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BUYER'S GUIDE: Riding lawn mowers come in a variety of styles and sizes. Product experts at offer advice on how to pick the perfect riding lawn mower.

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Riding Mower Buyer's Guide

How to Pick the Perfect Riding Lawn Mower

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Riding Mower Buyer's Guide

Most people ditch their walk-behind mower because they are physically unable or down-right unwilling to push it anymore.

Riding lawn mowers come in three styles: rear engine riding mowers, lawn & garden tractors and zero turning radius (ZTR) lawn mowers.

They all have different attributes so pick the one that works best for your lawn:

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Rear Engine Riding Mowers
Pick the Perfect Rear Engine Riding Mower
If you want a relaxing, easy, comfortable mowing experience, then consider a rear engine rider.

Due to their smaller cutting decks, rear riders are ideal for yards with narrow passes like fence gates. Their low center of gravity makes them very stable while mowing on hills.

Rear engine riders aren't designed to pull heavy attachments, and they won't break any land-speed records at 5 mph.

Lawn & Garden Tractors
Lawn Tractors
If you want more than just mowing, then lawn tractors and garden tractors are for you.

These tractors are built to be work-horses all over your property and haul heavy attachments. Equipped with powerful engines, they have the muscle to accomplish big jobs.

These bad boys are like linemen on a football team. Big and strong, but not the fastest, most agile players. If you're looking for high-speeds or your yard has lots of obstacles, tractors aren't your best bet.

Zero Turn Mowers
Zero Turn Mowers
If tractors are linemen, then zero turn mowers are the running backs and receivers on the team. These high-performance mowers zip around your lawn at 8 mph and can turn on a dime.

Their revolutionary steering system allows you to make nimble 360 degree turns with ease. Zero turn mowers will save you the most time while mowing.

ZTR mowers do not handle well on slopes and can slide because they do not have large, gripping tires.

Transmission Type
It's important to consider what type of transmission you want in your mower.

Manual is very different from automatic, so be sure the mower you select has the transmission type that best suits your style of mowing.

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