Riding Lawn Mowers are an ideal choice for large lawn properties. If your garden measures more than 3/4 of an acre, consider investing in a riding mower as this will save you time and effort.
Riding lawn mowers come in three forms: Rear engine riding mowers, Lawn tractors, and Zero-Turn lawn mowers. All three models share a common similarity – their controls are located at the top of the deck, and so you sit on top of the mower, ride it around while it cuts grass.
But there are also some differences among the three. Especially the power they produce, their sizes, and also performance. Rear engine riders have their engines located at the back, are smaller, and less powerful. Lawn tractors are bigger and possess the power to pull attachments like carts and spreaders.
Zero turn mowers, on the other hand, come with a slightly different design. They feature two steering levers to control each of the rear wheels and allow a full 360-degree turning ability for optimum maneuvering.
A few things to bear in mind when shopping for riding lawn mowers
The size and nature of your property are a big factor here since all three configurations are intended to handle the different demands of your specific yard. If your lawn is medium-sized (around an acre) with narrow spaces, a rear engine rider might be adequate. For larger lawns, though, with few obstacles, go for lawn tractors. Zero turn lawn mowers, on the other hand, are the best option if your property is big and contains many barriers to maneuver around.
When considering the engine, don’t only focus on the engine power. Also, look at other features like the cooling system, the presence of an oil filtering system, air filters, number of cylinders, etc. These contribute to the lifetime of the engine and overall performance.
Whichever model you settle for, you’ll want something that’s easy to handle. If you are ordering from a store, try out the mower to find out how easy it is to use the controls.
If you are buying online, do some investigations and read customer reviews to understand the features and how easy it is to make use of those features.
Again this will be mainly influenced by the size of your lawn. Riding lawn mowers come with varying deck sizes typically ranging from 27 inches for rear engine riders to as wide as 64 inches for some tractors and zero-turn mowers. A wider deck will significantly reduce the amount of time spent mowing big yards.
What else do you want your mower to do?
Many riding lawn mowers come with add-on features such as tow behind sweepers to clean debris left on your lawn, aerators for aerating your lawn, spreaders for tasks like fertilizing, carts to move items around your lawn, snow blowers, etc.
Rear Engine Riding Mowers
Rear engine riding mowers are an excellent alternative for the homeowner with a medium-sized garden – measuring about 1/2 an acre to 1 acre. They’re cheaper and smaller than lawn tractors. They also require less storage space.
These riding lawn mowers are typically powered by engines with power ranging between 11.5 to 17.5 HP and can achieve top speeds of 5 mph. Their deck sizes range from 27 to 34 inches. Most models can mulch, bag or side discharge besides cutting grass.
However, their engines are less powerful compared to lawn tractors or zero-turn lawn mowers. This causes them unsuitable for pulling carts and other attachments. And because the weight of the engine is concentrated at the back, going up a slope can make the front wheels lose their grip, to have an effect upon steering performance.
If your lawn is bigger than 3/4 of an acre and you are looking for an efficient all-around solution, you should consider acquiring a lawn tractor. They offer greater power and superior performance compared to rear engine riders. These will cut your lawn quickly and efficiently without sacrificing quality or comfort.
Lawn tractors come with bigger decks ranging from 36 inches to sizes larger than 48 inches. They feature two-blade cutting systems and have enough horsepower to pull light carts or spreaders. They can also be converted to snow plows or snow blowers during winter months.