The front axle is made of heavy-duty cast-iron. The chassis features a fully robotically-welded frame with a new e-coating corrosion defense system. The LED headlight will allow you to drive this thing around your yard at night. The Cub Comfort™ high-back seat offers some additional comfort to the user with its 10-degree incline and slide.
The stiff suspension will make you feel every bump.
If you're looking for the best riding lawn mower for hills, the Cub Cadet LT46 XT1 Enduro Series Riding Mower is the model for you. If you have a sizable yard and you don't feel like spending hours mowing it with a less powerful and effective product, this is also the model for you. And if your yard is relatively small and all the ground is relatively even, this is a bit of an overkill.
Front-Engine Lawn Tractor
22 HP Kohler engine (44.2 cu.inch)
3-gallon fuel tank
Medium to large-sized yards
46 inches, 2 blades, 4 anti-scalp wheels
12-position: 1" - 4"
Bag, side-mischarge, mulching
Forward: up to 5.5 mph
LED headlight, cruise control, Cub Comfort™ high-back seat, SmartJet™ high-pressure deck washing system, Cup holder
The machine allows you to mow in reverse, so you'll be able to easily maneuver in and out of trouble spots. Its 15-inch front wheels and 20-inch rear wheels give you excellent clearance and easy, long-lasting mobility around the yard. The mid-back seat that keeps you comfortable and delivers extra support.
The fuel tank is limited, considering the engine.
With Craftsman T150, you will be able to keep the lawn nice and clean with very little effort on your part. The model will allow you to maneuver around the yard with ease and precision. The tractor is durable and easy to maintain. Plus, it looks sleek but imposing, a nice thing to have in your lawn maintenance arsenal.
Front-Engine Lawn Tractor
19 HP Briggs & Stratton engine (~38 cu. inch)
1.3-gallon fuel tank
46 inches, 2 blades, 2 anti-scalp wheels
5-position: 1.5" - 3.75"
Side-discharge (bag and mulching accessories available)
Forward: up to 5.5 mph
LED headlight, ReadyStart technology, Mid-back seat, Deck wash system, Cup holder
The 1.3-gallon fuel tank comes equipped with a fuel sight window, allowing you to keep tabs on the gas levels. The compact size of the model will allow you to easily reach the areas that are simply inaccessible to larger mowers. The manual power take-off is there to ensure fast blade engagement without any complications.
The belt-drive transmission is outdated.
What we have here could probably be described as a mini riding lawn mower, so if you have a smaller lawn, this is a model that you might want to consider. And, keeping in mind that this is also one of the most affordable options out there, there's really no reason not to give it a try if you happen to be on a budget but would still like to enjoy the benefits of a riding mower.
12 HP Powemore engine (23.3 cu.inch)
1.3-gallon fuel tank
Small to medium-sized yards
30 inches, 2 blades, 2 anti-scalp wheels
5-position: 1.5" - 4"
Side-discharge (bag and mulching accessories available)
Forward: up to 4.5 mph
Mid-back seat, Fuel indicator
The pedal-operated hydrostatic transmission allows you to manage the speed and direction via pedals, letting you keep both hands on the steering wheel for improved driving control. The Cruise Control feature makes sure the tractor maintains consistent speed, even through the roughest terrain.
The engine is relatively loud.
There are many things that allow the Husqvarna TS348 riding lawn mower to edge out its competition. You can focus on the robust, highly durable build. You can highlight the overall ergonomic design. You can talk about its ridiculous functionality and ample smaller and bigger details that make the model such a pleasure to work with.
