Get it Done With a Riding Mower

The sun’s out, the weather’s warm and you’re facing a shaggy green expanse of lawn. It needs taming and you’re the one to do it. You pull out the old walk-behind mower and suddenly that acreage looks like a chore that’s going to take all day. You’d rather spend the day with your family, enjoying that lawn instead of tending it.

So power up and go for a riding mower.

You’re not slacking off, you’re working smarter. There are plenty of good reasons to use a riding mower or tractor over a walk-behind. In fact, last year we named five:

  1. You’ve got a 3/4 of an acre or more of land
  2. You need the hauling capacity
  3. You have health issues
  4. You don’t have much time and need to speed up the process
  5. You need a multi-functional machine

Once you decide you need a riding mower, you’ve got a few more decisions to make.

  • Assess your terrain. Hills, landscaping, ponds, fences, etc., can make a big difference in what you choose. A traditional riding mower or tractor will manage anything over 3/4 of an acre, including hills. Front engine rides tend to have more power, while a ride with a rear-mounted engine can be more maneuverable. For a flat lawn with lots of landscaping to navigate, a zero-turn mower is a great option due to their enhanced mobility.
  • Engine quality can make or break your experience. Power isn’t the only thing to look for in an engine. A quality cooling system and an oil filtering system will extend the life of your riding mower engine. And since dirt and debris can damage an engine, you’ll want to make sure that your riding mower has a good debris management system. Briggs & Stratton’s Advanced Debris Management System can help insure a longer engine life.
  • Easier starting. Not too long ago, starting a riding mower meant priming and choking. With Briggs & Stratton’s ReadyStart for Rides you can start your riding mower with the turn of a key or the push of a button and you’re off and mowing. No choking involved.
  • Cutting path. Riding mowers and lawn tractors are available in a variety of widths – the size of the mower deck is the width that a mower will cut in a single pass. If you have a smaller yard, you can use a smaller deck. As a reference, here is a guide for cutting paths and yard size:
    • 30-40 inch mowing deck for yards up to 1 ½ acres
    • 40-48 inch mowing deck for yards 1 ½ to 3 acres
    • 48-61 inch mowing deck for yards 3 acres or larger

For more information on ride mowers, visit our website or an authorized Briggs & Stratton dealer. With the right power, you can take your yard to a new level. Go ahead, you’ve got this.

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