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Taking care of your garden is easy and fun with Murray. With a lot of lawn mowers to choose from, ranging from petrol powered to battery lawn mowers, from electric corded to hand cylinder lawn mowers, there is always one that suits your garden. Unless you have a pretty big lawn, then you might want to look at our terrific lawn tractors. And don’t forget our 18V battery tools to trim hedges and blow your lawn leaf free.

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One Battery, Multiple Tools

Looking for light-weight lawn and garden equipment, but don’t want to cut down on power? Our 18V battery-powered products, ranging from lawn mowers to blowers, are powerful and help keep your garden look great.

The Murray Quality

Our lives are busy. When we find some time to take care of the garden, we want everything to go according to plan. That is when we need reliable and high-value products to trust on.

Affordable and efficient, Murray products have been getting the job done for over 90 years. Our experience turned into expertise. Our expertise turned into products that are solid and reliable. Products that offer features to make our lives easier and better. And because everyone and every garden is different, we have a broad range of products and power sources available, all built with the best quality.

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All Murray petrol lawn mowers are powered by a reliable and powerful Briggs Stratton engine. This EQ range gives you the power to take on larger lawns, without the fear of running out of power or cable. Choose one of the self-propelled lawn mowers, and you don’t even have to push it!

There’s lots to consider when it comes time to buy a lawn mower

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When you’re thinking about buying a lawn mower, you need to find the mower that matches up with what you need for your lawn. You’ll find that walk-behind mowers have engines that range from 140-cc to 190-cc. Pick the engine size that will handle tasks like cutting through tall grass, wet grass, leaf mulching and bagging.

There are several different engine styles out there, including a side valve engine, engines with overhead valves or a direct overhead valve. An overhead valve engine is quieter and has better fuel consumption typically, but it costs more. Bonus: If you’re shopping during holiday season, don’t miss these amazing lawn mower sales.



You’re going to be walking behind the mower or riding it for years to come so you’d better make sure it’s comfortable. Make sure the walk-behind mower can be set at the right height for you or the tractor seat is firm enough for you. A stand-on mower is another option to consider. If you plan to buy one, then make sure you check out our list of the best stand-on mowers.


Features like John Deere’s Easy Change Oil Filter are important to think about before buying a lawn mower. Are other mower parts easily replaceable like the air filter or how tough is it to replace the mower’s pull cord? If you know how to tune up a lawn mower you can get it to last a long time. Another way to get it to last a long time? Get a lawn mower cover.

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Electric Mowers

When deciding between electric vs. gas lawn mowers, consider the size of your lawn. If you don’t have a huge lawn, a battery-powered electric lawn mower may be perfect. Cordless mowers are quieter, require less maintenance, and of course, run without gas or oil. But best of all, you’ll never have to start a gas engine—you just push a button or lever and you’re mowing. Here are a few reasons why you should switch to electric lawn care.

As lithium-ion battery technology has improved, most manufacturers have included cordless mowers in their lineup, so you’ll have plenty of choices. Many of these mowers can cut an average suburban yard (about one-fifth of an acre) on a single charge. for battery-powered mowers are similar to those of gas-powered mowers, and you’ll find most of the same features, too.

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Drive System

If your lawn is relatively flat and not huge, chances are you’ll be perfectly happy buying a push mower—that is, a mower that’s not self-propelled. In addition to being cheaper, mowers without power to the wheels are lighter, have fewer mechanical parts to wear out, and are usually easier to maneuver.

If you have hills or a large yard, a self-propelled mower is a better choice. Front wheel drive mowers pull the mower along but may lose traction on hills, where you tend to push down on the handle. And if you bag your grass, the weight of the bag will reduce the traction on the front wheels, making the drive wheels less effective. In most cases, rear- wheel drive is the best option since it works great on hills and with a bag. All-wheel drive is needed only for severely sloping terrain.

If you buy a self-propelled mower, consider upgrading to variable speed for more flexibility in matching your mowing speed to the lawn conditions and your walking speed.

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Spending Up Front

Residential, walk-behind lawn mowers range in price from less than 200 to well over 600. And you may be wondering if it’s worth spending top dollar on a mower. In addition to the extra features available on more expensive mowers, high-end mowers have better-quality components. You’ll find easy-rolling ball bearing wheels, long-lasting composite or aluminum decks, and top-quality engines. And most high-end mowers include a longer warranty, too. This adds up to a mower that will last longer and need fewer repairs. So you may save money by not having to repair or replace your old mower.

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Online Reviews

Even a top-brand mower will occasionally have a quirky problem. One good way to discover whether the mower you’re considering has a hidden flaw is to check online reviews. You’ll find user reviews on manufacturer websites, Amazon and other websites where lawn mowers are sold. But keep in mind that there will always be a few users who have had a bad experience. Multiple complaints about the same problem should be a red flag, though.

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Your Local Dealer

You may be able to save a little money by buying a lawn mower from a department store or home center. But buying from a local servicing dealer has advantages that might outweigh any cost savings. First, you’re more likely to get better purchasing advice from the more knowledgeable staff at a dealer showroom. And when it comes time for a tune-up or warranty repairs, you’ll know right where to go for convenient, personal service. Most dealers have at least two or three top-quality lawn mower brands to choose from and will display the most popular models on the showroom floor.

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A Good Mulcher

If you mulch your grass, look for features like special mulching lawn mower blades or an aluminum or composite deck that resists grass buildup on the underside better than steel. If you prefer to bag your grass, make sure the bag is easy to remove and reinstall. And for the greatest versatility, look for a mower that also has a side discharge chute for times when you’ve let your grass grow too long for mulching or bagging. Some mowers have features like Toro’s ‘Bag On Demand’ that simplify the changeover from bagging to mulching. Honda makes a mower with a feature called Versamow that allows you to mulch and bag at the same time, and adjust the percentage of clippings that go into the bag.

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Cutting Height Adjustment

Try out the height adjusters on the mower you intend to buy to make sure they work smoothly and easily. On some mowers, a single lever adjusts a pair of wheels or even all four wheels at once to make sure you are mowing at the right height.

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Electric Start

If pulling a starter rope is difficult for you or anyone else who will be using the mower, look for a mower with an electric start. A built-in battery and starter motor eliminate the need to pull-start your mower. This is great for people with shoulder or strength problems. The electric start feature is also handy when you need to stop to empty the grass-catcher bag or pick up a stick that’s in the way. Just turn off the engine. Restarting is a button-push away. Honda even makes a mower that charges the battery while you mow, so you don’t ever have to plug in the mower to recharge the battery. You’ll spend about 100 more for the electric start feature.

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Stop Without Restarting

If you collect your grass clippings and need to empty the bag frequently, or if you have to stop often to pick up sticks or move toys out of the way, you know what a hassle it can be to restart the lawn mower every time. You can avoid this problem by shopping for a mower with a blade brake clutch (BBC) or Toro’s Blade Override System (BOS). Mowers with either feature allow you to stop the blade but leave the engine running. Expect to pay about 100 more.

Lawn Tractors: Easy Deck Engagement

For safety reasons, the cutting blades don’t automatically spin at start-up; you have to engage them with a mechanical lever or an easy electric push-button. Some of the lever mechanisms are awkward or stubborn, so try before you buy.