Front-Engine Lawn Tractor
24 HP Kohler Engine (44.2 cu. inch)
4-gallon fuel tank
Medium to large-sized yards
48 inches, 3 blades, 4 anti-scalp wheels
6-position: 1.5" - 4"
Bag, side-discharge, mulching
Forward: up to 5.5 mph
LED headlight, Cruise control, ClearCut™ fabricated cutting deck, Electric blade engagement, Front bumper, Fuel indicator, Deck washing system, Cup holder
The 75 Ah battery will be able to offer you up to 2 hours of runtime, which should be enough to mow about 2 acres of land. The model is also capable of reaching the speed of up to 8 miles per hour, making it one of the fastest riding lawn mowers on the market. It involves no belts, spark plugs, or filters, so it doesn't require a lot of attention in terms of maintenance.
The LED headlights aren't particularly effective.
This battery powered riding lawn mower is a powerhouse of convenient features and smart solutions. That said, the price is a bit stiff, so we would recommend this particular model to the environmentally conscious people first and foremost. The vehicle's virtually silent operation will allow you to mow the lawn in peace and quiet.
Dual electric brushless motors
75 Ah battery (up to 120 min of operation)
Small to medium-sized yards
38 inches, 2 blades, 2 anti-scalp wheels
12-position: 1.5" - 4.5"
Forward: up to 8 mph
LED headlight, Cruise control, USB charging
Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro Series LT46
Built to Endure
Taking care of a large lawn requires a lot of time and dedication. And, honestly, it is a monotonous process that bores the hell out of most people. Furthermore, the larger your lawn is, the more of a chance that it includes uneven terrain with a number of bumps and hills. Mowing that kind of lawn can be a nightmare, to put it mildly. That is unless you have the XT1 Enduro Series LT46 from Cub Cadet at your disposal.
What we have here is a front-engine lawn tractor and that alone makes the model suitable for heavy-load jobs. As the "enduro" part of the name suggests, this is a model that is built to endure anything your lawn might throw its way, from some serious bumps to the roughest grass. Though the whole thing is comprised of rugged materials that are as sturdy and reliable as it gets, we would first like to point out the front axle that is made of heavy-duty cast-iron. The people behind the mower in general and this particular component, in particular, are so confident in its endurance that they have decided to extend the warranty of the axle to 5 years. As for the other parts, the cylinders of the engine are made of twin and cast-iron as well, the transmission housing is comprised of cast aluminum, and the chassis features a fully robotically-welded frame with a new e-coating corrosion defense system. Again, not dissimilar to the front axle, the manufacturers have extended the warranty of the frame to 5 years as well.
When it comes to performance, the 46-inch cutting deck driven by a powerful 22 HP Kohler engine will be able to handle even some of the larger-sized yards and the 3-gallon fuel tank will make sure that you won't have to refill the tank before getting the job done. The hydrostatic transmission drive offers simple and convenient operation as it essentially eliminates the need for shifting, just push a pedal and get going. And despite the fact that we're talking about a sizable vehicle, it offers a 16-inch turning radius, meaning that you will be able to maneuver around all kinds of obstacles with relative ease.
Now, we could talk about the capabilities of this lawn tractor for hours, but everything that's already been said should allow you to paint a pretty accurate mental picture. So, before wrapping this thing up, we decided to mention a few features that either simplify the operation or make it more comfortable and convenient. First off, there's the SmartJet™ high-pressure deck washing system that simplifies the process of maintenance. Then, there's the Cub Comfort™ high-back seat that offers some additional comfort to the user with its 10-degree incline and slide. The cruise control option provides soft touch engagement and the LED headlight will allow you to drive this thing around your yard at night.
All in all, this is a fairly simple choice. If you're looking for the best riding lawn mower for hills, the Cub Cadet LT46 XT1 Enduro Series Riding Mower is the model for you. If you have a sizable yard and you don't feel like spending hours mowing it with a less powerful and effective product, this is also the model for you. And if your yard is relatively small and all the ground is relatively even, this is a bit of an overkill.
Craftsman T150 is a really interesting tractor. For the most part, the model is great, easily one of the best riding lawn mowers we've seen lately. But we can't say that this is necessarily the most well-thought-out and well-balanced product on the market today.
