Best Riding Lawn Mower Reviews of 2017

If you need help deciding which is the best riding lawn mower you should buy, whether lawn tractor, rear engine mower or zero turn, hop on to my Top Lists below where I listed my top picks for all types for this year. If you need a few tips about riding mowers you can check my Extensive Guide To Purchasing Riding Lawn Mowers part that follows after the Top Lists. In any case, have fun with your new mower!

Lawn Tractors - The Top List
ProductDescriptionMy ScorePrice
My Choice
Poulan Pro PB24VA54 V-Twin 24 HP 54” Riding Lawn Mower Review

Poulan Pro PB24VA54 V-Twin 24 HP 54” Riding Lawn Mower Review

Overall, I think it's a great mower. While it isn't the cheapest one, it is priced nicely for the amount of power it had and its size. It's a great mower for those large mowing jobs and is a machine that is built to last.

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Poulan Pro 960420186 Briggs 24 hp Automatic Hydrostatic Riding Mower, 54″ Review

Poulan Pro 960420186 Briggs 24 hp Automatic Hydrostatic Riding Mower, 54″ Review

It's well built, pretty quick and handles a variety of different terrains well. It also starts quickly, cuts the grass well and is a joy to use. I think it's well worth its money.

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Husqvarna GTH52XLS 52″ Riding Lawn Mower Review

Husqvarna GTH52XLS 52″ Riding Lawn Mower Review

It's a great mower that really has some great things going for it. It cuts grass well. The only things I really didn't like about it was the price and the fact that the deck tended to dig into the ground on uneven ground.

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Husqvarna YTA18542 42″ Riding Lawn Mower Review

Husqvarna YTA18542 42″ Riding Lawn Mower Review

All things considered, I think it's a great machine and does a great job. This is especially true for a machine in its price range. If you're looking for a good riding lawn mower, then this is the mower to check out - especially if you're looking for a budget model.

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Snapper SPX 22/46 46-Inch 22 HP Riding Tractor Mower Review

Snapper SPX 22/46 46-Inch 22 HP Riding Tractor Mower Review

All things considered, the Snapper SPX 22/46 is a decent mower, but it's build quality and its reputation of high maintenance costs prevents it from climbing any higher on my list.

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Rear Engine - The Top List
ProductDescriptionMy ScorePrice
My Choice
Troy-Bilt 382cc Powermore OHV 30-Inch Premium Neighborhood Riding Lawn Mower Review

Troy-Bilt 382cc Powermore OHV 30-Inch Premium Neighborhood Riding Lawn Mower Review

This small rear-drive riding mower is great for level, medium-sized yards, turns well and is fairly priced. I think it's a great rear engine riding mower that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

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Yard Machines 190cc 24-Inch Rear Engine Riding Mower Review

Yard Machines 190cc 24-Inch Rear Engine Riding Mower Review

This machine is not intended to be worked really hard or used on large stretches of land. I think that it's durable enough for day-to-day use but I really wouldn't push it too hard. It still feels like a cross between a toy and a mower to me.

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Zero Turn - The Top List
ProductDescriptionMy ScorePrice
My Choice
Poulan Pro P54ZX V-Twin Pro 24 HP W/ 54-Inch Deck Zero Turn Riding Mower Review

Poulan Pro P54ZX V-Twin Pro 24 HP W/ 54-Inch Deck Zero Turn Riding Mower Review

It does seem like its well built and it cruises on level ground like nobodies' business. All in all, I think this is a great zero-turn for use on level ground.

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Poulan Pro P46ZX Briggs V-Twin Pro 22 HP Zero Turn Radius Riding Mower, 46-Inch Review

Poulan Pro P46ZX Briggs V-Twin Pro 22 HP Zero Turn Radius Riding Mower, 46-Inch Review

This mower is not only well-built but it also handles really well. This zero-turn mower is the kind of mower you want to get your large yard or rural homestead a beautiful looking cut.

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Husqvarna 967324101 V-Twin 724cc Zero Turn Mower W/ 54-Inch Cutting Deck Review

Husqvarna 967324101 V-Twin 724cc Zero Turn Mower W/ 54-Inch Cutting Deck Review

I would say this is a great mower with a lot of power, a great turn radius and is pretty easy to use. While I don't like the fact it didn't have a fuel gauge and the engine was kind of noisy, it seems to be well constructed and designed.

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Husqvarna Z246 Zero Turn Riding Lawn Mower W/ 46-Inch Cutting Deck Review

Husqvarna Z246 Zero Turn Riding Lawn Mower W/ 46-Inch Cutting Deck Review

It was one of the easiest zero turn mowers I've used. All things considered, I think it's a decent z-turn mower, As long as you don't push it too hard, it should work out alright. It's priced as if it was a workhorse, though, which, unfortunately, it really isn't.

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Extensive Guide To Purchasing Riding Lawn Mowers

Today, I’ve decided to write a little bit about riding lawnmowers. Not only about the how to choose the best riding lawn mower or the features one should consider while pouring over some of the riding lawn mower reviews out there but also a number of fun facts, the pros, nd cons of certain mowers and whatever else I can cram into this rather lengthy guide. If all of that sounds good to you, then let’s get started on our journey today.

Fun Facts About Riding Lawnmowers & Lawns

I wanted to start off this guide with a little bit of a history of behind the riding mower, but since I already covered the history of mowers in my pushing mower guide I thought that it would be a little bit redundant in this particular guide. Besides, there really isn’t a real good history of the riding mower in general, it’s all just lumped together. What a pity, that would’ve made for some fun reading.

