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The Complete Lawn Mower, Riding Mower, Lawn Tractor, Garden Tractor, Zero Turn Name Brands List | Who Makes What, Who Are The Major Mower Manufactures

89 Riding Mower Brands, 38 U.S. Mower Manufactures, | The Complete List Of Who Makes What Riding Mower, Lawn Tractor, Garden Tractor, Zero Turns

This article lists most of the riding mower, lawn tractor, garden tractor and zero turn mower brands sold here in the United States and to the best of my ability lists who owns them for the 2014 model year.

Many of the old independent names that have been around for years have now been bought and merged into huge corporations.  There are even a couple of “American” names that are used solely by Chinese manufactures.  Of the 89 brands I can find, many are owned by the same few companies, but some of those names have moved from one manufacture to the next making it hard to sort it all out. I know this list is not complete so feel free to leave a comment at the end of this article with the ones I missed.

Bookmark this page!  I will update it as I get new info. Latest update 6/04/2014

The “landscape” is constantly changing and I expect a few of these companies to disappear this year, a few new names to emerge, and a few to get sold to someone else.

The riding mower brands in this list include the manufactures for riding mowers, lawn tractors, yard tractors, garden tractors, estate tractors, zero-turns, and commercial mowers.  It does not include the hundreds of  manufactures of pull-behind and mounted agricultural equipment.  If you are reading this list and make riding mowers and attachments aimed at the residential and/or commercial lawn care market feel free to add a comment about your product in the comments section.

I’ve included the smaller companies because many of these market locally at trade shows and county fairs.  Just about all of them are high quality machines and they may be right for you.  I also included the commercial mowers (mainly zero-turns) because some of you may be tempted to purchase a used “commercial” machine and it would be nice to know if you can still get parts. Commercial mowers can greatly reduce your mowing time, (as much as 80%) but you need to be aware that they are considerably more expensive to repair.

Husqvarna, MTD, and Briggs & Stratton make most of the riding mower and lawn tractor brands sold by retailers here in the U.S. John Deere still makes their own.

2014 Riding Mowers Sold in the United States By Manufacture:

Note:  I have verified these relationships by researching the latest information on the Internet and talking directly to some of the manufactures.  It is accurate to the best of my knowledge.

acrease The Complete Lawn Mower, Riding Mower, Lawn Tractor, Garden Tractor, Zero Turn Name Brands List | Who Makes What, Who Are The Major Mower Manufactures Acrease Kunzeng.com/ Gary Kunz and his son Matt have a great line of high quality, heavy duty finish and rough cut mowers.  These mowers are designed to pull behind or along-side of your existing mower and reduce your mowing time and trimming considerably.  For example, I used two or their 60 inch commercial wing mowers with a 60 inch Exmark Laser and could mow up to 17 acres an hour.  They are more expensive than the Swisher, Agri-Fab and Stanley wing mowers, but worth every penny in increased productivity and strength.

ALTOZ Precision Mowers 150x84 The Complete Lawn Mower, Riding Mower, Lawn Tractor, Garden Tractor, Zero Turn Name Brands List | Who Makes What, Who Are The Major Mower Manufactures ALTOZ | Precision Mowers ALTOZ zero-turn mowers. High-performance commercial and residential machines, each built with a dedication to excellence and the promise of a precision cut.

ariens logo 150x68 The Complete Lawn Mower, Riding Mower, Lawn Tractor, Garden Tractor, Zero Turn Name Brands List | Who Makes What, Who Are The Major Mower Manufactures Ariens:  http://www.ariens.com The “other” big brand that makes a complete line of mowers. They are one of the oldest names in the mower market and make a great line of mowers under various names.

