Top 10 Rated Riding Lawn Mowers 2014
With riding lawn mowers, you want the same performance you get from a walk-behind mower but in a much larger package. Riding lawn mowers are the ideal choice if you have a lot of property to cover. Here are some of the most important factors we looked for when we selected the top 10 ride lawn mowers:
1. Controls easy to access and operate
2. Comfortable seat
3. Tight turning radius
4. Wide cutting path
5. Powerful motor for cutting and mulching
6. Smooth riding over varied terrains
7. Variable speeds and adjustable deck height
8. Easy handling and maneuverability
This is one solid riding lawnmower that comes loaded with useful features. Things like the fender mounted cutting height adjustment, air induction, anti-scalp wheels, and hydrostatic…read more
The Poulan Pro PB22H46YT riding mower provides great maneuverability with a tight 16-inch turning radius. Able to cover medium to large lawns and properties in a short time with the 46-inch deck…more
The Troy-Bilt Pony riding lawn mower is ideal for small to medium sized lots and yards. The “Pony” in the name gives most of it away. It’s a smaller mower, but still offers a punch…more
16.5 HP endurance engine
This is one of the more expensive mowers on the list, but for good reason. The Husqvarna RZ3016 doesn’t have all the horse power some of the other mowers have, but it’s lighter and exceeds their top speeds…more
Offering great value for its low price of $900, this Yard Machines 42-inch ride mower has a handy shift-on-the-go transmission system that lets you adjust the speed … more
As a zero-turn ride mower, this Snapper model leaves no grass uncut when it makes its sharp turns, so you don’t have to overlap your cutting paths. It runs quickly and … more
An efficient, compact riding mower from Husqvarna, this hydrostatic transmission model provides a smooth, easy ride with two separate pedals for forward … more
For an automatic transmission ride mower in its class, this 42-inch John Deere model is fairly inexpensive at $1,600 and cuts grass very well. Able to handle gently … more
190 cc engine
For small, flat yards, the Weed Eater WE-ONE will get the job done faster than a walk-behind mower. Its 190 cc engine demonstrates a great cutting performance, and three forward speeds … more
Built with durable parts meant to last a long time, the Yard-Man 46-inch ride mower runs smoothly with an auto-drive transmission. Its wide deck cuts through tall, thick grass easily … more
Riding Mowers Buying Guide
4 Ways to Mow Really Tall Grass
Does your lawn resemble a jungle? Either you’re blessed with fast growing grass, or you’ve neglected your mowing duty for too long. In either case, if you don’t have a riding mower, you may have to do double the work to take care of the problem.
- First, try mowing on the highest height setting. Wait a couple days before mowing the yard again at a normal setting.
- Is the grass too stubborn or is your mower not up to the task? If mulching doesn’t work, try bagging the clippings.
- If the mower keeps clogging, try a narrower strip, say 6 to 12 inches, with each mowing pass.
- If all else fails, set your mower to side discharge. You’ll have to rake up the clippings afterward, but at least you’ll have tamed the jungle.
Now that you know how much extra work is involved in cutting tall grass, you’ll be motivated to keep up with a regular mowing schedule.
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