For example, the powerful and reliable 19 HP Briggs and Stratton® ReadyStart® engine leaves very little room for complaints, incorporating an easy and dependable starting system with no prime and no choke.
But, considering the powerful engine, the model's 1.3-gallon fuel tank is underwhelming and could use some improvement in the volume/capacity department.
That is probably the biggest gripe we have with the product. Apart from that, there are hardly any major issues here.
There are very few riding lawn mowers out there right now that give you the same combination of power and control.
With its 18-inch turning radius, the tractor offers easy and overall impressive maneuverability. You'll be able to cruise around the yard and turn wherever you want with very little effort on your part.
On top of that, the model boasts an excellent hand-controlled hydrostatic transmission. It allows for smooth transitions in speed and direction, further making the tractor an absolute pleasure to work with.
Sleek but Imposing
At a certain price point, some things are a given but have to be covered regardless. A good example of that would be the machine's wide 46-inch cutting deck. With its help, you'll be able to cut, trim, and clip grass in one quick sweep. The deck wash that comes with the tractor saves lots of time when you go for underside cleaning.
Though we have already covered a few, there are other things here that contribute to the model's practically uncompromising maneuvrability and control. Among other things, Craftsman T150 allows you to mow in reverse, so you'll be able to easily maneuver in and out of trouble spots. Its 15-inch front wheels and 20-inch rear wheels give you excellent clearance and easy, long-lasting maneuvering around the yard.
Other than that, it's the little and not-so-little things, like the 46-inch reinforced stamped steel deck that allows the tractor to almost always come out unscathed and the mid-back seat that keeps you comfortable and delivers extra support.
In other words, with Craftsman T150, you will be able to keep the lawn nice and clean with very little effort on your part. The model will allow you to maneuver around the yard with ease and precision. The tractor is durable and easy to maintain. Plus, it looks sleek but imposing, a nice thing to have at your disposal.
A Bargain on Wheels
Though certain people stick with regular lawn mowers due to their conservative viewpoints, it is the question of money that's the biggest reason most people don't make the transition to riding mowers. Your standard corded lawn mower generally costs about a hundred bucks, so just about anybody can afford it. Their riding counterparts, on the other hand, could cost you around thirty or even forty hundred dollars, so we're talking about a major investment here. On that note, we would like to introduce the Troy-Bilt 382cc, one of the most affordable riding lawn mowers on the market that packs quite a punch for such an inexpensive model.
First things first, the vehicle comes equipped with a fairly powerful 382cc OHV engine. Of course, with just 12 HP on board, it has its limitations, and you won't be able to move faster than 4.5 miles per hour. But we're talking about a model with just a 30-inch cutting deck, so it should go without saying that it is suitable mostly for small and medium-sized lawns. And when it comes to those, the mower boasts enough power to get the job done. Plus, talking about conveniences, the 1.3-gallon fuel tank comes equipped with a fuel sight window, which is quite an underrated feature as it will allow you to keep tabs on the gas levels.
A Smaller Frame
Though the smaller frame of the mower certainly presents a challenge or two when it comes to medium-sized lawns, it's not like it comes without its advantages as well. For instance, the compact size of the model will allow you to easily reach the areas that are simply inaccessible to larger mowers. Plus, the fact that it is relatively small, with just about 62 x 34 x 26 inches in overall dimensions, will prove to be a blessing in no disguise as you won't have any issues trying to find some space for it in your garage or a shed.
As we have implied earlier, this isn't the most versatile option on the market, but it is a good riding lawn mower in terms of comfort and convenience. The blades include 5 height adjustment options, so as long as you have a relatively even terrain in your backyard, cutting the grass and keeping your lawn clean will be a walk in the park. Plus, the manual power take-off is there to ensure fast blade engagement without any complications. All in all, with an 18-inch turning radius, you'll be able to easily maneuver around the yard. The 13-inch steering wheel has a soft grip to it that makes controlling the mower a process that is both simple and comfortable. Unfortunately, the only available cutting mode is self-discharge. However, you can easily fix this little issue by acquiring a bag and mulching accessories that are sold separately.
