Narrowing down your options when choosing the best ride on mower for professional use can prove to be a little bit more complicated than it first appears to be. By understanding what to look for in a ride on mower for commercial or professional use, it will ensure that you get a machine that is fit for purpose. There are plenty of things to take into account before making up your mind. Below, we are going to take a closer look at the different types of ride on lawn mowers available and what use cases they are better suited to.
Zero-Turn vs Riders vs Front Mowers vs Garden Tractors
When it comes to choosing the best ride on mower for commercial use, there are four popular choices that professionals tend to favour. These are zero-turn mowers, riders, front mowers and garden tractors. Let’s look at the differences between them.
How to Choose the Best Size Mower?
Ride-on mowers are available in many different sizes, ranging from large zero-turn mowers to more compact front mowers. When choosing a ride-on mower for commercial use, size is definitely an important factor. There are many considerations to keep in mind, including the length, width, height and weight of the machine, to make sure you can transport it safely and securely. Overall manoeuvrability compared to relative size and speed also have a direct impact on the machine’s productivity when mowing different types of lawns.
Cutting decks range from 30 inches to 72 inches wide, so selecting the right size mower is imperative. Typically, a cutting deck of 50 inches or more will be suitable for large areas with few obstructions in the way. For areas that are smaller and have various obstacles to manoeuver around, a cutting deck measuring 40 inches is appropriate.
Other Features to Consider
Use on Uneven Ground - When using a ride-on mower on uneven ground, there are several factors that will improve the overall cutting performance. Aim to find a mower that provides a low centre of gravity, a wide stance, and superior traction. This is especially true when using your commercial ride on mower on hillsides and slopes as these design qualities can eliminate slipping and sliding on steep inclines.
How Much Horsepower? - The more horsepower a ride-on mower has, the faster and more efficient it will be. Typically, 31hp is able to provide speeds of up to 19km/h (depending on the transmission of the specific machine) and is ideal for providing maximum power when cutting on steep inclines and larger lawns. For medium-sized tasks, a ride-on mower with 24hp will deliver reliable and solid power for a multitude of terrains. 18hp is sufficient for taking care of small lawns and areas with few slopes or uneven ground.
Accessories - Those of us who work in commercial landscaping throughout the year may find a ride on mower with interchangeable accessories to be extremely beneficial, as a means of increasing the usability of your machine beyond just cutting lawns. Being able to use your ride on mower as a sprayer, spreader, aerator, sweeper, or flail mower can help eliminate the number of tools that you need to carry with you when on the job.