  • ariens Tractor 150x112 The Complete Lawn Mower, Riding Mower, Lawn Tractor, Garden Tractor, Zero Turn Name Brands List | Who Makes What, Who Are The Major Mower Manufactures Ariens Tractors at Home Depot: The 2011-2012 models appear to be old Craftsman units made by Husqvarna for Craftsman back in 2008 and 2009.  It looks like they just changed the paint and name on the hood.
  • Max Zoom 60 e1401851581166 The Complete Lawn Mower, Riding Mower, Lawn Tractor, Garden Tractor, Zero Turn Name Brands List | Who Makes What, Who Are The Major Mower Manufactures Ariens: http://www.ariens.com Homeowner Products.
  • categoryZeroTurn 150x70 The Complete Lawn Mower, Riding Mower, Lawn Tractor, Garden Tractor, Zero Turn Name Brands List | Who Makes What, Who Are The Major Mower Manufactures Gravely:  http://www.gravely.com A great name and Ariens has maintained the quality this name has always been know for.  They currently have a line of homeowner, commercial, golf and large area mowers.  If you have a local dealer, take a good look at these brands.
  • Locke: http://www.locketurf.com/ This is the mower they use to get the stripes at Yankee Stadium.
  • Stens:  http://www.stens.com/ The parts division of Ariens.  Trust this name for parts for all your mowers.
  • ByNorm:  http://www.bynorm.com.au/ Arien’s owns this great Australian company.
  • High Grass 150x150 The Complete Lawn Mower, Riding Mower, Lawn Tractor, Garden Tractor, Zero Turn Name Brands List | Who Makes What, Who Are The Major Mower Manufactures Countax: http://www.countax.com/ Sold in England but the “go anywhere, mow anywhere” mowers are a product we could use here in the U.S. Hopefully they will bring over the high grass cutting decks.

mz magnum wall 2 150x84 The Complete Lawn Mower, Riding Mower, Lawn Tractor, Garden Tractor, Zero Turn Name Brands List | Who Makes What, Who Are The Major Mower Manufactures Bad Boy: http://www.badboymowers.com/ Advertise that they have the toughest decks in the industry. Look at the MZ series for your home.  Great mower at a competitive price.

beeline 150x99 The Complete Lawn Mower, Riding Mower, Lawn Tractor, Garden Tractor, Zero Turn Name Brands List | Who Makes What, Who Are The Major Mower Manufactures Beeline: http://www.beelinemowers.com/ A work in progress.

jazz still001 150x112 The Complete Lawn Mower, Riding Mower, Lawn Tractor, Garden Tractor, Zero Turn Name Brands List | Who Makes What, Who Are The Major Mower Manufactures B&H Manufacturing: http://www.bhmfg.com/  Yard Shark is now the Jazzer Terra Pro http://www.bhmfg.com/products/jazzer-lawn-mower/.   This is a fairly unique mower and I like it.  If you have a “problem” lawn and a good local dealer, take a look at this zero-turn.  It has huge tires and will be good for sandy, wet or hilly properties.  It is labeled “commercial” but is cheap enough for many residential owners.

Bush Hog 150x150 The Complete Lawn Mower, Riding Mower, Lawn Tractor, Garden Tractor, Zero Turn Name Brands List | Who Makes What, Who Are The Major Mower Manufactures Bush Hog:  bushhog.com/zero-turn-mowers. Land Pride, http://www.landpride.com/product-search/zero-turn-mowers/40 and Woods: http://www.woodsequipment.com Ag companies that also sell lines of zero-turn mowers.  You will see a lot of these in rural areas.

basco logo 150x36 The Complete Lawn Mower, Riding Mower, Lawn Tractor, Garden Tractor, Zero Turn Name Brands List | Who Makes What, Who Are The Major Mower Manufactures Briggs & Stratton: http://www.basco.com/Our%20Brands.aspx The other big mower manufacture.  Go to this page to see all of the companies they own.  They also make spec mowers for Craftsman and other brands including Massey Ferguson.

636x264 Sears Craftsman logo 150x62 The Complete Lawn Mower, Riding Mower, Lawn Tractor, Garden Tractor, Zero Turn Name Brands List | Who Makes What, Who Are The Major Mower Manufactures Craftsman: Riding Mowers & Tractors Craftsman sells a riding lawn mower for every homeowner lawn in the U.S.  Everything from a 30 inch rider to a 54 in estate zero-turn. They have the largest nationwide service network and you can easily get parts for their machines going back 10, 15, 20 years old and more.  But, they have never manufactured their own products and have always “spec’d” their mowers to the unique wants and needs of the Sears shopper.  Because they are built to “Sears Specifications” they need to be included in the list.  Some of the current specs that are unique to Craftsman for the 2014 model year are: Unique decks that are rated as some of the best cutting decks by Consumer Reports, Turn Tight Steering (6 inch) on the YT and GT models, Greasable spindles on the YT and better models, 7.5 mph on the T3000 series and G5500 Garden Tractor.