What I did decide to do though was to add this fun section that gives you some fun facts about these type of mowers and just grass cutting in general. It’s just a little bit of fun information that I wanted to tell you about before we got down to what you need to know about purchasing the best riding lawn mower.

  1. Did you know that 20% of people who need their lawns cut rely on professionals to handle their lawn cutting and landscaping needs?
  2. The average American spends about 4 hours on their lawns a week. That amounts to almost 210 hours per year.
  3. In the United States, people spend over $30 billion dollars a year on lawnmowers. That’s enough to buy the Chicago Cubs 30 times over!
  4. Over 50 million acres of grass is cut in the U.S each year and almost half of that is privately owned.
  5. Lawns produce a lot of oxygen. A 100 foot by 100 foot lawn can produce enough oxygen to keep 2 people alive.

The Different Types Of Riding Lawnmowers

As you may know already, the best riding lawn mower machines come in a variety of different forms. There are lawn tractors, garden tractors, and zero-turn mowers. They can also be categorized by whether they are rear engine ones or whether they are front engine ones. So I’ve decided to break down some of the more common types for you today. Just so we can have a definition to work from for the rest of this guide.

  • Lawn Tractors

    have a design that I think most people would associate with the best riding mower designs out there. It’s very traditional and is driven with a steering wheel. These models can usually mow a 42-inch to 48-inch swath. Many people buy these units with bagging kits so they can cut the lawn and pick up leaves.

  • Garden Tractors

    look quite a bit like lawn tractors but they can not only mow grass but can also do other types of heavy-duty work which can include pulling carts, tilling and grading. Using these devices for these additional things usually require extra accessories be purchased. These tractors can mow 52 to 54-inch swaths of grass. These types of tractors are usually the most expensive.

  • Zero-Turn Mowers

    are the types of mowers that can get really close to obstacles such as trees and do it rather easily. They can do this thanks to their front-caster wheels. These mowers are usually controlled by lap bars but some models still have steering wheels. Either way, they can get very close to flower beds and trees. These are the types of mowers that usually get very favorable ratings in riding mower reviews, thanks to their ease of use.

  • Rear Engine Riding Mowers

    are what most people think about when they picture the best riding mower in their minds. It’s a machine that’s built for cutting grass and that’s all. These types of mowers usually cost more than other types of riding mowers but they do a more than adequate job of cutting grass.

  • Front Engine Riding Mowers

    usually look the same as the rear engine ones but they usually have larger decks. These type of mowers can usually handle pieces of property that are over an acre and are usually fairly inexpensive. Not as inexpensive as their rear engine cousins but still cheaper than lawn tractors.

Now, these 5 categories should give you a pretty good definition of what I’m talking about as I mention some of the things that you’ll need to pay attention to when buying a riding lawn mower. Below are some of the things people look for when they look through riding mower reviews and they should help you choose one that is right for you.

Area Size

One of the first things you need to keep in mind is the size of your yard. Some types of riding mower are better suited to some size yards than other ones. Knowing which type of mower fits your acreage will save you time and effort. Trust me, I know.

  • Under a Half Acre:

    If your property is under a half an acre, then you can probably make due with a push mower and not have to spend the cash on a riding lawn mower. A half acre or less is perfect for any push mower—even one that’s not self-propelled and has to be pushed instead.

  • An Acre or Under:

    If your property is under an acre, then you need a mower with at least a 32 to 42 inch cutting swath. Some front or rear engine mowers, as well as some zero-turn ones are usually good for this category of riding mower.

  • 1 Acre to 2 Acres:

    If your property is anywhere from 1 to 2 acres, then you’ll probably need a lawn tractor or zero-turn mower with a mowing swath of about 46 to 48-inches.

  • 2 or More Acres:

    If you have at least 2 acres, or maybe more, then you need lawn tractors or zero-turn lawnmowers with anywhere from a 50-inch to 60-inch cut. That way, you can make short work of your mowing and not spend so much time perched on your riding machine.

Terrain Type

You also have to keep the type of terrain in mind as you’re browsing riding lawn mower reviews. You want to be sure that the machine that you just spend hundreds or thousands of dollars upon is going to be the perfect one for your property.

  • Flat Hill-Free Terrain:

    If your yard or property is relatively flat without many obstacles, then you can use just about any of the riding mowers that you want to use. You’re one of the lucky ones who don’t have to worry about holes, pits, hills, slopes, tree limbs or anything else.

  • Uneven Terrain:

    With uneven terrain, you can also use just about any riding lawnmower that you want to use. The only exception I would make is for zero-turn mowers. These just don’t handle very well on uneven terrain. They just don’t.

  • Terrain With Obstacles:

    If your property has a lot of obstacles that you have to maneuver around, then you might want to consider a zero-turn lawn cutter. These things really prosper in these environments. You can also probably use a lawn tractor with a 46 to 48-inch cut. Just check riding lawn mower reviews and see which ones offer the most maneuverability.

Engine Types

The size engine your riding lawn mower needs depends on a number of factors. It depends on whether you are going to be using it just for mowing grass or if you are going to be using it for other jobs such as pulling carts or trailers or removing stumps. Generally speaking, the higher the horsepower of the engine, the heavier the work it can do. Here are some basic guidelines that should be adjusted according to the mower’s workload:

14-hp engines are usually used for under an acre of land and just for cutting grass. 14 to16-hp engines are the minimum needed for 1 to 2 acres of land. If you have more than 3 acres, then you will probably need 18 to 24-hp engines that most garden tractors use.