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Lawn Tractors: Get a Bumper

Trust us on this: You’re going to smack a tree someday, and that impact can destroy the hood. So plan on buying a lawn mower with a bumper or set aside some dough to buy an add-on bumper from the manufacturer. And if your little collision with the tree made your lawn mower not start, here’s how to fix it.

Lawn Tractors: Check the Hour Meter

All lawn tractors require maintenance based on hourly usage. A built-in hour meter takes all the guesswork out of maintaining your tractor. You can always add an hour meter later (50), but the built-in models eliminate that hassle.

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Lawn Tractors: Know Engine Size and Features

Lawn tractor engines are sized to match the mower deck and climb the grade listed in the manufacturer’s specs. Buying a lawn tractor with a larger engine won’t get you a higher top-end speed, but the larger engine is important if you plan to haul a cart or add a snow blade or a snow thrower accessory.

Most tractor engines have traditional carburetors. However, the Cub Cadet model shown above, has electronic fuel injection (EFI), which dramatically reduces the starting problems associated with carbureted engines and ethanol fuel. Plus, Cub Cadet claims its EFI system boosts fuel efficiency by 25 percent.

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Mow-in-Reverse Mechanisms

Lawn tractors automatically stop blade movement the instant you shift into reverse. To mow in reverse, you have to hold in a button the entire time you’re mowing in reverse or turn the key to the reverse position and then reposition the key when you want to move forward. We slightly prefer the button system, but both are inconvenient.

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Convenient Gas Gauge

Some models have a gas gauge you can check while driving, while others offer a see-through tank. The less expensive models require you to stop and lift the hood to check the fuel level. You’ll also want to be sure to empty out the gas in your lawn tractor before winter.

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Rear-Engine Riding Mowers

Rear-engine riding lawn mowers do one thing: cut grass. Compared with lawn tractors, they’re less powerful, slower and cut a smaller swath (maximum width: 30 in.). At 800 to 1,400, they’re not always cheaper than a lawn tractor. The least expensive models are a good choice for smaller yards and limited storage space.

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Garden Tractors

Garden tractors are the heavy-duty models. They start at about 2,200 and top out at about 8,000. They accept larger mowing decks (up to 72 in.!) and a wide range of implements such as tillers, seeders, snow throwers, front loaders and backhoes.

Best Riding Lawn Mower Reviews 2023

Tired of spending the best part of your Saturday walking behind a lawn mower? You’re not alone and our team has pulled together our recommendations for the best riding lawn mower in 2023. Whether you’re a homeowner or commercial Pro, or you’re on the hunt for a lawn tractor or zero-turn mower, we have you covered. Thinking about making the switch to battery power? We have thoughts on electric riding lawnmowers as well.

Considering walk-behind mowers? Check out our Best Lawn Mower main page.

  • Best Commercial Riding Mower (Find a Dealer)
  • Best Residential Riding Lawn Mower (Buy at Tractor Supply)
  • Best Zero-Turn Riding Lawn Mower (Buy at Acme Tools)
  • Best Lawn Tractor (Buy at Tractor Supply)
  • Best Consumer Electric Riding Lawn Mower (available at Lowes or Home Depot)
  • Best Riding Lawn Mower For Small Lawns (Buy at Lowes)
  • Best Riding Lawn Mower For Medium Lawns
  • Best Riding Lawn Mower For Large Properties
  • Best Riding Lawn Mower For Hills
  • Best Riding Lawn Mower For The Money (Buy at Tractor Supply)
  • What We Look For In The Best Riding Lawn Mower
  • Why You Can Trust Pro Tool Reviews

Best Commercial Riding Lawn Mower

Hustler Hyperdrive Series Zero Turn Lawn Mowers

Professional lawn care crews who FOCUS on residential lawns (affectionately known aa “mow and blow” crews) have to hit a lot of lawns every day during the mowing season and they’re tough on their equipment. Exmark, Hustler, and Scag all come up frequently in conversations about the best commercial mower, and our top choice is the Hustler Hyperdrive series.

While the Super Z series is likely more popular, the Hyperdrive series adds additional durability to the transmission system, keeping your downtime to a minimum.

Deck sizes range from 60 to 72 inches and there are 35 to 40 HP engine options from Kawasaki and Vanguard. For those of you who like to mow at speed, you can run up to 16 MPH on this model. No matter what your mowing style is, Hustler has a 3,000-hour warranty on the hydraulic system and a 5-year/1200-hour warranty on the full mower.

Price: Contact your local dealer

Best Residential Riding Lawn Mower

Toro Timecutter Series Zero-Turn Lawn Mowers

For residential use, we recommend Toro’s TimeCutter as the best residential riding lawn mower for a variety of reasons. What it boils down to is that you get an excellent balance of performance, comfort, and reliability for the price.

The line currently includes 17 models (including CARB-friendly options). Deck sizes start at 34 inches for small lawns and run up to 60 inches for those of you with acreage to maintain. The base-level models are an excellent value for most people, but if comfort is a high priority, step up to the MyDrive models to get an upgraded suspension and easier ride.

Best Zero-Turn Riding Lawn Mower

Cub Cadet Ultima ZTX6 Series Zero-Turn Lawn Mower

While Toro earns our pick as the best overall riding mower for residential use, Cub Cadet’s Ultima ZTX6 series is the creme de la creme for those of you with a bigger budget. Earning our choice as the best residential zero-turn riding lawn mower, the ZTX6 is at the top of Cub Cadet’s residential-focuses Ultima line.

These mowers bridge the gap between residential and Pro needs, giving you a ride and performance that feels more professional while keeping the overall price down from premium professional mowers. The ZTX6 comes with a 25HP Kawasaki commercial-grade engine and either a 54 or 60-inch deck size. If you prefer a steering wheel over lap bars, there’s now a ZTXS6 option that has you covered.

Price: 8999.00 – 9299.00 (10299.00 for the 60-inch ZTXS6)

Best Lawn Tractor

Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro FAB Series Lawn Tractor

Cub Cadet lawn tractors are very popular and consistently earn high ratings from owners. If you’re looking for the best lawn tractor among them, we recommend the XT1 Enduro FAB series. They’re a bit more expensive than others in the XT1 line, but they upgrade from a 13-gauge stamped steel deck to an 11-gauge fabricated steel one, improving the long-term durability.

Available with a 50 or 54-inch deck, these mowers are suitable for covering larger lawns than lawn tractors in the 30 – 48-inch range. Thanks to a Kohler 24HP engine, they have better overall performance than most of its competition as well. While they don’t turn as tight as a zero-turn, they do have a 16-inch turning radius that gives them a tighter turn than others.

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Best Electric Riding Lawn Mower

Try as we may, we couldn’t pick just one electric ride-on lawn mower as the best. However, we do have three that stand out from the rest.

Commercial: Greenworks Commercial 82V OptimusZ Series Zero-Turn Lawn Mowers

Greenworks was one of the first to push into the commercial electric zero-turn lawn mower market and they have learned a lot over the years. The culmination of that experience and the best of today’s technology come together in the Greenworks OptimusZ zero-turn and earns our recommendation as the best electric commercial riding lawn mower.

The line includes both ride-on and stand-on models, and we even got to see an operational prototype of a fully-autonomous version. Focusing on the ride-on models, there are 48 – 60-inch deck sizes with either 18KWh or 24KWh battery packages. On the 60-inch mower, the larger battery bank can run up to 8 hours on a charge.

