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

[tabs style=”1″] [tab title=”Cutting Width”]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.[/tab] [tab title=”Transmission”]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.[/tab] [tab title=”Engine”]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.[/tab] [tab title=”Fuel/Maintenance Indicator”]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.[/tab] [tab title=”Blade Adj.”]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.[/tab][/tabs]

Editor’s Choice Riding Lawn Mowers

[note color=”#ffeaea”] 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.
[/note] [note color=”#ffeaea”] Poulan Pro PB195A46LT

Poulan Pro PB195A46LTAverage Customer Rating: 4.5-stars
Get the unwanted foliage out of the way with this powerful Poulan Pro PB195A46LT that helps you in mowing your gardens like a Pro. Powered by 19.5HP Briggs and Stratton Engine and ergonomically designed to the rote, this is your chance to get home a highly effective machine that not only eliminates the weed in your garden but also does away with all your land mowing woes!

ProsPros:easy to use with easily adjustable seats and great mechanical stabilityread review.
ConsCons: Clutch is pretty hard and it can be noisy when the machine starts, although it cuts like a breeze
[/note] [note color=”#f1f1f1″] Husqvarna 967181801 R120S

Husqvarna 967181801 R120SAverage Customer Rating: 4.5-stars
Neither is it a proper ZTR nor an actual rear rider. It is a combination of the two that allows for more agile movement, better control over hilly terrains and a cutting deck positioned out front like on commercial units. Can take additional attachments outback too.

ProsPros: Agile, Powerful and superior control on slopes.read review
ConsCons: Needs maintenance, takes a while getting used to the unique design.
[/note] [note color=”#f1f1f1″] 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.
[/note] [note color=”#f1f1f1″] Husqvarna YTH23V48-CA

Husqvarna YTH23V48-CAAverage Customer Rating: 4-stars
It’s not just about keeping up with the Joneses, because an evenly cut and neat looking lawn can enhance the value of your property by a good 12 to 15% as it catches the eye of the prospective buyer instantly. Even otherwise, when you have the Husqvarna YTH23V48-CA around the house you can just mount it and survey the lawn you need to mow, and the 48-inch triple blades get to work to create a smooth green patch within a matter of minutes. Oh yes! It has cruise control.

ProsPros: Fitted with efficient and powerful Brigs & Stratton Intek V-Twin read reviewengine, easy maneuverability
ConsCons: Clogs on wet or moist turf, vent holes occasionally get blocked.
[/note] [note color=”#f1f1f1″] 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.
[/note] [note color=”#f1f1f1″] 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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