Another thing to consider is whether you want a single cylinder engine or a twin cylinder one. Generally, single cylinder engines are good for lawn mowing and are 16-hp or less. Twin cylinder engines offer more power and usually also offer a longer engine life. They may also run cooler than single cylinder ones, so that’s something else to consider when choosing a single or a twin cylinder engine.

Gear Drive Or Pedal Drive Systems (Automatic)

Another thing that needs to be considered is whether you want a gear drive system or a pedal drive system. This really confuses some people as there are numerous reasons to choose one over the other. However, I think that I can really simplify it for all of you today. If you don’t have a lot of obstacles to move around and have long even tracts of land to mow, then a gear is driven one will most likely work out for you. On the other hand, if you have to make a lot of speed adjustments to get around obstacles, then you might want to buy a pedal drive system.

Size Of Your Storage Shed

You also want to make sure that you buy a riding mower that is small enough to fit into your storage shed. Garden tractors are fairly large and you may not want to purchase one unless you have a garage, or some other storage area with a lot of space, in which you can store it. Rear engine mowers are usually the smallest and take up the least amount of storage space.

Other Features To Keep In Mind

Okay, now that I’ve gotten some of the main features you need to look for in riding mowers done, I now want to take a look at some of the other features you might want to take a look at when purchasing a riding mower but aren’t absolutely critical. These include:

  • Cruise Control

    Some types of riding mowers, particularly those with hydro-static engines, offer cruise control. This allows you to engage one gear for those long straight stretches of mowing.

  • Speed

    The speed of a riding mower can vary from model to model but there are a few guidelines. For example, lawn and garden tractors usually go up to about 6 miles per hours. Zero-turn mowers, on the other hand, usually go about 7 to 8 miles per hour. Choose the one that’s right for you.

  • Automatic Parking Brakes

    This option is usually only available on zero-turn mowers and not every one of them has this feature. Whether or not you think this is an important feature is entirely up to you. However, it is a useful feature to have when you have to stop and start a lot for debris in your yard.

  • Deck Wheels

    Some of the more expensive riding lawnmowers not only have four wheels but also have wheels on their deck as well. This enables them to maintain a proper mowing height over uneven mowing surfaces. On some mowers, this might be a standard mower but it is usually an add-on option.

  • Comfort Added Features

    These are features that make it more comfortable for a person to use the riding lawn mower. This can include arm rests, lumbar support, cup holders and just about anything else that makes using the mower easier.

Now that we’ve covered the basic components you need to look for in all riding lawnmowers, now is a good time to switch gears and go over some of the pros and cons of three of the most common riding lawn mower types: zero turn, rear engine and lawn tractors.

3 Types Of Riding Mowers Dissected

  • Lawn Tractors

    Pros: These mowers can cut anywhere from a 42 inch to a 48-inch cutting path, depending on what size deck you chose. Most of these offer bag, mulch and also side-discharge options.

    Cons: Some lawn tractors have optional bagging kits that can be quite expensive. And these units also require a considerable amount of storage space. Some of them can be pretty big.

  • Rear-Engine Riding Mowers

    Pros: These type of riding lawnmowers usually require less storage space as they tend to be more compact.

    Cons: Most of these mowers don’t have hydro-static drives, so they tend to be rather jerky and be less maneuverable than other types of riding mowers. Since some of these mowers can be low-end models, they may also lack some of the features that can be found in more expensive types of mowers.

  • Zero Turn Riding Mowers

    Pros: Zero-turn mowers are often used by lawn care professionals because they allow you to turn the rear wheels separately from the front wheels. Which means that you can turn around obstacles easily. These mowers usually have a 42-inch to 50-inch cutting path and can usually mulch, side discharge or bag the lawn clippings.

    Cons:  There are a few cons associated with this type of mower. For one, they often cost a little bit more than rear-engine tractors. Two, they often don’t cut as well and their back wheels can do damage to grass if they aren’t used properly. Three, there is a learning curve as one gets used to its steering and four, its bagging kits are often expensive.

Now that I’ve covered the different types of riding lawnmowers, the features you need to lookout for when shopping for one of these mowers and have done a pro and con comparison of the top 3 types of riding lawnmowers, I think that I’ll move on to how to get the best price when shopping for a riding lawn mower.

How To Get The Best Price On A Riding Lawn Mower

  • Shop Off Season

    One of the best ways to get a great deal on a riding lawn mower is to shop during the off season. As can be expected, most riding lawnmowers sell the best during the spring and summer seasons, which is not surprising because this is when most people buy a riding lawn mower.

    That is why there are usually always great deals to be had during the fall and winter months. People are not buying riding lawnmowers during this time and as a result, stores often want to get rid of their stock. It’s a win/win for everyone involved.

  • Last Year’s Models

    Just like purchasing an earlier model year of a car will save you money, purchasing last year’s model of riding mower will as well. It’s often just as good as this year’s model but is usually much cheaper.

