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8 Types of Lawnmowers To Consider Buying In 2022

This article discusses the different types of lawnmowers.

Back in the day, lawnmowers were not so confusing!

There were push and reel mowers.

Nowadays, you can find all sorts including riding mowers, self-propelled, hover, robotic mowers, and more.

But which one is right for you?

That’s what you will discover in this article. Each lawnmower serves a specific purpose, so it’s important to choose the right one.

For the purpose of this article, I will separate each mower into 2 categories: Push mowers and riding mowers.

8 Different Types of Lawn Mowers

1.Push Mowers

Push mowers are the most common type of lawnmower. They are found in most backyards.

Compared to a riding lawn mower, they don’t provide as much comfort. However, gas variations still have enough power to take on large lawns.

Another thing I like about push mowers is most of them come with a grass catcher. This collects all your grass, so you don’t need to remove it from the lawn after mowing.

push mower

In addition, push mowers are more taxing on the body. 

Is this a good thing or a bad thing!? 

I’ll let you answer that one.

Do you enjoy working out!?

2.Riding Lawn Mowers

If you want to step things up a notch, then ride-on mowers are your best friend.

Unlike push mowers, they have a built-in seat. That means you can mow the grass while sipping on your favorite coffee.

Sounds good, huh!?

Not only that, but riding mowers have the most powerful lawnmower engines. That makes them excellent for long thick grass.

People also use them when trying to cover large areas in the shortest time possible. In fact, you’ve probably seen riding mowers cutting large soccer fields.

a riding lawn mower

This is because of the large cutting deck, which cuts mowing time considerably.

If a traditional riding lawn mower doesn’t tickle your fancy, there’s an alternative.

A zero-turn mower.

Zero-turn mowers are similar to riding mowers. However, there are a few key differences.

The most prominent benefit is excellent maneuverability. With zero-turn mowers, you can turn 360 degrees on the spot. 

That means after you’ve mowed a strip of lawn, turning around is a breeze. With traditional riding mowers, you have to spend time lining up your mower with the next strip of grass.

When it comes to riding lawn mowers, you also have to consider whether it’s front or rear-wheel drive.

Rear engine riding mowers have better maneuverability. Plus, you don’t have to deal with breathing in gas fumes, as the engine is positioned behind you.

Front engine mowers tend to have more powerful engines, so they can handle tougher grass. However, breathing gas fumes is unavoidable.

3.Robotic Mowers

A robotic mower is a machine that automates the process of mowing your lawn.

Yes, the robots are taking over!

They typically require little or no input from you after initial setup, and can be programmed to work on a schedule.

There are a few reasons why more people are using robotic mowers. One is that they’re very efficient- they can typically do the job of a human mower in a fraction of the time. 

They’re also low-maintenance, so you don’t have to worry about them getting tired or needing to take breaks. And finally, they’re quiet, so you won’t disturb your neighbors if you decide to use one.

They may not disturb your neighbors, but they will surely get them talking!

4.Reel Mowers

A reel mower is a gardening tool that uses a simple mechanism to cut the grass. It has a cylindrical cutting bar with a series of blades that rotate around it. The blades are usually made of steel or another durable material.

There are a few reasons why people might choose to use a reel mower. First, reel mowers don’t produce any emissions, so they’re environmentally friendly.

Second, they’re quiet, so you can use them in residential areas without disturbing your neighbors. 

Third, they don’t require any gasoline or electricity, so they’re affordable to operate. 

Finally, they’re easy to maintain, so they’re a good choice for people who don’t have a lot of time to spend on yard work.

Reel mowers typically don’t produce as much of a cut as a standard gas-powered mower. 

This is because the blades on a reel mower are much smaller than the blades on a standard mower. 

However, this also means that reel mowers are less likely to damage your grass. 

They’re also easier to push, making them excellent for elderly people.

5.Electric Mowers (Corded)

If I had to choose from the mowers on this list, I would put corded electric mowers at the bottom. 

There are a few reasons for this.

Firstly, the cord is annoying. I can’t remember how many times I’ve been trying to mow the lawn but keep tripping over the cord.

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Secondly, you can’t rely on them for a powerful cut. Most corded electric mowers are designed for beginners and small yards. 

If you need to tackle a larger yard, good luck with that! Heck, the cord won’t even reach the outlet.

And finally, I’ve always found corded electric mowers to stall. As soon as you encounter taller dense grass, they seem to stop working.

And I think I can speak for everybody when I say, “That’s no way to cut the lawn”.

6.Battery-Powered Mowers

Battery-powered mowers are also electric. However, their performance is 10x better than corded mowers (most of the time!).

Not only that, but you don’t have to drag a cord around with one. That alone makes for a much more enjoyable experience.

They also tend to handle grass better. If you splash the cash on an electric mower, it’s unlikely to stall when faced with thick grass.

The only concern I have with battery-powered mowers is the batteries don’t always last. On average, you can expect most batteries to last about 30 minutes.

However, I’ve found a solution.

Rather than purchasing one battery, I recommend getting 2. That way, you can change the battery immediately when it runs out.

The problem? It sets you back more money.

7.Hover Mowers

Hover mowers are not so popular. However, they still do an excellent job at cutting the grass.

But here’s the thing…

They don’t have any wheels.

Strange, right!?

A hover mower works by creating an air cushion between the grass and the cutting deck.

This raises the mower from the floor, so it doesn’t require wheels to move along.

You’re probably wondering…

“Is there any benefit to having no wheels on a mower?”.


No wheels mean you can easily turn hover mowers in any direction. When you finish mowing one strip of lawn, you don’t have to turn the mower around to start the next strip.

This saves you lots of time.

The issue I have with hover mowers is that they are corded.

And as we discussed previously, myself and corded mowers are not good friends.

So you have to ask yourself.

“Is the time saved worth dragging around a cord when mowing the lawn?”.

8.Self Propelled Mowers

The first self-propelled lawn mower was made in 1922. However, it wouldn’t be until years later that they became popular.

Nowadays, a quick Google search will yield thousands of self-propelled lawn mower results.

So, what is a self-propelled lawn mower?

A self-propelled lawn mower moves forward by itself. Unlike a push mower, you don’t need to use your body weight to push it forward.

Kinda like a push mower on steroids.

This is excellent for elderly people who don’t have the strength anymore. My only recommendation is to get one with variable speed control. That way, the lawnmower will match your walking speed.

Without variable speed control, the lawn mower may go too fast for an elderly person.

I know I keep mentioning the elderly.

But self-propelled lawn mowers are used by everybody, not just older people.

With that being said, self-propelled mowers are also great for hills. So, if you’ve got any uneven terrain in your backyard, consider getting one of these bad boys!

What Kind Of Lawn Mower Is The Best?

When comparing all the lawnmowers on this list, it’s hard to choose the best one. Everybody has different needs and wants, so I can’t answer that question.

However, I strongly advise considering a riding lawn mower.

Riding lawnmowers are more powerful and offer superior comfort. And if you’re anything like me – comfort is non-negotiable.

On the flip side, if you want some weekly exercise, standard push mowers are a great choice.

