Do you absolutely hate to mow your lawn with a passion? Perhaps it is because you have too big of a lawn, suffer from physical disabilities, or are just plain lazy? If any of those situations apply to you, and paying for a gardener is out of the question, then purchasing a riding lawn mower is the best option for you to get over the dread of mowing your lawn every one or two weeks.
While most of us have a hard time validating the prices that many ride on mowers cost, if you have a lot of land to cover, have physical ailments, are allergic to grass or have any other serious issues that keeps you from maintaining your lawn properly, then the upfront cost of a riding lawn mower is negligible compared to the long term benefits that they provide.
Here are a few factors that should help you decide whether you wish to purchase riding lawn mowers:
Size of Yard – Yards that are half an acre or larger, can be a real pain to maintain with standard lawn mowers, so ride on lawn mowers are very beneficial for yards of this size.
Yard Terrain – If your lawn is even, you can use any type of lawn mower you wish. If your lawn is uneven, riding lawn mowers are much more suitable to help you maintain an even cut along your grass line.
Yard Layout – If you have a lot of trees and bushes around your lawn, riding lawn mowers can help you get a much closer cut, and help you clean up all of the leaves and remnants left behind by all of the shrubbery. This can save many people a great deal of time, especially during the Fall.
Once you have decided to go ahead and purchase of riding lawn mowers, you will have a wide variety of options to choose from depending on your wants and needs. For “bare bones” lawn mowers, you can expect to pay starting around $1000 for riding mowers that will more than get the job done for a medium sized yard. If you are looking for more features and amenities (cd player, cup holder, sun shades, etc.), or have a larger yard to handle, things can get very pricey and you can expect to pay up to $6000 or even more.
Some of the most reliable and cost effective riding lawn mowers on the market today are Snapper riding mowers. Their base model is the rear engine rider (RE Rider) and that starts at just $1250 and can handle all of your mowing needs. From there, Snapper riding mowers range from $1750 to $5500 and can handle a wide range of needs from handling the most difficult of lawns, snow dozing, pulling and pushing, and even more. There are many other riding lawn mowers on the market to choose from, but you would be hard pressed to find another brand better than Snapper riding mowers.
Now that you have a better idea of what your lawn mower needs are, and which lawn mowers are best equipped to handle those needs. The most important thing to not forget is to always properly maintain your riding lawn mowers so that they can remain in a safe and good working condition for many, many years. Just like you would with your automobile, you need to regularly change your riding mower’s oil, filer, spark plugs, etc. and make sure to warm the engine before using it.
Last but not least, one important lesson to remember is to never wash your mower with water unless absolutely necessary. The reason for this is that the cutting blades are made of steel, and they will rust very quickly if exposed to water too often. Instead of using water, you can clean your riding mowers just as well through using an air compressor, putty knife and wire brush.
Depending on your needs, you will most likely be spending a lot of money on your riding lawn mowers, so you should always do your best to get the most out of your investment. By following these guidelines, you should be able to use your riding mowers for many years to come.