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Model: 960 43 02-10
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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
38

Cutting Inches
Engine
18.5HP/540cc Briggs And Stratton Intek OHV Engine
Full pressure lubrication with full-flow filter
Dura-Bore™ cast iron sleeve withstands wear and abuse

Pedal Operated Element V RT400 CVT Automatic Transmission
Eliminates the need to shift and doesn’t require a clutch
Automatically adjusts speed to demand for seamless power and acceleration
Simple operation delivers maximum power to cutting deck and drive wheels
16-inch turning radius

38-inch, 2-Blade Steel Mower Deck
13-gauge stamped steel deck design
Get into tighter spots than a larger mower deck
2 deck gauge wheels prevent scalping in uneven terrain

Air Induction Mowing Technology
Draws air from the top and bottom of the mower deck
Improves grass lift and delivers a superior grass cut

Comfort Package With Mid Back Seat
Also includes cruise control, headlights and cup holder


Engine
Engine Brand
Briggs & Stratton Intek
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
HP
18.5 HP
CC
540 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
1.5 Gallons
Engine Cylinders
1 Cylinder
Oil Filter
Yes
Consumer Engine Warranty
3 Years
Motor
Battery Included
Included
Battery Voltage
12 Volts
Battery Type
Lead Acid
Deck
Cutting Options
3-in-1 (Side-Discharge/Bag/Mulch)
Deck Material
13-Gauge
Deck Construction
Stamped
Spindle Material
Aluminum
Blades
2 Blades
Deck Positions
6 Positions
Cutting Width
38 Inches
Cutting Height
1.5-4.0 Inches
Deck Lift System
Manual Hand Operated
Engagement
Manual
Deck Drive
Belt
Drive
Speeds
Variable
Maximum Speed
7.4 MPH
Maximum Reverse Speed
2.9 MPH
Drive Wheels
Rear Wheels
Transmission Type
CVT - Automatic
Drive System
Element V Automatic
Accessories
Rear Bagger
Sold Separately
Engine Guard
No
Seat Type
Mid Back w/ Seat Springs
Hour Meter
Sold Separately
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
390 Pounds
Product Length
68.25 Inches
Product Width
41.5 up/50.0 down Inches
Product Height
41.4 Inches
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
UPC
085388591715
Model
960 43 02-10
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  5 Questions
Q: will this mower mow in reverse??jarvis johnsoh
by Jarvis Johnson from North Carolina on July 03, 2016

A: Jarvis,

Yes, this unit can mow in reverse up to 2.9 mph. To use this feature you will:

• Depress brake pedal all the way down.
• With engine running, turn ignition key counterclockwise
to ROS "ON" position.
• Look down and behind before and while backing.
• Slowly depress reverse drive pedal to start movement.
• When use of the ROS is no longer needed, turn the
ignition key clockwise to engine "ON" position.

Please keep in mind that it is only recommended to use this feature if you are certain no children or other bystanders will enter the mowing area.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Hi Jose
I have 2 general questions. On the spec's of all the mowers the width is listed up & down .Is the down width the dimension with the side discharge down? And if it is and I plan to mulch 100 % can I remove the flap
Thanks Pete

by Pete Onorio from New York on May 03, 2016

A: Pete - you are correct. The "down" dimension is with the discharge chute deflector cover in the down position. And yes, if you plan to mulch 100% of the time, that chute deflector cover can be removed, as there will be a plug covering the discharge opening on the side of the mower deck.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Does this model have a washout port on the deck?
by Paul Robidoux from Massachusetts on April 16, 2016

A: Paul - the Husqvarna LTA18538 lawn tractor does not have a washout port on the mower deck.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: If I purchase this mower through Mowers Direct, where can I get warranty service or other repairs?
by Mike Pregler from Nebraska on March 25, 2016

A: Mike - warranty work, parts or other repairs, should they ever be required, can be performed at any Husqvarna authorized service center in your area
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: What kind of assembly is required? Do I just put oil and gas and go?
by Ronnie Conwi from Florida on February 10, 2016

A: Ronnie - there would be some minor assembly required. You'll need to attach the steering wheel to the steering column, you'll need to connect the battery cables to the battery and then mount the seat to the frame. There is also a pre-use checklist that you'll want to go through just to make sure that everything is set up properly before you use your new tractor.
by Jose, Product Expert
Husqvarna 960 43 02-10 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
5/5
Overall
4.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (10)
I'd Buy It Again (8)
Price (7)
Easy To Store (5)
Quiet (4)
Cons
Low Quality (2)
The plastic latch should... (1)
Un-crating Was A Bit Dif... (1)
No cruise control (1)
Durability (1)
92% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
37 Reviews  Sort by 
 
Michael Leamon
Bunker Hill, KS
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/21/16
Total Helpful Votes
30 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
MAY.
18
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Excellent Purchase And Product
Mowers Direct kept me updated on the mower since it was a back order (which I knew in advance before buying). Then Mowers Direct promptly shipped and updated me with the tracking etc.