For elderly people, variable-speed self-propelled mowers are great for keeping fit without putting too much stress on the body.


If you’re still struggling to choose from the different types of lawn mowers, gas-powered are always a good choice.

They have been around for years and proven they can get the job done.

On the flip side, battery-powered mowers are newer. Therefore, they don’t have decades of proven reliability behind them.

If you have any questions regarding the types of lawn mowers, get in touch by dropping a comment below. I will be sure to respond.

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How To Make Your Lawn Mower Cut Better (9 Expert Tips)

I’ve used countless lawn mowers throughout my lifetime.

And sometimes they stop functioning without any warning. Other times, they perform poorly for no apparent reason. When this happens, it’s not always difficult to fix.

In fact, most of the time it’s not an issue with the mower itself.

If you have a mower that’s not performing correctly, then you’re in luck. I’ve compiled a list of 9 foolproof ways to make your lawn mower cut better.

At one point or another, I’ve experienced the problems mentioned below.

Let’s get into it.

How To Make Your Lawn Mower Cut Better (9 Foolproof Ways)

1. Make Sure It’s Clean

It’s important to clean your lawn mower regularly. If you don’t, the build-up of lawn diseases can affect grass roots. This means you have to spend additional time fixing the problem. 

Plus, your lawn aesthetics suffer.

In addition, if the blades are not clean, they can rust, which can also affect performance.

man cleaning a lawn mower

Here’s how to clean your mower…

  1. Disconnect the spark plug wire. This will prevent the lawn mower from starting accidentally while you’re cleaning it.
  2. Remove the blades. Some lawn mowers have removable blades, while others require that you take it apart in order to remove the lawn mower blades. If you fall into the latter category, be sure to read the owner’s manual carefully so that you know how to properly disassemble it.
  3. Clean the blades with soapy water. Afterward, you can use a degreaser. There are many commercial degreasers available on the market, or you can use a household cleaner such as WD-40. Applying a degreaser prevents grass from sticking to the blades in the future.
  4. Clean the rest of the lawn mower, especially the underside of the cutting deck. Use a cloth or a brush to wipe down all plastic, metal, and rubber pieces.
  5. Reassemble the parts once everything is dry.

2. Sharpen The Blades

Sharp blades are important because they help you cut the grass more efficiently. A dull blade means you will struggle to cut the grass, which leads to frustration and a slower job.

And who wants that, right!?

An excellent way to know whether your mower blade is dull is to inspect your grass. If the grass blades are brown in color, it means your mower blades need sharpening.

Follow these 8 steps to sharpen your lawnmower blades:

  1. Park the lawn mower on a flat surface
  2. Remove the spark plug wire or cap to avoid accidental starting.
  3. Loosen the blade bolt with a wrench.
  4. Remove the mower blade.
  5. Sharpen the blade using a file
  6. Be sure to sharpen both sides
  7. Reattach the blade and tighten the bolt with a wrench.
  8. Reattach the spark plug wire or cap

To make things easier, I recommend putting the blades in a vice. This helps keep them secure, making your job a lot easier.

3. Slow Down

Mowing the lawn can be a chore, but it’s definitely more enjoyable when you take your time and do it correctly.

When rushing you’re more likely to make mistakes and end up with a less-than-perfect lawn.

man slowly mowing the lawn

And that won’t get the neighbor’s attention, is it!?

Plus, when in a hurry, you’re more likely to get frustrated and angry, which isn’t good for anyone.

So, take your time, relax, and enjoy the process. You’ll end up with a nicer yard and a better attitude.

4. Make Sure It’s Reliable

Choosing a lawn mower is not easy. With many different brands competing for the top spot, it’s hard to determine the best one.

However, rather than judging on a product basis, I like to look at companies. If a specific company has a successful track record, you can be confident purchasing its products.

But that doesn’t help you, does it? You want the best brands on a silver platter, right!?

No problem!

If you’re interested in purchasing an electric mower, I recommend Cub Cadet. They sell everything, from push to riding lawn mowers.

For electric, (insert name) are a great choice. They have been operating for (number) years and are known for being the best.

Another excellent brand is EGO Power. They only sell electric push mowers; however, their reviews speak for themself.

5. Clean The Air Filters

The air filters on your lawn mower help protect the engine by trapping dirt and debris. Over time, this build-up can affect the performance of your mower. It’s important to clean the air filters regularly to ensure optimal performance.

To clean the air filters on your lawn mower, first, remove them from the engine. Vacuum or brush off any dirt or debris.

man cleaning air filters

You can also use a garden hose to rinse them off. Then, reattach the filters and start up the mower.

Because of the improved air filters, your engine will get cleaner air. This results in better performance and additional power.

Great for when your mower feels ’sluggish’.

6. Adjust The Height

The height adjustment on your lawn mower controls the cutting deck. If it’s set too low, the grass will be cut too short and could die. 

If it’s set too high, not enough grass will be removed. I recommend removing about ⅓ off the top.

Of course, this will be more if you’re dealing with an overgrown lawn.

To adjust the height of your lawn mower deck, first, find the height adjustment lever.

You can find this near the front or back of the mower. Then, move the lever to the desired position. 

Some levers have different settings, so you may need to experiment to find the right height for your lawn. 

Refer to the instruction manual if you’re unsure.

Once you’ve found the right height, test it out on a small section of your lawn. Make sure the grass is evenly cut and that there are no signs of damage. 

If you notice any problems, try adjusting the height again.

7. Mulch Your Grass Clippings

Mulching is a great way to improve your lawn’s health. When you mulch your grass clippings, they are recycled back into the soil. 

This helps to improve the soil quality and encourages healthy growth.

healthy grass

Additionally, mulching your grass clippings helps to reduce the amount of time you spend mowing your lawn. 

By mulching your grass clippings, you can reduce the frequency of your mowing by up to 50%. The reason? You won’t have to keep emptying the grass catcher bag.

No wonder it’s one of the most common lawn maintenance tips.

8. Make Sure The Grass Is Dry

It’s important to make sure your grass is dry before cutting.

Wet grass clogs the blades and can cause your lawnmower to overheat. 

This happens they can’t spin properly and the motor has to work harder to move them. 

Also, ‘most’ wet grass is also more difficult to cut.

However, it depends on a number of factors, such as the type of grass, the height of the grass, and the condition of the blades.

However, in general, wet grass is more difficult to cut than dry grass. This is because when the blades are wet, they are heavier and don’t stand up straight. This makes it difficult to get a clean cut.

9.Get A More Powerful Mower

When I first started cutting grass, I used one of the cheap wired mowers.

Wow – feels like a lifetime ago.

Every time I would cut thick dense grass, the lawn mower would stall. Even with shorter grass, it would sometimes happen.

After dealing with this frustration for a long time, I decided it was time for an upgrade. After all, what’s the point of trimming the lawn if your mower stalls every few minutes, huh!?

After careful research, I purchased a gas-powered mower.

And the difference was night and day.

I admit it was more costly, especially with the frequent gas refills. However, I saved a ton of time. Not only that, but I didn’t need to worry about tripping over the wire constantly.

