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Riding Lawn Mowers

If you have a wide open yard then looking at the vast selection of Riding Lawn Mowers might be right up your alley.


A riding lawn mower, sometimes called a lawn tractor, is considered an alternative type of lawn mower. That is because the machine is usually used for mowing about half an acre of land or larger, where push lawn mowers could be too tedious to utilize considering the lawn area. The riding lawn mower is practical, convenient and highly useful for wide open lawn areas. The use of the equipment is time-saving and facilitates attractive and ideal cuts of lawn, especially when you are very meticulous about the length of cut.

Ambitious homeowners and expert landscapers are the usual buyers of riding mowers. They often have a wide area of yard to mow. Because of that, using a riding mower could logically facilitate indispensable saving of labor and time. Imagine how long it could take if a small and push mower will be used instead.

Types of Riding Lawn Mowers

In a riding lawn mower, the operator is given a seat with necessary controls of the machine. You are basically ride on the mower and drive it like a small tractor. There are horizontal rotating multiple blades beneath the special vehicle to facilitate even and ideal cutting of grass. The most common kind of riding lawn mower is the lawn tractor. Ride-on mowers often resemble small agricultural tractors, which have cutting decks that are located amid the machine between the rear and front axles. The other type of mower you can ride would be the zero turn variety.

The drives of riding mowers are often categorized into several vehicle drive types. The most popular transmission used is manual transmission. An alternative is the continuously variable transmission or hydrostatic transmission. These take few forms, like pumps that drive separate motors. In comparison, manual transmission riding lawn mowers are more affordable and practical than hydrostatic transmission mowers, which are in turn easier to utilize and could transmit higher torque to the vehicles' wheels.

The electric riding lawn mower is also gaining popularity these days. However, the electric types are the most expensive, perhaps because the technology is still new. Many users also complain about the high consumption of electricity to operate one. However, environmentally-conscious users rave about electric riding mowers' features that do not contribute to air pollution. Right now, developers are still working on how they could integrate electric features into the conventional types and how costs of modern ride-on mowers could be effectively lowered.

Buying Ride-on Mowers

If you are aiming to acquire a riding lawn mower, be guided by the following procedures on how the purchase can be made more practical and effective. To begin with, make a checklist with your required and ideal standards for engine power, cutting width, turning radius, speed, fuel and of course, price tag.

1. Seek a ride-on mower with a 38-inch to 42-inch deck. Take note that deck size pertains to the lawn mower blade size. Remember that the bigger the deck, the wider is the cutting area that means it's faster to get a job done.

2. When choosing a deck size, also consider the obstacles that are found in the yard or lawn area. Wider decks are ideal, but are not recommended if there will be a need to go back and forth.

3. Lawn tractors can have engines that are mounted at the rear or at the front. Each are good depending on your usage of the mower. Rear engine types are usually give better front visibility, whereas front-engine types are usually the more powerful riding lawn tractors.

4. Take note of the speed controls. Look for machines with good clutch-brake and gear level combination. There are also ideal foot-pedal controls and hydrostatic drives without a clutch. However, be advised that easier-to-use hydrostatic drives cost $200 to $500 more.

5. Secure the best warranty available. You would not want to have headaches in case there will be problems with the machine. Ride-on mowers are said to have the worst reliability records compared to all vehicles and major appliances.

Typical riding mowers cost around $800 to $3,000, depending on the brand and type. When buying one, also make sure you have a garage or room where you could securely store the ride-on machine.


Riding Lawn Mower Reviews

Walker Super B Lawn Tractor - The Walker Super B is a good "bang for the buck" commercial mower. If you are starting a business, check out this quality lawn tractor.

Walker Model B Lawn Tractor - has been remodeled so it can be more economical for the home buyer that does not usually need the grass catching feature.

Walker Model S Lawn Tractor - this lawn tractor does not have the same specs as the higher end models; however, it does offer some good features for the price.

John Deere 100 Series Lawn Tractor - These low end John Deere Tractors are not low end on performance. The John Deere 100 Series of lawn tractors can handle anything that you throw at them!

John Deere X300 Lawn Tractor - This is an excellent tractor for anyone who might have more than just a little lawn work to do.

John Deere X320 Lawn Tractor - The John Deere x320 has it all when it comes to finding a tractor that is built in order to work their butt off for you.

John Deere X324 Lawn Tractor - The x324 lawn tractor builds on the quality of the x320 tractor with a tighter turning radius!

John Deere X500 Lawn Tractor - If you need a heavy duty tractor mower, that is going to be able to last for years without any problems or glitches.

John Deere X700 Lawn Tractor - If you want a workhorse then the x700 Tractor simply cannot be beat!

John Deere X749 Lawn Tractor - The x749 tractor is powerful and fuel efficient. Not only can this beast handle commercial use, it is great for larger residential use.

Simplicity Broadmoor Lawn Tractor - This tractor comes in a few varieties that vary according to your needs. In general, a basic Broadmoor model will be able to handle most everyday jobs just fine.

Simplicity Coronet Lawn Tractor - Do not be fooled by the appearance of this tractor. Although it may look small, and actually is rather small compared to most, it does a big job.

Simplicity Legacy XL Lawn Tractor - Although this model was made to work exquisitely with front attachments, there are many options for the back attachments as well. They work excellent and are readily available.

Simplicity Prestige Lawn Tractor - If there is a knock against this tractor is that you have to add the mower as an attachment. Just be warned that the list price does not include the $1100 to $1200 you will need to actually use this product to mow your lawn.

Simplicity Regent Lawn Tractor - The Simplicity Regent is not only built tough, but has a great outward appearance as well. You will want to highly consider this tractor.

Toro LX426 Lawn Tractor - The Toro LX426 lawn tractor can be equipped with so many attachments, you can use it all year round to not only maintain your lawn but to plow snow and many other uses!


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