Sears Holdings Corporation: searsholdings.com/. SHC is a multi-unit corporation and it has many separate “companies”  Craftsman is one company, Sears Full-Line Stores (Mall) is another Kmart, Sears Repair Services, SearsPartsDirect others. Each “company” makes their own business decisions and that can be very confusing for you and me. They are letting some of the “companies” branch out and do business with other corporations and that even adds more to the confusion.

  • Sears Full Line is the largest retailer that sells not only Craftsman, DieHard and Kenmore but also sells many other brands as well.
  • Kmart is the 2nd largest and sells not only Craftsman, DieHard and Kenmore but also sells many other brands as well.
  • Sears Repair Services. This “company” does all the repairs on your mower (Tractors/ZTR’s at your home)
  • Sears Parts Direct. This is the company that has all the individual parts for your Craftsman. If you need a steering gear for your old green Craftsman this is the “company” you get the parts from.
  • Craftsman, DieHard and Kenmore are brands owned by Sears Holdings but are allowed to sell in non-Sears owned stores.
  • Sears Hometown Stores, Sears Hardware, Sears Outlet: These stores are no longer part of Sears. They are an independently owned company and have no ties to Sears Holdings.
  • Sears.ca: Sears Canada is a separate company but still has ties to Sears Holdings

What does this have to do with mowers? Sears Hometown Stores, Sears.ca and Ace Hardware now have their own line of Craftsman. They are Black/Yellow and Mauve in color.

Here are the Craftsman mowers, who sells them and who manufactures them for the 2014 year:

  • Craftsman T1000 series:  Sold by Sears and Kmart. Manufactured by MTD. Red color
  • Craftsman T2000, T3000, G5000 series: Sold by Sears and Kmart. Manufactured by Husqvarna. Red color
  • Craftsman Rider: Sold by Sears and Kmart. Manufactured by MTD. Red color
  • Craftsman Zero Turns: Sold by Sears and Kmart.  MTD & Husqvarna. Red color
  • Craftsman Pro & Limited: Sold by Sears Hometown Stores and Sears Outlet.  Husqvarna Built. They are Black/Yellow and Mauve in color.
  • Craftsman at Ace. As far as I can see these are made by Husqvarna. Red color
  • CRAFTSMAN™/MC. Sold by Sears.ca. Both MTD and Husqvarna make these mowers. Red or Black color
  • CRAFTSMAN PROFESSIONAL™/MC. Sold by Sears.ca Usually Husqvarna. Black/Yellow in color.

XLT 150x89 The Complete Lawn Mower, Riding Mower, Lawn Tractor, Garden Tractor, Zero Turn Name Brands List | Who Makes What, Who Are The Major Mower Manufactures Country Clipper:  http://www.countryclipper.com/index.html This is another of my favorite zero-turn mowers.  I like the single joystick steering.  Country Clipper Zero Turn mowers are built in America’s heartland for you. Country Clipper has the performance, features, and quality you need to tackle any residential, estate, or professional job. Featuring high quality Hydro-Gear and Parker transaxles, pumps and wheel motors, Country Clipper ensures you tough, dependable zero turn performance. Powering both residential and commercial mowers are industry leading Kohler and Kawasaki engines. Only Country Clipper allows you to select your control options. Choose either our exclusive Point & Go Joystick or traditional Twin Lever speed and direction controls. All Country Clipper mowers feature our revolutionary, patented Stand-up Deck for quick, easy under deck access. The rugged, welded steel deck is reinforced with a triangular front bullnose as well as at other strategic points to make it virtually indestructible. Country Clipper’s Edge XLT, Challenger, Charger, and Defender models feature an Pivoting Front Axle and floating Deck that reduce gouging and scalping while providing a smoother ride for you.

