Choosing a Zero Turn Lawn Mower
One of the greatest inventions in the recent past for lawn care and landscaping is the zero turn riding lawn mower.
These machines allow for a quicker cut time and easy maneuverability due to an ingenious design.
Turning on a Dime
A zero turn mower uses the rear wheels to turn instead of the front, making them a great departure from the traditional riding lawn mowers.
How does this happen?
Usually, each wheel of a zero turn mower is connected to a hydrostatic transmission, a fancy name for a system that uses fluid pressure to restrict and accelerate the turning of a wheel. If one wheel is restricted from moving and the other is accelerated, essentially, the mower turns “on a dime.”
These mowers are quite similar to bulldozers, though instead of a set of two tracks they use two wheels. Comparisons are also made to military tanks, and some commercial zero turn mowers are not far from military grade.
“The Zero Turn Lawn Mower brought we with it many changes to the mower industry, its one of the greatest inventions of mower makers.”
Zero turn mowers are now utilized by everyone from the typical suburbanite to the professional golf course groomer.
Zero turn mowers are often referred to simply as “ZT Mowers”. They come in a variety of different shapes and sizes.
Types of ZT Mowers
They come in a wide variety of sizes and price ranges.
It is almost assured that if you are in the market for a new zero turn mower you will find one that meets your budget, needs, and expectations. Several popular models are made by Cub Cadet, Sears Craftsman, Simplicity, Snapper, Husqvarna, and Ariens.
These zero point mowers range from about $3000-$7000, depending on options, and most offer 18 horsepower motors, a 40-50 inch cutting deck, a 2-3 year warranty, and ground speeds up to seven miles per hour.
Whatever zero turn mower that piques you interest, be warned that you may never return to the tradition riding lawn mower.
More and more people are moving over to the zero turn side, without regret or desire to go back.
Operation of a ZT Mower
Most zero turn mowers are steered via a 2 lever system. One lever is operated by the right hand while the other lever is operated by the left hand.
Automatic pedals like operate like any other automatic vehicle.
However, there are a lot of people who find it too difficult to operate the 2 lever system of a traditional zero turn mower …. so manufacturers took note of this and addressed the problem.
Although traditional zero turn mowers are operated via two levers there are now ZT mowers, offered by Cub Cadet, that are operated via a standard steering wheel.
These Cub Cadet “S” range zero turn mowers offer the same benefits as their level-operated big brothers but with the convenience of a steering wheel.