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Husqvarna YTH21K46 (46") 21HP Kohler Lawn Tractor (2012 Model)

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Model: 960 43 01-20
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Grade
Entry Level Lawn Mowers
Style
Lawn Tractor
Surface Area
Office Building, Farm, or Parks
Large
Terrain
Hilly Terrain
Hilly
Width
46

Cutting Inches
Engine


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21HP/597cc Kohler Courage Engine
Single cylinder design for powerful and quiet operation
Fully pressure-lubricated with oil pump and oil filter

Pedal Operated Tuff Torq Hydrostatic Transmission
Easy speed and direction control

46-inch, 2-Blade Stamped Steel Mower Deck
Mulch, rear bag or side discharge
6 cutting heights
2 deck gauge wheels prevent scalping on uneven terrain
Blade engagement lever located on dash for ease of use

Air Induction Mowing Technology
Air is drawn from the top and bottom of the mower deck
Excellent cutting and collection of both grass and leaves

Fender Mount Cutting Height Adjustment
Easy accessible lever adjustment for improved ergonomics
Spring-assisted cutting deck makes adjustment easier

Ergonomic Hi-Back Seat
Seat adjusts back and forth for greater comfort
Also features headlights, cupholder and cruise control

Uses Triple Bagger H346SL (960 73 00-12)


Engine
Engine Brand
Kohler Courage
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
HP
21 HP
CC
597 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
2.5 Gallons
Engine Cylinders
1 Cylinder
Oil Filter
Yes
Consumer Engine Warranty
3 Years
Motor
Battery Included
Included
Deck
Cutting Options
3-in-1 (Side-Discharge/Bag/Mulch)
Deck Material
Steel
Deck Construction
Stamped
Spindle Material
Aluminum
Blades
2 Blades
Deck Positions
6 Positions
Cutting Height
1.5-4.0 Inches
Deck Lift System
Manual Hand Operated
Engagement
Manual
Deck Drive
Belt
Drive
Speeds
Variable
Maximum Speed
5.2 MPH
Maximum Reverse Speed
2.9 MPH
Drive Wheels
Rear Wheels
Transmission Type
Hydrostatic
Drive System
Hydrostatic
Accessories
Rear Bagger
Sold Separately
Engine Guard
No
Seat Type
High Back
Hour Meter
Included
Arm Rests
No
Front Bumper
Sold Separately
Trailer Hitch
Included
Mulcher Kit
Sold Separately
Headlights
Included
Wheels
Front Tire Size
15 x 6 Inch
Front Axle
Cast-Iron
Rear Tire Size
20 x 8 Inch
Tire Type
Pneumatic Wheels
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Weight
440 Pounds
Product Length
69.3 Inches
Product Width
48.0 up/56.8 down Inches
Product Height
41.4 Inches
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
UPC
085388586018
Model
960 43 01-20
  15 Questions
Q: Dimensions 69.3L x 50.8 up/59.8 down W x 41.4H
(176.02 x 129.03 x 105.16 cm)

Todd...what is the width of this mower? 50.8 or 59.8. . Can you tell me the difference. Thank you.

by Ryan from Pennsylvania on March 03, 2012

A: Ryan - the overall width of the mower is 50.8 inches with the discharge chute cover in the "up" position. It is 59.8 inches wide with the discharge chute cover in the "down" position.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: I'm considering purchasing the HUSQVARNA YTH26V54. What happens if I ever need service? Where do I take the mower?
by Steve Sanit from Texas on February 24, 2012

A: Steve - should you ever require service under the terms of the warranty, you would take your tractor to the nearest Husqvarna authorized service center, and they will perform the required work. The warranty does not cover transporting the tractor to and from the service center (that would be on you), but all warranty service would be covered.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Does this Husqvarna YTH21K46 mower provide a cruise lock so that I don't need to keep my foot on the accelerator the entire time I am cutting the lawn?
by Jim from Michigan on October 09, 2011

A: Jim - yes, the Husqvarna YTH21K46 has a cruise control feature that will allow you to set the forward speed at a constant pace without holding down the forward drive pedal.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Does this unit accept a front blade attachment?
by R Clark from Kentucky on July 20, 2011

A: Yes, all of the Husqvarna lawn and garden tractor will accept a front plow blade: Husqvarna plow blade
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: on the Husqvarna YTH22V42 and YTH23V48, how easy is it to clean the deck after mowing? Is it easy to get underneath or do you need ramps?
by Bob Malzacher from North Carolina on July 03, 2011

