxe Hi back with arm rests
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., 6 position
Cut Height Increments: ? in.
Preset Cut Height: No
PTO clutch: Electric

Mower Deck

Type: Side discharge
Mower Cutting Width: 48 in.
Blades: 3
Mower Deck Material: 14 ga.
Mower Wheel Adjustment: Yes
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


Wheelbase: ?-in. 
Overall Length: 69.3-in. 
Width without mower: ?-in. 
Width with mower: 59.8-in. 
Width with mower: (deflector raised for storage) 50.8-in. 
Height: 41.4-in. 
Weight: 458 lb with mower, no fuel

U.S. Warranty: 3 year limited, 5 year frame and axle. 4 year optional protection plan

Optional Attachments

Mowers: 48X (standard)
Material Collection System: yes
Mulching System: yes
Front Thatcher: NA
Front Blade: Yes
Tractor Shovel: No
Snow Blower: yes
Front Bumper: bumper option ?
Brush Guard: yes ?
Bucket Holder: No
Tow-Behind Tools: Most tow-behind attachments from Lowes, Sears, and Northern Tool


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