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Rider on the Storm
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Well, here it is! It finally arrived and went on its maiden voyage. It gave a really smooth cut and had plenty of power to spare!! :bananapow

It's an awesome machine. I think it's too early to give it a fair review, but so far, I'm very pleased with it's performance, and I'm wondering how I would have mowed some of the tight, difficult, or sloping areas that were a breeze with this AWD Swedish rider. The deck service position is also awesome! Very easy to flip it up and hose it down after mowing the grass. Makes blade inspection/servicing a breeze as well. It has lots of power, didn't slip or lose traction once, and really bit down and climbed my hills without complaining.

Once I've had it a while I'll post a full review, but for now I thought I'd share some pics. Enjoy!
 

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Awesome!

I thought you were looking at a GT, when did you change your mind? I saw these in a Husqvarna catalog and frankly I thought they were some neat. If I may, how much did she run you?

Very nice machine, I love the attatchments available for them.
 

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Awesome!

I thought you were looking at a GT, when did you change your mind? I saw these in a Husqvarna catalog and frankly I thought they were some neat. If I may, how much did she run you?

Very nice machine, I love the attatchments available for them.
I originally wanted the GTH24V52LS, but it kept getting backordered and appeared that I would never get it. Ironically, dealer found one at another dealership that could be transfered just as I changed my order to the AWD Swedish Rider. I'm glad I got this Rider though... it's a great machine.

Final price was $4950 + tax including the Combi 103 deck upgrade. List price for the stock R322T AWD Rider with the standard 48" side discharge deck is $5200. Not cheap by any means, but after using it yesterday, I'm glad I bought it. It's fun to drive and as you said, the attachments make it a really versatile machine. I'm hoping for many years of problem free service. First service visit for this model is at 8 hours- all fluids must be changed and synchronization of front and rear wheels must be verified for warranty purposes. It won't take too long to get to that usage mark... I would have been out there longer but I think my wife was getting somewhat annoyed that I was trying to find places to mow.. ;):ROF
 

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Wow! .. looks great .. now put away that push mower!

Did you have a test drive before purchase? How does it handle? Looking forward to a full review.:thThumbsU
 

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Wow! .. looks great .. now put away that push mower!

Did you have a test drive before purchase? How does it handle? Looking forward to a full review.:thThumbsU
I didn't get to test it at my property, but the dealer had some steep hills that mimic mine, and so I tested it there. It was very impressive. I also tested a JD x500 again, as it's in the same general price ballpark and has a diff. locking rear end. It was impressive as well, but the JD dealers didn't want to compete against the R322T's price even though it's late in the mowing season. I'm glad I bought this Rider anyway... now that I've used it in my yard, it has many clear advantages over the x500 with regards to nimble operation and AWD.

As far as handling, it basically steers like a forklift. The wheels in the front remain fixed, and the rears move to steer the unit. It makes it very nimble without sacrificing power. It didn't take long to get used to... but in all fairness I was a forklift driver for quite a few years in my younger days, so that probably didn't hurt.. ;)
 

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Well you certainly did your homework before purchase. I noticed that you mention a full fluid change .. have you thought about putting synthetic fluid in the tranny? Don't know whats in there or if these things need a break-in period .. thought I mention it.

Anyway hope you have many years of safe and trouble free mowing.
 

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Jim,
The height of front wheels of the deck does not appear to be adjustible. Is the deck fully floating then?

It appears you have significant overlap between blades there. I'll bet that does leave one fine cut. And as you mention, that has to be the easiest to clean deck I've ever seen.

I wonder why they put the fuel tank on the forward section, instead of over or around the engine?
 

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Jim,
The height of front wheels of the deck does not appear to be adjustible. Is the deck fully floating then?
Yes it is! The large handle with the button on top that I posted a pic of engages the deck and blades. There are 10 height settings on the smaller lever, and the large lever is used to lower the deck. Once lowered, the blades automatically engage and begin to spin. The handle will literally bob up and down depending on the ground... it will float as needed to keep contact with the ground. If there is a rock or other object, I can pick up the handle to raise and disengage the blades, then just lower it to be back to cutting the lawn. Very good design!

It appears you have significant overlap between blades there. I'll bet that does leave one fine cut. And as you mention, that has to be the easiest to clean deck I've ever seen.
The blades to overlap, and the deck is REALLY simple to clean. There are only a couple of steps to putting the deck in the service position. It takes all of 30 seconds really, and then once hosed off, 30 seconds to put back in service. That should make attachment switching quick and painless as well.

I wonder why they put the fuel tank on the forward section, instead of over or around the engine?
No idea on that one. It's not in the way where it is actually, and it's easy to see if the machine is low on fuel. It holds about 3.5 gallons of fuel.
 

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Sweet looking ride and what size deck is it? slkpk
 

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Sweet looking ride and what size deck is it? slkpk
:thanku:
Deck is the Combi 103, which is 103 centimeters (about 41"). The R322T can take 3 decks: standard 48" side discharge, Combi 103, and Combi 112. The Combi decks have the removable BioClip mulch plug built into the design-they are primarily mulching decks with the option for rear discharge. I upgraded to the Combi 103 because I primarily mulch, it's small with no chute on the side so it's really nimble, and if I ever use rear discharge, I can buy the rear collector that is the Rider's version of a bagging system:

http://www.husqvarna.com/uk/accessories/product-accessories/rider-accessories/sweeper-collector/

Plus the 48" side discharge deck shoots out the grass, making a mess on driveways and sidewalks, and would have required a mulching kit anyway.
 