Raven MPV7100S vehicle 2 150x102 The Complete Lawn Mower, Riding Mower, Lawn Tractor, Garden Tractor, Zero Turn Name Brands List | Who Makes What, Who Are The Major Mower Manufactures Denver Global Raven MOWER. VEHICLE. GENERATOR. GAME CHANGER. Go Take a look More Info(Catalog For You To Download) No matter what the job entails, the Raven MPV can help you get it done. It’s not just a 3-in-1, it’s a 1-and-Done. Utilizing gas/electric hybrid technology, the Raven MPV switches from mower to multi-purpose vehicle to generator in minutes. Equipped with front off-road style shocks and suspension, it’s a serious workhorse that’s seriously fun.

Dixie Chopper:  http://www.dixiechopper.com/ Known as the “world’s fastest mower” Great line, high quality zero-turn mowers.  Just because you don’t mow grass for a living doesn’t mean you should compromise quality.  The Dixie Chopper Zee 1 series of mowers is the right fit for any residential home owner. With a more compact design, the Zee 1 fits in those tight residential areas, but is fast enough to knock out over two acres per hour!  Dixie Chopper has always been the king of commercial mowing, and now you can be the king of your own yard.  Stop push mowing or using that clumsy old riding mower and cut your mowing time in half with a Zee 1 from Dixie Chopper.

atm 162 logo 150x139 The Complete Lawn Mower, Riding Mower, Lawn Tractor, Garden Tractor, Zero Turn Name Brands List | Who Makes What, Who Are The Major Mower Manufactures Deweze: http://www.deweze.com/mowers.html Dedicated hillside mowers.  As a homeowner you probably can’t afford one of these.  Be careful buying a used one.  Most of the used ones I have seen need a lot of work (and expense) to get them back into great shape.

Excel Industries: Hustler Big Dog Hustler:  http://www.hustlerturf.com Hustler focuses on Zero Turn mowers and have the only working electric right now.  They have a line of great quality residential mowers.

Grasshopper:  http://www.grasshoppermower.com/ Like Dixon, these mowers have always been very popular in the rural areas.  Good, heavy duty mowers that will last you many years.

GXi Outdoor Power: DEK, Beast, and Stanley www.gxioutdoorpower.com GXi Outdoor Power is a US based company who manufactures their products in China and completes final assembly in the US. They manufacture zero-turns, walk-behinds and wing mowers under the names DEK, Beast, and Stanley.  The Stanley logo looks identical to the old U.S. name that has been around for years.

Husqvarna: Husqvarna.com An all encompassing name that includes the following:

  • Husqvarna ResidentialHusqvarna Residential Like John Deere, Husqvarna has a “big box” line and a “dealer” line.  The dealer line usually features heavier (welded) decks and the new Husqvarna Rider.
  • Husqvarna Landowner: Seriously look at the landowner line of you have slopes or hills.  These machine have heavy duty transmissions and the weight needed to work on hills.  Read my review of the MZ5424S (see the menu to your right)
  • Husqvarna Commercial:  Husqvarna Commercial.  This is a new line of well designed heavy duty machines.  If you have a large lawn seriously take a look at the 61 inch.  Like The Yard Shark it has huge tires and a light footprint making it an ideal residential mower.
  • DixonDixon Arguably the best “homeowner” zero-turn. The Husqvarna residential and landowner series came from this great line.
  • PoulanPoulan.com.
  • WeedeaterWeedeater.com/
  • Yazoo/Kees: Husqvarna officially discontinued this line Oct. 2011.
  • FlymoFlymo

John Deere: John Deere.com.  As far as I can tell John Deere currently does not use any other brand names to market their mowers (used Sabre in the past)  I do want to point out that they have a specific line (100 series) that are marketed by the big box stores like Lowes and Home Depot. The 100 series sold at the Dealer Stores IS THE SAME TRACTOR AS SOLD AT THE BIG BOX STORES!

