Riding Lawn Mower Buying Guide

Although we deal mostly with used mowers and the repair of mowers many people want a new machine.

If you are in the market for a new riding mower then no doubt you will want the best riding lawn mower available.

Of course there are expensive riding mowers but before you consider the more expensive options and start looking at the various brands and models there are several factors to consider.

You can get a good riding mower cheaper!

Different Riding Lawn Mower Types

A garden tractor-riding lawn mowerFirst of all not all riding lawn mowers are suited to every type of garden or lawn.

Just as there are differences between walk-behind lawn mowers with push mowers, self-propelled mowers, commercial walk-behind mowers, widecut mowers, stand-on walk -behind mowers and even engine-less reel mowers likewise there are differences between riding lawn mowers.

Likewise some riding mowers have been designed and manufactured to assist commercial users i.e. lawn care specialists, while others are best suited to residential users.

Which Mower is best for the job in hand?

Your mower should suit its job; it should be the right height, weight, width, etc. Consider, for example, the deck. For most jobs in the typical suburban yard a deck 30-40 inches should be sufficient. If you have a large expanse of yard with few obstacles, you may want to consider a deck that is slightly larger.

swisher zero turn riding lawn mowerAnother factor to consider when buying a new riding mower is the motor.

If you intend on cutting high grass or broom sage, you may want to opt for a higher horsepower model as you will need the additional power. Likewise you may need that additional power if your lawn areas have lots of steep inclines and slopes.

If you do not need much power, you can go with the standard or entry-level riding mower.

The position of the motor in the riding lawn mower can also be important.

If the motor is in front, typically, it will give you more power.

If the motor is in the back, you will have better visibility and usually have better traction and be able to tackle steeper inclines.

“If you are into Riding Lawn Mowers than you will need to improve you mower constantly, there are new mower parts that go out on the market solely for that purpose.”

Riding lawn mowers also come with different speed controls. Some mowers come with a clutch, a clutch brake combination, a standard gearshift, or an automatic transmission.

Prices will vary depending on the make and model, but expect to pay a little more for the automatic riding lawn mowers.

Additional Riding Lawn Mower Options

You should also consider adding a few options to your new riding mower. Some mowers can be equipped with automatic mulchers, which chew up the grass clipping and deposit them in a storage bag, which you can later dispose of or broadcast back into your yard, returning important nutrients to your lawn.

A warranty may also prove to be a good idea, especially if you are buying an off-brand riding mower. Compare the warranty to others on similar models to make sure you are not getting the run-around.

Bigger Isn’t Always Better

ryobi riding lawn mowerKeep in mind that just because a riding lawn mower may be expensive that does not mean that is is the best riding lawn mower for your needs!

If you have a 1/2 to 1 acre of lawn then you certainly do not need a $10,000 riding mower; a small entry level mower may be the best riding lawn mower for you.

If you seek advice from a qualified expert and a vendor who is not locked into selling just one brand or one type of model (such as a seller who only offers big zero turn mowers) then a seller with integrity will guide you to the best choice for you when you fully explain your gardening needs.
Zero turn mowers are best suited to people who have a lot of obstacles on their lawn such as trees and flower beds etc.

Lawn tractors are best for those who have steep areas of lawn and large lawn areas that require speed and comfort for the mower operator.

Most of the time, but not all the time, zero turn mowers are a lot more expensive than lawn garden tractors.

Both are great garden tools as there are a ton of accessories and addons you can buy. For example a lawn tractor can be attached to a snow plow and both lawn tractors and zero turn mowers can haul carts.

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