Mid-grade zero turn mowers have larger rear tires, which provide a smoother ride and better traction.
They typically have high-back seats with full spring suspension and adjustable armrests to help reduce fatigue.
Just like a car, a cruise control setting will allow you to maintain a constant speed and improve fuel efficiency.
Mid-Grade zero turn lawn mowers also provide a step-up in performance and comfort features from their entry-level cousins.
Determining Deck Size
How many acres do you need to mow? The answer to this question will help you decide the correct deck size.
2 Acres or Less = 42"-50” Deck
2 + Acres - 50"-61” Deck
If your yard has narrow paths between obstacles, consider getting a smaller 42" deck for better maneuverability.
If you have a large wide-open yard, get a zero turn with a larger deck and you'll complete the job much sooner.
Look for models with a 3-in-1 cutting option. This allows you to switch from side discharge to mulching or even bagging. Other models feature side discharge only.
There are also many models available with 10-gauge welded steel decks. You can get some with mechanical foot lift as well for raising and lowering the mowing deck.
And to make cleanup easy, look for washout ports for easy deck cleaning. These allow you to hook up a hose to your deck and spray it clean with ease.
Steering Wheel Option
For those who aren't comfortable with steering zero-turn mowers with lap bars, there is a steering wheel option. Steering wheel models also benefit from enhanced stability on hills and slopes.
The front wheels on these models are controlled by the steering wheel, unlike traditional zero turn mowers that have caster wheels that move independently.
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 help to prevent 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.