If you’re the proud owner of a large garden (at least 2 acres), made up of slopes and hills, flower and herb beds and trees, maybe even a rocky patch or boulder here and there, you need something better than a mere ride-on or tractor mower to navigate those challenges easily. Fear not – the perfect mower for you exists: the zero turn mower.
While this type of mower is basically built like the classic ride on mower, it offers you a unique and very handy extra: as the name suggests, those mowers have a turning radius of literally zero degree. You can rotate or turn your mower easily on the spot without moving forwards or backwards.
In terms of power and engine, the zero turn mower are pretty similar to those of a tractor mower. Yet, if you feel you need something more powerful, you will find what you’re looking for in a semi-pro or commercial zero turn mower class.
Things To Consider Before Buying a Zero Turn Mower
Further information about different grade levels are available in my zero level buying guide.
Top Rated Zero Turn Mowers
This mower features a Kawasaki commercial duty engine that generates ample energy to keep both the mower itself as well as the 54 inch deck powered for the perfect cut on every terrain. The floating deck is easy and quick to adjust which makes adapting to different needs a breeze. The halogen headlights makes mowing until dusk or later possible, or help you to get a headstart in the morning. If you’re the type of gardener that enjoys rising early, the integrated cup holder will keep your morning coffee at hand, and is a nice extra.
- Pros: powerful engine; seatbelt and roll bar for added safety; 54 inch deck; smooth ride
- Cons: a little on the heavy side
The Kohler engine despite delivering quite powerful energy output is actually very quiet. With top-speeds of 6.5 mph you can mow up to 2.8 acres of grass within a single hour. The Husqvarna’s 54 inch deck helps you achieving a great cut by effectively sucking air from the top and bottom of the deck in order to lift up even the finest blades of grass. A great plus of this mower is the fact that it leaves hardly any tire-track at all on your freshly mowed lawn. All in all it’s a sturdy, good quality mower that will keep you happy for a long time.
- Pros: great engine; rides smoothly; three grass clipping management options; very affordable
- Cons: mulching kit affects mower performance; blades need to be sharpened often if used on dense grass