Eventually, I got my hands on a riding lawn mower. And that’s when things really started to change.

a riding lawn mower

It was comfortable, had excellent power, and saved me lots of time.

So, if you have a cheap mower that’s stalling, I recommend upgrading to a better one. It’s going to cost more money at first, but what’s the point in using a cheap lawn mower that can’t do anything?

Should You Mow Your Grass In Different Directions?

Your mowing pattern is a personal choice. Some people believe that this will help to evenly distribute the grass clippings and nutrients across the lawn. Others believe that it is better to mow in the same direction each time.

Ultimately, there is no right or wrong answer. You may want to experiment with different directions to see what works best for your lawn.

If you want my advice, I recommend mowing vertically one week, and horizontally the next.

Wrapping It Up

In this article, we discussed how to improve your mower, so you can cut grass the right way!

We talked about the importance of adjusting the height, mulching your grass clippings, and making sure the grass is dry. 

We also discussed the benefits of getting a more powerful lawnmower. Armed with this information, lawn mowing should be a breeze. However, if you’re still struggling, drop a comment below and I will get back to you.

How To Start A Riding Lawn Mower With A Screwdriver

This article goes into detail about how to start your riding lawnmower with a screwdriver. After a long summer of mowing the lawn, you might be finding that your best riding lawn mower needs a new spark plug. When this happens, it’s not uncommon to find that you don’t have the key on you and can’t start the machine. But there is an easy solution! Worry not – all you’ll need is a screwdriver and some patience to get back up and running in no time at all.

hould be used; where exactly on the engine should it be inserted; why turning it clockwise works better than counterclockwise; how to know when you’re turning it the correct direction or not.

This blog article will provide instructions on how to use a screwdriver in case of an emergency so that your riding lawn mower can be started and continue doing its job! It’s also worth mentioning this is not just limited for people without keys – if you happen to want to just show off your cool lawn mower tricks for your friends, that should be fine too!

Here are the steps to follow on how to start your riding lawn mower with a screwdriver.

Step 1: Disconnecting the power cable:

Put on your hand gloves for safety and protection from any electrical discharge or contact with battery fluid.

Disconnect the power cord by unscrewing it.

Once this has been done, you can now safely handle a disconnected lead-acid lawn mower battery.

Step 2: Remove the Blade

This time, disconnect the Mower’s cutting blade. Place the mower’s brake on and disengage your blades using this cool new little tool that you should use next to never because it can be really dangerous for one reason or another.

Step #3: Inspect the Battery

If the lawn mower is not starting, you might want to check to see if the battery and ignition coils are in the correct place.

Step #4: Locate The Small Box

The spaces between 4 engine blocks are sealed with a metal barrier, meaning that when out in the field you can disconnect any one of these and pull it out to gain access anywhere along the length.

Step #5: Grab Screwdriver

Take the screwdriver and prepare it as a ­bridge to launch the mower.

Step #6: Apply The Screwdriver

Start your riding mower by inserting a screwdriver handle into the starter and pushing it into the solenoid.

Step #7: Connect Starter to the Solenoid

To connect the starter and the ignition, you can use one end of a screwdriver with two tips.

Step #8: Connect Power Cables

Attach the charger’s cable to the battery and then plug in the power cord.

Step #9: Hold The Screwdriver

Hold the screwdriver and plug in and the mower will power on shortly.

Alternative Way to Start your Riding Lawn Mower

Quick pre-flight check! There are a couple of tools required:

  • Hand gloves
  • Flathead screwdriver

If your lawn mower key is missing or broken, you can also turn the engine on using a flat head screwdriver. Follow the steps outlined below to minimize your effort and get the job done faster.

Step #1: Use Screwdriver Instead Of Key

If you need to start your mower without a key, grab your flat head screwdriver.

Step #2: Place Screwdriver Into keyhole

Carefully insert the screwdriver into the keyhole.

Step #3: Rotate Screwdriver Clockwise

Naturally, if you happen to not have a key available, use the screwdriver in your hand to twist and rotate. This may do some damage but it is more important that you avoid breaking the lock on the mower.

Step #4: Wait For the Riding Lawn Mower to Start

Be patient for a moment and the riding lawn mower will start!


Every job has some safety precautions that must be observed.

  1. Only attempt this if you are an adult
  2. Make sure you wear gloves for your hands before handling the mower”s components
  3. Make sure that you unplug the mower cables

The Pros of Using a Screwdriver

  1. Backup plan if you don’t have keys.
  2. Everybody has a screwdriver!
  3. Cheap and avoids a repair or trip to the hardware store.

The Cons of using screwdrivers:

Some metal parts of a screwdriver can cause damage, so that needs to be taken into consideration when using the tool.

Safety tips: 

There are some things one should think about before purchasing and operating a riding mower, including the work that needs to be done in order for it to run smoothly.

  1. Always put the riding lawn mower on a flat surface.
  2. To clean the main pieces of a riding lawn mower, start by taking off all your outer covers.
  3. Next, use some water and soap to remove all the dirt from the motor housing of the machine.
  4. Protect your riding lawn mower from the elements by storing it in an enclosed room or garage.
  5. With safe and reliable parts, you can be sure your mower is running efficiently.
  6. Changing parts on riding lawn mowers can be a tricky procedure. If you’re not sure what you’re doing, please find someone who knows how to do it to help out.
  7. If you want to take your riding lawn mower for a long walk, plug it in! This will protect the key from being broken or damaged.

Starting your riding lawn mower with a screwdriver

Starting a riding lawn mower with a screwdriver is an easy task if you are a skilled person. But if you are an unskilled person, then follow the second process for the first attempt as it is much easier to follow.

Carefully following the instructions above can help you avoid a lengthy repair or replacement process when starting your riding lawn mower.

I hope this article has helped you learn how to start a riding lawn mower with a screwdriver.

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Riding Lawn Mower Sale: How to find Riding LawnMowers at the Best Prices | The Mow Dojo

Deciding to buy a riding lawn mower is an important decision. Looking around for a riding lawn mower sale is even more of a trick. There are many great brands and models out there, but it’s difficult to know which one will be best for you. As you read through this blog post, I’ll give you some tips on how to find the perfect riding lawn mower for your needs at the best possible price.

How to find the perfect lawn mower

If you have to work inside a budget, that can narrow your choices. Is your yard mowed or do you use the money as an income? I recommend Toro 22210 turf master if in need of a residential lawn. For larger yards/riding-type needs there are more options open.

Basically, pick between deck size – riding and pushing will be different prices depending on how big your yard is versus a walking type which comes with a less expensive price point but smaller decks so no matter where you live, there’s something that fits!

Brands would also depend on preference; some brands like Husqvarna offer both walkers and riders while others might only sell one kind of push or ride model (like John Deere). There are always other types too.

What is the Best Cheapest Riding Lawn Mower

The Husqvarna YTH18542 is our top pick for the best cheap riding mower in 2021. This powerful and high-quality machine offers convenience with its hydrostatic transmission, 38″ cutting deck, and impressive motor. It can handle modestly-sized lawns with ease!