To sum it all up, what we have here could probably be described as a mini riding lawn mower, so if you have a smaller lawn, this is a model that you might want to consider. And, keeping in mind that this is also one of the most affordable options out there, there's really no reason not to give it a try if you happen to be on a budget but would still like to enjoy the benefits of a riding mower.
A Tough, Rugged Machine
The folk at Husqvarna are often able to do a good job betting on power but without sacrificing functionality and convenience in return. That philosophy very much applies to Husqvarna TS348. Equipped with the 24 HP Kohler engine (44.2 cu. inch), the model is an absolute powerhouse. With its help, you'll be able to trim and cut any lawn in no time at all.
But, again, it isn't just about the power but the balance between power and utility. With that in mind, let's pivot a little. First, there's the ClearCut™ fabricated cutting deck. The all-new fabricated design incorporates welded 10 gauge-steel construction with additional welded reinforcement strips giving the lawn tractor exceptional durability.
A similar sentiment can be extended towards the heavy-cast front axle. With its robust construction, the axle offers improved balance and stability, even with a collector setup going on. This pivoting action will help you smooth out the roughest terrain.
We can also mention the robust steel chassis and the cast-iron spindle housings with sealed ball bearing but you get the point, this is a tough, rugged machine that isn't afraid of any challenge.
Husqvarna TS348 isn't cheap. There are many things that contribute to its price and many things we can cover here.
We can cover the pedal-operated hydrostatic transmission that allows you to manage the speed and direction via pedals, letting you keep both hands on the steering wheel for improved driving control.
We can cover the smaller things, like the fact that the seat comes with armrests so that you're able to maintain high comfort levels while mowing the lawn.
We can definitely briefly cover the electric blade engagement setup that lets you engage the cutting blades with but a switch pull on the control panel.
Some would argue that the Cruise Control feature is particularly important here, considering how it allows the tractor to maintain consistent speed, even through the roughest terrain.
The large, wide-rear wheels aren't too shabby either, giving you improved traction and far less risk of damaging delicate grounds.
The Reverse Operating System is great too, disengaging the cutting blades when driving in reverse.
The transparent fuel indicator that makes it particularly easy to check the fuel level is present as well, another nice little detail that separates this tractor from its inferior peers.
Long story short, there are many things that allow the Husqvarna TS348 riding lawn mower to edge out its competition. You can focus on the robust, highly durable build. You can highlight the overall ergonomic design. You can talk about its ridiculous functionality and ample smaller and bigger details that make the model such a pleasure to work with.
Gotta Go Fast
As a rule of thumb, the majority of riding lawn mowers run on gas as the sort of firepower they require to operate can be hard to achieve via other means of energy. Well, there's an exception to every rule, and the Ryobi RY48110 is one of the best examples of those exceptions. This is a vehicle that has quite a lot going for it and we will try to briefly touch upon every one of its aspects that we deem to be of some importance, but the most defining characteristic is easily the mower's engine. Instead of your standard engine that runs on gas, the model comes equipped with dual electric brushless motors. By removing fuel and fumes from the equation, the manufacturers present you with a much more environmentally friendly choice compared to traditional mowers.
Of course, you might think that choosing a greener alternative would mean sacrificing performance and efficiency in return, but that isn't the case here. The 75 Ah battery will be able to offer you up to 2 hours of runtime, which should be enough to mow about 2 acres of land. The model is also capable of reaching the speed of up to 8 miles per hour, making it one of the fastest riding lawn mowers on the market. Now, it probably won't allow you to successfully compete in NASCAR, but the mower will offer you enough oomph to get the job done as quickly as possible.
