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Best Riding Mowers, Zero Turn and Lawn Tractors

Choosing a lawn mower can be a very expensive and confusing decision for the average homeowner due to the variety of models available on the market today.

There are various kinds of lawnmowers each meant for different uses depending on the area to be maintained, versatility and brand reliability. We categorize lawn mowers based on these features and list the best options under each category.

A QUICK WORD ABOUT ALTERNATIVE MOWERS

Walk behind push mowers and Robotic mowers for small lawns and urban backyards

Most traditional homeowners with small lawns would choose a walk behind lawnmower for maintaining their lawns. These can be bought for very cheap prices and are usually very fuel efficient.

Husqvarna Robotic Lawn MowerRobotic lawnmowers are meant for the same volume and nature of work as the former, but will take care of your lawn maintenance automatically.

If you have bigger than average growth in your lawn though, it is better to invest in a robotic lawnmower than having to make multiple rounds with a manual walk behind model.

The only downside to owning a robotic lawnmower though are that they can’t handle complex lawn setups and lower reliability on average compared to conventional push mowers. Below is a list of some of the best walk-behind and robotic lawn mowers available in the market today.

A QUICK WORD ABOUT ROBOT MOWERS

• The WORX-WG794 “Landroid” is a preprogrammed robotic lawnmower with an array of sensors that lets it navigate through complex non-plain lawns and return to its base for charging. It’s among the most affordable and reliable robotic mowers on sale now.

However, it cannot handle spaces larger than .25 acres and will need to make multiple rounds if the grass is too thick or tall.

• The Husqvarna “Automower”, is a similar robotic lawnmower as the first option. The Automower though is more durable and can handle inclined yards better.

It can also function in heavy rain and rough terrains something that the Landroid cannot do well.

On the cons side though this one costs almost double of what the Landroid costs.

• The Snapper P2185020 is an affordable and very reliable walk behind mower praised by users for its usability.

Its self-propelled meaning you don’t need to push it around like it’s cheaper cousins, instead you guide it through its path.

The larger rear wheels also mean better maneuverability.

 

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ZERO-TURN-RADIUS LAWNMOWERS

These are contemporary lawnmowers introduced since the late 1980s. They are frequently advertised as helping save lawn mowing time by half compared to other options. ZTR mowers are also preferred by landscaping professionals because of their maneuverability and superior speed going forward.

The smaller front wheels and the rear mounted engines along with large rear wheels help ZTR lawnmowers to navigate tricky terrain, around trees, under bushes etc., with ease.

The downside is that these are not versatile enough as ride mowers with their only function being mowing grass.

Poulan Pro Zero-Turn Mower• The Poulan Pro-P46ZX is among the most reliable zero turn radius lawnmowers right now and the Poulan brand name plays a big role here.

Excellent service, a 10 Year cutting deck warranty and comfortable seating make this a compelling choice.

• The Husqvarna Z200 series is priced higher than the Poulan, but offer higher speeds and a larger cutting deck. Strangely enough though the Husqvarna does not offer reverse mowing with the Poulan Pro does.

You can find the best riding lawn mowers on the market by reading online reviews and customer ratings.

RIDING LAWN MOWERS & GARDEN TRACTORS FOR LARGE LAWNS AND VERSATILITY

Riding lawn mowers and garden tractors are meant for larger lawns. These options offer better capabilities and are highly versatile with modular attachments that will take care of all gardening needs.

There are differences between the two though, regular lawn tractors and mowers are simple, powerful and come with limited attachments capability.

These are great for simple maintenance. Garden tractors on the other hand are technically tractors, with more power, better heavier frames, trailer pulling capabilities and unmatched versatility. These are however more expensive and only make sense if you’re a professional or have a large lawn to maintain.

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• The Troy-Bilt O.H.V Riding lawn-tractor is a simple and affordable option for most people. Its well-built and reliable enough for small-medium sized land owners.

• The Husqvarna-YTA18542 is said to be the best riding lawn-mower on the market now. Its small, powerful and comes fully assembled for the unassuming beginner to start working. It’s also very efficient with the manufacturer claiming mowing figures of up to 2.5 acres per hour.

• The John Deere Garden-Tractor Model-X530 is a true beast among Lawn tractors.

Weighing in at almost 800 lbs., you can mow over any surface with this one without worrying about damaging the tractor. A reinforced frame, 54-inch cutting-deck and the John Deere brand name should be enough to convince anyone to choose it.

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Best Walk-Behind Mowers – Real, Push, and Self-Propelled

What comes to mind when we think about the best walk-behind mowers? Maybe it is efficiency and speed or maybe it dependability and cost. Today we are going to be discussing the best walk-behind mowers- reel, push, and self-propelled and what the differences are.

Remember that it is important to choose the right tool for the job and this includes making sure you have the best walk-behind mower for you.

REEL MOWERS

Reel Mowers, also known as cylinder mowers, utilize a cylindrical body of 3 to 7 blades to cut the grass blades vertically in scissoring action.

reel mowerYou most commonly see these types of mowers on a golf course being towed behind a tractor.

These reel mowers leave behind a a very precise and uniform surface to the grass.

In the push-style reel mowers, there is very little noise generated as these typically are not motorized. By pushing the mower, the wheels directly spin the blades, making this the most eco-friendly style of walk-behind mowers.

Reel mowers should be used in very small, residential applications as they are powered completely by a person manually pushing them across the cutting surface.

PUSH MOWERS

Push mowers are the more conventional style of walk-behind mowers.

These utilize revolving blades, powered by an over-head engine, to cut the grass in a uniform manner as the machine travels over the cutting surface.

gas powered push mowerThese are most commonly seen in use for small residential applications.

Push mowers can come powered by a small internal combustion engine, battery powered, or even as a corded- electric machine.

Typically the blades will be powered but mowers have to be pushed manually across the cutting surface.

Many push mower models offer the user the ability to adjust the cutting height and speed of the blades.

This allows the user to have great control over the appearance of the freshly cut surface.

SELF-PROPELLED

Self-propelled mowers are very similar to the push mowers in their design, however, these mowers offer users a much desired feature.

The motor, in addition to spinning the cutting blades, also rotates the wheels in a forward motion.

The self-propulsion feature helps to eliminate fatigue in the user so this style can be used in a much larger application.

gas powered self-propelled lawn mowerUsers can typically feel comfortable cutting up to 3/4 acre while these mowers do all the work.

While operating a self-propelled mower, the user simply needs to guide its direction.

The walking speed, sitting speed, and cutting height can all be adjusted prior to beginning the grass cutting operation.

Self-propelled mowers can also come in electric, battery, or internal combustion models, however, most experts recommend the gasoline pwered internal combustion motors for this style as they have the best dependibilty and raw power.

RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB

All three of these styles of walk-behind mowers have their merits and each is designed to tackle a very specific type of grass cutting job.
You will have to decide which is the best fit for your application be it precision, a small residential application, or something closer to a full acre.

It is important to choose the right tool or the job as it will pay dividends in the future.

 

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