The top speed is impressive, reaching up to 16 MPH with the blades on. Security is already onboard thanks to the combination of 4G and GPS connections. If all that sounds great, but you’re still not sure it can hold up, keep in mind that Greenworks backs these mowers with a 5-year/2,000-hour warranty.

Residential: EGO 56V E-Steer Zero-Turn Lawn Mower

EGO is making it easier to transition from gas to battery power and into the zero-turn market with the 56V E-Steer riding lawn mower. It takes the lap bars and exchanges them for a steering wheel, making for a much more approachable mower if you’re not used to traditional ZT steering. Beyond that, the design team shifted the controls/info screen onto the steering wheel where they’re easy to keep an eye on while you’re mowing.

The mower sports a 42-inch deck with cutting speeds between 4 and 8 MPH and matches the power of a 22HP gas engine. For the power source, EGO uses the same 556V batteries that power its other mowers and handheld tools. With a full load of six 12.0Ah batteries, expect to cut nearly four acres on a charge. With the four batteries that come with the mower, there’s enough juice to cover 2.5 acres.

Price: 5999.00 with four 12.0Ah batteries and onboard charger (scheduled for May 2023 launch)

Residential: Ryobi 80V iDrive Series Zero Turn Lawn Mowers

Ryobi’s iDrive zero-turn lawn mowers break the mold of lap bars, but not with a steering wheel. It uses joystick controls, making you feel a bit more like a lawn-cutting fighter pilot (without the missiles, of course). While it certainly breaks the norm, our crew was able to adjust to the steering quickly.

There are three deck sizes covering 30 to 54 inches and they primarily use 80V suitcase-style batteries for power. These mowers also have slots to use Ryobi’s 40V batteries if you need to extend your runtime beyond what the 80V packs offer.

The power ranges from a 28HP – 42HP gas equivalent with runtime covering 1 – 4 acres, depending on which model you go with. Plus, this mower uses the CrossCut stacked blade system to give you better cut quality than you’d get with single blades.

Price: 5999.00 – 7999.00 ready to mow

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Best Riding Lawn Mower For Small Lawns

John Deere S130 Lawn Tractor

Lawn tractors are great for small to medium-sized lawns and the John Deere S130 lawn tractor is our choice as the best riding lawn mower for small lawns. The S100 comes in at a lower price, but moving up to the S130 is worth it in our opinion.

Both feature a 42-inch mowing deck, but the S130 has a significantly stronger 22HP V-twin engine and it has John Deere’s super-easy 30-Second Oil Change system. The S130 also upgrades with cruise control and an electronic PTO system. Overall, it balances ease of ownership and performance well while keeping a safe distance away from the price of zero-turn mowers.

Best Riding Lawn Mower For Medium Lawns 1 Acre to 5 Acres

Husqvarna Xcite Zero-Turn Lawn Mowers

The best riding lawn mower for medium-sized lawns is the Husqvarna Xcite. There are two models available featuring a 54-inch 10-gauge deck that’s a great size for those 1 – 5–acre properties.

What’s exciting about the Xcite is a combination of innovative features and a design that feels more Pro even though these target residential users. Starting from the top, your start/stop and blade engagement controls are on the lap bar ends where you can easily reach them with your thumbs. Then there’s the suspension system. 4 bar links and 10 adjustment settings let you customize the setup based on your size, weight, and preferences to dial in a comfortable ride.

Depending on the model, you get either a 24HP or 26HP Kohler engine with a top speed of either 7 or 9 MPH. On the business end, Husqvarna puts stock blades that can go up to 5 years without needing to be sharpened. Husqvarna targeted a Pro feel with the convenience and ease of ownership homeowners crave with the Xcite and they nailed it.

Best Riding Lawn Mower For Large Properties

Exmark Lazer Z Series Deisel Zero Turn Lawn Mowers

When it comes to maintaining large areas where you need a cleaner cut than a bush hog leaves behind, there are a few large-deck options. Leading the pack in size and with a robust professional resume’, the Exmark Lazer Z Deisel is our choice as the best riding lawn mower for large properties.

When we say large, we mean it. The Lazer Z diesel line includes 60, 72, and 96-inch options along with a monstrous 144-inch model. Ang get this—Exmark rates the largest mower’s cutting rate at up to 11.5 acres per hour! In terms of productivity, that’s going to be tough to beat.

These mowers aren’t cheap, though. They start at just over 27,000 and the 144-inch model is over 35,000.

Price: Starting at 27,099.00

Best Riding Lawn Mower For Hills

Cub Cadet Pro Z 972 Zero-Turn Lawn Mower

If you have hills, you need both power and traction to mow effectively. In our team’s opinion, the best riding lawn mower for hills is the Cub Cadet Pro Z 972 series SD/SDL models. What sets these mowers apart is a combination of their dually rear wheel and steering wheel designs.

Four rear wheels help prevent the back end from slipping, even in wet conditions. The steering wheel makes it easier to manage on slopes and there’s an option for a pivoting seat that keeps you more upright on those hills. As part of Cub Cadet’s commercial mower lineup, you can expect a commercial-level build and high-end comfort features as part of the package.

Best Riding Lawn Mower For The Money

Toro Timecutter 42-Inch Zero-Turn Lawn Mower

What’s the best riding lawn mower for the money? For that, we return to the Toro TimeCutter series. Specifically, it’s the 42-inch 75746. This isn’t the least expensive 42-inch in the line, and it’s not the most expensive, either. By upgrading from the entry-level version (3299), you’re moving from a 15.5 HP Briggs Stratton engine to a much stronger 22HP Kohler engine. up to a more durable 10-gauge fabricated steel deck.

If your lawn is 2 acres or less, this model offers the best balance of performance, durability, comfort, and price. But what if you have more then 2 acres? Stick with the Toro TimeCutter and move up in deck size to match your lawn.

What We Look For In The Best Riding Lawn Mower

Lawn Tractor or Zero Turn?

When you’re choosing the best riding lawn mower for your lawn, the first thing to decide is which style you want.

Lawn tractors have several advantages. They tend to be a smaller overall size, are less expensive, and are easy to use with their steering wheel/pedal control systems. The downsides are that they tend to be slower and don’t reach larger deck sizes. They also aren’t as efficient in your mowing pattern because they require a larger turning radius.

Zero-turn lawn mowers make it easier to efficiently mow straight lines. While they’re more expensive, larger, and can take some time to get used to lap bar controls, you can get larger deck sizes, they have higher speeds, and they’re better for large properties. If comfort is a high priority for you, you’ll find better options with ZTs and lawn tractors.

Gas or Battery?

Now that battery-powered riding lawn mowers are at a point where they really can replace gas, the conversation is shifting away from just power and runtime.

Gas mowers tend to be less expensive and you can usually find someone to service/repair them within a reasonable drive of your home. The trade-off is the noise, emissions, managing fuel and oil, and more required maintenance.

Battery-powered mowers have a push-button start system that’s ready when you are, assuming you charged the batteries. They’re remarkably quiet compared to gas, have no emissions, and your HOA isn’t going to suddenly rewrite the rules to eliminate them. Maintenance primarily boils down to blowing off the deck and maybe rinsing under the deck. The primary downsides at this stage are that you don’t have as wide of a selection as gas, they’re more expensive, the batteries need replacing every 3 – 5 years, and there aren’t nearly as many service centers close by.

