Is It Worth Buying a Riding Mower?

Stuart Wellbert
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Riding Mower vs Push Mower

Depending on the number of tasks you need to complete, picking up a riding mower instead of a push mower can be a big expense. With so many different riding mowers on the market to choose from, you may find yourself wondering if you should spring for this option.

One of the first questions to ask yourself is how much land you need to cover. If you only have a small area to mow, you’ll find that a push mower can do the job just as effectively. If you are like most gardeners, though, you probably have a sizeable area that needs to be kept in order. From oval ground to large shady lawns, a riding mower can seemingly cover a lot more area in the same amount of time. In this case, it’s definitely worth buying a new mower to get the job done more efficiently.

Another key consideration when deciding whether or not to pick up a riding mower is what type of yard you have. Having a sloped yard, or even a lot of uneven terrain, can make using a push mower significantly more time consuming. Again, a riding mower can easily navigate these types of areas and save you from having to go over the same patch of grass over and over.

Zero-Turn Rider Mower vs Lawn Tractor

There are many pros and cons to consider when choosing between a riding mower and a lawn tractor.

Let’s start out with the positives.

A riding mower makes mowing the lawn very fast and easy.

You get an even cut around the yard…usually.

They take up less space.

You don’t have to mow backward (unless you want to).

You are raised above the area you are cutting.

Mowing areas that are difficult to access without a riding mower is a breeze.

You don’t need to worry about getting stuck in mud or wet grass.

But there are some cons too.

There are no cup holders.

Zero turn mowers take more skill to operate than a lawn tractor.

When the power goes out, your mower is useless.

You are raised above the area you are cutting. You can’t go up and down slopes with the same ease.

True zero-turn mowers are more expensive.

If you don’t have a very large yard, a riding mower is not very economical.

If you need to mow in reverse, you must dismount and push the mower.

They need their own space to be stored in.

Can You Use a Riding Mower to Tow?

Maybe. If you have a typical riding mower, not a tractor mower, your front wheels may not be big enough to toe as the steering wheels of tractor style mowers are positioned on the back two wheels.

Some riding lawn mowers do come with a tow option. It’s hard to resist a riding mower that can perform double duty, but think about how you will transport the machine to the woods before you make a purchase.

If it’s a weekend project, and you’re not towing heavy loads, you may try towing the mower with your truck and see how it goes. To help you make your decision, think about whether a riding mower would solve a problem you’re having with your current mower or if you’ve simply fallen in love with a riding lawn mower, sight-unseen.