Mowing your lawn takes time and patience, but it is beneficial in the long-run. Choosing the best machine to mow your lawn is hectic and time-consuming.
As what will work on my lawn may not be a good fit for yours, and vice versa.
With that said, I am going to go over the pros and cons of both a zero turn mower and a tractor. Hopefully, this post will help you decide on which machine is right for your property.
Keep in mind, this explores the pros and cons from a residential point of view.
The Pros And Cons Of Zero Turn Mower
The biggest pro of the Zero turn machines is the manoeuvrability.
They can turn in place and easily navigate yards with flower beds, shrubs, trees and rocks. They can manoeuvre around any obstacles so, if you have a flat yard with quite a few things to mow around, this is a perfect choice.
Also, when you’re sitting in the operator seat, you can easily see what you’re going to mow next.
Now let’s move into cons for the zero-turn machine:
There’s a bit of a learning curve for beginners on how to drive this machine.
It might take you some time to figure out the controls, like when you’re making turns its very important to keep both wheels moving throughout the turn.
Besides, these zero-turns don’t have the attachment like tractors do. When you buy a zero-turn, you can only use it to mow your lawn. However, there are sprayers available but, other than that there’s not much you can do.
These zero turns are not as steady on steep slopes as the casters wheels in the front do not help you out very much at all with traction. In turn, it’s very easy to pop wheelies as there’s not a lot of weight in the front.
The Pros And Cons Of Tractors
Tractors have a variety of attachments available that allow you to do anything from snow blowing, spread grass seed and much more. Compared to the Zero-turn which, only cut your lawn.
Furthermore, tractors are very stable on hills, and unlike Zero-turn they offer a steady ride from up and down hills.
Tractors are also very easy to drive and beginners friendly. It features a steering wheel so anyone can hop on and almost instantly know how to drive it.
Plus, you can drink a few beers when mowing.
When it comes to mobility, your tractor will have a harder time moving obstacles. With a tractor, you must reverse a lot, back up or make turns and may find yourself in tough spots.
Price is something very important to consider when purchasing one of these machines. According to the brand, a tractor is more expensive than a zero-turn, but they offer versatility and will cost you cheaper if you have to use it for different chores.
Both tractors and Zero turn mowers are big machines so make sure you have enough space to store whichever you buy.
To conclude, you cannot beat the zero-turn manoeuvrability, and you can quickly and efficiently mow your yard.
However, if you want to use multiple attachments then a tractor is your best bet.