Durability and Reliability

As you go up in price from entry-level riding lawn mowers to mid-range and high-end models, there are significant changes. A more powerful engine is only part of it. The design of the engine and its quality typically improves as you move up the line, giving you a more reliable engine to go along with the higher performance of more horsepower.

You also see the strength of the build improve. Some of it is the thickness of the metal or moving from stamped steel to fabricated steel on the deck. Other components come into play as well, with higher quality transmissions and electronics packages improving.

Generally speaking, if you’re looking at an entry-level model, see if your budget has room to move up into the middle or even high end of the line. The durability and reliability you gain are worth it in the long run.

Deck Size

The deck size you need depends on the property you’re mowing. 42-inch riding lawn mowers are a good starting point for lawns up to an acre or where you need to squeeze through a narrow gate. If you have more than an acre, go ahead and look at models up to 60 inches.

Realistically, it’s a matter of finding the right balance between how much lawn you have to cut, how much storage space you have available, and what your budget is.


Speed is primarily a concern for professional lawn crews who need to move from one property to the next quickly or on campuses with significant travel distance between the shop and where they’re mowing. They usually want a mower with a top speed over 10 MPH.

Even homeowners can make their mowing chores more efficient with some decent top-end speed, though. 7 MPH or more is a good benchmark for those models. If you tend to take your mowing more casually, 5 – 6 MPH is just fine.


The larger your lawn, the more time you need to spend in the driver’s seat of your riding lawn mower, and the more comfort comes into play. Entry-level mowers are going to bounce you around more than mid-range and high-end models. Look for a seat with plenty of cushioning, an adjustable tension knob, and enough travel for you to sit without having to scrunch up.

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How many hours on a riding lawnmower is a lot?

Modern riding lawnmowers come in various designs, qualities, and sizes. They vary greatly in functionality and specifications. Some of those functions can help you, but some of them seem to be more marketing talk. The life expectancy of a riding lawnmower depends greatly on the brand and type. You can expect at least 10 to 15 years.

Maintenance is also a big factor. Well-maintained mowers will last considerably longer than ones that lack proper maintenance. The number of hours is a better way to estimate the life of a lawnmower. This article looks in more detail and describes what you can expect, how many hours are enough, and what are the deciding factors.

How many hours on a riding lawnmower is a lot?

Riding lawnmowers build to last many years. Our research shows that you can expect a life greater than 10 years. In hours this will be around 500 to 1000 hours. With proper care and maintenance, many can last even 15 to 20 years. Most manufacturers prescribe a life of just 10 years, similar to push mowers. This refers to the engine’s life and most other components. If you own a more popular brand, finding spare parts for older mowers will be easier.

Buying a riding lawn mower is not something you do yearly. They are quite costly. You expect that such machines will last for a considerable amount of time. Though the manufacturer’s warranty offers only a few years of safety, proper care and maintenance can help the lawnmower last long. Similar to cars.

  • 1 1: Average life expectancy
  • 2 2: Dependency on the size of the engine
  • 3 3: life depends upon the lawnmower build quality and usage
  • 3.1 4: How to increase the number of hours that a lawnmower will last
  • 4.1 1. What is the best riding lawn mower on the market?
  • 4.2 2. What can happen if I over-load my mower?
  • 4.3 3. Should I go for a new lawnmower or buy a second-hand one?
  • 6.1 Understanding Riding Lawnmower Lifespan
  • 6.1.1 – Consumer vs. Commercial Lawnmowers
  • 6.3.1 – Perform Regular Maintenance
  • 6.3.2 – Use the Right Lawnmower for the Job
  • 6.3.3 – Store Your Lawnmower Properly
  • 6.3.4 – Keep a Usage Log

Real owner’s Milwaukee 21” Mower, Makita 21” 18v LXT & EGO 21” 10 Ah review after 1yr of ownership

  • 7.1 Hours vs. Age: Which Matters ?
  • 7.2 Maintenance: The Key to Lawn Tractor Longevity
  • 7.3 Signs of a Worn-Out Lawn Tractor
  • 7.4 Conclusion
  • 8.1 Understanding Lawn Mower Hour Ratings
  • 8.1.1 – Factors Affecting Lawn Mower Longevity
  • 8.2.1 – Commercial vs. Residential Use
  • 8.2.2 – Maintenance History
  • 8.2.3 – Model and Brand
  • 9.1 Factors that Influence John Deere Mowers’ Lifespan
  • 9.1.1 – Engine Type
  • 9.1.2 – Proper Maintenance
  • 9.1.3 – User Habits
  • 9.1.4 – Mower Model and Size
  • 9.2.1 – Residential Mowers
  • 9.2.2 – Commercial Mowers
  • 9.2.3 – Diesel vs. Gasoline Engine Mowers
  • 9.3.1 – Regular Preventative Maintenance
  • 9.3.2 – Proper Storage
  • 9.3.3 – Use John Deere OEM Parts and Oil
  • 9.3.4 – Keep Blades Sharp and Balanced
  • 9.3.5 – Check Tire Pressure
  • 10.1 Understanding Lawn Mower Longevity
  • 10.1.1 – Type of Lawn Mower
  • 10.1.2 – Maintenance and Care
  • 10.1.3 – Usage Habits
  • 10.2.1 – Honda HRX Series (Gas-Powered)
  • 10.2.2 – Toro TimeMaster Series (Gas-Powered)
  • 10.2.3 – EGO Power Series (Cordless Electric)
  • 10.2.4 – Fiskars StaySharp Max Reel Mower (Manual)

: Average life expectancy

A well-maintained average-sized riding lawnmower from an esteemed company can last up to 10-15 years of service life. If uncared, it will last a lot less than that. Depending on the size and manufacturer, lawnmowers vary in load-carrying capacity. The number of hours they last also varies. Some common brands with their life expectancies are:

  • Briggs and Stratton: They manufacture mainly small-sized riding lawnmowers for normal-level workloads. The company gives a book life of about 500 hours. You can double that easily to 1000 hours and even more with proper care and maintenance.
  • John Deere: These are much sturdier machines. The smaller ones easily last 500-1000 hours. Large ones with a 2 or 4-cylinder engine may last 1500-2000 hours. The intensity of usage defines the number of hours. With proper care and maintenance, they can last for 15 plus years.
  • Husqvarna: They produce lawnmowers for small-sized yards. They operate well in a low workload scenario and are good for 400-800 hours, depending on their use.
  • Cub Cadet: Cub cadet lawnmowers are much similar to Husqvarna in functions and life expectancy. So 500 to 1000 hours. Proper care and maintenance can extend this, like all mowers.

According to our research, a small-sized riding mower from a good company can last up to 500 hours without much problem. It can double this amount or last longer if it is looked after properly.

: Dependency on the size of the engine

Gas-powered riding lawnmowers are fundamentally as powerful as the engine capacity, the number of cylinders, or fuel type. They can vary from a small-sized single-cylinder piston engine to a comparatively larger double-cylinder or four-cylinder piston engine.

