Riding Lawn Mower Reviews

A lawn tractor or riding mower is best suited for lawns that are larger than 3/4th acre in size. They help in saving effort and time as they can cover large tracts of land quickly and usually require only a single pass to achieve the appropriate grass height.

A riding lawn mower is a lot like a tractor. While tractors are huge, these are smaller versions with a seat on top and four wheels beneath. They are kind of a hybrid between a golf cart and a tractor. However, because of the engine power, they can be used for more than just lawn mowing. You can haul heavy loads, operate a snow blower, rake and irrigate lands too. The possibilities with a riding lawn mower are endless. The are large and expensive machine so we’ve done our best to give a few honest riding lawn mower reviews to help those out who are in the market to buy one.

A Few Tips To Help Make Buying a Riding Lawn Mower a Bit Easier

Cutting WidthTransmissionEngineFuel/Maintenance IndicatorBlade Adj.
Usually the deck size varies from 38 to 46 inches. For 1 acre yards, 42 inches is more than enough and for 2 acre lands 46 inches works well. If your yard is more than 2 acres then you may think of either upgrading to a ZTR mower or a larger riding mower with a deck of more than 46 inches.
There is a choice between manual and automatic transmission. Some of the technologies available with respect to transmission in riding mowers include transmatic that removes the need of clutching, Auto-Drive that is basically automatic gear shifting, Hydrostatic that offers easy maneuverability as the speed is perfectly calibrated to the accelerator pedal.
Engines either come as a single cylinder OHV or a V-Twin OHV. Single cylinder operates with less vibration and often runs cooler. However V-Twins provides higher power output, better smoothness and reliability with low emission ratings. Besides they last longer than single cylinders.
Having indicators for the fuel tank, oil, battery life and other such stuffs on the dashboard is a great boon as it keeps you aware of the internal health of the mower without having to pop the hood.
Models that offer easy blade height adjustment with the push of a button or by a lever design make it easier to mow a lawn with slopping surfaces or uneven terrain.

Editor’s Choice Riding Lawn Mowers

Husqvarna YTH2042

Husqvarna YTH2042Average Customer Rating: 4.5-stars
The Husqvarna YTH2042 might be a ride-on lawn mower but it’s compact nature and ergonomic design with a low maintenance Briggs & Stratton engine makes it great for an average home owner. The YTH2042 includes many bells and whistles including a cup holder in case you’re an early mower! It’s a best seller, which is why we felt it was important to take a few days and test it out so we can give it a review of our own.

ProsPros: Comfortable to ride, 20 HP Briggs & Stratton engine, 42 inch cutting widthread review.
ConsCons: Non-CARB Compliant which means that it’s not for sale in CA.

Weed Eater WE-ONE

Weed Eater WE-ONEAverage Customer Rating: 4.5-stars
One of the very first compact lawn mowers on the market, the Weed Eater WE-ONE is affordable and low on maintenance. It’s a lawn mower that is the accumulation of user reviews on past designs to produce the perfect low cost ride-on mower. The small 26 inch cutting diameter, it’s compact shape and easy maintenance nature make it just perfect for your average domestic weeding and mulching or mowing task.

ProsPros: Compact Design. Almost ZERO trouble riding up hills.read review
ConsCons: You have to replace the battery from time to time which will set you back about 50 bucks.

Poulan Pro PB17542LT

Poulan Pro PB17542LTAverage Customer Rating: 4-stars
The Poulan Pro PB17542LT is on the lower end of the price spectrum in the riding mower category with a smaller form factor and tighter turning radius. But it also features a dependable Briggs & Stratton 17.5 HP engine with a decent 42 inch cutting deck that leaves behind grass mowed for a golf course. In short, this is a petite workhorse that can also double up as a mini-tractor when required.

ProsPros: Good ride, easy to use, effective and efficient.read review
ConsCons: Relatively new product, deck needs to be aligned.

Yard Machines 13AC762F000

Yard Machines 13AC762F000Average Customer Rating: 3.5-stars
The Yard Machines 13AC782F000 might not be the best in fact, it may not even be the most dependable machine to keep for a decade or so but it is definitely worth it for the first two years under warranty. As long as you maintain it and keep investing into its minimal repairs in the first two years, changing a few things here and there, this riding mower will go the distance. Just be prepared at times to scratch your head a bit. It isn’t a mower for novices but a treat for mechanics.

ProsPros: Good Mower with decent performance and dependable power output.read review
ConsCons: An odd piece may turn out to be a lemon.

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