Conclusion

Well, that about does it for me today. Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed this guide dedicated to nothing but riding mowers. I sincerely hope that this guide will provide you with the tools you need to get the best riding mower possible and use it to the best of its ability. After all, that was my intention when I sat down to write it. Don’t forget to check out some of my other articles as well. Each of them either focuses on one type of mower or one aspect of mowing or are general information articles. Until I see you again, be safe out there and happy cutting! I’ll be back with another article in no time flat.
My Lawn Tractor Reviews

The Poulan Pro PB24VA54 V-Twin is a riding lawn tractor that’s equipped with a 24 HP Kohler engine, a CVT transmission, 54-inch reinforced steel cutting deck and has a forward speed of about 7 MPH. It also has 20-inch rear tires and 15-inch front tires, a 2.5-gallon fuel tank, and a cast iron front axle. This riding lawn tractor is also sleek and looks like it’s ready for business. So without wasting any more time, let’s see what this nice looking mower can do.

After I uncrated it, I set it up and was ready to go in no time flat. The first thing that I noticed was this machine had a 15-inch high-back seat that was really comfortable and it also had a cup holder for my drink. So far so good I thought as I started it up; A task that was as simple as it could be thanks to its Ready Start System. I was then off on my grass cutting adventure. However, I have to say that it was less of an adventure and more of a pleasure to cut my grass with this mower.

This lawn tractor handles well and has a 54-inch cutting deck that really cuts the grass well. While it wasn’t hard to push the pedal to keep this mower moving, I do wish that it had some form of cruise control, especially when I’m doing my back 3-4 acres. But you can’t have everything I suppose and I felt that this mower did a great job doing what it was designed to do: cut grass.

If I had any complaint, it was the fact that the engine block is large and blocks a portion of my view in the front. It’s pretty large and I at times I had to lean really far forward to see what was just ahead of the mower. Not a big complaint for sure, but something that I feel needs to be mentioned.

Overall, I think that the Poulan Pro PB24VA54 V-Twin Lawn Tractor is a great mower. While it wasn’t the cheapest one I’ve bought, it was priced nicely for the amount of power it had and its size. It’s a great mower for those large mowing jobs and is a machine that is built to last.

8.8 Total Score
Bottom Line

Overall, I think it's a great mower. While it isn't the cheapest one, it is priced nicely for the amount of power it had and its size. It's a great mower for those large mowing jobs and is a machine that is built to last.

Performance
9
Features
9
Ease of Use
8
Value
8
Quality
10
PROS
  • High Quality
  • Easy to use
  • 24 HP engine
  • Can perform heavy tasks
  • Good for large areas of grass
  • 54-inch cutting deck
  • Sleek design
CONS
  • No cruise control
  • Engine Block slightly obstructs front view
  • Heavy on the turns
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Up for my review, is the Poulan Pro 960420186 Briggs 24-hp Automatic Hydrostatic Riding Mower 54″. It’s a lawn tractor that I’ve been looking forward to reviewing for quite some time. After all, who doesn’t love to ride around on these things as they cut their grass? Let’s get down to the nuts and bolts of it.

While it didn’t present me with too much of a problem, I did notice that they way it was created might pose a problem to some people. It did require some effort. In other words, they may find it hard to unpack. However, once it’s out, then it’s actually pretty easy to get it up and running.

After I had it all setup, I then proceeded to get on it and start it. I immediately took notice that it started right away. I didn’t need to prime it, it just started. I’m sure that’s thanks to its Ready-Start Starting System – a system which evidently works very well.

I have a pretty large piece of property and I had let it get a little high just so I could test out the Poulan Pro 960420186 Briggs 24-hp Automatic Hydrostatic 54” Riding Mower – as I do with all my reviews. Sometimes that results in frustration when the mower can’t do its job, but that wasn’t the case today. Nope, it handled even my tall, wild grasses very well and did a beautiful job of cutting it. It’s 54” deck is vented so it allows air underneath as I mow these taller grasses and I think that makes all of the difference. If air is obstructed under the deck, then that can result in a messier cut. However, I don’t think anyone will have that problem with this lawn tractor.

Another thing that I liked about this riding mower is that it’s easy to adjust on the fly. Some of the older riding mowers you had to stop to make speed adjustments. Not with this baby, however! As I able to make speed adjustments and not lose time in doing so.

I was also able to get pretty close to my fence and the white oak trees in my yard. Sure, I wasn’t able to cut as close to them, as say a mower with a zero-turn radius but it did get pretty close. It was easier to cut close to my trees than it had been with some of the push mowers I’ve owned over the years.

Another thing that really impressed me about the Poulan Pro 960420186 Briggs 24-hp Automatic Hydrostatic 54” Riding Mower is that it cut the grass on my property pretty quickly and I’m on a few acres. I didn’t time exactly how quickly I finished it (I was having too good of a time) but it was quicker than a lot of other riding mowers I’ve used. If there were anything I’d change about it, I’d add a forward cruise control. Not that it really needs it. After all, it’s already really easy to drive and that would probably just make it too easy to drive. However, I really can’t think of anything else I’d change about it.

8.6 Total Score
Bottom Line

It's well built, pretty quick and handles a variety of different terrains well. It also starts quickly, cuts the grass well and is a joy to use. I think it's well worth its money.

Performance
9
Features
8
Ease of Use
9
Value
8
Quality
9
PROS
  • Powerful 24-hp Briggs & Stratton Overhead Valve Engine
  • Starts easily & quickly
  • Handles a lot of different terrain types
  • Great for large areas of grass
CONS
  • Hard to uncrate
  • Could use a forward cruise-control
User Rating: No Ratings Yet!

