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The 7 Best Riding Lawn Mowers of 2023
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A riding lawn mower is ideal for anyone with a large yard, requiring less time and energy to operate than a traditional push mower. Over the last four years, we’ve spent hours researching and testing riding mowers from the top brands, evaluating maneuverability, safety features, noise level, and overall value.
Here are the best riding lawn mowers that provide an efficient and reliable cut for your lawn.
If you are looking for an electric riding lawn mower with all the power of a gas model without the fumes and lots of helpful features, the RYOBI 80V HP Brushless 42 in. Battery Riding Lawn Tractor is our top pick. According to the manufacturer, it has the equivalent of a 21-horsepower engine. We love that its three 80V 10Ah batteries allow you to cut up to 2 acres on a single charge (about 60 minutes of runtime) and quickly recharge in less than 2.5 hours thanks to the onboard charger. In fact, you can even use the RYOBI Riding Mower app to check if the batteries are ready to go, for added convenience. You can also keep tabs on the charging status, as well as battery level, and runtime on the LCD screen that’s on the mower itself. Other extra features we appreciate include LED lights, front and back storage compartments, two tow hitches, a hitch for RYOBI-compatible attachments, cup holders, and 2 USB ports to charge your phone.
Aside from the power and features this tractor provides, it will leave your lawn looking great. This riding tractor has four steel blades with 13 different cutting height positions to choose from (within 1.5 to 4.5 inches), so you can really fine-tune the look of your lawn. You also have three options for grass clippings: bag, side discharge, or mulch (although the bagger and mulching kit are sold separately). This is a powerful, feature-packed riding lawn tractor so it comes at a bigger price tag than other picks. If you don’t need all of these features, you may want to choose a more budget-friendly model. However, we think if you are looking for a great electric riding mower with all of the features and power you need, this is your best bet.
Price at time of publish: 5,000
Cutting Width: 42 inches | Power Type: Battery | Weight: 557 pounds | Cutting Options: Bag, mulch, side-discharge | Size of Yard: 1 to 2 acres
The Best Zero-Turn Mowers of 2023
These achieve the rare feat of making lawn mowing fun.
By Roy Berendsohn Published: Mar 1, 2023
When it comes to yard work, zero turn mowers do the impossible. They make lawn mowing fun. They accomplish this by putting unprecedented speed, control and maneuverability at the disposal of the person mowing the lawn. The so-called “zero turn” feature of these mowers converts a grass cutting machine into something akin to an amusement park ride. You steer the machine with two levers—the left lever controls the left wheel, the right lever the right wheel. With that steering setup, you can zoom over the landscape cutting straight lines, curves, or pivot the mower into and out of a corner. What’s not to like?
Read on to understand how these agile grass cutters work, how we go about testing them, and see some candidates that we’ve recently tested as well as some that we haven’t but that we think look particularly promising.
The Best Zero-Turn Lawn Mowers
A zero-turn riding mower consists of an operator platform, a frame and wheels, an engine (or battery bank), transmissions (or motors), and a pair of control levers commonly known as lap bars. In gas mowers, the engine powers a pulley system. One group of pulleys drives the blades, another group powers a pair of transmissions–one at each rear wheel. When you move the lap bar forward or back, you are directing the transmission to go faster, slower, or even turn the opposite way. When one drive wheel turns clockwise and the other counter clockwise, the mower pivots. When the wheels rotate at different rates, the mower turns in an arc-shaped path. When the lap bars are in the neutral position, the mower stops. Aside from a parking brake, there’s no other braking mechanism. Battery-powered zero-turn mowers work the same way, but have separate motors to drive the rear wheels and one for each blade inside the mower deck.
When it comes to transmission, most mowers have a Hydrogear EZT—a well-known and cost-effective residential-grade transaxle with a reputation for durability.