The mower came crated extremely well and was easy to unpack and do the few minor instructions to prepare the mower for use.
In the last 3 weeks the mower has been getting a heavy workout and running strong and no problems in any way.

By far a great company ( Mowers Direct ) and a great mower to make this... more
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Michael Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
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Tony S.
Medford, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/23/16
Total Helpful Votes
25 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
JUN.
14
2016
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Good Product/bad Customer Service
I ordered this tractor on 5/23 and it was shipped to me shortly thereafter. Upon arrival, I connected the battery terminals, installed the seat and the steering wheel as per the instructions and everything looked great. Excitedly, I decided to take the tractor on a test drive. Right away I noticed something was wrong. The wheel alignment was off. The left front tire would not remain straight when the steering wheel was perfectly straight.

Even my wife noticed how off the wheel was when I... more
Tony Does Not Recommend This Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
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Tony,
We're terribly sorry to hear you're going through this. Please give us a call if you still haven't received the part & gotten your mower back. We can help contact Husqvarna and expedite the process.
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Michael T.
Greensboro, NC
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/27/17
REVIEWED
APR.
18
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Well Built For A Residential Mower
Turning radius is very good and the deck doesn't flop and shift causing uneven cutting. Forward/Reverse action has smooth shifting. Cuts the grass uniformly with no missed spots when turning sharply.

The only issue is the seat feels loose and uncomfortable after a short time.

So far so good 👍🏼
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Durable, Exceeded Expectations
Michael Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
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Ricky D.
Thomasville, GA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/3/17
REVIEWED
APR.
18
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Pleased With The Tractor
Great quality
Pros: Easy To Use, Easy To Store, Quiet, High Quality
Ricky Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
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Michael S
Falls Church, VA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/5/17
REVIEWED
APR.
26
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Product, Exactly What Was Expected
It was easy to assemble the tractor once the shipping crate was removed. It took me about 25 minutes to complete and I did it right on the shipping pallet. While the instructions for these steps were clear, they were pretty bad with respect to removing the tractor from the pallet. The instructions rely heavily on diagrams and are short on descriptive language. Also, be prepared to sign for the product without being able to inspect it. The shipper would not let me unpack it and perform a... more
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Price
Michael Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
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Terry R.
Virginia Beach, VA
Total Helpful Votes
13 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
24
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Nice Performance After Adjustment
Fantastic service! Ordered at 11:00 Sunday night- crate sitting in front of my garage door at 3:10 PM Wednesday after a 1200 mile voyage from Chicago to the East Coast.

Unpacked the crate and installed the seat, checked the oil, connected the battery, etc.

Engine started in less than 2 seconds of cranking. I went through all the controls, fwd/rev, fast/slow etc. before entering the grass

I set the mower pan at the highest setting, #6, which was still far too low - nowhere near what I... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Quiet, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
Terry Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
Terry's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"11:00 PM Sunday ordered mower via Internet from Coastal Virginia. 9:15 AM Monday received email saying mower was shipped. 3:10 PM Wednesday, pristine crate was sitting in front of my garage door, 1200 miles away. That is service.."
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Donald B.
Leipsic, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/23/16
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
05
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Performance
Love this mower. Only negative is that it doesn't mow in reverse.
Donald Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
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Max P.
Ooletwah, TN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/3/16
REVIEWED
AUG.
26
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Delivery Of Lawn Tractor
The mower arrived on time. Uncrating the mower took some time as the mower was well secured in the crate. After uncrating the mower I checked the oil and tire pressure. I reduced the tire pressure to 14 in front and 10 in back. Put gas in the tank. When I turned the switch the engine started up quickly. Took the mower for a test run. The mower did a great job cutting the grass. I did a check of the mower to check the grease fittings. No problem there. I then inspected the undercarriage of the... more
Max Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
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George A.
Forest, VA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/25/16
REVIEWED
JUN.
23
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
What A Deal!
A local dealer priced the mower at $200 higher than Mowers Direct, plus shipping and taxes.The total price was close to $400 more than here... Great deal!
George Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
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Nathaniel M.
Milwaukee, WI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/2/16
REVIEWED
JUL.
07
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Love It So Far!
I have used this mower 3 times. So far...so good Came assembled..how ever I still had to install the seat, steering wheel and connect battery. I also purchased the front bumper.Do not purchase mulch kit because mower comes with mulch blades how ever you do need the mulch cover for mulching. This is my second mower purchased from mowers direct(also have a self propelled).
Nathaniel Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
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Peter O.
West Babylon, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/4/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
12 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
02
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
I need a hip replacement and mowing my lawn has become such a chore. I bought this mower specifically to fit thru my gate to get to the front of my house.

I also installed a mulch kit (BTW mower came with the mulch blades on it). This mower is much stronger then my old mower, so it has definitely handled my lawn when it has gotten tall.

Totally happy with it.
Peter Recommends This Husqvarna Mower
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