  • John Deere is a worldwide organization and many of their parts and products are made outside of the U.S.  They currently use Briggs, Kohler, Kawasaki and have their owned line of branded engines in the residential mowers.
  • The 100 series Deere’s are made in the U.S. by John Deere. The 300, 500 and 700 Series are made in Wisconsin
  • The independent John Deere Dealers also market the “standard” Deere that includes residential, and commercial mowers. There are also Golf and Commercial Divisions that cater to those customers.

Kut Kwick: Kutkwick.com/superslopemaster These are special purpose commercial hillside mowers.  You will see these mowers out on the highways and parks mowing places you can barely walk on. These are big machines that weigh more than your 3/4 ton pickup!  I owned a Super Slope Master to mow berms and hills that couldn’t be mowed any other way.  Every once in a while you will see one of these show up on the used market. As a homeowner be aware that a repair to one of these machines will usually cost more than two brand new Craftsman Garden Tractors!

Kubota: Kubota.com When most people think of Kubota they think of the compact tractor series.  But did you know they also make a great line of homeowner riders? The FZ2100 was one of my favorite mowers.

Lastec Articulators: Lastec.com No, you can’t afford one but it is one of the most unique mowers on the market.

MTD:  http://www.mtdproducts.com.  MTD has always had a mixed reputation among homeowners because they make a complete line of residential mowers from the cheapest sold to some of the best quality available. For every homeowner MTD makes a mower in a quality/price range that you will be comfortable with.  I’ll leave all of the opinions for the tractor/mower forums.MTD makes and sells mowers under the following brand names.  They also make spec mowers for Toro, Craftsman, Lesco and other retailers.

  • Bolens: http://www.bolens.com Primarily sold in Canada.
  • Cub Cadet: http://www.cubcadet.com At one time –  one of the best lines of homeowner mowers here in the U.S.  My uncle was part of the design team for the first model produced by International Harvestor.  MTD purchased Cub Cadet in 1981.
  • Cub Cadet Commercial: http://www.cubcadet.com The Tank is very popular for homeowners with large lawns and “two guys and a truck” mowing contractors.  I like the application equipment for fertilizing and weed control.
  • Columbia: Columbia Columbia is MTD’s Canadian brand but the name is starting to be used in the U.S. It is an all-incompassing brand that carries Mowers, Tractors, Riders and Zero-Turns
  • Troy-Bilthttp://www.troybilt.com The tractors are mainly sold through Lowes.  The rest of the line (tillers) are sold everywhere.
  • White Outdoor: http://www.whiteoutdoor.com It looks like the White brand name is being phased out here in the U.S. There is still a website up, but no products are listed.   You may still see some of these riders at dealers.
  • Yard-Man: http://www.yardman.com Yard-Man is MTD’s economy line.  The focus of these products in on price.  Most homeowners get many years out of these products.
  • Yard Machines: http://www.yardmachines.com is another economy line manufactured by MTD.  I would not be suprised to learn that there are more 38 inch Yard Machine tractors produced than any other.
  • Arnold: This is MTD’s parts division.  These are the factory/OEM parts you need for MTD made products.
  • GardenWay: The GardenWay corp originally made Troy-Bilt and MTD bought all of the company years ago.  You will find a few products under that name in smaller retailers and garden centers.
  • MTD Pro: This name seems to be targeted to the “two guys and a truck” lawn care businesses.  These little guys don’t have enough lawns to warrant a large commercial mower but need something a little better than a residential lawn tractor.  The products tend to have less features and more value than MTD’s residential lines.
  • MTD Gold: In my opinion this brand is just a different name so MTD can sell at both of your local hardware stores.
  • Huskee: Primarily sold at Tractor Supply Stores.  The current models are made for them by MTD

Here is a fairly complete list of names MTD has sold under over the years (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MTD_Products)

