Zero Turn Radius Lawn Mower - Frequently Asked Questions
Why are zero turn radius lawn mowers better?
Faster ground speed. An average ZTR does 10 mph.
More maneuverable. The ability to zero turn saves time maneuvering around obstacles and turning around. This easy handling decreases the chance of accidentally leaving ruts in your lawn.
What mowers come in zero turn?
Walk behinds, riding mowers, and surfers. Most brands offer them. They come in different widths depending on how much grass you have to cover.
How does it steer?
There are two levers in front like an airplane steering. Each lever controls one back wheel independently. This gives you the ability to zero turn.
Forward - push both levers forward.
Backward – both levers backward.
Turn right – right lever back, left forward.
Turn left – left lever back, right forward.
Are they only for professionals?
No, a zero turn radius lawn mower is good for anyone who wants to get a lot of mowing done in a short amount of time.
How long do they last?
When properly maintained, a zero turn radius lawn mower lasts about 3,000 hours. For just homeowner use, it should last a lifetime. For landscapers, usually less due to employee abuse.
So don’t forget…fuel stabilizer over the winter, fresh fuel, air filters, and spark plugs.
What is the cost?
For a new one, the cost ranges from $2500 to $15,000, but you are better off spending a minimum of $4000 for a new one.
Try to stick with the major brands for resale value. For example, Exmark, Scag, and Toro retain their value when selling.
Below are the prices of used ones that are currently for sale on Ebay. I've found some great deals there in the past. (If you aren't already a member of eBay, you need to go to the registration page before you can bid, buy, or sell anything.)