Read Also: Best Riding Lawn Mowers For The Money

What is the best month to buy a riding lawn mower

It’s best to buy a lawn mower when the grass is brown and dead. Consumer Reports says that April, May, August, September and October are your top five chances for a perfect purchase. One common theory suggests you should wait until after summer has come around before purchasing one so it can be used right away in spring or fall!

What time of year do riding lawn mowers go on sale

The time of year that riding lawn mowers go on sale is usually the late summer and early fall.

If you missed out on early-season riding lawn mowers, take a look in August and September. There may be fewer models to choose from but your chances for steeper discounts are higher because stores will want to make way for the new snowblower inventory as winter approaches.

What month do riding lawn mowers go on sale?

You can save the most on your next lawn mower purchase by waiting until September and early fall when demand is at its lowest. The best time to buy a lawnmower, in general, is after the busy summer season has ended because there are plenty of used ones available that people have purchased but never taken out for use.

What is the most reliable riding lawn mower

The best riding lawn mowers of 2021 are Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro Series LT 42-in., Troy-Bilt Pony 42-in, and John Deere E180 25 HP V -Twin Lawn Tractor.

In order to find the perfect riding mower for you, it is important to understand your needs as well as what features will benefit you most.

Picking the Right Riding Lawn Mower for you

We have done the research to advise you of the best time to purchase a new lawn mower by looking at resources such as Consumer Reports, which advises that April, May, August, and September are good months.

There is also one popular school of thought that buying in after mowing season ends will be more beneficial for consumers. Manufacturers and dealers often provide special prices on specific types of lawnmowers during these times too!

While it may take intuition alone to decide when’s the ideal time period of shopping for a brand-new garden tractor or trimmer machine (amongst other machines), there are sources available if you want help finding your way – like “Consumer Reports”.

Check out our buying guide on the best riding lawn mowers of 2021 to find the right fit.

Lawn Mower Oil Change

Changing your lawn mower oil is one of the important routine maintenance practices that help extend the life of your machine and also improve its performance. Like any engine, a lawn mower’s engine has many moving parts that get hot due when moving at extremely high speeds. That’s why the engine requires oil to cool and lubricate the moving parts.

After some time the oil gets dark from dirt and air in the crankcase. When oil turns dark, it’s not only dirty but it has lost much of its coating ability that protects engine parts. As a result, the engine is susceptible to corrosion and may break down.

Not sure how to change the oil in your lawn mower? Here’s a step to step guide on how to change lawn mower oil the right way:

When to Change Lawn Mower Oil

First, you need to know when it is the right time to change your lawn mower oil. Ideally, you should change the oil;
⦁ At the end of every mowing season or after every 50 hours of cutting.
⦁ After the first five hours of mowing if you have a new lawn mower engine.

However, the frequency can change depending on several factors. For instance, you will need to change the oil more often if you’re mowing in tough conditions like dusty environments, wet grass, hilly terrains, and high temperatures.

A rule of thumb is to check oil levels after several hours of continuous use to determine the best time to change the oil.

How to Check Lawn Mower Oil

To accurately determine the right time to change lawn mower oil, be sure to check the oil when the engine is cold.
You do this by removing the dipstick and wiping it clean and then inserting it inside the engine. Typically, the oil level should be between the two marks on the dipstick.
Also, your lawn mower oil should be yellow or amber in color. So, if the oil is dark in color, it would be best to replace it with fresh oil.

How To Change Lawn Mower Oil

Follow the following steps to change your lawn mower oil:

⦁ The first step is to know how you’re going to drain the old oil currently in your lawn mower. You can do this using an oil extractor tool, a dipstick tube, or even a drain plug.
⦁ Before draining the oil, run the engine for approximately 5 to 15 minutes to make the oil less viscous and easier to drain.
⦁ Turn off your mower and remove the spark plug from the engine.
⦁ Then, drain the old oil by unscrewing the drain plug underneath the sump. To access the drain plug, tilt your lawn mower slightly.
⦁ Insert an oil extractor and place an oil pan in place that will catch the old oil draining from the lawn mower.
⦁ Once you’ve removed all the contaminated oil, replace the drain plug in place without over-tightening it.
⦁ You can choose to recycle it yourself or take it to your nearest dealership for recycling.
⦁ Fill the engine with clean, new oil usually recommended by the manufacturer on the operator’s manual.
⦁ After you’re done filling the engine with the new oil, put back the dipstick in the tube and ensure it’s at the ideal level.
⦁ Finally, screw on the dipstick cap and reconnect the spark plug in place.

Replacing contaminated oil with new oil can help coat and protect your lawn mower’s engine components against friction and corrosion and improve its longevity and performance in the long run.

Best Time to Buy a Lawn Mower

From air tickets to apartments and cars, there is a specific time when its best to buy different items, when the price is generally cheaper. And the same goes for lawn mowers.

So, should you buy a lawn mower when there is a vast range of deals or when there is a variety of models on the shelves?

In this article, we’re going to help you determine the best time to buy a lawn mower. So, let’s jump right into it:

TL;DR – These are the best times to buy a lawn mower
⦁ Wait till the mowing season is over.
⦁ Check out holiday sales like Father’s Day, Labor Day, Memorial Day etc.
⦁ Negotiate or buy a second hand model.
⦁ Old models are cheaper when there is a wide range of new models.
⦁ New brand’s models are cheaper.
⦁ Sign up for most lawn mower brand’s newsletters.


When is the best time of the year t buy a lawn mower?

The best time depends on what you’re looking for. For instance, are you after the latest model or want the best deal available.

Best Time to Buy New Lawn Mower Models
If you’re willing to pay top dollar for the latest lawn mower model, then spring makes the best time to make your purchase.

It’s during the spring months, that most stores fully stock lawn mowers ahead of the mowing season. During this time there is usually a wide variety of lawn mower models to choose from. But it’s also when prices are highest.

Read Also: 5 Best Lawnmowers Under $500

This means that if you’re looking for a specific make and model or want a lawn mower equipped with the latest features, you’re more likely to find exactly what you want in the spring months. However, this may not be the best time of the year to bag a bargain.

Its also during this time that most brands release their latest models. Competition among brands at this time is cut-throat as they try to out do each other, on who has the most advanced model.
You will also find new brands entering the market during this time. But for new brands, their models are usually cheaper as they try to win consumers. While new brands have no track record, if you are ready to bet you can get an advanced model at a cheaper price during this time.

⦁ Best Time to Buy A Lawn Mower At A Cheaper Price

Lawn mowers are typically cheaper to buy after the summer mowing season. This is because it’s the time of the year when demand for lawn mowers is at the lowest.

Most stores also tend to get rid of the unsold mowers after the end-of-season sales since they don’t have room to store them for the entire winter. You’re likely to get a better deal if you buy a lawn mower in August, September or October than any other time of the year.

The only issue with buying a mower when you won’t use it immediately is that it’s not the best time to test the model since grass is shorter.And by the time you will be using it, your warranty may have expired. But don’t worry, if it’s from a reputable brand, performance is almost guaranteed.

