You work hard and deserve to be rewarded by riding in the lap of luxury while manicuring the lawn and enjoying 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.
Riding lawn mowers come in three types: rear engine riding mowers, tractors (both lawn and garden tractors), and zero turning radius (ZTR) lawn mowers.
Each mower type has its own uses and characteristics, so pick the one that works best for your lawn. Take a look at the comparison chart below:
Rear Engine Riding Mowers If you want a relaxing, easy, comfortable mowing experience, then consider a rear engine rider.
The smallest mower out of the bunch, their smaller cutting decks are ideal for yards with narrow passes like fence gates. They're a more affordable alternative to tractors and zero-turn mowers, and they take up less space in your garage or shed.
However, rear engine riders are considerably slower and aren't designed to pull attachments. If you have more than a 3/4 acre lot, opt for another mower.
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 speeds up to 8 mph and can turn on a dime.
Their 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.