A single-cylinder riding lawnmower engine can last 500-750 hours due to the greater workload from that single-piston. A larger engine will last longer, up to 1000-1500 hours, if given good care. Those two cylinders have less work to do than just one.

You should know that the hour rating for a lawnmower is related to engine life. But in the case of riding lawnmowers, many other parts define the final life expectancy.

: life depends upon the lawnmower build quality and usage

The life span of a lawnmower depends upon how you are using it. Riding lawnmowers are quite costly and need proper care and maintenance. Oil needs to be checked and changed regularly, and filters also need regular cleaning.

There are many factors into how many hours on a riding lawn mower is a Lot. When you use your mower in a lawn with thick, long grass and twigs, a small lawnmower may get its engine shelf life reduced to just 200-350 hours instead of 400-500 hours’ expectancy.

Your lawnmower works harder due to extra load than with more average usage. In contrast, a powerful riding lawn mower will not face such a massive difference in the same case. The engine has more than enough power to deal with it, and the other parts are also accustomed to more power.

This will only lead to a small difference of around 40-50 hours.

Similarly, a lawnmower that suits domestic use and is in a commercial environment may not last as long as the estimated life. The yard size will affect the shelf life of a lawnmower combined with the time the machine is used in an environment that exceeds its design.

Different parts of the riding lawnmower may have their own life:

  • Blades: They need to be sharpened after every 30-40 hours. You can sharpen them a maximum of 5-6 times before they need to be replaced.
  • Engine and gas tank: They are built sturdy, so they should easily last the estimated life. This is, of course, with proper care and maintenance. If you leave your engine to work with too little oil, it can damage the engine quickly.
  • Carburetorand other components: They have rust as their basic enemy. You can expect to see this after 5 years. Again, if you leave your lawnmower outside in the rain, you can quickly see this. Expect to do some work on the carburetor during the lawnmower life.

4: How to increase the number of hours that a lawnmower will last

As mentioned, proper care and maintenance can increase life expectancy well above the expected life. Here are some factors that can influence this:

  • Check and change the oil regularly: After 50 hours of usage or annually, ensure that oil is changed. In between, you should check the level and quality of the oil by looking at the color.
  • Clean the air filter regularly: The air filter should be checked at least a couple of times per season. Expect to replace it appropriately each time the oil is changed. Do a thorough cleaning when you take out the lawnmower after a closed season.
  • Regular usage: Like all machinery, the lawnmower keeps its cylinders and fluids running. It also ensures that the gas in the carburetor is not getting old. This is necessary for a better and rust-free life.
  • Sharpenthe blades: Check the blades before each mowing session. Sharpen the blades after every 30-40 hours of mowing and at least once per season.
  • Maintain the belts: Ensure that the belts are tight and properly greased after regular periods to keep the engine smooth. Check them for wear and tear and damage. Replace when needed.
  • Efficient spark plug: A defective spark plug can cost you a lot in the form of unburned fuel, damage to cylinders, and engine life reduction. Check it regularly, and replace it when needed.
  • Proper battery maintenance: Maintaining the battery helps to keep the lawnmower in good shape. Remove it during the winter, and use a battery charger with maintaining mode to keep it in good condition during the winter. Check the water level after every 10 hours of use if you have a battery where this is possible.

Frequently asked questions:

What is the best riding lawn mower on the market?

Nowadays, the best riding mower is the one that fits your budget and use case. There are not a lot of really bad types on the market. Brands like Husqvarna, John Deere, Toro, and Craftsman riding lawnmowers have a high average life expectancy.

With proper care and maintenance, this can be up to 20 years. Depending on your work environment, choose the right brand. John Deere produces good commercial-scale mowers. Husqvarna and Craftsman are more into domestic use.

What can happen if I over-load my mower?

Using your lawnmower in an environment that suits its working specifications would be best. If you over-load a lawnmower with high and tough grass, you can expect to stain the engine and other parts more. This will lead that its working life getting reduced.

If this overload happens more often, the engine and other components can get severely strained and require costly fixes to keep your mower working. Always try to match your lawnmower to the type of job you intend to do with it.

Should I go for a new lawnmower or buy a second-hand one?

This is a difficult one. You can buy a perfectly used lawnmower that lasts a long time. Particularly if it is from a good-quality brand. It will save you money compared with a brand-new riding lawnmower. It helps to know how the previous owner cared for his machine.

Buying a used mower will make it possible to find a slightly more powerful one than you would get if you buy a new one. If you have a more powerful one, the lawnmower will have less strain when you use it. With good care, this helps to extend the lifetime.

Before getting one, analyze the condition of crucial parts like the blades, engine, carburetor, and mower’s deck. It can be a great option if they feel well looked after and the price is right.


You can expect a lawnmower to work well for years with proper care and maintenance. An average riding mower can last for ten to fifteen years, or in hours 1000 to 1500. Not well maintained, you can expect half of that.

No set rule defines how many hours are enough on a riding lawnmower. As the article explains, they may last much longer, even after their shelf life suggests that they are properly used. You can stretch their life by taking basic care of them.

Evaluating Riding Lawnmower Usage: What’s Considered High Hours?

Riding lawnmowers provide a convenient and efficient way to maintain and care for large lawns. However, like any machinery, they have a lifespan and will eventually wear out. One crucial factor to consider when evaluating a riding lawnmower’s condition is the number of hours it has been used.

Understanding Riding Lawnmower Lifespan

The lifespan of a riding lawnmower is typically measured in hours of operation. Most manufacturers rate their machines for specific hours, usually found in the owner’s manual or online.

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On average, a riding lawnmower’s life expectancy falls within 500 to 2000 hours. However, several factors, such as the mower’s quality, proper maintenance, and usage frequency, can impact this.

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– Consumer vs. Commercial Lawnmowers

When discussing the lifespan of a riding lawnmower, it’s essential to differentiate between consumer and commercial-grade lawnmowers. Consumer-grade lawnmowers are designed for residential use and typically have a lifespan between 500 and 1000 hours.

In contrast, commercial-grade lawnmowers, engineered for more frequent use and demanding tasks, typically have a 1500 to 2000 hours or more lifespan.

To thoroughly understand the differences between residential and commercial lawnmowers, the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture provides helpful information on selecting the appropriate lawnmower for your needs.

Identifying High Hour Usage

The hours considered “a lot” for a riding lawnmower will depend on its intended use and quality.

For example, a consumer lawnmower with 800 hours of use might be nearing the end of its lifespan, while a commercial mower with the same hours might still have plenty of life left. That said, here are some general guidelines to keep in mind:

  • 500-1000 hours: This range indicates moderate to heavy use for consumer-grade lawnmowers, and the mower may require significant maintenance or even replacement.
  • 1000-1500 hours: A commercial-grade lawnmower with this many hours should still have a substantial amount of life left, but it might require more frequent maintenance.
  • 1500 hours: Currently, commercial and consumer lawnmowers may begin to show significant signs of wear and potentially require major repairs or replacement.

As mentioned earlier, proper maintenance and care play a significant role in extending a lawnmower’s lifespan. Regularly changing oil, sharpening blades, and cleaning the mower’s deck are just a few examples of best practices that can increase longevity.

Tips for Extending Lawnmower Lifespan

To get the most out of your lawnmower and ensure it lasts as long as possible, consider the following recommendations:

– Perform Regular Maintenance

Stay current with the suggested maintenance schedule outlined in your lawnmower’s owner’s manual. This typically includes changing the oil, cleaning the air filter, checking the belts, greasing fittings, and sharpening the blades.