Ways to Save When Buying a Lawn Mower

If you don’t have the luxury of waiting for the best time to buy a lawn mower, you still have a chance to save big on your next mower. Here are some tips on how you can save some money.

⦁ Take Advantage of Low-price Guarantees

One of the best ways to save is to purchasing a new lawn mower from a retailer that offers a 30-day low-price guarantee. This means that the retailer will refund you the price difference if you find the same mower at a cheaper price tag within the 30-day period.

This way, it’s best to buy a lawn mower in mid-May so that you can get a price adjustment when the prices drop during Father’s Day and Memorial Day holiday discounts.

⦁ Negotiate the price

Another great option to save no matter the time of the year is to negotiate the purchase price with the retailer. While not every retailer will be willing to offer you a discount, most will be ready to offer some free accessories or maintenance items for your lawn mower. However, this is only applicable with physical shops but not online marketplaces.

⦁ Look for sales promotions.

Most big-box home centers offer exceptional promos of up to 10 percent off on any item you buy. This can help you save big when buying a new lawn mower. If you will be buying a high end model that will cost you up to $2000, your savings will be significant, especially if you’re looking for a lawn mower suited for high grass.

⦁ Buy a used lawn mower

Another way you can save money is by purchasing a used lawn mower. For instance, most dealers will give you a used lawnmower in good condition for up to 40 percent off the retail price. The price can even be far less if you purchase from an individual.

When buying a used lawn mower, it’s best to buy a known brand and one that doesn’t need costly repairs to ensure you save the most and get longer years of service.

10 Best Tractor Attachments

Tractor attachments are a great way to get a lot of work done on your farm or ranch, and it’s easy to customize them for your specific needs. There are many different types of traction attachments available, so you can find something that will give your tractor more reach, more stability, and more ability to withstand extreme stresses and impacts.

However, the tractor attachment market is huge, with thousands of different accessories on the market. With all the brands and types available, it’s hard to figure out what you need.  Some brands are perfect for big, medium, and small jobs, while others are best suited for just one type of task. Above all, it’s important to make sure you get the right tractor attachment for your tractor so you don’t risk damaging your machine. That usually means buying a tractor attachment that can withstand the rigors of the job and carry out the task adequately. To assist you in choosing the right tractor attachments, I’ve put together this list of the most popular and effective options.

Top 10 Best Tractor Attachments

Tractor attachments are critical to harnessing the true potential of your tractor. The term “tractor” itself is a bit of a misnomer since these machines are more often used in conjunction with other kinds of equipment, such as plows or harrows, to perform specific tasks. Below are the most popular and effective tractor attachments currently available, so you can get more work done without sacrificing performance, power, or stability.

1. Loader Pallet Fork Attachment:

Loader pallet forks are common attachments on any kind of loader that is used for hauling. They are typically used for hauling hay bales, straw, mulch, soil, and other bulk material. These attachments can be used on a variety of different types of big tractors, including John Deere, Case, and New Holland, and they come in various sizes, lengths, reach, and styles, depending on what you need.

Capable of effortlessly handling heavy loads, these attachments are popular with farmers and landscapers. And unlike other attachments, loader pallet forks have proven their use in almost every kind of work environment. Furthermore, they are incredibly easy to attach and have a wide range of applications.

2. Mower Deck Attachment:

Mower deck attachments are special accessories that can be attached to either front or rear of a tractor. These accessories help with the moving process and make it easier for the operator to get the job done effortlessly and effectively. They can be used for a variety of different mowing purposes, such as landscaping, fencing, or generally any kind of mowing.

Furthermore, there are different types of mower deck attachments, ranging from spring height to compact mowing height, depending on your mowing requirements. Many of these riding lawn mower attachments have varying mounting options that allow you to quickly affix them to your tractor. Overall, these lawn tractor attachments, with their efficient yet easy to use design, are extremely popular with farmers, landscapers, and homemakers alike.

3. Trailer Mover Attachment:

Trailers are a classic part of farming, and trailer mover attachments are a fantastic way to utilize and enjoy these classic pieces of farm equipment.

These attachments are particularly popular with farmers, as well as for MOWING purposes, since they make mowing and transporting attached equipment a breeze. Their easy-to-use design allows you the freedom to transport all manner of trailers whether you’re transporting feed or grain for your farm or juicers or towing trailers for staging.

Trailer mover attachments are a great investment if you’re a farmer or just a heavy equipment user. Overall, boasting versatility and ease of use, these mover attachments are downright genius for everyday use.

4. Cabin Attachment:

Farming is a demanding occupation. The rigors of this high-pressure-temperature job make it extremely challenging to keep up with its constant demands. Fortunately, cabin attachments with their enhanced comfort and dexterity enrich any farmer’s daily routine with comfort, control, and precision.

Today’s market is flooded with all kinds of cab attachments, from the top-of-the-line to basic cabs that still provide all the comfort you so earnestly need and deserve. These attachments can help you get work done faster and easier and are available for every budget. All in all, cab attachments allow you to work more comfortably and ergonomically, which ultimately contributes to greater productivity and profitability.

5. Toothed Bar Attachment:

The toothed bar attachment with all its peculiarities is a classic in the tractor attachment market and is extremely popular with both owners of tractors and all of their prospective helpers. This attachment’s unique design is coveted by all farmers, but particularly by those who prepare big jobs on the farm, whether they’re dryland farmers or pasture farmers.

These attachments work well in the case of a wide variety of chores, and they make it possible for farmers to reach, load, unload, and clear those tasks with complete efficiency and ease. They’re a practical alternative to conventional boom and grab jacks, they’re less fragile, and they’re easier to handle and move around. Overall a beast of a good machine, the toothed bar attachment is a staple of modern-day farming and is vastly superior to conventional boom and grab jacks, which make loading and unloading a chore.

6. Grapple Attachment:

Grapple attachments are the perfect modern-day tractor attachment as they allow farmers and landscapers to transport heavy loads with ease. Grapple attachments with their superior metal build have the inherent strength and keep the machine upright in even the most challenging situations, making them a popular tool for both farmers and landscapers.

Furthermore, the grapple attachment with its many different functionalities can facilitate farming or mow into shapes and forms, which couldn’t be possible if done manually by hand. Overall, this attachment’s design and functionality is a perfect representation of modern technology and machinery and makes this attachment a popular go-to for many kinds of farm jobs.

7. Brush Crusher Attachment:

The brush crusher attachment is a fantastic choice for many farmers and landscapers because of its simplicity, ease of use, and effectiveness.

These attachments work by providing a steady platform to drive power through and mow or lay brush, trees, and stalks. The design is simple, economical, and efficient, boasting an overall low cost of ownership. They are durable yet lightweight, which makes them extremely portable and easy to attach to a tractor, making them extremely versatile.

8. Backhoe Attachment:

Backhoes are an extremely popular attachment among farmers and landscapers and are known for their unmatched versatility, which allows them to be used to move materials, trees, and logs with ease. These attachments are useful for any number of different tasks and have proven their worth as a must-have for serious, ROI driven businesses.

