Lawn Tractors vs Zero Turn Mowers

Watch and learn about Zero Turn Mowers

WHY ZERO TURN

  • Cut your lawn efficiently with 180 degree turns
  • Infinite maneuverability literally cuts your mowing time in half
  • Quality cutting at higher speeds
  • Typically used by professional landscape contractors
  • Investment in line with homeowner budgets

Mowing Pattern

When all things are equal, a zero turn mower will allow you to cut your lawn more efficiently due to the ability to turn 180 degrees at the end of a mowing row.

  • Lawn Tractor Cutting Pattern

    Lawn Tractor Cutting Pattern

    The wider turning radius of a tractor leaves strips of uncut grass that requires awkward maneuvering to reach. When mowing with a traditional lawn tractor, you need to drive over already cut areas, backing up to cut or taking multiple passes at the end of a mowing row. This awkward maneuvering creates an inefficient pattern of mowing, increasing the overall time it will take you to mow your yard.

  • Zero Turn Mower Cutting Pattern

    Zero Turn Mower Cutting Pattern

    Because they can spin 180 degrees, zero-turn mowers make a clean cut at the end of each mowing row so you reduce the number of passes required to mow your yard. There is no need to drive over already-cut areas, backing up to cut or taking multiple passes. This efficient cut pattern also helps you achieve that freshly-cut "striping" look of a professional job.

Compare Features

Both the lawn tractor and zero turn mower accomplish the same task. Compare the features of both machines in more detail.

Features Tractor Zero Turn Mowers
Steering Design Front-wheel steering design. Rear-wheel steering design There is no power to the front wheels of a zero-turn mower.
Turning Radius From 15 to 30 degrees. Zero degree turning radius.
Deck Size Ranges between 36 and 54 inches Ranges between 34 and 60 inches for homeowner use.
Engine Usually single cylinder engines that range from 15-25 hp. Usually twin cylinder engines that range from 15-20hp.
Braking Slow down or stop by stepping on a foot pedal. Slow down or stop by bringing steering handles back to a neutral position. Zero turn mowers do not have traveling brakes but are equipped with a parking/emergency brake.
Mowing Speed A typical lawn tractor cuts at a speed of 3-4 mph. A typical zero turn mower cuts at a speed of 5-8 mph. Commercial zero turn mowers cut at speeds of up to 13 mph.
Attachments Accommodate both front and rear attachments. Accommodate both front and rear attachments.
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