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YTH2042 Husqvarna Lawn Tractor Review

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Husqvarna lawn tractors are popular! Lawn tractor reviews too. I’ll kill two birds with one stone: Here is my in-depth YHT2042 Husqvarna lawn tractor review.

When you have to cover an area greater than 1.2 acres a riding lawn mower is your best bet. The YTH2042 Husqvarna Lawn Tractor is a powerful and yet agile ride-on mower packed with lots of useful features that make it an exceptional machine to use.First and foremost, even though this is a riding mower, it is actually quite compact than the competition. Next, it is highly maneuverable on four pneumatic tires. It also happens to take less space in the shed and comes with an ergonomic steering wheel, adjustable seat and hydrostatic transmission.The transmissions of this mower help keep movements smooth and with air induction technology, the cut always comes out consistent and clean. Adjusting height on this beast is easy thanks to the front mounted feeder setup. This particular mower also has the capability to accept extra accessories such as trimmers, chainsaws and a mulching kit when necessary. And the tractor is covered by a 2 year warranty.

2016 Update: Discontinued by Manufacturer

Husqvarna YTH2042 Riding Lawn Tractor review

Product Info:

  • Riding Lawn Mower
  • Lawn Tractor
  • 20 HP, 540cc Briggs & Stratton engine

Features:

  • 42 inch, dual blade cutting deck
  • NON-CARB Compliant
  • Anti-scalp wheels
  • Deck wash port with air induction system
  • Adjustable seat height
  • Weight: 418 lbs
  • 2 year limited type warranty


In-depth Review of the Husqvarna YTH2042 Lawn Tractor

Ease Of Use

Ride-on mowers are never easy to start off with especially if you have no prior experience. However, the YTH2042 Husqvarna Lawn Tractor is an easy machine to get used to.

Having ordered online, I was a bit apprehensive as to how this beast would be delivered. Thankfully, it came in one piece with no damage and excellent packing. Kudos to Amazon! Moving on, the first time you get this mower, you have to fill up the gas tank and oil, which are under the hood near the console. Next, make sure the battery is charged, this is under the seat. Since, the mower arrived fully assembled, all I had to do next was switch the engine on by turning the ignition key, which astonishingly fired up on my first try. It has been the same ever since.

As for controlling the direction, the steering does a good job, is precise enough and lightweight. For throttle, you have to control a lever that takes care of the automatic transmission, which takes a bit getting used to since most ride-on mowers come with pedal transmission.Also to go reverse you have the option on the ignition key hole, which keeps the blades engaged making it easier to go back through tough grass and eliminates the need for a second re-run.

Changing height, exchanging the existing blades with mulching kit are all easy to manage and need no expertise. You will however need a jack to raise the front of the mower and replace to a mulching kit (available separately).

 

 

Cut Quality

This machine can collect, mulch and side discharge. It does not matter whether you mulch or just mow with this ride-on. The experience and cut quality are top notch. Clean precise cut regardless of what comes in the way and the fact that because of its 42 inch deck size, you don’t have to spend too much time on a large yard makes it easier to navigate around obstacles with care. Remember, this Husqvarna YTH2042 Lawn Tractor is a heavy machine, so if you aren’t careful around obstacles you just might knock a few down.

 

Height Adjustment

Husqvarna YTH2042 42-Inch 540cc 20 HP Briggs & Stratton Intek Lever Activated Hydrostatic Transmission Riding Lawn Tractor Height Adjustment

Height Adjustment Lever

Single lever at the front fender takes care of the deck’s height. You can precisely set the height you want in 6 positions ranging from 1.25 to 4 inches and lock it into position. The lever is sturdy and won’t budge under constant duress of mowing across an uneven terrain.

