Riding Mowers

Save time and effort with a riding mower or lawn tractor

Mowers - Riding Mowers

Riding mowers and garden tractors enable wide cutting paths, so you can cover more ground quickly and efficiently, and thus reducing the amount of time you spend working on your yard.  

This guide highlights the different types of riding mowers and lawn tractors available, along with engine and safety information.

Types

Consider the size of your yard, the type of transmission you prefer and convenient attachments to make sure you get a riding mower that’s a good fit for your needs.

  • If your yard has slopes, hills and uneven ground, you may want to consider a riding mower with a more powerful engine.
  • Standard tractors are meant to mow large lawns and pull lightweight attachments such as rear baggers and carts. They can also help you seed and fertilize your lawn.
  • Garden tractors are ideal for big yards and heavy-duty tasks as they offer more power with heavy-duty transmissions that can handle attachments like aerators and tillers.
  • Zero-turn riders provide superior maneuverability, speed and control for large, flat lawns. Their dual-lever controls cut lawn maintenance time in half compared to standard tractors.
  • Consider features such as high-backed, adjustable seats, rubber foot pads or floor mats, adjustable motion-control levers and padded steering wheels to increase your comfort.

Yard Size Recommended Solution Cutting Deck Size Features to Consider

1/2 to 3+ Acres

  • Riding mower
  • Lawn tractor

38" to 54"

  • Multiple speeds allow you to adjust for different sections of the yard
  • Lawn tractors mow and assist with other yard maintenance tasks
  • Mulching mowers eliminate the need to clean up grass clippings

1 to 3+ Acres

  • Garden tractor

N/A

  • Can be used to plow and cultivate gardens as well as remove snow
  • Have larger engines and stronger frames to take on heavy-duty work

1 to 3+ Acres

  • Zero-turn

34" and up

  • Zero turning radius riding mowers
    provide more control and increased
    efficiency on large, mostly flat lawns

Engines and Transmissions

Power and performance should be top of mind when considering the engine to power your mower.

  • Consider engines that offer twin cylinders, overhead valve design and precision governor controls to gain smoother operation, higher efficiency and quicker response in high load conditions.
  • Mowers offer different types of transmissions, including hydrostatic, automatic and manual.
  • Manuals require you to shift, while automatic and hydrostatic allow for continuously adjustable speed control without shifting. They also tend to cost less.
  • Automatic and hydrostatic models feature hand or foot operation via a pedal or lever.

Safety Considerations

Make sure you take the following precautions while operating your rider or tractor.

  • Look for mowers that automatically stop the blade from spinning as soon as you stand up to minimize the potential for accidents.
  • Wear ear plugs to protect your hearing while you mow.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing or jewelry that may get tangled in moving parts.
  • Clear debris from your yard prior to mowing to avoid damaging the mower and blades and eliminate possible projectiles.
  • Consider a mower that provides safeguards that must be disengaged before you can mow in reverse, allowing you to pause and check behind you to make sure there are no kids or pets in your path.