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ENTRY-LEVEL ZERO TURN BUYER'S GUIDE: How to Buy a Small Zero Turning Radius Lawn Mower. Mowers Direct product experts offer tips on what to consider when buying a small zero turn mower.

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Entry-Level ZTR Lawn Mowers

How to Pick the Perfect Entry-Level Zero Turn

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Entry-Level ZTR Lawn Mowers

Entry-level zero turn mowers devour sprawling expanses of turf without breaking the bank.

More importantly, they maneuver around obstacles - like trees, shrubs and flower beds - much easier than a lawn or garden tractor.

There are two important considerations when shopping for an entry-level zero turn mower:

ZTR Cutting Deck
How Big is Your Yard?
This will determine how large of a cutting deck you'll need. Deck size refers to the width of the cut. The wider the cutting deck, the faster you will be able to mow your lawn.

Up to 1 Acre = 34-42 Deck
1-2 Acres = 42-50 Deck
2+ Acres = Not Recommended

Most entry-level zero turn mowers feature smaller, two-blade cutting systems. Yes, they can cut larger properties. However, we recommend upgrading to a mid-grade model instead of investing your entire weekend mowing.

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Distance Between Objects
Sometimes bigger isn't always better. The biggest challenge for a zero turn mower is fitting through narrow spaces.

If you have a forest of closely knit trees or small gates, we recommend measuring the distance between the tightest objects to ensure your zero turn will actually fit.

Steering Wheel Option
Zero Turn Steering Wheel
For those who aren't comfortable with steering zero-turn mowers with lap bars, there is a steering wheel option.

The steering wheel works just like a tractor's, and it has an adjustable column. This more familiar steering method will allow you to easily adapt to your zero-turn mower, and will provide better stability and less turf scalping.

Although the steering is different than the traditional zero-turns' lap bar design, you still get the benefit of turning on a dime.

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