Riding Lawn Mower vs. Zero Turn Riding Lawn Mowers: Pros and Cons
We’ve all seen professional lawn care folks on those funky-looking mowers, standing or sitting and zipping around. They look like they’d cut your mow time in half—and be a lot of fun in the process. But do you really need to ditch your regular riding mower in favor of a zero turn?
Here are the main differences:
|Residential Riding Lawn Mower/Tractor||Residential Zero Turn|
|Engine Placement||Up Front||Behind the operator seat|
|Maneuverability||Front engine placement usually has a turning radius of about 15-30 degrees.||Zero turn means zero degree turning radius. The tight turn cuts down on mow time|
|Operational Ease||Steering wheel – most people are used to this mode of steering and easily get the hang of it.||Lap bars – steering with both hands separately can take practice to perfect. Some models do have steering wheels though.|
Additional Uses (consult your operators manual for specifics)
|Many have towing options on both the front and back and the ability to adhere snow plows.||Many models are not built for towing. Consult with your dealer if you need towing ability.|
If you’re considering a move to a residential zero turn lawn mower, it’s essential to weigh the pros and cons and examine your needs before taking the plunge. Consulting with your local dealer is always a good idea before deciding on a new piece of equipment. With all the important information in hand, you can make the best choice for you and your yard.