Husqvarna YTH1848XP

The Husqvarna YTH1848XP garden tractor lawn mower gets it’s power from a twin cylinder Kawasaki engine that pumps out up to 18 hp. This engine uses a full pressure lubrication system and has a spin on oil filter. The engine is started by a 12 volt battery that provides 280 cold cranking amps and is then recharged via a 14 amp alternator. The engine gets it’s fuel from a tank that can hold up to 13.2 liters (3.5 US gallons) of gasoline. This engine powers the mower deck on the YTH1848 XP.

The mower deck has cutting width of 48 inches on the Husqvarna YTH1848 XP. This deck is engaged with an electric PTO and the blades are belt driven. The mower deck operate over 2.5 inches, from a low of 1.5 inches to a high of 4 inches above the ground. On the front of the deck there is a nose roller and on the sides there are gauge wheels/anti scalping wheels. These all work together to keep the deck aligned to the contours of the ground that it’s traveling over. This makes for a very even cut and prevents the blades and deck from cutting or digging into the ground.

For dealing with the grass clippings on the Husqvarna YTH1848XP, there are 3 distinct and different options. The first is to simply throw them out the side of the deck through the plastic discharge chute. Unfortunately though, this means that your lawn is going to look fairly messy and ugly. Another option is to use a mulch plug which turns the clippings into mulch so they rot faster and don’t look so unsightly on your lawn. The last option is to purchase the rear bagger to collect the clippings. Similar models to the Husqvarna YTH1848 XP include the Husqvarna YTH1542XP which is smaller and the Husqvarna YTH2042 which is more powerful but has a smaller mowing deck.

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7 Reviews of the “Husqvarna YTH1848XP”

  1. Bill says:

    I bought this mower new in 2005 to replace a JD STX38. It has been a much better mower than the JD. I have used it to mow the yard, aerate and to cut up leaves, limbs and twigs in natural areas. I pull a 15 gallon sprayer to use along fence line. The mower is not babied and has always hung in there. I have never changed the deck spindles only lubricated them. I have changed the belts only once. I have definitely gotten my money’s worth out of this mower. I believe it has been reliable because I have kept it maintained in accordance to the owner’s manual.

    Year of Manufacture: 2005
    Pros: 1. Reliable.
    2. Build quality.
    3. Plenty of power.
    4. Takes a lot of abuse.
    5. Tight turn radius.
    6. Kawasaki engine.
    Cons: 1. Grass clippings get clogged on deck.
    2. Knob type height adjustment.
    3. Seat cushion came apart from the seat frame. I simply used an industrial adhesive to glue it back on.
    4. Loud.
    Attachments: 1. Mower deck
    2. Trailer
    3. Sprayer
    4. Aerator
    5. Front bumper.
    Modifications: None

  2. Cliff Harbin says:

    No real complaint, I live in a small town and have driven it around because I can, go get lunch, have few beers since it has lights. I sort of feel like one of the characters from the TV series “King of the Hill” all of the guys on the Mike Judge animated series were proud of their lawn tractors and I guess I am. The Husky has never broken down while I was working so thats why I like it. I use a weel chair, Segway and a small electric scooter to get around do to a disability and this tractor allows me to keep maintain two properties.

    Year of Manufacture: 2004
    Pros: Grew up with push mowers and cut a lot of grass, so I’m so pleased I’m not walking. Most of the complaints I’ve read I didn’t really understand. Blows dust? I always cut after rain to solve that. Some one said it wouldnt haul fire wood, well I dont have hills but I use a trailer and haul fire wood all the time. I use the Husqvarna to pick up leaves which it does well with its grass catcher, I empty the catcher at the curb into bags really does well.
    I bought used from dealer with 150 hrs, I now have a total of 265 hrs
    Cons: I have replaced two battries and a set of tires but I’m thinking thats just normal wear, I have not owned a tractor before so I have no reference.
    I replaced the seat as well, the tractor is kept outdoors in complete shade. I had to replace gas tank it was leaking. It is noisy but I figured its a small tractor and didnt expect more.
    Attachments: Grass catcher, barrel that empties into bin, the rubber shield that sourounds the barrel as it enters the bags is falling apart.
    Modifications: I had a trailer hitch fabricated but it appears it already had one, my mistake.