Regular maintenance prolongs the mower’s life and ensures peak performance.

– Use the Right Lawnmower for the Job

Selecting the appropriate lawnmower is vital, mainly if you mow large areas or with tall, thick grass. Using a residential mower for commercial tasks can quickly wear out the machine, leading to breakdowns and shortening its lifespan.

Refer to the aforementioned University of Arkansas resource to assist in selecting the right mower for your needs.

– Store Your Lawnmower Properly

When not in use, store your riding lawnmower in a clean, dry area, such as a garage or storage shed. Protecting your lawnmower from the elements can help prevent corrosion and keep it running smoothly.

– Keep a Usage Log

Track your lawnmower’s runtime by keeping a log of the hours it has been in operation. This can help you identify when to perform maintenance tasks and determine if you’re nearing the end of its expected lifespan.

Bottom Line

Determining if a riding lawnmower has a lot of hours depends on the mower’s design, quality, and maintenance history. However, by regularly maintaining your lawnmower and using it for the appropriate tasks, you can maximize its lifespan and ensure your machine remains reliable for years.

Always consult your owner’s manual and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the best results.

Assessing Lawn Tractor Lifespan: Are 300 Hours Too Much?

When it comes to lawn tractors, understanding the machine’s lifespan is essential for maintenance, repairs, and replacement. One of the key indicators of a lawn tractor’s lifespan is engine hours.

Hours vs. Age: Which Matters ?

When evaluating a lawn tractor’s longevity, it is important to consider both the hours of usage and the age of the machine. While 300 hours might not seem like much, if those hours were accrued over a short period or on a very old machine, there may still be cause for concern.

Engine Hours

Engine hours measure how many hours a machine has been in operation. Regarding lawn tractors, 300 hours is considered an average amount for proper maintenance and normal use. However, different manufacturers have different recommendations, so it is essential to consult your owner’s manual or the manufacturer’s website for more specific information.

For example, some commercial-grade lawn tractors can reach up to 2,000 hours before needing significant engine work or replacement. On the other hand, residential lawn tractors are generally expected to last between 500-1,500 hours, depending mainly on the quality of the machine and proper maintenance.

Age of the Machine

The age of your lawn tractor is another factor to consider when evaluating its lifespan. Over time, rubber and plastic parts may deteriorate, seals can wear out, and wiring can become brittle. Even if your lawn tractor has low engine hours, an older machine may need additional maintenance or face more significant wear and tear issues.

For instance, a 10-year-old lawn tractor with only 300 hours on it could still be nearing the end of its useful life, depending on how well it has been maintained and the quality of its components. On the other hand, a more recent model operating for the same number of hours might have many years of service left to offer.

Maintenance: The Key to Lawn Tractor Longevity

Regular maintenance is essential to keep your lawn tractor running efficiently and extend its lifespan. A well-maintained machine will provide a better performance, save on repair costs, and offer a longer service life. Some critical maintenance tasks for lawn tractors include:

  • Changing Engine Oil and Filter: Regular oil changes, typically every 25-50 hours of use, are vital to keeping your lawn tractor’s engine running smoothly. Check the owner’s manual for specific intervals and instructions.
  • Inspecting and Replacing Air Filter: A dirty air filter can reduce engine performance and efficiency. Check your air filter frequently and replace it as needed, usually every 100 hours or annually.
  • Checking Spark Plugs: Worn or fouled spark plugs can cause engine misfires and reduced performance. Inspect and change spark plugs as recommended, usually around 100 hours of usage.
  • Lubricating Moving Parts: Keeping your lawn tractor’s moving parts well-lubricated will reduce wear and tear and ensure smooth operation. Follow your owner’s manual for lubrication intervals and the types of lubricants to use.
  • Inspecting and Adjusting Belts: Belts connecting the engine to the mower deck and other components should be inspected for wear, cracking, or damage. Replace or adjust belts as necessary to avoid breakage or performance issues.
  • Sharpening and Balancing Lawn Mower Blades: Dull or unbalanced blades can cause uneven cuts and stress your tractor’s engine. Sharpen and balance blades at least once per mowing season.

Following these recommended maintenance practices will help ensure that your lawn tractor reaches and exceeds its expected lifespan.

Signs of a Worn-Out Lawn Tractor

Regardless of engine hours, you should watch for the following signs that indicate your lawn tractor may be nearing the end of its useful life:

  • Excessive oil consumption
  • Decreased performance or power
  • Difficulty starting or maintaining a steady idle
  • Increased vibrations or unusual noises
  • Frequent need for repairs

If you notice any of these issues with your lawn tractor, it might be time to consider replacing it.


In conclusion, 300 hours on a lawn tractor is not necessarily a lot, depending mainly on the machine’s age, quality, and maintenance history. By performing regular maintenance and checking for signs of wear, you can extend the life of your lawn tractor and get the most value out of your investment.

For more information on lawn tractor maintenance and lifespan, the Consumer Reports website offers valuable resources:

Lawn Mower Longevity: Is 2000 Hours Considered Excessive?

Whether buying a used lawn mower or checking the wear and tear on your machine, it’s essential to know the importance of the hours logged on it. The lifespan and performance of a lawn mower can be significantly affected by the number of hours it has been in use.

Understanding Lawn Mower Hour Ratings

Lawnmowers, specifically riding mowers, typically come with an hour meter, which records the accumulated time of use. According to Consumer Reports, a standard lawn tractor can last anywhere between 500 to 1,500 hours.

However, this number can vary depending on the mower’s quality, maintenance, and the conditions it is used.

– Factors Affecting Lawn Mower Longevity

Several factors can influence the lifespan of a lawn mower:

  • Build Quality: Higher-end mowers generally offer better build quality and more durable components. If a lawn mower is well-constructed and built to last, it may withstand up to 2000 hours of use without significant issues.
  • Regular Maintenance: Keeping a lawn mower in good working condition requires regular maintenance. Performing routine tasks such as changing the oil, cleaning the air filter, and sharpening the blades can substantially prolong the mower’s life.
  • Usage Conditions: The conditions in which the mower is used will affect its lifespan. If used in rough terrain or for heavy-duty tasks, the mower may have a shorter life than one used on even ground and for regular lawn mowing.

The Impact of 2000 Hours on a Lawn Mower

Given the abovementioned factors, determining whether 2000 hours on a lawn mower is a lot depends on the specific circumstances surrounding the mower. Here are some considerations:

– Commercial vs. Residential Use

In a commercial setting, lawnmowers are expected to last fewer hours than those used in residential environments. Commercial mowers, which frequently log more hours weekly and are used for extended periods throughout the year, may experience more wear and tear than residential mowers.

Thus, 2000 hours on a commercial mower could be considered high, whereas a residential mower might still have some life left.

– Maintenance History

A lawn mower that has been regularly maintained and serviced throughout its life will fare better with 2000 hours than one that has been neglected.

Regular maintenance can significantly improve the longevity of a mower, and a well-cared-for machine may still have plenty of life left even after reaching 2000 hours.

– Model and Brand

Certain brands and models of lawn mowers have earned reputations for their durability and longevity. If a mower is known for being long-lasting, it’s more likely to perform well after 2000 hours than one known for having a shorter lifespan.

