homeowner using zero turn mowerZero Turn vs Lawn Tractor

For professional landscapers, the zero-turn riding mower has consistently been the preferred tool of the trade. Zero turns are fast, efficient, and consistently deliver a smooth, even cut.

For residential home and acreage owners, however, the question of zero-turn vs lawn tractor is a trickier one. In order to decide if you are ready to invest in a commercial-quality mower, it is important to consider both long- and short-term benefits.

FASTER MOW TIMES

If you compare zero-turns and lawn tractors based solely on mowing efficiency, the zero-turn mower wins. They have better maneuverability, so you spend less time making 3-point turns. Better maneuverability also means less overlap on your rows. High performance engines can cut at higher speeds, so you mow faster. And there is usually less time trimming, because you can mow right up to the edge of trees, ornamental plantings, and other landscape features.

The average residential lawn tractor with a 48" deck mows at 4 mph, averaging 1.6 mph at 80% efficiency. At 5 mph, a 48" Exmark zero turn mower at 80% efficiency mows 1.95 acres per hour.

BETTER CUT QUALITY

One of the benefits to a zero-turn mower is that the cut quality improves. For most mowers, you lose cut quality once you start to approach the highest speeds. But zero-turns are designed to cut at higher speeds. They generally have a higher blade tip speed than lawn tractors, and their deck design allows for better clipping handling. This means you work efficiently without sacrificing the end result.

At Exmark, we go beyond speed to improve cut quality with our UltraCut cutting systems. This patented machinery provides a beautiful finished appearance even on rough terrain.

STEERING A ZERO-TURN

Because steering wheels are familiar, many homeowners shy away from zero-turn mowers, which have steering levers. The steering levers may look intimidating, but they are easy to operate. To go forward, you push both handles. To turn right, you push the left handle forward, and to turn left, you push the right handle forward. But if the only thing holding you back is the steering, Exmark makes a residential zero turn mower with a steering wheel.

GREATER DURABILITY AND VERSATILITY

With features like fabricated cutting decks, sophisticated drive systems, performance engines, and commercial-grade frames, zero-turn mowers are designed to stand the test of time.

BOTTOM LINE

When compared head-to-head, it is clear a zero-turn lawn mower offers the most compelling combination of productivity, maneuverability and quality of cut available today.

When it comes to durability, Exmark scores big with cutting decks, drive systems and engines designed to stand the test of time, and commercial-grade frames.

Bottom line: an Exmark zero-turn riding mower very well could be the last mower you need to buy.

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