Before moving on from the electric engine and all that it entails, we would also like to mention one last benefit of this type of setup - low maintenance. That's right, a gas-powered engine doesn't just carry with it fuel emissions, but also a number of archaic components that require a whole lot of attention. This electric riding lawn mower, on the other hand, involves no belts, spark plugs, or filters, so you won't have to constantly take care of those parts in particular and the mower in general. Well, aside from low maintenance, there's also the model's quiet operation that may have something to do with the electric engine.
When it actually comes to cutting the grass, the vehicle comes equipped with quite a few features that make the entire process convenient and effortless. We like to believe that riding a mower like this one can be quite a lot of fun. But if you're not of a similar mindset or you simply happen to be in a less of a joyous mood on any particular occasion, the model has you covered with a cruise control feature that will do the bulk of the job for you. And, as you're cruising along, go ahead and plug your phone into the USB charger that was thoughtfully added to the control panel, along with a cell phone compartment and a cup holder. Plus, the adjustable seat will help you find the most comfortable position.
Though some people find them less than effective, the LED headlights will help you cut the grass during the nighttime. Finally, not all lawns are created equal, so the company behind this one made sure to implement a 12-position manual deck adjustment option that will allow you to adjust to any terrain and height of the grass in order to deliver that clean cut to your lawn.
All things considered, this battery powered riding lawn mower is a powerhouse of convenient features and smart solutions. That said, the price is a bit stiff, so we would recommend this particular model to the environmentally conscious people first and foremost. The vehicle's virtually silent operation will allow you to mow the lawn in peace and quiet.
What Is a Riding Lawn Mower?
If you are a lawn owner, you know that cutting grass with a handheld lawn mower requires much time and physical effort. To solve this problem, you should ponder on purchasing a riding lawn mower. This device will take minutes to tidy up your grass. In general, a riding lawn mower combines features of a golf cart and a petrol lawn mower. Thus, all you need to do is adjust the height of the grass cut and ride this lawn mower. That's all! Besides, most lawn mower models allow carrying lightweight cargos and using attached implements for better grass cutting. Sure, even the cheapest options on the market may be more expensive than their stand behind counterparts, but the kind of performance and convenience riding lawn mowers offer you make that price well worth it.
What Features to Compare
Thinking of the option to trim and mow your lawn effectively yet easy? A riding lawn mower will help. However, before you go buy one, decide on the type of a riding lawn mower you need and the terrain you’re going to groom. Basically, there are three main types of riding lawn mowers - Lawn Tractors, Zero-Turn-Radius and Rear-Engine Riders. The lawn tractors are highly-capable and performing riders, compatible with the variety of attached implements. More than other riding lawn mowers, they are suitable for heavy-load jobs. If you own a large, rough lawn, this one is the best to go for. Zero-Turn-Radius riders are designed in a way to easily maneuver and swivel in one place, enabling mowers to mow the areas with lots of all sorts of obstacles. Rear-Engine riders are in many ways similar to Lawn Tractors, but they’re smaller in size. They work brilliantly on medium-sized lawns and terrains.
The type of the engine directly determines overall mowing performance while its capacity specifies what jobs it’ll be best for. You may find quite a number of different configurations, but the most widespread types of engine are one-cylinder and V-twin two-cylinder. The riders powered by the one-cylinder motor are more basic and less expensive but they might not cut the grass as good and efficiently as those powered by V-twin two-cylinder. Still, they’ll do their work at best on half to one-acre lawns. The riders based on V-twin two-cylinder are more performing and capable, they don’t heat up as fast and thus, last considerably longer when used for long-term jobs. The use of additional air filters and oil filtration system will greatly extend the service life of the engine, so beware.
There are also several types of transmission that you just as well may want to consider since it strongly affects the ease of operation. If the lawn is big, flat and smooth, you can opt for a model with a manual type of transmission. It’s well suitable for setting the most accurate speed for short, tall and wet grass. The riders with an automatic type of transmission ideally work on the areas with lots of obstacles, lumps and bumps. As a rule, their turning radius is zero. More than any other riding lawn mowers, they are massively purchased by professional mowers.