Tips to Extend Lawn Mower Lifespan

To get the most out of your lawn mower and potentially extend its life beyond 2000 hours, these maintenance and care tips can make a significant difference:

  • Change the oil regularly: Like any machinery with an engine, lawn mowers require regular oil changes to maintain proper lubrication and reduce friction, which can cause wear and tear.
  • Keep the air filter clean: The air filter prevents dust and debris from entering the engine, helping maintain a clean combustion process. Cleaning or replacing the air filter regularly can help maintain engine performance and prolong the mower’s life.
  • Inspect and sharpen blades: Keeping your mower’s blades sharp ensures a clean, efficient cut and can reduce strain on your mower’s engine. Inspect your blades regularly and sharpen or replace them as needed.
  • Check belts and pulleys: Inspect the belts and pulleys on your mower’s deck and drive system regularly for signs of wear or damage. Replace any worn or damaged parts to maintain proper function and prevent further damage.
  • Use proper storage: When not in use, store the lawn mower in a dry, well-ventilated area to prevent rust and damage from moisture.

By understanding the factors contributing to a lawn mower’s lifespan and taking care of your machine, you can extend its life and get many more hours of use. Ultimately, whether 2000 hours on a mower is a lot depends on your machine’s model, maintenance, and usage.

John Deere Mower Durability: What’s the Typical Lifespan?

As an experienced John Deere mower user, I can attest to the popular sentiment that these machines are incredibly durable and reliable. But the burning question remains: how many hours do John Deere mowers truly last?

– Engine Type

John Deere offers both gasoline and diesel engines in their mower lineup. On average, diesel engines are more durable and require less maintenance, so choosing a diesel-powered mower could lead to an extended lifespan.

– Proper Maintenance

Regular maintenance, such as oil changes, air filter replacements, and greasing, is crucial in extending any mower’s lifespan, including John Deere mowers.

– User Habits

How the mower is used affects life expectancy. Factors like frequency of use, cutting height adjustments, and mowing speed can cause wear and tear on the mower’s components, thus impacting its overall life.

– Mower Model and Size

The specific John Deere mower model and size also contribute to lifespan. Larger, commercial-grade mowers may last longer due to more durable components and construction.

– Residential Mowers

For typical homeowners who mow their lawn once a week during the growing season, John Deere’s residential mowers generally last between 500 and 1500 hours or roughly 8-25 years.

However, remember that the wide range is due to different models, engine types, and user habits, which all contribute to the machine’s lifespan.

– Commercial Mowers

Commercial mowers are built to withstand heavy use and are designed with more robust components. Consequently, they often have a longer lifespan than their residential counterparts.

Commercial John Deere mowers typically last between 1500 and 4000 hours, depending on the specific model and maintenance practices.

– Diesel vs. Gasoline Engine Mowers

As mentioned earlier, diesel-engine mowers generally have a longer life expectancy than gasoline-engine mowers. The average diesel John Deere mower can last up to 3000 hours, while gasoline-engine mowers may average around 2000 hours, given proper maintenance practices.

– Regular Preventative Maintenance

Following the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule is essential for keeping your John Deere mower running smoothly for years.

Routine tasks include changing the oil, replacing air filters, and checking spark plugs. John Deere provides a comprehensive maintenance schedule that details the necessary tasks.

– Proper Storage

When not in use, store your John Deere mower in a protected, dry space to prevent damage from weather and moisture.

– Use John Deere OEM Parts and Oil

Using John Deere’s original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts and oil can contribute to a longer-lasting mower. OEM parts are specifically designed for John Deere mowers, ensuring that quality and compatibility issues do not compromise the machine’s performance.

– Keep Blades Sharp and Balanced

Regularly inspect the mower blades for sharpness and balance. Dull or unbalanced blades can cause uneven cuts and unnecessary strain on the mower.

– Check Tire Pressure

Maintaining appropriate tire pressure helps ensure even weight distribution, reducing the burden on the mower’s components and extending its life.

Noteworthy Case Study: John Deere Lawn Mower with 11,000 Hours

John Fisher, a landscaping professional, had a video on YouTube showcasing his John Deere mower reaching over 11,000 hours. While this is an exceptional case, it highlights the potential lifespan of a well-maintained mower.

In conclusion, the life expectancy of a John Deere mower takes into account various factors, including engine type, user habits, and the specific model. With proper care and maintenance, residential John Deere mowers can last anywhere from 500 to 1500 hours, while commercial mowers can achieve lifespans between 1500 and 4000 hours.

Comparing Lawn Mowers: Which Model Has the Longest Lifespan?

Maintaining a perfectly manicured lawn is essential for many homeowners, and choosing the right lawn mower can significantly impact the appearance and health of your grass.

However, with so many lawn mower models available today, it can be challenging to identify the one that will last the longest.

Understanding Lawn Mower Longevity

When evaluating the longevity of a lawn mower, it is crucial to consider several factors that can affect the machine’s lifespan. These factors include the type of lawn mower, proper maintenance, and usage.

– Type of Lawn Mower

There are four main types of lawnmowers: gas-powered, electric (corded and cordless), and manual reel mowers. Each type has its pros and cons when it comes to longevity.

  • Gas-powered mowers are known for their power and ability to tackle large, tough lawns. However, gas engines require frequent maintenance, and internal combustion can cause engine wear over time. Despite this, with proper care, gas mowers can last 10 years or more.
  • Electric mowers, both corded and cordless, have fewer moving parts and require less maintenance than gas models. However, cordless models rely on batteries that can lose their ability to hold a charge over time. Generally, electric mowers, especially corded models, can last as long as gas mowers or even longer with proper care.
  • Manual reel mowers are the simplest type, with no engine and minimal moving parts. Because of this, they require the least amount of maintenance and can last for decades if well-maintained.

– Maintenance and Care

Proper mower maintenance is crucial in ensuring its longevity. Some essential maintenance tasks include cleaning, lubricating, sharpening blades, replacing worn parts, and timely servicing.

Regularly checking and changing engine oil, air filters, and spark plugs in gas mowers will help prolong their lifespan. Likewise, keeping electric mower components clean and dry will minimize the risk of damage and ensure long-term usability.

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– Usage Habits

How you use your lawn mower also plays a vital role in determining its lifespan. Constantly mowing on difficult terrain or using the mowing improperly can cause premature wear and reduce its longevity.

Durable Lawn Mower Brands and Models

While many factors affect lawn mower longevity, some brands and models are known for their durability and long-lasting performance. Here are some recommendations:

– Honda HRX Series (Gas-Powered)

Honda is renowned for its high-quality and durable engines, making the HRX series one of the most sought-after gas-powered mowers. The HRX line boasts a robust design featuring a corrosion-resistant composite deck and Honda’s famed reliability.

Many users report that these mowers last well over a decade with proper maintenance. For more information, you can visit their official website.

– Toro TimeMaster Series (Gas-Powered)

Toro is another reputable brand known for its durable lawn mowers, and their TimeMaster series is no exception. Toro TimeMaster mowers have powerful engines and durable components, making them ideal for heavy-duty mowing.

They come with a 3-year warranty and a strong track record for lasting over a decade with regular care. Read more on the official website of Toro.

