If you own a home that is located on a large lot, you are surely not excited about the prospect of mowing your lawn by hand. A great alternative that is much less time consuming and labor intensive is a riding mower. You have probably seen one in action and watched longingly at the evenly trimmed emerald sheen of grass cut by a riding mower. You know that they are easy to use but you may not know that there are different types of riding mower.
The first, most affordable type is the conventional riding mower. Sizes of a conventional riding mower range from about 36 to 46 inches. They are rear wheel drive with the engine mounted in front and the operator sitting towards the back of the machine. They also have a discharge system to the side that allows the grass to be released in a way that will not inhibit the function of the mower. This is the type of mower that is most common for homeowners because they are somewhat less expensive than other varieties.
Another type of riding mower that is used commercially has a zero turn radius. A riding mower with a zero turn radius that is marketed specifically to homeowners is not as expensive as the type sold to professional lawn care companies but is still more expensive than the conventional mower. This type of riding mower has a wider cutting deck that can be up to 72 inches. It has a higher horsepower and can therefore travel faster and over rougher terrain than smaller, less versatile types. Although at first glance it looks very similar to the riding mower whose turning radius is determined by the size of the mower, its steering method is quite different. Because the rear wheels operate on individual pivot points, this type of riding mower is more responsive. The steering is generally done by two levers rather than a steering wheel so the operator has complete control over the turning radius. The operator of this type of riding mower has an unobstructed view of the area in front of him because the engine is located in the back of the machine. Although a zero turn radius riding mower is more expensive and perhaps impractical for a smaller yard, it is ideal for a large lot with many trees or obstacles.
The garden tractor is a larger type of riding mower that is similar to the conventional mower but has more options. It comes in a variety of sizes up to 56 inches. This riding mower also allows the operator to attach a trailer, cultivator, box blades, or small tiller. It can be helpful for large gardening or planting projects.
Because there are various types of riding mower that differ in price and functionality, it is essential to learn a little about each type before making a final decision to purchase one of them. By doing so you will be able to find the right riding mower for your lawn care needs.