The Husqvarna GTH52XLS is a riding lawn tractor that comes equipped with a Briggs & Stratton Endurance Series V-Twin 24 HP engine, Hydrostatic with Rear Locking Differential transmission, electric cutting blade adjustment, 4-gallon fuel tank, a nice seat with armrests and a heavy-duty heavy-cast front axle. It’s a mower that seems well built and one that I just couldn’t resist trying out. So here are the results of the time spent with this mower.

The first thing that I want to mention about this mower is that it does a pretty good job of cutting grass and thanks to its 52-inch powder coated cutting deck can cut quite a bit of it. It also handles itself exceptionally well on hills thanks to its locking rear differential and large rear wheels that really gives this mower some really good traction. Another great thing about this mower is that it also has a cruise control. And to top it all off, it has ergonomic seats and steering wheel.

This mower has a top speed of about 7.75 MPH and a reverse speed of about 2.1 MPH. Its 4-gallon fuel tank allows you to take it on longer mower sessions than comparable mowers and it has a transparent fuel level that makes it easy to check to see how much gas is in the mower. I also like that the fact that it has an electric blade engagement that allows me to engage the blades simply by pulling the switch on the control panel.

I would also like to add that the Husqvarna GTH52XLS is comfortable to drive and it was pretty easy to climb up and down off of. While this mower does have a cup holder, I’m afraid that it’s the wrong size for a water bottle. Not a big deal, but something I felt I needed to mention.

Overall, this is a great mower that really has some great things going for it. The only things I really didn’t like about this mower was the price and the fact that the deck tended to dig into the ground on uneven ground. It cuts well on the even ground and on hills, but if the terrain is kind of rough and uneven, then the deck will dig into it. Other than those two problems, I think this is a great mower that really cuts grass well.

8.6 Total Score
Bottom Line

It's a great mower that really has some great things going for it. It cuts grass well. The only things I really didn't like about it was the price and the fact that the deck tended to dig into the ground on uneven ground.

Performance
9
Features
10
Ease of Use
8
Value
7
Quality
9
PROS
  • Good quality
  • Easy to use
  • 24 HP engine
  • Good for large areas of grass
  • Good on hills
  • 52-inch cutting deck
  • Cruise control
CONS
  • Priced higher than comparable mowers
  • Deck can dig into uneven ground
User Rating: No Ratings Yet!

The Husqvarna YTA18542 is a riding lawn mower which has a 540 cc 18.5 HP Briggs & Stratton single cylinder with a Fast CVT Transmission, a 42-inch stamped metal deck, a 16-inch turning radius and a cutting height that can be adjusted from 1.5-inches to 4-inches. It has a maximum speed of about 7 MPH forward and about 2 MPH in reverse. I’ve heard great things about this mower, so I was quite eager to get it to review it. And I wasn’t disappointed.

In the past, Husqvarna hasn’t been a riding lawn mower brand that I would’ve chosen. Honestly, their previous products have been pretty mediocre. However, that may have all changed with this particular model. While it’s not without its flaws, it does have some pretty good features and handled pretty well. When the crate arrived at my door, it was easy to unpack and after getting it prepped for service, it was ready to cut my lawn in no time flat.

This side-discharge mower does a really good job cutting grass—especially on even ground. It also does a fairly good job with hills, although it isn’t recommended for hills larger with over a 15-degree slope, handles well on slopes up to 15-degrees. This mower was also pretty easy to get up and down off of and had plenty of leg room. It also provided a really smooth ride and the seat was very comfortable. The only complaint I have about this mower is that it doesn’t a cruise control, so you’ll have to use constant foot pressure to keep it moving. While some people like having this level of control over their mower, I found that it caused my leg to cramp slightly when I was doing large parts of my property.

Cleaning the machine was easy because it came with a deck wash port that allows you to connect your hose to it to wash the underside of the deck. It’s a system used more and more frequently on modern mowers and one that works pretty well.

All things considered, I think the Husqvarna YTA18542 Riding Lawn Mower is a great machine and does a great job. This is especially true for a machine in its price range. If you’re looking for a good riding lawn mower, then this is the mower to check out—especially if you’re looking for a budget model. It was quite the surprise for me.

8.4 Total Score
Bottom Line

All things considered, I think it's a great machine and does a great job. This is especially true for a machine in its price range. If you're looking for a good riding lawn mower, then this is the mower to check out - especially if you're looking for a budget model.

Performance
8
Features
8
Ease of Use
9
Value
9
Quality
8
PROS
  • Easy to use
  • 18.5 HP engine
  • Handles well
  • Well built
CONS
  • No cruise control
  • Only a 42-inch cutting deck
  • Not ideal for over 2 acres of grass
User Rating: No Ratings Yet!

The Snapper SPX 22/46 is a riding lawn mower with a 46-inch cutting deck, a Briggs & Stratton Professional Series V-Twin 22 HP OHV engine, a foot pedal operated Hydro-Gear T2 Hydrostatic transmission, cruise control that is mounted on the dash and 7 height adjustments from 1.5″ to 4.0″. This mower is a nice medium sized mower that looks like it will do a good job of cutting my lawn, so I decided to put it to the test and see what it can really do.

The first thing I’d like to mention about this mower is that it does a pretty good job of cutting grass. It’s not the fastest mower and certainly doesn’t have the largest cutting deck, so you can expect to spend some time cutting grass, especially if you have quite a bit to cut. But I will say that it does a great job of turning. It has a 14-inch turning radius that is very welcome after testing out some of the larger mowers out there that tend to not turn very well. Sure, this mower will never be mistaken for a Zero Turn mower, but it does do a good job of going around trees and such.