A: Bob - all of the Husqvarna lawn tractors are equipped with a wash out port on the mower deck surface as part of its deck wash system. It should be utilized after each use. You simply connect a garden hose to the wash out port on the mower deck, turn on the water and engage the mower blades. You do not need to get underneath the mower deck or "lift" the tractor in order to clean out the mower deck.

by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Does this tractor handdle a snow blower well?
by Jim Karlskin from Michigan on July 01, 2011

A: Jim - yes, all of the Husqvarna lawn tractors will accomodate a snow blower attachment. Here is the snow blower that fits on the Husqvarna tractors: Husq. snow blower
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: I live on a sloped lot. Can this tractor cut on an incline?
by Kristie Weber from California on June 27, 2011

A: Kristie - none of the Husqvarna lawn tractors are recommended for slopes or inclines of greater than 15 degree's. They may work on slightly steeper inclines if the soil is firm and dry, but if the soil is loose or is wet a lot of the time, you will have traction problems on slopes greater than 15 degree's.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Do Husqvarna lawn tractors still mow when the tractor is in reverse??
by Rodney from Maine on June 22, 2011

A: Rodney - the Husqvarna lawn tractors are equipped with with a Reverse Operation System (ROS). Unless this system is engaged first, any attempt by the operator to travel in the reverse direction with the mower deck or the attachment clutch engaged will shut off the engine unless ignition key is placed in the ROS "ON" position. Even so, Husqvarna STRONGLY discourages backing up with the attachment clutch engaged while mowing. Turning the ROS "ON", to allow reverse operation with the attachment clutch engaged, should only be done when the operator decides it is necessary to reposition the machine with the attachment engaged. Husqvarna warns against mowing in reverse unless it is absolutely necessary.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: How important are the extra deck wheels , 0 vs.2 vs 4 if cutting uneven ground.
by Greg Grubba from Alaska on June 05, 2011

A: Greg - basically, the more anti-scalp deck wheels there are on a mower deck, the better is will travel over your property, and the more even the cut will be on your grass.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Are snow plows available for the Husqvarna LGT24K54 model?
by V. Stone from New Jersey on June 05, 2011

A: Yes, there is both a plow blade and a snow blower that can be mounted to the front of any Husqvarna residential grade tractor, including the LGT24K54 model. Husqvarna snow attachments We are sold out of these right now, but will get more in stock in late July or early August.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Can the YTH26V54 model take a Dump Cart? It is not shown in the accessories.
by V. Stone from New Jersey on June 05, 2011

A: Yes, any of the Husqvarna residential lawn tractors, including the model YTH26V54, can pull a dump cart. Any of the Husqvarna tractors that we carry would be able to pull any of the dump carts that we offer from Precision Products Dump Carts
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: I purchased a husqavarna yth22v42 from you earlier this year. Can you tell me how much weight I can add to the rear to increase traction. I can't seem to find anything in the manual about it.
Thanks

by Tom Carter from New York on May 31, 2011

A: Tom - you can add 50 lbs. of weight to the back of your tractor to enhance the traction. We carry the rear wheel weight and bracket kit that will fit your tractor. Husqvarna Rear Weight
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: I have 2 1/2 acres some hilly and bumpy. Can you tell me which lawn tractor would work best under 2000.00 I will need a bagger too. Also what is the warranty on Husqvarna's?
by Ann from Illinois on April 24, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. This mower is an excellent choice in that price range. It is equipped with a 3 year warranty. The bagger model number is H346SL.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Do the Husqvarna riding mowers have cast iron front axles and what is their turning radius. Looking at 48" cut
by Bill Partridge from Indiana on April 08, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. The axles are cast iron and the turning radius is 18".
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: On zero turn mowers what differences other than area mowed does the deck size make.
by Mike from Virginia on March 11, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. Really the only difference for the deck size is area mowed. The larger the deck size the less time it takes to mow your yard.
by Jose, Product Expert

Husqvarna 960 43 01-20 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
4/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 5
Pros
None to display.
Cons
Durability (1)
Unreliable (1)
Low Quality (1)
18 Reviews  Sort by 
 
Vernon
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
MAR.
07
2016
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Kohler Junk
I had this tractor for 4 years, a little bit more than 80 hours.

The Kohler engine (Courage, 21HP, SV610-3213) blew off (send a piston out), and that was the end of it.

