Husqvarna 7021P Review: Is It Efficient?

The Verdict

A dependable mower to keep lawns pristine, the Husqvarna 7021p lives up to its name of being user-friendly and designed to withstand tough work for a long time. It could be anyone’s next garden best friend if not for the little design flaws such as bag displacement and wheel stability.

Pros

  • expert-style cut
  • powerful Honda engine
  • lightweight and compact design
  • durable make
  • value for money
  • Easy Start feature
  • 3-in-1 disposal options
  • cuts through dense grass well

Cons

  • really loud when operated,
  • wheel instability
  • faulty bag placement

 

Husqvarna is a manufacturer of power tools from Sweden and was established in 1959. Their long years of expertise has made them one of the big names in the industry, having earned trust and respect from consumers. They create mowers and other equipment that provide quality and ergonomics, with models built to last—every gas mower’s steel deck is coated to protect it against corrosion and ensuring longevity. They also manufacture products with the comfort and convenience of the user in mind. Their feature-packed mowers are definitely worth adding to any home’s power tool collection.

Husqvarna’s 7021p lawnmower model is definitely a fan-favourite based on positive reviews. Let’s talk about each quality perimeter and see how this product rates for each one, to see whether it is worth buying for your lawn.

Husqvarna 7021P Review

Performance and Cut Quality

The first thing I look for in a mower is that it performs the job efficiently. I can say that just hearing the fact that Husqvarna 7021p is equipped with a powerful GCV160 600cc Honda engine is enough to excite me about using this product. Surely, my initial use of the lawnmower performed to my liking, granted that my lawn isn’t too big and is well-maintained, with just a few dense spots here and there. This engine would do well on yards of up to 1/3 of an acre, but I don’t think it would show the same prowess for areas larger than this.

This mower works like magic in the smooth lawn, that is a given, but trying it on contoured lawn showed that it can compete with other expensive brands out there. It did a decent job of mowing through uneven land and inclines, which is a plus considering that this machine is lightweight and too small to be called heavy duty.

The Honda engine is to be thanked for this mower’s ability to cut through tough or tall grasses and gives the satisfaction of not having to backtrack quite a few times on a single area just to get a professional-grade cut. If you have a smooth, even lawn, you shouldn’t have any issue with cut quality. To get the most out of it, I suggest overlapping paths so that you get great and even coverage no matter if you only walk through once.

The 7021p gives great justice to its Honda engine, living up to the expectation of it being one of the best engines for lawnmowers in the industry. Mowing takes less effort and less time with this product.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

 

Ease of Use

The very first time I used it I was able to start the engine with just one pull. I am all for lightweight and compact models, and it’s just the right size to pull for someone lithe like me. It is uncomplicated in both function and design, making it a no-fuss machine when operating it. The Honda engine guarantees that it starts with less effort, and I don’t think I’ve ever had to pull more than twice before it would start.

Cold-starting takes a little more work, though. The choke has to be engaged so that it fires up with no hiccups. Don’t worry, since the choke automatically disengages to avoid flooding the engine. I only have a little issue with the handle, which is a bit flimsy for the whole body. I’ve found this issue with the sister brand Poulan Pro. Some of their products make me doubt the longevity of the handle. Although the handle is easy to store and set up, I wish they made it a bit sturdier and foamed.

The rear wheels are big which supports the ease of pushing the mower, and are secured with double bearings to take on tough terrain quite impressively for something so little. However, while you are pushing you might want to bring a pair of earplugs with you because the loud sound from the engine can be really distracting. This mower isn’t friendly to the ears, and your neighbours will definitely notice if you use it in the wee hours.

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Special Features

Other than its powerful Honda GCV160 engine, it also comes with a 21-inch cutting width with a single steel blade that is powder-coated to withstand corrosion and is on a point that it doesn’t need constant sharpening. It is a manual push, pull-cord start that guarantees an easy start and speed control for the user. It also weighs only 66 pounds and is compact in design, making it preferable for consumers who just want to mow their home’s simple front or back lawn.

This mower has a 3-in-1 cutting system-mulching, bagging and side discharge, which is the more complete trio to look out for in a mower. It also has a six-level cutting height adjustment that can cut 1.25 inches to 3.4 inches but can accommodate up to 4 inches when tested as well. Additionally, it has a 0.98-quart gas tank, which spells enough gas without having to refuel for a few rounds.