– EGO Power Series (Cordless Electric)

As a leading electric lawn mower brand, EGO’s Power series is known for its durability and top-notch performance. These cordless mowers come with powerful, long-lasting batteries and a 5-year warranty, assuring buyers of their longevity.

Many users have reported using EGO Power mowers for over five years with no signs of wear. details can be found on the EGO Power official website.

– Fiskars StaySharp Max Reel Mower (Manual)

For those looking for a manual reel lawn mower, the Fiskars StaySharp Max mower stands out in terms of longevity. This mower is sturdy and durable, with self-sharpening blades requiring minimal maintenance.

The Fiskars StaySharp Max mower can last for decades, making it an excellent choice for those who prefer a manual option. Visit the Fiskars website for more information.

Final Thoughts

The longevity of a lawn mower largely depends on the type, proper maintenance, and usage habits. Brands like Honda, Toro, EGO Power, and Fiskars offer models known for their durability and long-lasting performance.

However, it is crucial to remember that regular care and proper usage will significantly impact its lifespan no matter which mower you choose.

Regularly servicing and using your mower as intended will help ensure you get the most extended and reliable performance from your investment.

The Best Time to Buy a Lawn Mower

Sarah Scott is a fact-checker and researcher who has worked in the custom home building industry in sales, marketing, and design.

While you can’t always control when exactly you’ll need a new lawn mower, you can somewhat control the price you’ll pay. We polled lawn mower experts from retailers like Home Depot, Machinery Pete, Stotz Equipment, and Trevor’s Power Equipment to get their insight. The overall consensus was that timing is a factor worth considering when shopping for a new lawn mower, since the time of year you shop will dictate the price.

The optimal months to purchase a lawn mower are March, April, October, and December. During these months, there are more opportunities to purchase a lawn mower at a lower cost. And while there are the occasional deal or brand-dependent sales peppered throughout the year, these aren’t as dependable as following simple seasonal sales cycles.

Read on to learn more about when to purchase a lawn mower.

The Best Time to Buy

Savvy shoppers tend to time their purchases to coincide with supply and demand cycles. Nicole Weaver, a product analyst with Machinery Pete, a marketplace for used farm equipment says that Lawn mower sales skyrocket from April to September every year. These sales, she explains, then tank in October. This makes sense, as grass flourishes between the spring and summertime, and homeowners spend more time outdoors taking care of their lawns.

When supply is high leading into the busy season but demand is still relatively low, cream of the crop mowers are available, and it’s possible to score a deal. However, when demand spikes discounts are virtually nonexistent and top models can sell out. Once the demand dies down, it’s your best chance to score a significant discount on an older mower as dealers clear their shelves.

February to March

At the beginning of each year dealers tend to build their inventory, but units don’t move as quickly. This is why it can be wise to hold out and purchase your lawn mower between February and March. Trevor Carpenter owner and technician at Utah-based Trevor’s Power Equipment, affirms that pre-season sales and previous year models offer buyers the opportunity to purchase a quality mower at an affordable price during these months.

Matt Webster of Stotz Equipment, a Utah-based John Deere dealer agrees. “The best time would be the end of February, early March. That’s when you’ve got a chance of having the best available incentives to you.”

Big retailers run sales from the end of February through March, and shoppers may be able to save 10 to 20 percent.


As Weaver mentioned, demand begins to spike in April. However, particularly in the first half of the month, it’s worth visiting your local dealers. “Beginning of the season means companies are putting on specials to get people interested,” says Carpenter. He mentions that while you may not save as largely as you would in other months, April is still a great time to buy.

Thanks to the slow start of demand before summer you can potentially save up to 10 percent if you purchase in April.


Demand putters out in October, making it a great time for deal hunters to prowl the market. End-of-season deals clear up space for snowblowers and make way for next year’s new deals, says Carpenter. Keep in mind, you likely won’t find any brand new models around this time, but you might be able to get a great deal on last season’s standout.

You can likely save up to 10 percent if you purchase in October.


If a company still has mowers on deck come December, they will most likely want to get rid of them to make way for next year’s models, says Carpenter. But you shouldn’t depend on this month to be your best bet. Another possibility is that deals may materialize if the snow season is weak, business is slow, and they need the revenue, added Carpenter. On the flip side, you won’t be able to test out your new lawn mower until spring, so you won’t know if something is broken, missing, or askew upon purchasing.

The Worst Times to Buy

While April is still a decent time to shop, demand grows tall as switchgrass from May through the heart of busy season. Showroom floors can start to look sparse in summer, and discounts are nowhere in sight, aside from occasional sales. If you can time your purchase with a Fourth of July or Father’s Day sale, the more power to you. However, it’s best to let the busy season run on by.

Making Sense of Margins

It’s worth noting that because the mower market is competitive, you may not always find the high-percentage discounts you’d expect. “Typically, everyone comes in in the fall wanting some crazy, rock-bottom price,” says Webster. “And we don’t have big margins on these items anyways, so it’s not like we can knock thousands of dollars off.”

Keeping these small margins in mind is key when shopping for a new mower. According to Jeff Ovitt, an 18-year employee of Home Depot, lawn mowers typically don’t go on sale. In his nearly two decades at Home Depot, Ovitt claims he hasn’t seen a new mower discounted for more than 10 percent off.

Carpenter agrees, noting that sometimes, the best bet is to look for extra perks like warranty registration, assembly, free delivery, or a free tank of fuel.

The best way to get better margins is to look at used mowers. 60 to 70 percent of MSRP is possible from used dealers, while you may score mowers for significantly less from individual listers.

Lawn Mower Buying Tips

Know Your Local Repairman

Many dealers only service the mowers that they sell in-store, and some big box stores don’t service everything they sell, so it’s important to know your local repairman, says Carpenter. That way, you can make sure that if you need a repair you can get it done quickly, affordably, and professionally.

Stick to Big-Name Brand Motors

As someone who’s seen more than his fair share of mower motors up close, Carpenter advises you to choose a brand with recognition. He recommends Honda and Toro. “You may pay more, but the longevity of the unit will offset the cost of buying a new machine every couple of years.”

Other motor brands he likes are Briggs and Stratton, Kohler, and Kawasaki (the latter of which is less likely to be seen). A lot of the engines that are no-name or generic American words are made in China and are low quality, with hard-to-find or unavailable parts.”

Field Test

Carpenter recommends a thorough field test when purchasing a used mower. He says it’s important to make sure it cuts grass, the drive works, no abnormal clattering or squealing noises, and that there’s no excessive vibration in the handlebar.

Examine Everything Carefully

This is particularly important with regards to used mowers. “A few pictures can’t tell the whole story of the piece of equipment, and you want to know exactly what you’re spending your money on,” says Weaver. “Turn it on, listen to how it sounds, and look at all the important pieces. Buying a lawn mower can be an investment, and you want to feel confident in what you decide to purchase.”

Just like you want to pop open the hood on a used car before you fork over the money, check the nuts and bolts of a used mower. “Be sure to check the oil and air filter before buying. Are they clean? Has the mower been repaired recently?” suggests Carpenter. “Buying a repaired unit is definitely better than buying someone’s old junker they’ve had around for years and hasn’t been used for a while.”

Final Verdict

The best months to purchase a lawn mower are March, April, October, and December.