  3. matt hurd says:

    poor .it cost 2500.00 and I should have bought a johndeere

    Year of Manufacture: 2003
    Pros: its a lawn mower
    Cons: at less than 200 hours it has had bent push rods several times ,all tires have been fixed, never has had enough power to mow unless the grass is very short and very dry even then it as a tendency to leave two strips of grass standing even with new blades.
    Attachments: nothing
    Modifications: nothing

  4. keith lacey says:

    It cuts the grass….very disappointed overall though…I had an old 10 horse craftsman for 15 years that cut grass just as well on half the fuel. Cannot be used for anything but mowing on fairly level turf. Doesn’t have the A$% to pull a wagon load of firewood or anything else..just a mower. Generally you could get along with a lot less expense just to cut grass, 18 hp not needed.

    Year of Manufacture: 2010
    Pros: engine seems reliable so far…300 hours
    Cons: Hydrastatic drive was pathetic from day one. Would not pull itself up a steep hill, just whined, no tire spin. Returned to dealer, Zimmermans in Mansfield , Ohio. They cut foot pedal off and repositioned it and welded it back on. Walla..problem it will go uphill but wont back up. Took back to dealer Zimmermans …out of business..Absolutely pathetic..I wouldnt recommend this overpriced piece of garbage to anyone..replaced the battery after the first winter and the fuel pump after 200 hours. Was dumping fuel all over the engine when running.
    Attachments: 48 in. mower deck
    Modifications: dealer modified hydrastat drive pedal to try to correct an obvious factory defective transaxle didnt work. No other modifications done

  5. Trevor says:

    It is a good lawn tractor for the price. If money is no object go to the John Deere dealer and pay through the nose for a John Deere lawn tractor. If you want a quality machine that will get the job done at a reasonable price buy a Husqvarna.

    Year of Manufacture: 2003
    Pros: Nice looking tractor (IMO the newer Husqvarna tractors are UGLY!)

    Reliable Kawasaki Engine

    Very maneuverable

    Easy to use controls

    Does a great job cutting and leaves the yard looking nice

    MUCH better machine than the MTD product it replaced

    MUCH less expensive than a comparable sized John Deere with a

    Kawasaki engine but is almost as good.

    Since Husqvarna builds mowers for Sears so Craftsman blades will fit, as will the Craftsman three bin grass catcher attachment.

    Cons: VERY dusty operation. In dry conditions this machine kicks up more dust than any lawnmower I have ever used

    Three blade cutting deck is very LOUD, you will need ear muffs

    The air filter on the Kawasaki Engine is not big enough to handle the dust this the cutting deck kicks up in dry conditions and it quickly plugs up. (My dad has a Deere with a Kawasaki engine and it has a larger air filter)

    Part of the problem with the air filter is that the machins can suck dust in from around the bottom of the engine. Deere blocks the air except from the top pf the engine which keeps the air filter cleaner.

    Attachments: Front bumper attachment

    Three bin grass catcher attachment

    Modifications: installed a larger fuel filter. The one from the factory was simply too small and was always gettign stopped up after the switch to Ethanol gas.

  6. Dave says:


    Year of Manufacture: 2001
    Pros: This machine is a work horse. All I have had to do is change the oil, fuel filter and blades. I sent it in for belt replacement on its 8th yr. it cuts grass evenly leaving a well manicured lawn. I use it for leaf pick up and as a leaf pile shredder to turn the leaves into fine dust that makes for great mulch. You can easily get 6 hrs of mowing time on one tank. I should see how much a full tank actually lasts. So far my neighbours have all changed their lawn mowers but after 11 yrs it still works well.
    Cons: Blades spin very fast and on a very dry lawn the dust gets on the clothes because the blade cover is not under the carriage like a 2 blade system. So mow after 3 or 4 hrs of watering
    3 blades also create a lot of noise. Need ear muffs

  7. RAY SCHUTT says:


    Attachments: GRASS CUTTING DECK
    Modifications: NONE

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