Engine replacement will cost close to $1000, labor for installing will be another $500. Not worth doing it.

Look for another brand, and stay away from Kohler engines.

Why they don't have (-) minus ratings?
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Cons: Low Quality, Unreliable, Durability
Vernon Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Vern
Kennewick, WA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/14/12
REVIEWED
JUL.
26
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Husqvarna 46" Mower - Great Mower At A Good Price!!!
I recieved great service when ordering, this continued through with a notification as to when it was shipped and notification the day before it was delivered (4 days). The $50.00 fee for the lift gate service on the delivery truck was well worth it. It took approximately 30 minutes to uncrate by myself and not much longer to check it out, fuel up, and start the mower.

I love it, it has plenty of power, handles great and has cut my mowing time significatly (I have approximately 1 1/2... more
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31
Kemp
Snow Hill, MD
REVIEWED
MAR.
28
2012
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Runs Great - Hard To Clean Deck
Only complaint is that the deck is hard to clean - above the deck where the belts and the housing are. Leaves and grass get in there and get wet. Easy to maintain, oil and filter are easily accessible. Pickup chute works well. Bought new blades here and they fit well and were sharp.
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20
Rick D.
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/6/12
REVIEWED
MAR.
28
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Right Mower For The Right Price
Have about an acre that grew up to around 12" I mowed it down to the proper height in one pass with no problems at all. Plenty of power and cuts to the quality of a good push mower. May buy another one for the farm.
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20
Joe
Maysville, NC
REVIEWED
SEP.
13
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Best Mower I Ever Owned!
Put 140. hrs on a 08 model only problem was to replace the blades once a year and change oil. Excellent mower, nice looking, and no cheap flimsy plastic hood like some other mowers have. I sold it this year because i was anticipating some sort of repairs but mower still rode, looked, and ran like the day i bought it! With exception of a few scratches, I was going to get a John Deere 170 after a closer inspection we decided to go back with the same mower! Husqvarna makes a great riding mower!
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20
Jeff
Gastonia, NC
REVIEWED
MAY.
30
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
I purchased this mower about 3 months ago. It runs and cuts very well. My mower does not leave a trail of uncut grass down the middle. The blades are offset to combat this problem. I recommend using proper warmup procedures for any hydrostatic system and you should get great performance and life out of them. The 21HP Kohler engine has plenty of power for this mower. Can pull me and 300lbs on a trailer just fine. Although if you want to use sleeve hitch attachments, you will probably have... more
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20
Dennis W.
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 11/22/12
REVIEWED
DEC.
20
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Even The Wife Likes Cutting The Lawn
I ran the mower a couple times and everything is perfect. Grass cutting was great, the seat is one of the best I've ridden on and the smooth operation is a pleasure.

Even the wife likes cutting the lawn on the tractor. Having the gas level visible is a very good idea.

This is my second Kohler engine and should prove to be bulletproof just like my old one of 15 years work still going- for someone else.
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10
Marion P.
Homosassa Springs, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/23/12
REVIEWED
NOV.
25
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Real Easy-riding
I've used the mower twice now and it did a great job.

I really like the auto-shift and the backup pedal. It's a real easy-riding mower.
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10
Darwin W.
Buffalo, MN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/26/12
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
JUL.
29
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Amazing Service
I ordered my mower on the phone Thursday afternoon and was mowing Friday afternoon. Not so amazing you say - not unless you consider I'm 500 miles away! I'm in a small town near Minneapolis and the mower shipped from IL - R&L obviously did a great job too and shares in the credit. The mower arrived in its shipping crate in perfect shape.

I followed the set up instructions and was mowing in less than 2 hours - rolling it off the pallet with no help was the biggest challenge. It... more
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10
Jerome E.
Bertram, TX
REVIEWED
APR.
09
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Love It
I have 1 acre and it was 3' in some area. As I was getting in position to start my neighbor was laughing at me yelling, HAY Jerome YOUR NOT CUTTING ANYTHING as if I didn't know and he drove away laughing. When he returned 50 min. later I was totally finished all locked up everything put away ........My Husqvarna is a work horse. They don't laugh anymore :)
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10
Dan
Dahlonega, GA
REVIEWED
MAR.
22
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
The Best Yet!
I've owned a riding Snapper and a Cub Cadet. I have no fond memories of the Snapper and always thought my Cub Cadet was the best built mower on the market. Not so.... My Husqvarna out shines the Cub by a long shot. I am very happy I own one!
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