Now, there are some other things that are of high importance worth your consideration. Those consumers who’re seeking for a true powerhouse to mow rough lawns should definitely pay attention to the following aspects - the cutting width, the number of blades, tank capacity, cutting speed, height adjustment and working modes.
Consider the maximum cutting width if you want to cut more grass in one pass. The wider it is, the fewer circles you’ll have to ride. The riders with a bigger number of blades will better cut the grass without tearing it up. High speeds ideally suit for mowing big areas and rough terrains while the height adjustment allows varying the optimal angle of cut. The riders can also mulch, bag, side-discharge and collect the cut grass, making the whole process much easier.
Finally, a consumer should pay attention to lawn mower’s conveniences. Seat dimensions, a steering wheel, lever coating material, a footrest, an armrest, and a cup holder are important for comfortable use. Furthermore, a water hose connector allows you to clean the mower after its performance. Take into consideration that a folding floor provides comfortable access to the blades while a fuel indicator helps to control fuel consumption. Besides, an electric blade system provides a quick turning on and prolongs the lifespan of the drive belt. To crown it all, a special indicator alerts you about the necessity to change the oil.
All these conveniences provide comfortable use and timely maintenance of the mower.
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Ride Your Own Ride
If you ask us, riding lawn mowers serve as the perfect testament to mankind's ingenuity, with laziness almost always being the biggest driving force behind that ingenuity. We wanted to keep a pristine lawn but we didn't want to put in the effort that was required to maintain that lawn, so we came up with these machines that do the bulk of the job for us. They're effective, they're efficient, and, honestly, they're quite a lot of fun. So, aside from the obvious financial question, why so do many people feel reluctant about switching from a regular lawn mower to a much more efficient alternative? Well, a part of it could certainly be attributed to the good ol' baby duck syndrome, a principle that suggests people often tend to stick with the very first iteration of a particular technology since they believe it to be far superior to everything that came after it. But we all know that, in this case, this is simply false, don't we? Aside from the fact that about 68,000 people suffer all sorts of injuries while operating a regular lawn mower, you'd be hard-pressed to come up with a solid argument that supports the theory that those regular mowers do a better job of taking care of the lawn than riding lawn mowers. And if you don't feel like that is actually the case, here are a few advantages of these types of mowers that may just convince you otherwise.
- Saves Time
It doesn't matter whether you have a self-propelled lawn mower, a push mower, a reel mower, or even a robotic lawn mower, none of them is capable of offering the same kind of efficiency as riding mowers do. Frankly, any type of mower that requires you to stand behind it doesn't even come close when it comes to getting the job done as quickly as possible. The speed with which you can mow the lawn using a riding mower is simply unparalleled no matter how you slice it. if we're talking about a large yard, one of these vehicles will be able to save you hours every single week.
- Requires Less Effort
Well, this one is a bit of a no-brainer, isn't it? Unfortunately, the majority of yards are not completely flat, and even if they were, you would still be working a lot harder trying to mow your lawn with a self-propelled model or any other stand behind mower. And don't even get us started on those scorching summer days when it feels like you might evaporate after a few minutes outdoors, so the last thing you want to do is push a heavy piece of machinery around your yard for a minimum of half an hour. Besides, taking care of your lawn is a monotonous, tedious task. But a riding lawn mower makes it as exciting as it can possibly be.
- Doesn't Threaten Your Well-Being
As much as we all would like to be in an optimal, tip-top condition every single day of our lives, we're afraid the reality is seldom so lenient. Whether you simply do not feel well on a particular day or you happen to have some kind of a long-standing injury, operating a stand behind mower can be simply out of the question. On the other hand, a riding lawn mower is a lot more forgiving when it comes to your health concerns and there's a good chance you will be able to continue maintaining your own yard in the majority of cases unless, of course, we're talking about a critical condition situation here. If the latter is the case, you might want to pay your physician a visit before concerning yourself with gardening matters.
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