I also like the fact that this mower has a deck mounted cruise control system. Those are always welcome in a mower, at least in my opinion. This mower’s 22 HP engine does a good job of taking on hills, too. It had a little bit of a problem on uneven ground, but not so big of a problem that it cut into the ground or ended up scalping my grass.

The one thing I have to mention is its build quality. For instance, it only has a 14-gauge steel deck. I understand this isn’t a large mower, but I would’ve at least liked to have seen an 11-gauge steel deck on this mower. I’m afraid that what it has now will end up bending over time. I have also heard stories about the belts on these mowers having to be constantly replaced. While I didn’t have that problem during my short time with this mower, it’s something that you might want to research and consider. After all, you don’t want to spend all of your time and money having to do maintenance on a mower.

All things considered, the Snapper SPX 22/46 Riding Lawn Mower is a decent mower, but it’s build quality and its reputation of high maintenance costs prevents it from climbing any higher on my list.

7.8 Total Score
Bottom Line

All things considered, the Snapper SPX 22/46 is a decent mower, but it's build quality and its reputation of high maintenance costs prevents it from climbing any higher on my list.

Performance
8
Features
8
Ease of Use
9
Value
7
Quality
7
PROS
  • Can make tight turns
  • 7 height-of-cut positions
  • Cruise Control
  • 22 HP engine
  • Electric blade engagement
CONS
  • May require frequent maintenance
  • Only a 46-inch cutting deck
  • Top speed of 5.5 MPH
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My Rear Engine Mower Reviews

Up for consideration, today is the Troy-Bilt 382cc Powermore OHV 30-Inch Premium Neighborhood Riding Lawn Mower. This rear-drive riding mower looked kind of like a combination of a scooter and a mower when I first saw it but the real test is not how it looks but how it performs on my yard. Let’s see if it can get the job done, shall we?

The first thing that I want to mention about this riding lawnmower is that it will take about an hour to assemble it and you’re going to need a number of different tools to do it (mainly, 1/2-inch and 9/16th-inch wrenches). I had to uncrate mine, attach the steering wheel, the seat, and the battery and make a few adjustments, add gas and so on. So factor in some time to do the job right.

Once it was assembled and ready to go, I decided to give it a run on my property. It did a pretty good job of cutting my grass on level ground but it couldn’t handle the hills that were not even steep. Now I know that rear-drive riding mowers aren’t good for hills in the first place, but this one did a particularly poor job and I thought it was going to flip on me. So for the rest of this review, I decided to keep it on level ground.

I did notice that the engine had quite a bit of power and it cut my grass well—even some of the tall, wild grasses I had growing on the edge of my property. While it’s 30-inch deck is smaller than other higher priced riding mowers, it’s a lot more than a push mower so it handled the job of cutting my grass fairly well. As long as it stayed on the level ground.

It also has a pretty good turning radius. An 18-inch turning radius to be exact. Sure, it’s not a zero-turn radius mower but I was able to get a lot closer to my oak trees than I have been able to do with some push mowers I’ve owned, so that’s always a plus.

While it did a really good job of cutting grass, it didn’t handle as well as I would have liked it to handle. For one thing, I found the controls were positioned oddly. This might be fine for some people but it felt really strange to me and like I was reaching. I also didn’t like the brake and clutch combination. For me, it was a bit oversensitive and this led to a quite jerky ride for me.

Another thing that I want to mention is that you have to disengage the blades in order to go in reverse. Yes, I know it’s a safety issue and more and more mowers have this feature, but this one wasn’t as smooth as I would have liked and added to my mowing time.

The last thing that I would like to say about this riding mower is that it really isn’t meant for large pieces of property. If you have a large piece of property, then you’d probably want to buy a bigger mower.

8.6 Total Score
Bottom Line

This small rear-drive riding mower is great for level, medium-sized yards, turns well and is fairly priced. I think it's a great rear engine riding mower that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

Performance
8
Features
9
Ease of Use
8
Value
9
Quality
9
PROS
  • Great for even, medium-sized yards
  • Makes sharp turns rather well
  • Powerful
CONS
  • Assembly takes some time
  • Have to disengage cutting blades to go in reverse
  • Handling is not perfect
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When I first saw the Yard Machines 190cc 24-Inch Rear Engine Riding Mower, I couldn’t decide if it was a lawn mower or a child’s ride-on toy. Of course, I being a little facetious here, but I do have to say that this mower is quite small. So if you’re a bigger guy who needs leg room, then this already might not be the rear engine mower for you. It also might not be the mower for you if you have a large yard because this mower only has a 24-inch cutting deck.

This mower does have a more than adequate 190cc Briggs & Stratton engine and a 6-speed transmission. When I first started using this mower, I noticed that it’s probably the perfect size to use in that space between my house and my outdoor shed, so I decided to give it a try and much to my surprise, I was able to squeeze the mower through it. Now I don’t have to use my weed whacker for that little alleyway anymore. And believe me, that’s a good thing.

I also noticed that it handled uneven terrain pretty well. While I wouldn’t use it on hills, I do have to say that it did a pretty good job handling the rougher terrain out behind my house. Which was a pleasant surprise to me. As far as cutting grass goes, it does a good job. Just don’t try to make it do heavy work because this little mower isn’t really suitable for anything but light grass cutting. It does have a good turn radius, however, and I could really zip around the trees in my back yard.

