Pros vs. Cons of Zero Turn Mowers

Zero Turn Mowers

posted on Friday, November 26, 2021 in News

Explore The Pros And Cons Of Zero-Turn Mowers

It's easy to see why John Deere zero-turn mowers are so popular. What's less clear is knowing whether or not they're the right kind of mower for you. Find out by exploring the pros and cons of zero-turn mowers.

Pro: Fast speed saves you time

Zero-turn mowers are faster than traditional riding lawn tractors, which means you can mow faster and get the job done in less time. Take the John Deere Z300 Series zero-turn mower, for example, which delivers a forward ground speed of up to 7 mph (11 km/h). Speed capability and engine choices can vary by model, so be sure to check out the Z500 Series and Z700 Series mowers to explore the options.

Pro: Precise maneuverability

It can be tricky to mow around bushes, flower beds and other parts of your yard. But with the exceptional maneuverability provided by zero-turn mowers, it's easy to get up close and trim around hard-to-reach spots of your yard.

Because zero-turn mowers have a zero-degree turning radius, you can turn them a full 180 degrees for a more efficient cut. The benefit of being able to make 180-degree turns is perhaps most apparent when you're mowing straight lines up and down your lawn. When you finish one row and have to turn in the opposite direction to begin cutting the next row, the zero-degree turning radius allows you to turn the mower on a dime without leaving untrimmed grass behind. This way, you finish cutting each row the first time and forgo the nuisance of coming back to cut untrimmed grass later.

Pro: Tons of customization possibilities

A wide selection of attachments is available to customize John Deere zero-turn mowers. From collection systems for cleaning up clippings to canopies for extra shade on sunny days, zero-turn mower attachments can go a long way in helping you mow with greater ease and comfort. Browse all the options to personalize your mower with available John Deere mower attachments.

Con: Unsafe to use on uneven surfaces and slopes

Zero-turn mowers can flip over when riding over uneven surfaces or slopes exceeding 10 degrees. If you have a rough lawn with bumps, consider exploring the lineup of traditional John Deere riding lawn tractors. Because the rear wheels control steering, zero-turn mowers can be difficult to stop. Also, in wet conditions, the wheels are more prone to spinning.

Con: There’s a learning curve

Unlike other riding lawn mowers that you operate with a steering wheel, zero-turn mowers have two steering handles — one on the left-side, one on the right-side — that you grip to control the mower. Pushing the handles forward accelerates the mower forward, while pulling them back moves the mower in the reverse direction. Turns are made using the handles, too. To make a left turn, for example, you push the right-side steering handle farther forward than the left-side handle. This can take some getting used to for those who are accustomed to operating a mower with a traditional steering wheel.

Con: They’re typically a higher price than lawn tractors

In contrast to lawn tractors, the cost of zero-turn mowers is generally higher. Many different models are available and designed for different purposes, which is why the price range can differ depending on whether you’re looking at commercial zero-turn mowers or models that are used for residential purposes.

Still not sure if a zero-turn mower is for you?

One of the most important factors to consider for those thinking about buying a zero-turn mower is lawn size. Fast and easy to maneuver, zero-turn mowers are a perfect choice for those with large, flat properties. If your lawn is on the smaller side, a traditional riding lawn mower may be a more suitable option.

Be sure to check out the lineup of John Deere zero-turn mowers to see all the options. If you’re still not sure whether a zero-turn mower or lawn tractor is the right option for you, contact us today and we'll be happy to help you find the choice that fits your needs best.

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