Riding Lawn Mowers
USA: Riding Lawn Mowers: Riding Lawn Mower Manufacturers
ABOUT RIDING LAWN MOWERS
Riding lawn mowers, also known as ride-on lawnmowers, have a seat so that the user can drive the lawn mower like a small tractor. Whereas a walk-behind lawn mower will typically have a cutting width of around 20 inches, riding lawn mowers have cutting widths of between 42 and 50 inches. This, coupled with their greater speed over the ground, enables grass to be cut in as little as a quarter of the time needed by a walk-behind lawn mower.
The more expensive riding mowers have a 'zero turn' design. The rear wheels can be driven at different speeds, or even in different directions, to allow very tight turns around landscape obstacles such as trees, flower beds, and rockeries. They are usually controlled by two levers, like a bulldozer. Zero turn lawn mowers were originally designed for commercial use, but are increasingly used in the residential market.
LEADING USA MANUFACTURERS
The following leading manufacturers have comprehensive websites, with information on all aspects, including online catalogs, designs and specifications, and care and maintenance.
John Deere. John Deere, which was founded in 1837 as a one-man blacksmith shop, has grown to a worldwide agricultural manufacturer employing more than 50,000 people. Its product range includes gasoline powered riding mowers. Pressed parts are made using a 2,000 ton press, welding is robotic, and the paint dip is followed by sprayed and baked final paint coat. The product range includes a riding lawn mower which can also act as a tiller, and as a multi-terrain tractor. It is suitable for cutting up to five acres of grass.
Snapper. Snapper, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a leading manufacturer of Zero Turn Lawn Mowers. It is part of the Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group. It makes a range of five ride-on lawn mowers. The cheapest model offers a choice of 42 inch or 50 inch cutting width, and features a cast iron front axle, mulch or bag options for the grass cuttings, and height of cut adjustment. The top of the range model has a heavy duty three blade mower deck, with anti-scalp roller for precision cutting without scalping. It also has a wrap-around rear bumper.
Lawn-Boy. Lawn-Boy, based in Bloomington, Minnesota, was founded in 1934 by Ole Evinrude who was the engineer responsible for developing the world's first outboard motor. It is a leading manufacturer of gasoline powered walk-behind and riding lawn mowers. Its Precision zero turn riding lawn mower has a two cylinder Honda engine or a premium Kawasaki engine, with a choice of 42 inch or 50 inch cutting width. It has a unibody heavy duty steel frame, and a hydrostatic drive system enabling the driver to take tight circles around landscape obstacles.
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