When to Purchase a Ride-On Lawn Mower

When to Purchase a Ride-On Lawn Mower

Many people make the decision to purchase a ride-on lawn mower when they unable to physically handle a walk-behind mower anymore; or they have such a large area to mow that a ride-on lawn mower is just more practical.

As always, you should do your research. Property size and the price you can afford for a mower will be the final determining factor, but there are a number of things to consider.

Are you dealing with a flat property or one with steep hills? Are there multiple trees with low hanging branches or other obstacles you will face on the property?

Ride-on lawn mowers are all powered by four stroke gas engines. These engines vary greatly in size from 8hp to 20 plus hp. Of course the smaller the engine,  the smaller the decks size (the part of the mower that holds the attached blades in position while the mower is moving over the lawn).

You can purchase a Ride-on Lawn Mower in three styles: rear engine riding mowers, lawn & garden tractors, and zero turning radius (ZTR) lawn mowers.

They all have different attributes, so pick the one that works best for you and your lawn.

If you want a relaxing, easy, comfortable mowing experience, then consider a rear engine rider.

Due to their smaller cutting decks, rear riders 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 aren’t designed to pull heavy attachments, and their maximum speed is 5 mph. Non-commercial riding lawn mowers will start in the $1000 dollar range for a 10 hp mower. A good rule of thumb for pricing home owner brands is $100 per hp. making 12hp $1200. Commercial ride-on mowers will run $300 per 10 HP

If you want more than just mowing, then lawn tractors and garden tractors are for you.

Tractors are built to be work-horses all over your property and will haul heavy attachments. Equipped with more powerful engines, they have the muscle to accomplish big jobs.

These are big and strong, but not the fastest or  most agile machines. If you’re looking for high-speeds or your yard has lots of obstacles, tractors won’t be your best choice.

Zero turn mowers are high-performance mowers. They can 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 a great deal of mowing time.

Don’t forget, if you find that the mower you require to do the job is above your budget there are always used mowers available.

Do remember though, you get what you pay for. There is definitely something to be said for having a warranty and support if you need help, when you buy a new ride-on mower.