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Ride On Lawn Mowers – What You Need to Consideration

Updated on September 16, 2009

Most people who are new to shopping for ride on lawn mowers are so excited at the prospect of finally being able to have a ride on lawn mower that they forget to take everything that they should into consideration. In this article you'll find a few points that you really should consider before committing your money to your own ride on lawn mower. For example, you'll see that there are three basic sizes, each best suited for a particular amount of area that needs to be maintained. Also, you'll see that there are many “options” available to you, much like when you buy a car. You want to know what you want or need for your use as well as how easy or difficult it is to add or remove the accessories. Finally you need to know whether grass cutting efficiency or mechanical versatility is more important to you. If that doesn't necessarily make sense to you right now, don't worry about it. By the end of this article you'll know what were talking about.

There are basically three different levels or sizes of ride on lawn mowers to choose from

flickr photo by DrStarbuck
flickr photo by DrStarbuck

The first thing you probably want to consider is the amount of space will be needed to manage or maintain. There are basically three different levels or sizes of ride on lawn mowers to choose from. The smallest size with the least horse power and where the engine is usually mounted beneath the driver's seat..  A lawn tractor of this size is usually used for areas of about an acre or less.

The next size, the medium horse power riding lawnmower, as the engine moved towards the front where there is more room for a bigger, more powerful power plant. With a bigger engine comes stronger and faster cutting abilities. The added power is also necessary if you're dealing with a lot of hills. As far as acreage, usually talking about 2 to 3 acres can be handled by one of these machines.

From here, the next size up is the commercial level. At this point, we're not really talking about “yards”. More like sports fields, golf courses, public parks etc. Basically, areas bigger than 3 acres. Probably not what you're looking for.

flickr photo by bucklava
flickr photo by bucklava
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flickr by glenmcbethlaw

Ride on lawn mowers are also referred to as lawn tractors.just like when you buy an automobile, lawn tractors come with a lot of options. These options are add-on accessories used for other jobs including mowing, tilling, lawn rolling or aerating and even post-hole digging. You'll need to know what kind of jobs you'll be facing to know what kind of accessories are going to need. Before you make any final purchase decisions however, I highly recommend you try putting on and taking off the accessories in the show room. Some are easier than others, the last thing you want is to have to struggle with an uncooperative piece of equipment.

Some other points you may want to consider... one of the issues that comes up with a lot of ride on lawn mowers is the fact that they leave patches of uncut grass when they turn around. While it's not the end of the world, it can be a pain because it means you have to go back and recounted again to clean it all up. One way to avoid this is to get what is referred to as a zero-turn mower. A zero-turn mower is able to turn so sharply they don't leave any uncut grass. This is good on the one hand, however the disadvantage is that not only do they cost a little bit more, but they're not quite as versatile. For example, they probably won't be able to adapt to quite so many accessories as a traditional mower.

So as you can see, there are a lot of variables when talking about ride on lawn mowers. There are different sizes with different amounts of horsepower best suited for different amounts of surface area to be maintained. There are also a lot of additional accessories that can come with your lawn tractor. You just need to decide what kind of jobs you need to be doing and if the accessories actually seem functional. Finally, recognize that you have to go with either time efficiency in a zero turn ride on lawn mower, or the versatility and lower-cost of a traditional version. No matter what decision you make, there's no doubt that you will be very happy and proud to be part of the club of owners of ride on lawn mowers.


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      kimo laihipp 7 years ago

      I need a couple of lawn mower part for a coast to coast ride on lawn mower

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      jazzuboo 8 years ago from Queensland, Australia

      Oh boy, do I need one of these. I've got an acre to mow, and I can just never get on top of it with my push mower.