All things considered, this machine is not intended to be worked really hard or used on large stretches of land. I think that it’s durable enough for day-to-day use but I really wouldn’t push it too hard. After all, it still feels like a cross between a toy and a mower to me. I don’t really trust the build quality. It’s good for cutting the grass around a small yard but that’s all I’d use it for.

7.2 Total Score
Bottom Line

This machine is not intended to be worked really hard or used on large stretches of land. I think that it's durable enough for day-to-day use but I really wouldn't push it too hard. It still feels like a cross between a toy and a mower to me.

Performance
7
Features
7
Ease of Use
8
Value
8
Quality
6
PROS
  • Compact size
  • Good for small yards
  • Tight turn radius
  • Easy to use
CONS
  • Not powerful
  • May be too small for bigger guys
  • Not for heavy grass cutting
  • Build quality could be better
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My Zero Turn Mower Reviews

The Poulan Pro P54ZX Zero-Turn Riding Mower features a 24 HP Briggs V-twin engine, a Hydro-Gear EZT transmission, an electric clutch, 54-inch cutting deck and a 3.5-gallon fuel tank. It also has 18-inch rear tires, a welded frame, and a 15-inch high back seat. All of these features combine to produce a well built zero-turn mower that has a top speed of about 6 MPH and can cut approximately 2 to 2.8 acres an hour, depending on the terrain you are using it on.

When this zero turn first arrived, it took a little bit of effort to get it out of the crate and then I had to assemble the seat and control arms, and then get it all ready to mow. A process which took me about 30 minutes altogether. Once I did that, I was then ready to put it to the test on a 3-acre plot of land that I own. The first thing I noticed about this mower was that it cut extremely well. It not only cut grass well but also did a pretty good job on some of my brush piles. It handles all of those tasks without complaint.

I tried it around some of my trees and once again, this mower performed well. I really like its turn radius and I always felt like I had full control throughout the entire mowing session. I then tested my mower out on some hills of mine and that is when I ran into my first problem. While It did manage to cut my hill, a hill that was less than a 15-degree slope, it didn’t do it efficiently. I don’t know why but it felt like the back tires were kind of digging in a little too much. Anyway, it would seem this mower really doesn’t do great on hills, unfortunately.

However, this mower does seem like its well built and it cruises on level ground like nobodies’ business. I also like the fact that it has a 3.5-gallon gas tank and you can adjust its cutting height from 1.5″ to 4″ in half-inch increments. All in all, I think this is a great zero-turn for use on level ground but if you’re looking for something that will handle hills, then I’d probably look somewhere else.

9 Total Score
Bottom Line

It does seem like its well built and it cruises on level ground like nobodies' business. All in all, I think this is a great zero-turn for use on level ground.

Performance
9
Features
9
Ease of Use
9
Value
9
Quality
9
PROS
  • Powerful engine
  • Great turn radius
  • Cuts well
  • Easy to use
  • Great for large yards
CONS
  • Not good on steep inclines or hills
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Today, I get the chance to test out a mower I’ve been waiting to test out for some time. The Poulan Pro P46ZX Briggs V-Twin Pro 22-hp  46-Inch Zero Turn Radius Riding Mower. I’ve been waiting quite some time to review this zero-turn mower, so let’s not waste any more of it. Let’s get it reviewed!

When I received it, the first thing I had to do was to uncrate it (which required me using both a crowbar and hammer), assembled the seated and then rolled it off the pallet crate. After that was done, I then filled it with gas and connected the battery. I finished it by checking the oil and I was good to go.

Before I start this review however, I would like to say that if you don’t have any experience with a zero-turn mower, then you might want to give yourself some time to pick it up. There’s a learning curve for most people to use this machine effectively. I’ve had some experience with these type of mowers, so I was able to hit the ground running. It’s just something to think about.

The first thing that I did was take it out on my property and cut down a strand of tall grass that was bothering me. It handled this job perfectly. In fact, it handled the job of cutting my lawn very well. It gave it that brushed look that us lawn enthusiasts are always trying to get. Which really made me happy and gave me great confidence on how the rest of this review was going to go.

My property has all kind of trees on it. Most of them are white oak, but I also have some post oaks, some huge sweet gums, and some winged elms. And because there are so many of them, they are always a pain to mow around. However, that wasn’t the case with this zero-turn mower. I effortlessly went around these trees and before I knew it, I was almost done with my property. I know there are a lot of rural homeowners who are going to love the Poulan Pro P46ZX Briggs V-Twin Pro 22-hp  46-Inch Zero Turn Radius Riding Mower. I know, I did.

However, it didn’t handle every sort of terrain I asked it to handle. It did seem to have a problem with some of my hills. Some of the hills that lead down to the lake are fairly steep and while I was cutting them I didn’t feel real confident if you know what I mean. This zero-turn mower didn’t scare me as bad as some other riding models have in the past, but it did give me a start on an occasion or two. I wouldn’t recommend using this mower on steep inclines.

The rest of my mowing session was a breeze. This mower’s 46-inch deck was large enough to get the job done, especially when coupled with the amazing handling and speed of this mower. Before long, I had my property done and was relaxing under one of those sweet gum trees enjoying a nice cold glass of lemonade. I really don’t get the opportunity to say it enough but the Poulan Pro P46ZX Briggs V-Twin Pro 22-hp 46-Inch Zero Turn Radius Riding Mower was a joy to review and a whole lot of fun to use. It’s something I would recommend to anyone who had a bit of land they were looking to cut and wanted it to look great.

