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

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.

Ease of Use
  • Can make tight turns
  • 7 height-of-cut positions
  • Cruise Control
  • 22 HP engine
  • Electric blade engagement
  • May require frequent maintenance
  • Only a 46-inch cutting deck
  • Top speed of 5.5 MPH
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