Bolens, Columbia, Cub Cadet, Cub Cadet Commercial, Cub Cadet Yanmar (joint with Yanmar), Farm King, GardenWay, Gold Series, Gutbrod, Gutbrod-Kehrer, Lawnflite, Mastercut, Mow Master, Mow Master Mastercut, MTD, MTD Black Edition, MTD Silver Edition, MTD Gold, MTD Mowmaster, MTD Platinum Pro, MTD Platinum SD, MTD Pro, MTD Super, MTD Taral, MTD Tradesman, MTD Turbomax, MTD 2000 Elite, Novotrac, Ranch King, Rasentrac, Remington, Ryobi (sold to TTI), Troy-Bilt, Ventzki, Ventzki MTD, White Outdoor], Yard Machines, Yard-Man, Yard-Man Elite, Yard-Man Select, YardWorks

Power Trac 150x102 The Complete Lawn Mower, Riding Mower, Lawn Tractor, Garden Tractor, Zero Turn Name Brands List | Who Makes What, Who Are The Major Mower Manufactures PowerTrac:  http://www.power-trac.com/ A heavy duty line of commercial multi-purpose machines.

recharge g2 150x136 The Complete Lawn Mower, Riding Mower, Lawn Tractor, Garden Tractor, Zero Turn Name Brands List | Who Makes What, Who Are The Major Mower Manufactures Recharge Mower:  http://www.rechargemower.com/ Recharge is an American Company that makes an electric riding lawn mower.  The mower is made in China.  They got a lot of press in 2010 because it is an all-electric machine. Watch this company in 2012.

rich 150x115 The Complete Lawn Mower, Riding Mower, Lawn Tractor, Garden Tractor, Zero Turn Name Brands List | Who Makes What, Who Are The Major Mower Manufactures Rich Convertible: Convertible mower.com Currently marketed by DR Power Equipment DRPower.com as the VERSA-PRO Z-Mower. If you have a large lawn with a lot of slopes and ditches take a look at this unique machine.

Scag: Scag.com For many areas of the country when you see a small landscape contractor, he or she will have a Scag or three on the trailer.  Scag makes a great line of high production mowers.  Some models will mow well at 16 mph!

Schiller Grounds Care:  http://www.schillergc.com/ Schiller is a diversified lawn maintenance manufacture that produces some of the best quality products on the market.  Mantis and Steiner are two names that you know and trust. Their BobCat division made the Craftsman Professional Zero-Turn.
They make products for the commercial and residential markets under the names: Ryan Turf, Steiner, Bunton, BobCat, Brouwer, Mantis, Little Wonder, and Classen

Swisher: http://www.swisherinc.com/ Make a great, high quality residential zero-turn.  If you are looking for a wing mower please take a look at the Acrease mentioned earlier before you buy Swisher’s Trailmower.

1017 large 150x123 The Complete Lawn Mower, Riding Mower, Lawn Tractor, Garden Tractor, Zero Turn Name Brands List | Who Makes What, Who Are The Major Mower Manufactures Textron/Jacobson/Ransomes: Jacobsen.com merged Jacobsen and Ransomes with the Jacobson name used here in the U.S. and Ransomes used in Europe.  They primarily market to golf courses and large area mowing but you will find a large number of their out-front mowers on the used market.  Don’t buy the 3 wheeled version.  The rest are good machines, but expensive to repair.

toro logo 150x96 The Complete Lawn Mower, Riding Mower, Lawn Tractor, Garden Tractor, Zero Turn Name Brands List | Who Makes What, Who Are The Major Mower Manufactures Toro: http://www.toro.com Toro is also another huge, worldwide corporation like John Deere, but they mainly market lawn care products.  They have Homeowner, Commercial, Golf, Irrigation and Sports Field Divisions. It looks like the lawn tractors are made by MTD.

  • Toro also owns ExMark: http://www.exmark.com/, and Hayter: http://www.hayter.co.uk/ (British)  ExMark is the mower of choice for independent landscapers and mowing contractors.  Hayter is one of the oldest names in Britain and prides itself in “makers of the finest mowers”
  • The Toro Grandstand and ExMark Vantage are my favorite mowers.  If you currently own a Craftsman, Cub Cadet or John Deere Garden Tractor and it is taking you say, 6 hours to mow and trim your yard, you can easily cut that mowing/trimming time in half with one of these mowers.
  • It looks like the Toro Tractors are being made for them by MTD.  As far as I can tell the rest of their products are made by Toro.

