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Zero-Turn or normal riding mower?

12 years ago

I am leaning toward a zero-turn mower, but thought I'd ask here in case anyone has cautionary tales ...

The Yard:
Soon-to-be flat with maybe some gentle rolling grade changes.

6 large trees to mow around plus ...

One deck with stairs plus ...

Bump out in the foundation plus ...

Fence on all sides.

Size = 0.67 acre in total, probably a half acre in the back & the rest is the front yard.

Time = we both work FT, his job is 40-ish and mine is 50-60+/week with a lot of travel overseas. Time is not something we have a lot of.

We've had a riding mower in the past, a John Deere with a 32" cutting deck that went to live with my step-dad a year ago. He's good with engines and it needed some help. We are NOT good with engines. Not at all. So whatever we buy has to be serviced by someone else. We can change oil, filters, and spark plugs. That's the extent of it.

We don't need any attachments for the mower - we aren't splitting wood, the snow blower is a separate piece of equipment, etc. We just need a good mower.

The only downside I can think of with the zero turn is that it has 2 levers, which makes it hard to have a free hand for an iced tea while mowing. I think I can live with that.

Anything else we should be wary of? Are they less reliable or ??

Thanks in advance!

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