Buying a lawn tractor or zero turn mower? 5 Factors to consider
Before buying a lawn tractor or zero turn mower, it is important to learn about both types. Zero turn mowers and lawn tractors have different characteristics that make them better suited for certain situations. But which type of riding mower is the best fit for you? Consider the following factors to make the right choice.
2. Hills and slopes
A lawn tractor has more grip on hills and slopes than a zero turn mower. This makes the lawn tractor a better choice for you when you have a lawn with hills and slopes. You can keep the front wheels under control and maintain grip while driving up a hill or slope with a lawn tractor. With a zero turn mower, this is less effective, especially when driving sideways over a hill or slope. A zero turn mower has pivot wheels at the front that turn downhill while driving on a hill or slope. If you try to correct this by keeping the nose of the zero turn mower straight, you will most likely damage your lawn.
4. Speed and precision
If you want to mow your lawn in the shortest possible time with a beautiful result, then a zero turn mower is the best choice. In addition to the fact that a zero turn mower can reach higher speeds than a lawn tractor, time is also saved due to the maneuverability of the zero turn mower. The combination of speed and maneuverability allows you to mow more area in less time. And because you have a clear view of the mowing deck, you can mow more precisely.
Which is the best fit for you, a lawn tractor or zero turn mower?
As you've read, both a lawn tractor and a zero turn mower have their own advantages and disadvantages that you need to carefully weigh against your needs. Our advice is:
If you have a garden with a flat lawn, different garden sections, trees, flower beds, and/or other obstacles, and you want a fast riding mower that can mow very precisely, choose a zero turn mower.
If you have a lawn with hills and slopes, or if you want to use your riding mower for other purposes such as snow plowing, choose a lawn tractor.