Ventrac 150x84 The Complete Lawn Mower, Riding Mower, Lawn Tractor, Garden Tractor, Zero Turn Name Brands List | Who Makes What, Who Are The Major Mower Manufactures Ventrac: Ventrac.com If you own an acreage and want to do more than mow lawn with your equipment this may be the tractor for you.  One of the unique benefits of this brand is the maneuverability and ability to handle up to 30 degree slopes.

Walker Mower 150x104 The Complete Lawn Mower, Riding Mower, Lawn Tractor, Garden Tractor, Zero Turn Name Brands List | Who Makes What, Who Are The Major Mower Manufactures Walker: Walkermowers.com Walker mowers are high end residential and commercial mowers that have a specific purpose.  They are designed to bag and bag well.  These mowers will give you the best looking lawn in the county. If you have trees, trees, and more trees, berms, and many landscape beds to go around take a close look at this great brand.

Worldlawn Power Equipment Inc:  Encore http://seriousred.com/ Encore has been struggling for a while now and it looks like they have been bought out by , a Chinese Company.  UpDate: http://www.worldlawnpowerequipment.com/ It looks like worldlawn has kept the factory in Beatrice and is promoting the line under the World Lawn name. Encore always had a good mower, just a poor dealer network, so don’t be afraid to look at this mower.

Wright:  http://www.wrightmfg.com/ I would recommend any of the mowers Wright sells.  The Stander X is my third choice for the best mower on the market today.  The Stander ZK is one of the fastest, high production single deck mowers on the market.  I also like the Sentar series. If you have a large lawn, with a lot of slopes seriously look at this brand.

Zipper: Zippermowers.co Zipper Mowers’ design philosophy is to build high quality products that are focused on the needs and requirements of professional users where quality and function are more important than looks and price. They believe that by not trying to be all things to all people we are able to actually build an innovative, no compromise machine. Machines that large companies designing product to a price point, for every market segment, and by committee just can’t. Their use of domestically produced components is about being able to monitor and control quality, deliver products in a timely manner, and sustain our US manufacturing to enable building high quality products. Not about purchasing the cheapest part to better margins at the expense of their customer’s experience.

Engine Manufactures:

Briggs & Stratton: http://www.briggsandstratton.com/ American Made!

Kawasaki engines: http://www.kawpowr.com/ American made!

Kohler engines: http://www.kohlerengines.com/home.htm American Made!

LCT:

MTD:

RATO:

Attachment & Accessory Manufactures:

Agri-Fab: http://www.agri-fab.com/ Tools and Attachments.  The snowblower or utility blade on the front of your tractor was probably made by this company.

Berco:

Ohio Steel:http://www.ohiosteel.com A complete line of Lawn & Garden products for you lawn tractor and garden tractor.

Stens:

Gone Away, But Not Forgotten

  • Derby: Now part of Simplicity
  • EverRide:  http://www.everride.com as of 2011 the Everride name is being discontinued and the products merged into the Gravely Name.
  • Great Dane:  http://www.greatdanemowers.com/ This name is also going away.  The Great Dane Surfer and Wright Stander’s were the first stand-on mowers available.  I was influencial in designing the Super Surfer back in the late 1990′s
  • Honda Honda has not made a tractor since 1997 for the U.S. Parts are getting hard to find for the ones still running. John Deere has discontinued their walk-behind mowers and snow blowers and will be selling Honda products starting in 2012.
  • Howard Price: http://www.howardpriceturf.com The website has not been updated for a while and only looks to be up for historic reasons only.  These mowers are big, slow, but mow well.  Beware, they are very expensive to repair.
  • Heckendorn: I can no longer find a website for this brand.  They were the mower of choice for cemeteries in the 60′s but never got into the zero-turn market well.
  • National: http://www.nationalmower.com/ National mowers are designed for mowing golf courses.  They mow too low for most homeowners. Ariens has absorbed the brand
  • Schweiss: Schweiss mowers  It looks like the Schweiss is gone. The name is being used by B&H Manufacturing for a 3 point hitch snow blower. http://www.bhmfg.com/
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