Attached to the rear end of a tractor, the backhoe comes with a hydraulic powered shovel attached to it for multi-purpose use and functionality. The backhoe attachment makes it extremely easy to shift large amounts of material, while the attachment is especially useful for clearing soil, removing debris, digging holes, and preparing the ground for planting or construction.

9. Snow Pushers Attachment:

With their unique design, snow pusher attachments are extremely popular and versatile for lots of different snow blower models. Capable of doubling the power of your current snowblower, they are ideal for clearing dusty, dry, and compacted snow conditions. They are best for cleaning difficult snow, like icy falls, icy sidewalks, and hardwood drives. Boasting functionality that no other attachment can match, this attachment is often self-propelled, providing you with a much quicker and smoother blowing snow performance.

Using forward and reverse motion, they are able to clear heavy, wet snow, like rain snow and light snow. Another perfect feature included in this attachment for any snow blower is the ability to adjust the snow throw distance for a smooth and efficient snow clearing. And with their lightweight, durable, low-risk design, these attachments are the perfect choice for any hard-working business owner or operator who wants a no-nonsense attachment with one unified goal: to get the snow out of the property or road.

10. Ballast Box Attachment for Stability:

The ballast box provides the much-needed stability by bringing the center of gravity closer to the axles, thereby increasing traction and handling, improving turn-in and breakaway. It’s critical to understand that though tractors are capable of carrying loads, the load is more of a disadvantage than an advantage.

The weight of the load is a hindrance to the tractor’s acceleration, braking, and steering capabilities, requiring longer braking distances and longer acceleration times. If the load – when exceeding – of the tractor’s counterbalance, the operator will lose control of the tractor, which may result in serious injury, damage to the tractor, property damage, and equipment. The simple solution to this problem is the tractor ballast box.

By providing the needed counterbalance weight, it lends to the ability of the tractor to tow that much more with greater ease and safety. Ideally, the tractor ballast box is attached toward or rear end of the tractor, allowing for greater counterbalance. Overall, it truly is an essential piece of equipment to maximize work and minimize risk.


Tractor attachments empower tractor owners with the ability to get the work done faster and more efficiently. It also improves productivity by better matching a tractor to work, so it runs more efficiently and can perform at its best. There is a huge range of tractor attachments available, so it is important to do your research to ensure you get the right attachment for the job. Hopefully, the aforementioned tractor attachments will serve as a helpful guide, whether you are a farmer looking to enhance your productivity or a landscaper looking to improve your day-to-day efficiency.

Foam Filled Tires for a Mower: Can it be done? (Yes, And Here’s How…)

Foam Filled Tires for a Mower: Can it be done? (Yes, And Here’s How…)

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Can you really use foam filled tractor tires, for a mower? If you are searching for data to tailor an accurate answer to this question, you have come to the right place. The short answer to this question is Yes. But it’s crucial for you to understand the many factors that will go into the process required for you to achieve this feat. In the following sections, you will find everything that you need to know in order for you to successfully foam fill mower tires for your best mower!

Understanding the Importance of Tire Maintenance

Mowers are the true epitome of convenience, power & efficiency. Bringing you the ultimate comfort in your work, these mowers are indeed a boon to the people who cannot spend hours cutting their yards or banks. But all is not a bed of roses with mowers. If taken care of being maintained, they can serve you for a long time. However, this maintenance has been known to be neglected by the people. This needs to be changed, and it is not that much difficult either.

Mower tires need to be checked regularly to see if they are in proper shape and condition. Prone to being punctured often as a result of stones on the yard, need to be taken care of. Contrary to their belief, maintenance of mower tires is not a tiresome job. It can be done with ease, and your mower will be back in action and serving you at its best – if you know how to correct the job yourself.

One of the most efficient but rarely known DIY techniques is that of foam-fill mower tires. This will not only ensure that your mower tires are restored to their original condition and give it a charm that will last long. It will also ensure durability, increase efficiency, and measure the effectiveness of longevity foam filling mower tires.

However, before you pursue this method, you need to know every minute detail involved in the method. To assist you in your undertaking, we have taken it upon ourselves to research all about it, so you can just read this informative article and get to work.

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Are Foam Filled Mower Tires Best for You?

Foam filled tires may not be the right choice for everyone. In fact, the majority of people, including “experts,” will recommend using tires with solid rubber cores. The truth is, for most people, foam filled tires are better suited for the task, especially for riding lawn mowers. Foam filled tires are harder, more durable, and can easily handle the rigors of a mechanical riding mower.

And because the tires are now inflated with foam instead of air, they will not deflate over time as the foam will not leak out. Meaning if your tires deflate every time you pull out of the garage, this might be the perfect solution for you. This is especially true if you have any type of riding lawn mower, whether it is a flat lawn mower tires a tractor or a zero-turn.

Another key difference between foam filled and solid tires is that foam filled tires are more durable. There is very little reason to replace foam filled tires even if you only use them seasonally. Replace solid rubber tires every 1-2 years to protect yourself from an unexpected flat tire or blowout.

Another defining factor between solid rubber tires and foam filled tires is the cost. A new set of solid rubber tires will cost you well over $100 for each wheel. Adding up the cost of four tires to the cost of a new lawnmower is almost a deal-breaker for many people. A simple (albeit more labor-intensive) process of adding foam filled tires to existing solid tires will cost you no more than $40 for each used mower tire. Adding just $15.49 in tire foam and another hour in labor can double your mower tire’s life. You can expect your new foam filled lawn mower tires to last 3-5 years before you will need to do it again.

Pros & Cons of Foam Filled Mower Tires


  1. The extra weight added due to foam will improve the stability of the unit.

  2. The foam will not leak out, and the tires will remain solid for three years at least.

  3. These tires will provide the best possible safety for your mower.

  4. The mower will be free from wheel wobble and will be much more stable while rolling.

  5. No more flat tires before you mow.


  1. The foam may increase the wheel vibrations at higher speed, making the mower uncomfortable to drive.

  2. Less traction is a possibility.

Foam-filled tires are not flexible. Hence, less rubber comes into contact with the lawn, which leads to degraded traction. Most riding mowers weigh several hundred pounds, and you need traction to prevent wheel slippage. All traction comes from the tires themselves. If you lose traction, you could bottom out the mower, which could damage the frame or, even worse, cause a serious accident. So, you should be careful with the reduction of traction.

Are Foam Filled Tires Dangerous?

Foam-filled tires are similar to air-filled tires in a lot of ways. As long as you adhere to the proper filling procedure highlighted in this article, you should be fine. The key ingredient you need to keep in mind is bead sealer. Bead sealers are used to seal the tires from the outside elements. If you use any kind of tire sealer, please be sure to read the directions carefully.

You should also use foam-filled tires in cooler conditions. The heat will cause the rubber-based foam to expand and then contract as it is reheated. This will lead to cracking of the foam, causing your tire to become unsealed. As long as you use these tires under the proper conditions listed in your instructions, you should be fine.

