Zero Turn Mower Facts and Questions

Are you considering purchasing a zero turn mower this spring? Grass cutting season is just around the corner. You may want to know more about this product before making a purchase. Here are 5 frequently asked questions to help you decide if a zero turn mower is the right option for you:

  1. What is a zero turn mower?

So what exactly is a zero turn mower? These strange looking mowers have a deck in front of the mower instead of underneath it as a traditional mower does. This allows the mower a zero inch radius when turning. It literally takes no space to turn – hence the name ‘zero turn’ mower. This is great if your yard has tight spaces where a standard mower cannot turn. This mower is also great for going around shrubbery and fountains with ease.

  1. What are the differences between standard and zero turn mowers?

Besides the deck placement, there are two main differences to these lawn mowers:

  1. Speed
  2. Handling

A zero turn mower is usually much faster than a regular riding mower. This is good for large lawns. This can also be dangerous for inexperienced drivers. Make sure to start out on flat ground and get comfortable with your new zero turn before you tackle uneven lawns or those on hills.

The handling of a zero turn mower is much more sensitive than a traditional mower. Two stick handles control the steering, one on each side. Since each side moves independently it is important to learn how to steer the mower. Once you master the sticks, you will find it handles much better than a steering wheel, allowing you to reach tight spots with ease.

  1. What does a zero turn mower cost?

As with anything, the cost will depend on the brand, the size, and the style of your mower. Brand names like Husqvarna and John Deere typically start at about $3000 and go up depending on the attachment packages you want to purchase. Toro’s with a 60 inch cut can reach upwards of $6000. The engine size, cut size, and power sources are all factors in the price. Before purchasing a zero turn, decide what you need for your lawn. Purchasing extra power and cut size when you have a small lawn is unnecessary and costly. Having too little power or too small cut size will result in longer mowing time and possibly wearing out your engine sooner.

  1. Are attachments available for zero turn mowers?

More attachments come out every year for these mowers. Like a lawn tractor, you can purchase items separately for your zero turn to use your mower year round. The most popular attachments include:

  • Snow plow blade
  • Baggers
  • ROPS
  • Mulcher
  • Sun Shade
  • Suspension Seat
  • Front End Loader
  1. How long does a zero turn mower last?

Again, the answer to this question will vary depending on the brand you buy, the uses of the mower and how frequently you use the mower. Most zero turn mowers with gas engines will last 250-350 mowing hours before you need to consider replacing the engine or purchasing a new mower. That doesn’t sound like much until you consider that a residential lawn mowing will typically take less than an hour. You usually mow once a week. Do the math. 1 hour a week x 12-16 mowing weeks per season. That’s 12-16 hours per season. However, lots of people use their zero turn mower all year, for mulching, seed spreading, leaf collection, and snow plowing. A good zero turn mower that is maintained properly could last up to 15 years before you will want to replace it.

Do your homework. Buy quality. Enjoy your zero turn mower and all of the attachments.