Riding Mower Buyer's Guide

Riding Mower Buyer's Guide

How to Pick the Perfect Riding Lawn Mower

Jake, the Lawn Mower Expert
Lawn Mower Expert

You work hard and deserve to be rewarded. So why just mow the lawn when you can ride in luxury and enjoy the summer breeze?

Most people ditch their walk-behind mower for a riding mower not just because they are physically unable or unwilling to push it anymore, but because they want to enjoy the experience of mowing again.

There are two main types of riding lawn mowers:

  • Tractors (includes lawn and garden tractors)
  • Zero turning radius (ZTR) mowers

Each mower type has its own uses and characteristics, so pick the one that works best for your lawn.

RIDING MOWERS Tractors Zero Turn
Lawn Tractor Zero Turn Lawn Mower
Horsepower: 22-25 HP 18-31 HP
Cutting Width: 42 - 54" 42 - 66"
Attachments Yes No
Top Speed: 6 MPH 10 MPH


Lawn and Garden Tractors

Lawn Tractors & Garden TractorsIf 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 for dethatching, snow plowing, and more. Equipped with powerful engines, they have the muscle to accomplish big jobs.

These 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.

Learn More: How to Pick the Perfect Lawn Tractor


Zero Turn Radius Mowers

Toro Zero Turn MowerIf 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 speeds up to 10 mph and can turn on a dime.

Zero turn mowers come in the different grades depending on how heavy duty your application is--mid-grade, semi-pro, and commercial. They also come with lap bar and wheel steering options.

The steering system allows you to make nimble 360 degree turns with ease. Because of their faster speed and improved maneuverability, zero turn mowers will save you the most time while mowing.

Learn More: How to Pick the Perfect Zero Turn Lawn Mower


Mow in Comfort

A riding mower will give you an experience you'll want to enjoy again and again. You'll look forward to mowing your lawn each and every time! 


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