Some mowers use a deck stamped from one piece of steel, others use a deck fabricated from multiple pieces and welded together. A fabricated deck can be built from thicker steel at a lower cost than it would be able to be built otherwise. Once you’re talking about stamping metal as thick as 10 gauge (about 1⁄8 inch thick), the cost of stamping such a deck would push up the mower’s price beyond what most people are willing to pay. The decks in the mowers below range from 42 to 52 inches, a typical size in this class of product. When powered by these engines and the Hydrogear, these mowers will deliver a decent cut quality at their rated top speed of 7 mph. Note, however, that cut quality declines steeply if you maintain that speed in very thick grass or on uneven terrain.
As to the electric mowers, they represent the leading edge of the technology in this category. These are remarkable and expensive mowers powered by large-voltage lithium-ion batteries. If you’re interested in reducing mowing noise and simplifying your maintenance routine by eliminating gas and oil, they’re worth a look.
Selecting a Zero-Turn Mower
Everyone would like to select the biggest possible zero-turn mower with the hope of whittling a big grass cutting job down to size as quickly as possible. Reality usually intercedes because these machines are expensive and the wide range of options available today quickly drive up the cost. Roughly speaking, you start somewhere in the range of a mower with a 42-inch deck costing in the vicinity of 3200 to 3500 and move up in increments of 1000 to 1500 until you reach entry-level commercial-grade equipment that costs 7000 to 8000.
Again, speaking in terms of approximation, a mower with a 42-inch deck will cut a two-acre lot (that takes into account that the house, driveway, outbuildings and various landscape features are taking up some of that space). Use a mower with a larger deck to cut anything over two acres. But here’s the caveat. That entry-level ZTR mower (3200, say) with a 42-inch deck will wear out faster and need more maintenance than a mower with a 50-inch deck, a heavier frame, larger engine and higher quality transmissions, and thicker deck with more robust blade spindles, costing 4500.
In the simplest possible terms, you can cut a smaller area with a larger mower and expect more longevity out of the machine (not to mention a nicer mowing experience) or you can cut a larger area with a smaller machine and encounter more maintenance and a mowing experience that will be, we might say, a bit more rugged.
But there are still other factors to consider, in selecting a mower other than deck size and your budget. Larger mowers take more space in a garage or outbuilding. And a mower with a 50-inch or even 60-inch deck, as useful as it might be in getting the job done more quickly, may not fit through a fence’s gate, and it might be more difficult to maneuver in tight spots without creating scalp marks on the lawn from a lot of close-quarter pivoting.
Carefully consider all these factors when shopping for a mower: your budget, maintenance and whether you will perform that work yourself, mowing speed and time, maneuverability and trimming in tight areas, the importance that you place on your comfort while mowing, cut quality, longevity, storage, and access to the landscape.
How We Select and Test
There’s only one way to test a mower, and that’s to cut grass with it. But we also do more than mow.
We raise and lower the deck and adjust the seat. We look at service point access (the air filter, the spark plug, and the oil filter) and how easy it is to remove the deck. We mow approximately an acre with each mower, considering cut and mulching quality while running uphill, downhill, across washboard, and along sidehills. (On sidehills, we’ll mow surfaces pitched up to approximately 20 degrees; manufacturers generally recommend not going steeper than 10 degrees, but we like to be thorough.) We evaluate power and speed relative to cut quality—we investigate whether the mower delivers a decent cut mowing at full speed. When mowing in damp conditions, we look at whether the mower’s tires accumulate grass and how effectively it discharges moist clippings. Finally, we test maneuverability (these machines are, generally, very nimble) and how readily they come to a stop when you back off the lap bar control levers.
For more lawn mower reviews, check out our guides to the best riding lawn mowers, electric lawn mowers, and self-propelled mowers we recommend, and learn more about finding the right mower for you.