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I noticed that you mention a full fluid change .. have you thought about putting synthetic fluid in the tranny? Don't know whats in there or if these things need a break-in period .. thought I mention it.
I checked the manual:
Rider 322T AWD:
Fill if necessary with oil Synthetic 10W/50
The oil and filter should be changed by an authorised service representative, as described in the Workshop Manual.
So synthetic it is! :thThumbsU
 

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Lucky you! I've been waiting for my 322T Rider, with 103 Combi deck, since May! The tractor arrived at the dealer mid July(!) after a long wait without the deck. Then Husqvarna said the deck would not show up until mid August. Here I sit still waiting. I'm getting rather annoyed at Husqvarna - and nothing seems to speed them up at all. Since their web site said all of this was available at the beginning of the year there is NO excuse for the huge delays. If there was anyone else who could match the rider in usability I'd be GONE from Husqvarna by now. It's a shame. I have a lot of hilly area that the Rider should work well on. I test rode the 220 at the dealership and was amazed how well it did on slopes and hills. Like you, I also wanted the Combi deck because I plan to pull a sweeper and the side discharge would not work for that. Also, the smaller the deck should do better swinging around tight spaces and it's less weight for the hilly areas. It really is unique mower - though pricey. Too bad Husqvarna is pathetic in getting product to a customer - money in hand. I'll probably spend another weekend grinding my bad knee down thanks to Husqvarna. Sigh.
 

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Lucky you! I've been waiting for my 322T Rider, with 103 Combi deck, since May! The tractor arrived at the dealer mid July(!) after a long wait without the deck. Then Husqvarna said the deck would not show up until mid August. Here I sit still waiting. I'm getting rather annoyed at Husqvarna - and nothing seems to speed them up at all. Since their web site said all of this was available at the beginning of the year there is NO excuse for the huge delays. If there was anyone else who could match the rider in usability I'd be GONE from Husqvarna by now. It's a shame. I have a lot of hilly area that the Rider should work well on. I test rode the 220 at the dealership and was amazed how well it did on slopes and hills. Like you, I also wanted the Combi deck because I plan to pull a sweeper and the side discharge would not work for that. Also, the smaller the deck should do better swinging around tight spaces and it's less weight for the hilly areas. It really is unique mower - though pricey. Too bad Husqvarna is pathetic in getting product to a customer - money in hand. I'll probably spend another weekend grinding my bad knee down thanks to Husqvarna. Sigh.
Hmmm... that is odd. Dealer ordered my R322T AWD in early August and it came in with Combi 103 deck in less than a week's time (6 days I think). Another dealer locally has 2 of the 322T models in stock, ready for same day delivery. not sure why you are having difficulties... maybe dealer issues?? I don't think Husqvarna has issues with backorders on these... I had no problems getting mine.
 

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Jim,
The height of front wheels of the deck does not appear to be adjustible. Is the deck fully floating then?

It appears you have significant overlap between blades there. I'll bet that does leave one fine cut. And as you mention, that has to be the easiest to clean deck I've ever seen.

I wonder why they put the fuel tank on the forward section, instead of over or around the engine?
My guess would be they put the fuel tank where they did to disperse the weight of the machine better so the it wouldn't be so rear-end heavy which could lead to tipping over on an incline....just a thought.
 

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Well, here it is! It finally arrived and went on its maiden voyage. It gave a really smooth cut and had plenty of power to spare!! :bananapow

It's an awesome machine. I think it's too early to give it a fair review, but so far, I'm very pleased with it's performance, and I'm wondering how I would have mowed some of the tight, difficult, or sloping areas that were a breeze with this AWD Swedish rider. The deck service position is also awesome! Very easy to flip it up and hose it down after mowing the grass. Makes blade inspection/servicing a breeze as well. It has lots of power, didn't slip or lose traction once, and really bit down and climbed my hills without complaining.

Once I've had it a while I'll post a full review, but for now I thought I'd share some pics. Enjoy!
I must say that thing is pretty neat looking!
 

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I must say that thing is pretty neat looking!
:thanku: It sure does break with the traditional "tractor look" that the US market is most familiar with. Th appearance and style of the Riders wasn't an immediate hit with me at first, but it quickly grew on me and everyone who has seen it has commented that it looks pretty sweet! :thThumbsU
 

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:thanku: It sure does break with the traditional "tractor look" that the US market is most familiar with. Th appearance and style of the Riders wasn't an immediate hit with me at first, but it quickly grew on me and everyone who has seen it has commented that it looks pretty sweet! :thThumbsU
I'll bet that's nice around tight spaces! Is that full time AWD?
 

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I'll bet that's nice around tight spaces! Is that full time AWD?
It's awesome in tight spaces. At full lock, it will leave a tiny circle of uncut grass. It's practically zero turn capable. And yes, it's full time AWD. It has 2 transmissions that have fluid supplied by a common gearbox that is located under the engine. I've felt the AWD shift power going up my hills a few times... it is a huge benefit. Both axles require full synthetic 10W-50 oil... which is relatively tough to find here in the states.
 

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alright when is it going to finally snow this year? we need some action shots on the driveway!
how steep is it?
 

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alright when is it going to finally snow this year? we need some action shots on the driveway!
how steep is it?
I have a large flat section, and one steep part that is 9 degrees (~16.5% slope) up to the road. If we get some snow, I'd like to get a short video of it in action.
 
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