If you have a flat quarter-acre or less of lawn to mow, then a rotary push lawn mower is sufficient enough to get the job done. However, if you have lawns that are larger in size, then a riding lawn mower is the one for the job. Riding mowers come in many types and sizes. They also come with different engine horsepower as well as in blade sizes.
A typical riding mower with an engine power output of about 14 horsepower can cut up to an acre. Larger lawns will require a heavy-duty version of the riding mower which is called the garden tractor. They have an engine power output of about 18 to 24 horsepower and they are capable of mowing up to five acres. Anything larger than 5 acres will require a full-sized farm tractor which will tow mowing equipment behind it. The zero radius mower is another type of riding mower which is popular for commercial landscaping and professional lawn care businesses. This type of riding mower is capable of using four-wheel steering thus allowing it to move precisely around trees and other types of obstacles.
Driving a riding mower is similar to driving any type of motor vehicle. They require pedal control to accelerate and brake and a steering wheel to negotiate turns. Other types of riding mowers make use of levers to control steering and throttle. Their engine is responsible for powering both the wheels and blades. The blades of most riding mowers are connected to the engine via a belt drive. Riders can also control height and the speed of the blade.
The benefit of using a riding mower is without doubt the reduced time it takes to cut the grass as compared to using a walk-behind mower. The other benefit that it offers is that it takes less effort to move around the lawn. Riding mowers are also very versatile and are evident in the many aspects of landscaping.
Investing in a riding mower is an excellent choice especially if you have a large area to cover. However, it is also important to consider the associated cost of operating a riding mower and if it is suitable enough based on the size of lawn. Otherwise, a walk-behind rotary mower will suffice.