The mower is a compact model, so it is easily stored, what with its easily collapsible handle. This machine is guaranteed with a 3-year warranty for parts and servicing. The features are on the basic side, but Husqvarna incorporated each feature well and powered them with a capable engine, making the mower’s job more than decent, albeit expected.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

 

Design

As I’ve frequently mentioned, the Husqvarna 7021p is lightweight and compact, which are two strong points when considering to buy this model. This makes it really a breeze to store and saves up space for some of the other power tools on the shed. It also is equipped with a foldable handle that I’m not particularly sold on, but to be fair, it can handle the weight of the mower well, so it’s not that big of an issue when pushing. The setup is easy, too—just unfold the handles and either attach the grass bag tightly for the bagging option.

This is a fuel-type mower, and therefore does not bother with cords that you can accidentally trip over or a battery that runs out when the mower is pushed forcefully. Since I am familiar with gas types, I am pleased with all the things concerning the engine except for its noise which is too loud for my liking.

The wheels are impressive for this model; the rear ones are bigger and provide better traction in uneven ground. Each wheel is secured with dual ball bearings¬¬. The front wheels measure 8 inches, while the back wheels are an impressive 12 inches. This makes all the difference in comfort and functionality when doing the mowing. Be careful about the wheeled mobility though, because it can sometimes be unstable when used.

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Cost Effectiveness

The Honda engine makes a mower typically cost more since it is excellently-rated in the market, but the Husqvarna 7021p is only around $300. This is considerably lower than other mowers of the same specs and engine. Okay, so the 600cc is not as big as I would prefer, it’s not a reason to overlook the mower. Actually, this is the exact reason that this mower has been getting compliments because it’s small but powerful.

The design flaws concerning the bag and the wheels are serious concerns, but overall, it shouldn’t be much of a trouble as long as these are checked before operating the mower. It’s a bit disappointing that Husqvarna overlooks these things, but I could still say that this machine is cost-effective.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

 

Grass Collection and Discharge

Regardless of the issue about the rear bag, the mower collects grass clippings quite nicely and misses only a few particles while rear bagging. The grass bag is an impressive 2-bushel capacity. You don’t need to throw out the contents frequently, because it holds grass clippings really well. It fits clippings from mowing a small to the medium-sized yard.

Now, the mulching is a make or break for me in terms of choosing a mower. For a mower priced like it is, the mulching function is quite efficient, with the grass clippings mulched to a very fine consistency that you barely notice it. I haven’t had problems with clumping, but I did need to clean the single blade only a few times to keep mulching without trouble.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

 

Manoeuvrability

The rear wheels and the double ball bearings that are powered with the Honda engine gives the machine adept manoeuvrability. The wheels are able to roll out smoothly on the lawn, and since it is lightweight then pushing is done with little effort. The rear wheels are also useful for when pivoting in tight spaces and navigating in uneven terrain. Moreover, there are no cords that limit the movement of the mower, so I wasn’t that concerned about running over a power cable that could spell disaster for the machine and outlet. Also, this mower lets you control the speed based on the force you apply to push, so it’s another advantage this mower has.

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Maintenance

The Husqvarna 2071p lawnmower is gas-powered and therefore needs regular servicing to make it last longer and work efficiently every time. The gas tanks should also be emptied when the machine is not used, and fuel shouldn’t be left to stay in the changer for longer than one month. Before storing or using, make it a habit to drain the fuel.

Tune-ups are also necessary for gas mowers. The oil needs to be checked and changed and measured to ensure that the right amount of oil is poured on the machine. The spark plug should also be changed every year or two years, and always use safety gloves when doing it. The blades are made of high-quality steel and I’ve never had issues when it comes to its sharpness, but just to be safe, have it sharpened for when you feel like the cutting quality has diminished. The air filter is also a concern; keep it clean by using a compressor or a soft brush to get rid of debris that may have accumulated over time.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

What’s in the box?

The Husqvarna 7021p package includes one unit of the preassembled mower with a folded handle that only needs to be unfolded before operating it. The rear grass bag is also included, and as well as an instruction manual with all the necessary guidelines inside.

The unit is complete with all the necessary working parts to start mowing, which includes the adjustable handles, the adjustable wheels, Honda engine and carburettor air filter, oil tank and gas chamber, spark plug, rear deflector, and single steel cutting blade.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How heavy is the mower?

A: The Husqvarna 7021p is weighed at 66 pounds, and is considered as a lightweight and compact mower packed with features that are powered with its Honda engine.

Q: What kind of oil should be used?

A: The machine uses a conventional motor oil graded SAE 30W. Synthetic can be used as well. To be safe, Husqvarna has a line of lubricants that are made to complement their machines. Honda also has a line of oil products that would fit their engine as well.

Q: Is it self-propelled?

No, the machine uses manual push to operate. Even if this is not self-propelled, pushing it is no big task because it is lightweight and has big rear wheels for easy manoeuvrability.