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Foam filling tires are easy to install and will rarely if ever blow out on you. They are a great choice if you are tired of your solid rubber tires leaking air & needing to be replaced every year. Pair these tires with a strong bead sealer & your riding mower tires will have a long service life about which you will be pleased.

How to Foam fill Mower Tires – 5 Important Steps

Foam-fill mower tires are easy to implement, but there are steps you need to follow to get the job done right. In the following sections, you will find these five important steps to ensure that your foam-fill mower tires go smoothly. But before we drive into the steps, let’s discuss the tools you’ll need.

Tools You’ll Need:

  1. Mower (obvious, I know, but good to mention)

  2. A valve stem tool

  3. A drill with a 3/8″ bit

  4. Premium quality, high density, minimally expanding tire foam sealant

  5. A hose tap (a hose-end or air chuck will do)

Note: Low-density foam is not as effective and will not inflate as much as a high-density foam sealant. Consider the fact that because of the weight added, foam-filled tires tend to make the wheel assembly heavier. Low-Density foam tires will not be able to handle the increased weight, and your tires will get damaged in a comparatively shorter amount of time.

Once you have assembled all necessary tools, be reminded that the foaming process should take between 20 minutes and 30 minutes and will involve four tires, so expect a total of four times that period. It is best to wear some goggles when filling tires with foam; secondly, get some rubber or nitrile gloves to track outages and protect your hands while you are doing this project. The following steps will outline exactly how to foam your lawnmower’s tires.

Step 1:

Since you want to ensure you enhance the quality, longevity and quality of those services on the wheel/tire, you need to remove the valve from the wheel and throw it away because you’re not going to need it anymore. To remove this valve, you need to use the valve stem tool. Then attach the valve stem cap or air chuck, whichever you have, onto the valve stem.

Step 2:

With the foam can connected and the mask placed, the next step is to start drilling holes in your tire near the rim. Use a drill bit of the same measurement as the straw coming out of the foam can; I used a 3/8″ drill bit. It is best to keep the drill holes in the center of the tire as much as possible. The more even the holes are, the better.

Step 3:

Now it’s time to inject the foam. Make sure the tire is resting back against a solid object, such as an unmovable post. Then, insert the straw as far as it will go into the hole of the tire, pull the trigger, and hold the plunger for around 4–5 seconds. After waiting for four to five seconds, release the trigger and start over after five seconds. You need to repeat the process until you see some foam leaking from the tip of the hole. The foam should go in freely without sticking on the rim.

Step 4:

When you are finished filling the tires, it is important to let them “rest” for at least 24 to 48 hours to ensure that they are completely dry. You will know this happens when you take the cover off, and it won’t smell. Once this process happens, remove the sections that dried while in the bottom of the hole, and it should just flake or fall out. This is a good test that the tire has completely dried.

Step 5:

Now you can go ahead and put the wheels back on the mower. You may start mowing right away if you want to do so.

What If You Want to Revert Back to The Original Tires?

The difficulty of trying to reverse or convert the foam fill tires back to the old standard is that you’ve already ruined the tire’s natural tissue of rubber and inner material. It is best to take these tires to a reputable used tire repair center for a re-inflate or to have new tires placed on the rims. They can handle this difficult conversion for you.

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Foam-filling tires is not a hard process, and you can easily do this for yourself. However, taking great care and ensuring that the tires are properly dried are both important steps, depending on your settings, both of which will determine the success of your tire projects. Thus, by following the steps listed above, you are sure to have a hassle-free foam-filling endeavor.

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    APRIL 26, 2022 AT 9:05 PM

    Where can the polyurethane foam for tires be purchased. Looked on Amazon but not coming up with it. Suggestions please.


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How much does a riding lawnmower weigh

A lawnmower is one of the most important home equipment pieces. If you have a large lawn but not a riding lawnmower, then it can be quite hard for you to take care of it. While buying lawnmowers, one of the questions that most people ask on the internet is “how much does a riding lawnmower weigh?”

So, recently, while we were loading an 18-horsepower mower onto our 4-cylinder pickup truck, we thought about weighing it. Well, different types of riding lawnmowers have different weights. The weight varies from 300 to 600 pounds while the average weight is around 450-470 pounds.

There are many things on which the weight of a lawnmower varies. Generally, the riding lawnmowers with higher horsepower have more weight than the less powerful ones. Here are the things on which the price of a lawnmower varies.

How much does a riding lawnmower weigh by part?

So you must be wondering what’s making this difference. Well, here are things on which the weight of the lawnmower depends on.

The Engine

Yes, the first thing that makes your lawnmower heavy is the engine. Engines of different types of riding lawnmowers are different because engines take up to 18-25 percent of the total weight. A general 16 horsepower mower engine alone weighs around 84 pounds.

So, if you are purchasing a heavy-duty landscaping machine, then you should get ready to receive a heavier machine.

The Deck

Wondering how much does a riding lawnmower weigh? Another factor that adds up to the weight of the lawnmower is the deck of the machine.

The deck of the mower consists of the deck shell, spindles, blades, belt, gauge wheels, and the cover to protect everything. This part only weighs around 70 to 140 pounds.

The wider the deck of the mower is the heavier it will be.

The heaviest component of the mower is the deck shell. This is usually made of steel or steel-heavy alloy.

Apart from this shell, the rest of the deck is pretty lightweight. But, if you are planning to invest in something with higher longevity then, it is better to go for a relatively heavier deck. This is because the heavier deck is not afraid of rocks and other debris.

On the other hand, the lighter ones are more flimsy. They cannot withstand stones and debris and as a result, break down quickly.

The Wheels

The wheels are very lighter than the deck and the engine. But, this adds to the total weight of the mower. If you are looking for mowers with big wheels then, of course, the weight will be higher but the ones with smaller wheels are going to be lighter. All in all, you should expect your riding lawn mower to weigh anywhere from 290 – 610 pounds. Average being about 460 pounds.

With that being said, electric riding lawnmowers weigh less, on average.

So, from this, you understand how the weight of the lawnmower varies from one to another. Now, the question is what are your requirements?

If you are looking for a long-term mower, our suggestion is to go for the heavier ones. If you are looking for more information about the riding lawn mower then, visit our buying guide on riding lawn mowers.

Zero Turn Mower Vs. Lawn Tractor

Who wouldn’t like to freshen the stagnant and lifeless garden of their home by a manicured lawn well trimmed? Taking care of a yard demands commitment, time, energy, and a sense of responsibility. Therefore, most people abandon this dream, and the garden turns into a swamp. No wonder you’re left with dry, yellow, and dying grass. Lucky are those who own a lawnmower.

Lawnmowers tend to appear quite complicated, but all their components have a specific purpose – to make your lawn always look well-trimmed and neat. These machines are the perfect companion for those who just love gardening, but still, have a full-time job and thus can’t spend all day long manually mowing the lawn. A lot of choices are out there when it comes to lawnmowers. The different systems in gas, electric, and diesel-powered machines are designed to suit the different tastes and needs of every homeowner.

So, the question is, which one should you choose?

