3 Things To Look For In A Zero Turn Mower

Do you have a big yard? Do you want to spend less time mowing your lawn and more time enjoying it? If so, a zero turn mower could be a wise investment for you. Zero turn mowers are often used by commercial landscaping companies because they can cut grass quickly and precisely. Zero turn mowers generally have more powerful engines than traditional riding mowers. That allows them to move at much faster speeds.They also have a unique design that allows them to turn at a zero radius, which allows it to cut tight corners. Not all zero turn mowers are the same, though. If you're new to zero turn mowers, you'll want to consider these three criteria as you compare models:

Deck construction. The steel hardware that separates the seat from the blade and engine is called the deck. They may all look the same, but there are some important differences. Decks are either stamped or welded. Generally, welded decks are considered to be more durable and are the kind that are used by commercial landscapers. You'll pay more for a welded deck, but it may be worth it, especially if your mower will travel over rough terrain.

The other important factor in deck construction is the gauge of the steel. That information should be readily available as you compare models. The lower the gauge, the thicker the steel, and the more durable it will likely be.

Engine design. Zero turn motors can come with either one-cylinder or two-cylinder engine designs. The one-cylinder design is generally less expensive. However, the two-cylinder design will provide more engine power as well as a smoother ride. With a two-cylinder engine, power is distributed more evenly throughout the mower, so you don't feel a constant vibration from the motor. That could be important, especially if you have back problems.

Blade height adjustment. Most people don't consider this, but it's an important point. You probably have areas in your yard where you like to set the blade a little higher. It could be over a large tree root or in an area where the ground is a bit bumpy or rocky. The whole point of having a zero turn mower is so you can cut your lawn quickly. You want a mower that allows you to raise the height of the blade without stopping the mower and getting off.

Some zero turns have blade heights that can be adjusted with a foot pedal. That means you can simply press the pedal and change the height without missing a beat.

The best way to find the right mower is to simply visit a dealer, like those at North Pine Motors, and try them out. The dealer's knowledgeable staff can help you find the best mower for you.