Standard Riding Mower vs. Zero-Turn: Pros and Cons Thumbnail image

When you are facing the prospect of mowing large properties or multiple properties, you’re going to want an upgrade over your typical push lawn mower. A riding mower or a zero-turn mower will be your best bets to handle the mowing tasks ahead of you. The question then becomes, which one is right for you? Do you need the efficiency that a zero-turn mower will provide? Maybe the utility that is available on some models of riding mowers will prove helpful on your property. 

With so many different aspects to consider, it can be difficult to make a decision. Here we will consider these differences to help you make an informed decision as to which will be best for you as well as highlight some of the better brands for both including John Deere riding lawn mowers. 

Keep It Close With a Zero-Turn

There is a lot to be said about what a zero-turn can handle on your property. A nice, wide mowing radius plus the comfort of a riding mower. Not to mention the fact that there is zero turning radius. Not only does this allow you to mow in rows as efficiently as possible; it also allows you to tightly hug landscaping as you mow around them. What more could you ask for? This sort of speed allows you to mow multiple properties quickly, making zero-turn mowers an excellent mower for property managers and commercial mowers.

Despite all of their upside, there are some areas where zero-turn mowers leave a lot to be desired. Depending on your property, you could possibly need much more than simply a lawn mower. You may need a mower that can mulch and handle other lawn care tasks as well. The point is zero-turn mowers are excellent, but they can leave you needing more tools in your arsenal to tackle all of the different tasks ahead of you.

Tackle More With a Riding Mower

Riding mowers offer property owners a great deal of versatility depending on what model they purchase. Many models, including John Deere riding mowers, offer the ability to attach different implements along including towing a small trailer. This gives homeowners the ability to not only mow their lawn but also handle snow removal, mulch and much more. This sort of versatility makes riding lawn mowers perfect for homeowners who are solely focused on a single property. 

A major drawback to riding mowers is that they have a fairly large turning radius in comparison to zero-turn mowers. While riding mowers still provide an excellent cut, they are a bit more inefficient. You will need to make extra passes in order to cut your entire lawn. This aspect is what makes them a weaker choice for managing multiple properties where time is a factor in completing the task.

Choose The Best One For You

Both riding and zero-turn mowers offer some excellent advantages depending on what you need out of them. Each has their own drawbacks as well for the same reason. Minnesota Equipment is here for you no matter which style of mower you choose. Stop in today and let us help you get ready for spring!