Husqvarna Automower 430X review
If you are in search of a stylish, powerful, and efficient robotic mower, there is no better option than Husqvarna Automower 430X. This mower is perfect for lawn owners not willing to settle for anything less than the best.
- The Automower has great looks.
- Powered with smart mowing modes.
- Its mobile app is easy to understand and use.
- It is safe to use.
- The warranty of 2 years on the robotic mower and 1 year on the battery.
- Practically silent in comparison to conventional mowers running on gas or petrol, keeps neighbours happy.
- LED headlights to effortlessly operate during the dark.
- The GPS system is quite effective and advanced.
- Its high price does not attract everyone but qualities and features are worth the price.
- Some people look setting up guide wires as a hassle.
Husqvarna Automower 430x belongs to the brand Husqvarna which holds the title of world’s biggest outdoor products manufacturing company. Husqvarna is expert in manufacturing equipment not only for high-end professionals but also for consumers preferring affordable options. This company’s history of over 325-years in combination with innovative technology is the biggest reason people purchase their products. All their products are made keeping users in mind and their remarkable designs, as well as excellent performance, proves it.
Husqvarna Automower 430X Review
I have used different kinds of rovers, such as manual, electric, and gas-powered, in my lawn and also reviewed most of them for you. Today, I am going to review Husqvarna Automower 430X. At first, it looks stylish and interesting but these are not the only things you should consider before making a purchase, the rower needs to score high on different parameters. So, let’s begin the evaluation:
Performance and Cut Quality
Husqvarna Automower 430X having an electric motor is made to perform. Its Lithium-ion battery provides it with enough power to work for 135 minutes. This is something you won’t find easily in other robotic mowers. It performs well on slopes also. Whether it moves up or down the slopes, the cut quality remains intact. The best thing is that it doesn’t cross the boundaries marked with guide wires. I have often seen other robotic mowers cross the horizontally set guide wires while coming down the slope. This happens because of a design flaw and thankfully, 430X doesn’t have this design flaw. With a cutting range of 0.8” – 2.5”, you can clip the grass up to 2.5” from the top and if required, it can trim more in the second trip. Not to mention, it doesn’t leave an inch of the garden unattended.
Ease of Use
It scores high in Ease-of-Use parameter, just remember setting it up takes a little time. First, you should draw the sketch of your garden’s area where you want this Automower to perform. Second, decide where to put the charging station (it should be a flat surface, near the power outlet). Remember the path Automower should take to come to charging station needs to be clear. Then, lay the guide wire so that Automower can know its limits. Though laying the wire is not at all a hectic task but if you still find it time-consuming, hire someone to do it for you. It allows you to easily adjust the cut height from 20 mm to 60 mm by touching a button. It is best suitable for lawns with area up to 0.8 acres. However, this process is nothing in comparison to difficulties faced while mowing with other kinds of mowers and during the rainy reason.
Husqvarna Automower 430X has many special features. The first one is its advanced GPS System with which it creates your lawn area’s map (yes, including the docking station and perimeter wire). This helps it in leaving the already mowed area of your garden and focus on the remaining part. Another special feature is spot cutting that is for the little overgrown area. Once this feature is activated, it mows in a spiral manner. All its power is focused on the overgrown area so that grass is cut evenly, equivalent to other parts of your lawn. Other special features of Automower are Husqvarna App (that helps you control your mower without actually being present there), sensors (lift, tilt, and bump), built-in security system (PIN and alarm), app alerts, availability of two guide wires, and weather timer.
The design of Husqvarna Automower 430X is the result of 20 years of experience. It looks elegant and stylish, exactly as expected from a robot in around $2,699.95. It has a waterproof LCD display and you will find buttons behind the big orange coloured emergency break. Remember, they are hidden below a cover. It is also designed to perform consistently in all kinds of weather. I have seen that in winter and rainy season, conventional mower’s electrical parts malfunctions but this is not the case with Automower 430X as its tough and robust exterior helps it withstand challenging weather. Also, it has LED headlights which give it better control and visibility when it is dark. After unboxing, you don’t need to do anything with this device as it comes pre-installed. Yes, setting up guide wires, charging station, and other things might take between 2-5 hours but this is nothing for the comfort you will get.
Seeing its price, you will understand that it is a high-end robotic mower but being costly does not restrict it from being cost-effective. Because of its efficient motor and Lithium-ion battery, it can mow your lawn for 135 minutes whereas other mowers belonging to this category works for less time. This difference helps you save big in the long run. Moreover, it being electric does not use any gasoline or petrol so you will save all that money. If you have a traditional mower and someone is paid to mow your lawn, Husqvarna Automower 430X will help you save that money also. At last, I would like to say that its functions like mulching prevent you from investing in costly fertilizers.
Grass collection and discharge
Husqvarna Automower 430X clips the grass into small pieces and drops them to the soil’s bottom, you hardly see them. This abandons the need for collecting the grass clippings into a bag or side discharging them. The tiny clippings further decompose into your lawn’s ground and convert into mulch or natural fertilizer, passing nutrients to the soil and making it healthier and moister. When it mows your lawn, you will find that no clumps of grass are left which means that you don’t need to rake. Its biggest advantage is the technology that decides the mowing amount according to the growth rate of your lawn. It means this Automower gets proper guidance while mowing through narrow passages and spot mowing is automatically enabled in areas with long grass.
When it comes to the manoeuvrability of Husqvarna Automower 430X, I want to tell you that it tops the list. With dimensions of 28.4 x 22 x 12.1 inches and weighing just 29.1 pounds, this mower can easily move anywhere in your lawn. Its wheels are specially designed to sustain tougher conditions. I found the wheels of this model are bigger than most other mowers from Husqvarna. Moreover, they are course-treaded to provide perfect traction. Because of this quality, it moves perfectly not only on flat terrains but slopes as well. On slopes, it easily travels up to 240 upwards and moves down with the same ease. When you are afraid of using lawnmowers in wet weather or on complex gardens, this is the perfect mower for such conditions.
I would say that the low maintenance cost of this mower is a big positive. Suppose that your lawn is 800 m2 and your total usage of this Automower in one year comes to 6 months, then you don’t need to replace the battery for 2-4 seasons. Another concern related to maintenance is the life of blades. To be true the life of blades depends upon the quality of grass and soil but it is usually seen that on a 1000 m2 yard, blades easily lasts for 1-2 months (when used regularly). Changing the blade in Husqvarna Automower 430X is very easy and quick. You just need a simple screwdriver and 4-5 minutes to change the blade. Some other basic maintenance activities involve cleaning, wiping it after every use and storing it in a dry, frost-free place when not using it during any season.
What is in the box?
When you open the box of Husqvarna Automower 430X, you will find the following components inside it:
- Automower – 1
- Power cable – 1
- Charging station – 1
- User Manual – 1
- Warranty Card – 1
- Alarm stickers – 1
- Wire label stickers – 1
- Plastic Screws – 5
Note that installation materials such as cramps, loop/ guide wires, splicers, and connectors do not come with the package. You have to purchase them separately.
Some common FAQs
What kind of wires should I choose to install around my lawn?
You need to install low voltage guide wires around your lawn.
Does the mower have multi-zone capability?
Yes, it has a multi-zone capability. It can effortlessly cross over different sections of the yard.
Will the mower cross over concrete?
Yes, it easily crosses over concrete.
What happens when the mower gets stuck?
In such a case, this mower automatically stops and send you an alert regarding the issue. Then, you can take the help of the auto-connect app to find out what is wrong.
Will it be able to cut weeds?
It is not the best mower to deal with weeds.