Lawnmowers have been a staple in gardeners’ homes for years, and ongoing advancements in technology means there is a far wider variety of choice than there was previously. As a result, gardeners are no longer looking to the traditional mowers to groom their lawns, but are instead seeking machines with advanced settings to help make the most of their lawns.
Riding lawnmowers, or tractor mowers, have become increasingly popular over the past few years, and with good reason. Riding mowers are obviously larger in size than your traditional mower, as they need to hold the weight of the rider. As a result, riding mowers are also able to cover a wider surface area of your lawn, meaning your lawn is mowed more effectively, in a shorter time.
Today, there are two popular types of riding mowers on the market. The first is the conventional rider, and the second is the zero turn radius motor, commonly abbreviated to ZTR. Conventional riders need to maneuver anything from 4 to about 28 inches in order to turn 180 degrees, meaning your parallel cutting lines may not lay side-by-side.
The ZTR is a more advanced alternative, as it can save you precious inches as you turn and allow you to mow systematically with out readjusting your mower after every completed line.
Another reason the ZTR is preferred is because they usually have larger and more powerful motors. The conventional mower usually travels at a speed of around 4 miles an hour, with better models increasing to 9 miles, whereas the ZTR typically runs at about 15 miles an hour. This may not seem like a significant difference, but it means that something as large as a sporting field can be mowed in 10 minutes.
The steering system is another point of difference between the conventional rider and the ZTR. With the conventional mower, the steering is traditional located and handled at the front of the machine. The ZTR machine, on the other hand, has a steering system at the front of the machine as well as one at the back to allow independent rotation of the rear wheels.
This is one of the mechanisms that allows the ZTR to rotate freely, as it makes maneuvering into the next position easier than rotating all four wheels at the same time.
Whilst the ZTR may sound like the obvious choice, the difference in price to the conventional riding machine may influence your decision. Conventional options usually cost between 1000 to 3000 dollars, whereas the ZTR prices shoot up as far as 7000 dollars.
Regardless of the type of riding mower you choose, there are a few precautions you need to take. Your mower needs to have a reliable warranty. Most should offer a two year warranty, and you are lucky if you find one that holds for three years.
This will protect certain parts and potential defects in your machine, and hopefully include the delivery and set up of your machine as well.