 

Motor Power

The Husqvarna YTH2042 is powered by a 540cc, 20HP Briggs & Stratton Engine

The Husqvarna YTH2042 is powered by a 540cc, 20HP Briggs & Stratton Engine

Most Husqvarna lawn tractors come with a B&S engine, so does this model. A 20 HP Briggs & Stratton engine throws out an impressive amount of power and while some of it goes into the spinning the blades, the rest is available to drive. You never feel underpowered in this machine even when going up inclines or trying to navigate uneven terrain. The engine can also lock into reverse gear using the ignition key hole so going backwards is just as easy as mowing forward.

Its hydrostatic transmission with its fender mounted lever allows you to change direction and speeds with ease. You may expect ax. speeds of 5.2 mph forward and 2.9 mph in reverse.

Maintenance

Cleaning the durable steel deck is easy thanks to Husqvarna’s deck wash port which allows you to connect a water hose through the port to clean the underside of the deck.

Obviously, being a ride-on mower it needs way more maintenance than your usual lawn mower. Having said that, it will not need special maintenance or repairs for at least couple of years and if anything comes loose, breaks or clogs, Husqvarna’s extensive warranty usually covers that.

 

Cost Effectiveness

At just under $2000, this mower is by no means a cheap proposition, but for those with really large yards, the cost more than justifies the reduced time required for mowing. Besides, you do have the ability to add extra attachments to the mower tractor and multi-task with it. This will come especially handy if you plan on organic farming or running a small cultivation of your own.

Husqvarna YTH2042 Lawn Tractor review


PROS:
  • Strong, easy to maneuver lawn tractor
  • Excellent cut
  • 6 Height Positions
  • 2-years warranty

CONS:
  • Price Tag

8.6 Total Score
Dependable Lawn Tractor

Is it dependable, easy to use and compact? Yes, it is all of the above and also a multi-tasking machine. This Husqvarna YTH2042 tractor will not clock the fastest speeds, but with a 42 inch deck, it sure does make mowing an easy task. Just drive it around like you do your car, don’t miss a patch of land and your lawn will look as lush and maintained as a golf course. And at the end, that´s what we all want, right?

8Editor's score
Ease of Use
8
Cut Quality
9
Height Adjustment
7.5
Motor Power
8
Maintenance
8
Cost Effectiveness
7.5
9.1User's score
Ease of Use
10
Cut Quality
8
Height Adjustment
8
Motor Power
10
Maintenance
9
Cost Effectiveness
10
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8.6 Total Score
Dependable Lawn Tractor

Is it dependable, easy to use and compact? Yes, it is all of the above and also a multi-tasking machine. This Husqvarna YTH2042 tractor will not clock the fastest speeds, but with a 42 inch deck, it sure does make mowing an easy task. Just drive it around like you do your car, don’t miss a patch of land and your lawn will look as lush and maintained as a golf course. And at the end, that´s what we all want, right?

8Editor's score
Ease of Use
8
Cut Quality
9
Height Adjustment
7.5
Motor Power
8
Maintenance
8
Cost Effectiveness
7.5
9.1User's score
Ease of Use
10
Cut Quality
8
Height Adjustment
8
Motor Power
10
Maintenance
9
Cost Effectiveness
10
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General Info

Brand
HUSQVARNA
Mower Type
Deck Size
42 inch

Features

Mulching
Bag
Side-Discharge
BBC
Speed Control
Electric Start
CARB Compliant

Height Settings

Blades
2
Height Positions
6
Max. Height (inch)
4
Min. Height (inch)
1.25

Motor Info

Engine Brand
Briggs & Stratton
Motor Info
20HP, 540cc
Max. Forward Speed (mph)
4.2
Max. Reverse Speed (mph)

Buyer Guarantee

Warranty
1 Comment
  1. Reply
    speedy August 21, 2016 at 9:22 pm
    4.55
    Ease of Use
    100
    Cut Quality
    80
    Height Adjustment
    80
    Motor Power
    100
    Maintenance
    90
    Cost Effectiveness
    100

    tough machine..at least this one is

    + PROS: had mine for 14 years....simple to use...tight turning radius...used it for everything....wife too...tough machine...
    - CONS: wet grass.....wet lawn....keep the blades sharpened
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