STATEN ISLAND, NY – If your unruly lawn is attracting attention and you’re dreading another season pushing a mower up and down in sweltering summer heat, you might find yourself dreaming of owning a riding lawn mower.
We took a look and found that they are not as expensive as we thought!
So, do you need a riding mower?
If you’ve decided that a riding mower is right for you, pay attention to the width of the front mower deck. If you have a large yard, you will need to select a mower with a larger cutting deck to shorten the cutting time. Small yards can get away with smaller cutting units.
Ride-on mowers are best suited for people with health or mobility issues, as they alleviate the manual labor required for mowing.
Ride-on lawnmowers can also help with other functions, like transportation and snow removal.
Of course, their price varies according to power and capacity, but, overall, the cost has come down in recent years. More and more manufacturers, such as Craftsman, Dewalt and John Deere, are offering varied lines of mowers.
Spring is the perfect time to buy a riding mower, as retailers have leftovers from last year and are also looking to sell the newer models.
Here are some of the best sellers we found at Home Depot and Lowe’s:
The Craftsman T110 17.5 HP Manual/Gear 42-inch Riding Lawn Mower is mulching capable (kit sold separately) and features a 17.5 HP Briggs and Stratton single-cylinder engine for easy starting and superior performance. It features a 7-speed manual transmission and a 42-inch reinforced stamped steel deck that cuts up to two acres. It’s currently $1,949 on Lowe’s.com.
The John Deere S110 Riding Lawn Tractor 19-HP Side By Side Hydrostatic 42-in Riding Lawn Mower is mulching capable (kit sold separately). It features a hydrostatic transmission, side-by-side pedals, improved styling and adjustable controls, and enough power to handle tough mowing and mulching. It’s available exclusively on Lowe’s.com right now for $2,199.
If you need to mow larger areas, you may want to upgrade to the Husqvarna Yth22V46 22 HP V-twin Hydrostatic 46-Inch Lawn Mower with Mulching Capability (Kit Sold Separately). It’s designed for efficient performance and versatile all-season use and features a 22 HP Briggs and Stratton Intek V-Twin engine for smooth, powerful performance. The also offers a three-year bumper-to-bumper warranty and is available at Lowe’s for $2,299 right now.
If your yard has obstacles and you need to make tight turns, you might want to invest in a zero-turn mower. Many come with kits to help with your gardening chores. The Craftsman Gas Zero Turn Z5200 Bundle is now $3,665.96 at Lowe’s.com. It comes with a bagger, oil and air filters and a mulching kit.
Another zero-turn mower perfect for a small yard with obstacles is the Cub Cadet Ultima 42-inch, 22 HP V-Twin Kohler 7000 Engine Dual Hydrostatic Drive Gas Zero Turn Riding Lawn Mower, available at Home Depot for $3,299. It’s good for the yard up to two acres.
For yards of four acres or more, the DEWALT Z260 Commercial 60-inch 24 HP Kawasaki V-Twin FS730v Series Engine Dual Hydrostatic Gas Zero Turn Lawn Mower will get the job done quickly and is built for heavy-duty use. Right now it’s $7,999 at Home Depot or online at Homedepot.com.