Lawnmowers today can be purchased in just about every size and shape that comes to mind from small lightweight mowers that you push to the big industrial size mowers that you climb up on to ride. However one of the most popular mowers available today is the zero turn radius lawn mower or ZTR. Most people do not even know what the difference is between a ZTR and a regular riding lawnmower. When you use the term riding mower it could be anything from your average ride on lawnmower to a residential mower tractor. A riding lawnmower is simply a lawnmower that has its engine situated in the rear and allows operator to sit on top and cut the grass.
A ride on mower that has its engine in the front is known as a lawn tractor and it has the ability to do more than just cut the lawn, it usually comes with many other accessories allowing it to till soil, aerate and many other common farming tasks. Most conventional ride on lawnmowers have the ability to do the job they are intended to however the drawback is that when they turned 180° between four and twenty eight inches is wasted during this process. This results in you having to realign where you just cut in order to line up and begin your next cut. This is where the abilities of a zero turn radius mower comes into play. A ZTR mower turns around in his own tracks and wastes no movement whatsoever. In addition most zero turn radius mowers can operate at speeds of up to two times that of conventional riding lawn mowers.
There a few things you should take into consideration before purchasing your first zero turn radius lawn mower. If the area that you are going to be mowing is a half acre or less and is filled with lots of trees, plants, shrubs, statues or other lawn decorations then you probably should not invest in a ZTR at this time. A zero turn radius mower works best in areas an acre or larger that has no obstructions in its way allowing this mower to efficiently to do its job. The the next item you should take into consideration is the size of your mower versus the amount of space you have to store it.
Nothing could be worse than to get home with your new mower and realize that it does not fit into your storage shed or worse not even through the gate of your backyard. Be sure that you measure the opening of your shed or backyard area and then measure the size of the mower you intend to purchase to ensure that you have enough space to store it properly. Your final consideration should be how much money you’re willing to spend for one of these workhorse lawnmowers.