8.6 Total Score
Bottom Line

This mower is not only well-built but it also handles really well. This zero-turn mower is the kind of mower you want to get your large yard or rural homestead a beautiful looking cut.

Performance
9
Features
9
Ease of Use
9
Value
8
Quality
8
PROS
  • Great turn radius
  • Cuts well
  • Easy to use
  • Great for large yards
CONS
  • Doesn't handle well on steep inclines
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The Husqvarna 967324101 is a zero-turn riding mower with a 54-inch cutting deck, a Briggs & Stratton 24 HP V-Twin Endurance engine, a Dual Hydro-Gear EZT transmission, an electric clutch that easily engages the blades and a durable frame with LED headlights and an automatic park brake system. While many of Husqvarna products are hit-or-miss, I thought that this model looked interesting enough for me to want to review it. So without further adieu, let’s get this thing unpacked and get on with this zero-turn mower review.

Once you get it out of the crate, it only requires a few parts to be assembled and its ready to go. Before long, I had this zero-turn mower all set up and ready to go. I then immediately put it to work on my property. One of the first things I noticed when I fired this zero-turn up was that it was quite noisy. In fact, it kind of startled me at first because modern riding mowers aren’t as loud as they used to be, except for this one apparently. However, once I started mowing using it, I did notice that it ran fairly smoothly and I soon began to ignore the noise of the engine.

As I was mowing, I noticed several other things about this mower. One, it has a pretty powerful engine that seems determined to go through anything set before it. I cut grass and a little bit of brush and this mower had no problems with either one. I also noticed that it didn’t do too bad on several of my hills. Of course, no zero-turn is really good on hills and you should never use one of the mowers on a hill with a 15-degree or higher slope, but anything under that and it should be fine. At least, it was with this mower.

I really liked this mower’s LED headlights and its anti-slip foot area as well. This mower was easy to get on and off of and I had no problems steering it. Everything felt very intuitive and seems located right at your fingertips. One thing I really didn’t like was that it didn’t have a fuel gauge—which is an obvious design flaw. Being able to keep an eye on the fuel level is something that I consider very necessary. Especially when you have a lot of acres to mow.

Overall, I would say this is a great mower with a lot of power, a great turn radius and is pretty easy to use. While I don’t like the fact it didn’t have a fuel gauge and the engine was kind of noisy, it seems to be well constructed and designed. I would have to say that it’s a pretty good zero-turn mower.

8.4 Total Score
Bottom Line

I would say this is a great mower with a lot of power, a great turn radius and is pretty easy to use. While I don't like the fact it didn't have a fuel gauge and the engine was kind of noisy, it seems to be well constructed and designed.

Performance
8
Features
8
Ease of Use
9
Value
9
Quality
8
PROS
  • Powerful engine
  • Good turn radius
  • Cuts well
  • Easy to use
CONS
  • Engine is noisy
  • No Fuel gauge
  • Not for hills that have a 15-degree or higher slope
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The Husqvarna Z246 Zero Turn Riding Lawn Mower might not be the best zero turn mower on the market, but it does have some features that are worth talking about. For instance, it has a Briggs & Stratton 23 HP V-Twin 724cc Endurance engine, a Dual Hydro-Gear EZT transmission, a bumper with integrated LED headlights, an automatic park brake system, an anti-slip foot area and a rear engine guard. It also comes with 3 anti-scalp rollers. It looks like a smaller sized z-turn mower that should be able to handle about 2 to 3 acres without a problem. Let’s see how it does, shall we?

Uncrating it was fairly easy and I had it up and running within about 30 minutes. While I was getting it ready for its maiden mowing voyage, I took a good look at its frame. To be honest with you, it doesn’t look like the sturdiest frame construction I’ve ever seen. It is 13 gauge stamped steel cutting deck that is reinforced with additional steel. It should be fairly sturdy for day-to-day normal use but I’d be wary of trying to use it for heavy-duty use or you may end up with a bent or broken frame. Starting it up, I did notice that the engine was quite noisy—a lot noisier than I would’ve liked. And since the frame was kind of light, the ride was sort of bumpy. However, it did a pretty decent job of cutting grass, so I guess I’ll have to give it points for that point.

As long as you don’t use this zero turn mower on steep hills, it handles inclines well enough. It does have a pretty good turn radius and can really go around things like posts and trees without a problem. It was one of the easiest zero turn mowers I’ve used, so I really have to give it points for that as well. All things considered, I think this is a decent z-turn mower that should be good for light use. As long as you don’t push it too hard, then it should work out alright. Unfortunately, it’s priced as if it was a better mower when it really isn’t. I would expect for what the price I paid for it that it would be a workhorse, which it isn’t.

7.4 Total Score
Bottom Line

It was one of the easiest zero turn mowers I've used. All things considered, I think it's a decent z-turn mower, As long as you don't push it too hard, it should work out alright. It's priced as if it was a workhorse, though, which, unfortunately, it really isn't.

Performance
7
Features
7
Ease of Use
9
Value
7
Quality
7
PROS
  • Powerful engine
  • Good turn radius
  • Cuts decently
  • Easy to use
CONS
  • Engine is noisy
  • So-so build quality
  • Kind of a bumpy ride
  • Not for hills that have a 15-degree or higher slope
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