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Husqvarna MZ61 61 in. 24 HP Kawasaki Hydrostatic Zero Turn Riding Mower

Two of the most popular riding lawn mowers (not to mention that they are also the most recommended ones) are the lawn tractor and the zero-turn. While both can make magic happen in your yard, they are quite different in their overall design and appearance and differ in many important aspects but still similar. Let’s analyze the differences between a lawnmower and a lawn tractor, so you could decide which one suits best to your particular needs.

What Is A Zero Turn Mower?

Zero-turn mowers, as the name suggests, like their older counterparts, have a zero-turning radius and can be stand-on, walk-behind, or riding. This means that the operator can turn this machine around completely within a very small area with just a simple handle pull. This astonishing maneuver is made possible with the help of swiveling front wheels. The handlebar accomplishes steering by moving it forward or backward and also by twisting it right or left.

This very basic steering mechanism perfectly combines these machines, making them extremely easy and convenient to maneuver. But maneuverability isn’t the only feature zero-turn mowers have to offer. They are also very practical, cost-effective, and provide excellent performance due to the mowing deck’s placement, which, unlike other mowers, is placed in front of the machine. This allows for easier and efficient mowing across an uneven yard in less time and with fewer passes.

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What Is A Lawn Tractor?

Lawn tractors, often are combination units that combine the functionalities of a tractor and a lawnmower. They are fitted with a moderately powerful engine, a mowing deck that can perform some tough mowing tasks, and a superior structural frame for added durability. They also boast transmission meant for heavy work and can be equipped with implements such as snowplows and grass buckets. Due to their size and mechanical design, these special utility vehicles are most commonly used when the area to be mowed is of great sizes, such as golf courses or pasture. These machines are also more suitable for larger areas such as parks and schools.

The Lawn Tractor Vs. Zero Turn

Buying a mower these days is not as straightforward as it used to be. Now you get all types of options that help you save time and be more comfortable while you do an overall better job of keeping the grass in line. But what exactly are you looking for when you compare popular models like Lawn Tractor vs. Zero Turn? For starters, a lot depends on the size and shape of the lawn you need to cut. And after assessing your lawn, you take the following into consideration:

1. Difference in Maneuverability: Lawn Tractor Vs. Zero Turn

Zero Turn

The Zero Turn is definitely popular for its maneuverability. Because it gives you no less than 180 degrees of turning mobility, which means no reversing over a patch that has already been mowed and possibly missing certain areas. As you reach the last section of the swath, simply turn around and do the next one. For curved lawns where a lot of landscaping is present, the Zero Turn is a perfect fit. The diminutive turning radius allows for great ease in maneuvering in close quarters.

Lawn Tractor

While a Lawn Tractor requires a much wider turn, it is still maneuverable and it gets the job done. Unfortunately, you will either need to turn and come back to cut the last section of the swath. Or you need to reverse to catch the missed section. But for big areas that can be mowed much like a football or soccer field, the Lawn Tractor will not disappoint. In a nutshell, it is not the most maneuverable but is more functional than the zero-turn.

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There is no question that the Zero Turn model has the upper hand in terms of maneuverability. In other words, it can save you a lot of time, especially if landscaping or curves get in the way.

2. Difference in Terrain

Zero Turn

Another significant difference, when compared to a Lawn Tractor, is the back-wheel drive. For a smaller lawn or area where you have to twist and turn a lot, there is nothing better than the Zero Turn. But even though it is great for mobility and curved lawns, it takes away from the control you have when moving up slopes and hills. And control is important if you want to do a good job, not to mention power.

Lawn Tractor

The Lawn Tractor provides a front-wheel-drive system that allows the best power and control for sloped terrains. You won’t have any problems when slopes or hills form part of your yard. And this means you will have to spend less time mowing your lawn. After all, the number of passes needed to get the job done makes a huge difference in your workload.

The latter model takes the advantage when it comes to slopes and hills, but both mowers are vulnerable when the slopes become too steep. Hence the reason for only using a drive mower for slopes or hills lower than 15 degrees. Anything higher and you need to revert to a model you can push.

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3. Deck Size

Zero Turn

You can get a Zero Turn mower with a deck size measuring 42 inches. Or you can choose one with more than 60 inches of deck space. It all depends on the size of your lawn, the level of intensity of mowing, and your budget.

Lawn Tractor

Lawn Tractor models also start at 42 inches. But they usually only range up to 54 inches max.

At face value, the biggest deck size will get the job done quicker. But this is why you need to assess the lawn first. What about the smallest spaces you have to cut, and will the mower be able to fit into these spaces? For properties with big and uncomplicated lawns, the bigger deck size can make a significant difference.

4. Mowing speed

Zero Turn

These models are faster, with top speeds reaching over 10mph. This makes them great for cutting multiple acres at a time. However, you get the cleanest cut when mowing at 5mph or less.

Lawn Tractor

Lawn tractors offer an average speed of 4mph for a very clean-cut, and they can typically move at a max speed of 7mph. However, they also offer more stability and consistency on sloped terrains, whereas the Zero Turn can lose speed.

When you are in a hurry, the Zero Turn is definitely the faster choice. But once again, the terrain you have to work with will influence the choice you make. And keep in mind that speed mowing does not get you the best results if you are passionate about gardening.

5. Machine Control

Zero Turn

If this is your first time working with a Zero Turn model, prepare for a slightly different way of steering. Instead of a wheel, you have to push and pull two levers. Why this particular approach for controlling the mower? Mainly it is because the steering allows for such great maneuverability. And you will get used to the steering system pretty quickly. Basically, you push both levers in order to move forward. To turn, you release the pressure from the relevant lever and pull back.

Lawn Tractor

For drivers that want to feel comfortable from the start, the Lawn Tractor is based on a typical steering system. You get gas and brake pedals with a steering wheel as you have in the car. All you have to do is drive off and start mowing.

Learning to steer the Zero Turn can be a little intimidating at first. And if you really feel too uncomfortable with the levers, you can try out later models that feature a joystick. Although it can also require some time to get used to.

Making A Final Decision

The difference in design and power/speed (as well as the size and many other factors) clearly sets the two products apart. So, there is no question about it, a Lawn Tractor and a Zero Turn both have their advantages and downsides.

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The Lawn Tractor has more power, can maneuver over slopes, hills, and different terrains, and can get deep in close quarters. But if you have no major obstacles in your lawn that could get in the way, and you don’t have to go for more than a 180-degree turn, a Zero Turn offers all the maneuverability you need.

And before you make a final decision, it is a good idea to look at the price tag as well. Make no mistake, both models are known for having high-end prices. But they are worth it when you consider the quality and options you get. For the most part, a Lawn Tractor is a more affordable option. You can also trust it to be a workhorse in terms of tackling huge open areas.

But depending on the terrain, you are dealing with, paying extra for the Zero Turn should be considered too. This is especially true if you are a perfectionist outdoors, and you hate wasting time. Either way, both mowers have a lot to offer. It is just a matter of using them in the right place.

Final Thoughts

A mower can be the best tool to have in your home if your property is big enough or if you have to go in circles to get the job done. A good mower is an investment, and it can save you a lot of time and energy if you know what to look for. Read our comparison and invest wisely!