Used JOHN DEERE 110 Riding Lawn Mowers for sale
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The JOHN DEERE 110 is one of the classic garden tractors still in existence. It offers excellent handling and an impressive power output. Otherwise known as the JD 110, this garden tractor was built between 1963 and 1974 as part of the “100 series” tractors offered by this well-known company. In fact, the JOHN DEERE 110 lawn tractor can actually be broken down into two separate categories. These are those with rounded fenders (1963 until 1967) and the square versions seen in subsequent versions. The next model up is the JOHN DEERE 210 and a larger variant can be seen in the JOHN DEERE 112 line. The original price for the JOHN DEERE 110 lawn tractor was 450,115 dollars (1974). Thus, anyone looking to buy used JOHN DEERE 110 mowers is likely to encounter substantial rebates. As with most other models, this unit is characterised by its green and yellow paint scheme. An open-air cab allows for easy operation.
JOHN DEERE 110 Garden Tractor Specs
The JOHN DEER 110 lawn tractor is powered by either a Kohler 161 engine (1963) or the slightly more advanced Kohler 181 (from 1964 until the end of production). Both are air-cooled petrol engines while the 181 series offers 305 cubic centimeters (the 161 only had 277). Both are air-cooled engines and each has one cylinder. This is the primary reason why up to ten horsepower is supplied by the JOHN DEERE 110 garden tractor.
The JOHN DEERE 110 garden tractor weighs only 615 pounds (258 kilograms). This makes it ideal for home use and light work. An overall length of 63 inches (160 centimeters) and a height of 38.75 inches (98 centimeters) also emphasise the rather diminutive dimensions of the 110 JOHN DEERE series. Still, a wheel base of 44 inches (11 centimeters) provides excellent stability. Two-wheel drive is only provided in the 110 series. An open-air cab further defines the JOHN DEERE 110 lawn tractor. Manual steering and brakes are also present; common for designs of this era. Its tank has the capacity to hold 1.9 gallons of petrol (7.2 liters).
Used Lawn Mowers For Sale in Maryland, DE, Pennsylvania
Cover more ground with the help of an affordable used lawn mower from Atlantic Tractor serving MD, DE, PA! Our selection of used zero-turn mowers for sale is ready to get your land into shape with ultimate versatility precision. Don’t miss out. Come by and visit us today at our used zero-turn mower dealership!
Few things are more satisfying than a job well done on a freshly mowed lawn. In order to obtain this satisfaction, you’re going to need the right tools to accomplish the mission. Enter Atlantic Tractors. Did you know that we have over 100 used mowers in stock and ready to rock? A good lawn mower is going to be tough, reliable, and easy to maintain. If anything, that’s exactly how you can describe our selection of used lawn mowers for sale. Not exactly sure what you need? Keep reading for a brief rundown of the different types of mowers out there.
The most important thing to consider when purchasing a lawn mower is the size and shape of your lawn. Imagine using a push mower to tear down an acre of overgrown grass. Definitely not ideal. For something like this, you’ll want a riding mower. Your two best options for these mowers are zero turn mowers and lawn tractors. Zero turn mowers are much more maneuverable than lawn tractors, which makes them a good choice for oddly shaped lawns and fields. They’re also much faster than their lawn tractor counterparts. This gives them an advantage on bigger fields. Lawn tractors have the benefit of usually being much cheaper than zero turn mowers. If you want the best value, a quality lawn tractor might be the best choice.
Nothing beats a good, reliable push mower for keeping a normal-size or small lawn in shape. A quality push mower that’s been properly maintained can last for decades. They’re also inexpensive to work on because the engines are about as simple as they come. Investing in a quality push mower is always a good option. If you’re looking to pick up a lawnmower at a great price you will definitely want to look at our inventory of used lawn mowers. We have 11 different location across Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania, so we’re sure to be somewhere close to you. If you fall in love with an item that’s not close to you, do not worry. We will make sure the item gets to the location nearest you for your convenience. Stop by today as the mowing season is already underway!
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Have a lot of obstacles on your property? A John Deere Z-Series zero-turn mower makes navigating around trees, fences, and walkways easy and produces a professional looking cut homeowners love. Take a look at our inventory of used zero-turn mowers for sale and find the one that’s right for you.