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Choosing The Right Riding Mower, Tractor or Zero Turn For You


May 16, 2013 LAWN CARE


If you have a yard exceeding an acre, even the best push mower might not be up to the job. Lawn tractors, riding lawn mowers, and zero turn mowers by Snapper are quick, maneuverable, and easily transition from season-to-season with versatile attachments.

Which Snapper mower is the best for your terrain, landscaping, and lawn care routine? Find out with this buying guide!

Riding Mowers v. Lawn Tractors v. Zero Turn At a Glance

  • Riding mowers for control; great for those new to ride on products
  • Tractors if you want to get hitched... to your favorite tractor attachments (i.e. mulching or tillers)
  • Zero turn mowers for lawns with trees and tight turns

Riding Mowers & Lawn Tractors: What’s the Difference?

‘Tractor’ and ‘riding lawn mower’ are often used interchangeably, but there are a few subtle differences. While riding mowers have cutting decks under the front end of the vehicle, lawn tractors tend to have mid-mounted cutting decks. The front cutting deck on riding lawn mowers yields more control while lawn tractors have hitches, ideal for tractor accessories. When maneuverability becomes the upmost concern with trees, bushes, rocks, and other sophisticated landscaping features, one might want to consider a zero turn mower.

Snapper is known for its legendary Rear Engine Rider. Featured in Forrest Gump and revamped for the 2013 season, Snapper’s rear engine riding mower boasts well-loved and improved features including dependable disc drive transmission, a powerful Briggs & Stratton engine, and innovative steering for a tighter turning radius.

Want to learn more about Snapper riding mowers? Check out the rear engine rider video.

Zero Turn Mowers: The Maneuverable Solution

Do you have large yard full of complicated landscaping features like boulders, trees, garden beds, and shrubberies? A zero turn lawn mower might significantly improve the efficiency of your lawn care routine.

A ZTR from Snapper is outfitted with a heavy-gauge steel mower deck for durability, an aerodynamic design for efficient cutting, speed, and disbursement of clippings, and a durable, fabricated deck.

Want to learn more about zero turn mowers? Read Snapper’s zero turn mower buying guide.

Exceptional Service on Snapper Riding Mowers

Whether you purchase an affordably priced 150Z zero turn mower or a feature-packed, smart NXT riding mower, all Snapper products come with unparalleled warranties as well as excellent customer support and service from our knowledgeable retailers.

Find your local Snapper dealer—and your ideal Snapper riding mower—today! 

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