Husqvarna R152SV

We thought we had seen all the comfort an operator could want with the Etesia and Viking mowers, but a day later we look at this Husqvarna and have to review our thinking. Beyond doubt, Husqvarna has worked hard on the comfort factors.
The R152SV has several unusual features. First we notice the shape of the handlebar, which curves gently upwards and slightly away from the operator. This gives you a feeling of being part of the machine. The controls are simple and well grouped.
A blue lever controls the forward speed of the mower. There are no gears to select. This machine has infinitely variable speed, making it easy to adjust speed of travel to the conditions. Husqvarna calls it the Auto Walk system. It’s stepless and smooth.
Starting the mower is also easy. The R152SV has an automatic choke and the pull cord requires only a gentle tug to fire up the engine. But one of the key features of this machine is that options come as standard.
The R152SV is one of Husqvarna’s TrioClip mowers. At first, we choose to use it in mulching mode by removing the grass bag and external chute. The BioClip blade is already in place and has extra cutting edges set in from the primary cutting edges to re-cut the clippings several times before depositing them into the sward. An insert allows grass to be cut and dropped. Replacing the chute and 75-litre bag gives White the opportunity to cut and collect.
With a 5.5hp Honda GCV160 OHC engine on board, there is plenty of power for driving and cutting. A good walking pace and the 53cm cutting width combine to give the productivity needed for large lawns, and the quality of cut won’t disappoint.
But the R152SV has one other nifty trick. If storage or transport space is precious, check out the way this machine stows. The handles fold like a Z-bed and sit over the mower to give a compact unit that will easily fit in the boot of a car.
With steel deck, rubber tyres and robust double ball bearings, we reckon it should prove a good investment, especially at a mere £425.52 ex VAT.

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