The Best Lawn Tractors, Garden Tractors and Riding Mowers for 2017 over $1500

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There are over 1000 lawn tractors, residential zero-turns and landowner zero-turns available for you to pick from this year. This list covers just lawn tractors over $1500.

Note 1: This is not a complete list. With well over 500 lawn tractors and riding mowers alone it’s way too easy to get “Analysis Paralysis” so I am going to focus on the models available online.  If there is a dealer model you have a question about please ask in the comments below.

Note 2: This list will give you a link if the item is available to buy from the comfort of your home. I’ll add a link to my review as I get them done. If you are uncomfortable buying through that link (I make a small commission) please visit the brand’s website to find other ways to purchase the item.

Note 3: For Amazon I am only listing tractors available directly through Amazon Prime. Buying from Amazon gives you the Amazon A-Z guarantee so if you have any problems it is taken care of quickly or you can return it for free. Plus amazon offers a reasonably priced 3 or 4 year extended warranty through Asurion where they either fix your tractor or give your your money back. There are many other tractors listed for sale by third parties. Please read the fine print or talk to those vendors before buying.

Note 4: The major retailers now use pricing optimization software and the price can go up or down in as little as 4 hours. Please see the retailer’s website or your local dealer for the current price.

Lawn Tractors under $1500 is a general classification and is generally accepted as an economical riding lawn mower that will mow your lawn and perform light chores around your yard. Most will pull a sweeper, small yard cart for leaves and branches. Most are not designed for snow plows, snow blowers and ground engaging work.

Lawn Tractors over $1500 includes Yard Tractors, Garden Tractors, but not Estate Tractors. Yard Tractors generally have heavier frames than the lawn tractors under $1500 and can handle snow removal BUT NOT ground engaging work.

Garden Tractors historically by definition can perform ground engaging tasks like roto-tilling, moldboard plowing and driveway leveling but the brands have destroyed the term as we used it here in the U.S. For 2017 do not assume if it has big tires or is labeled a “garden tractor” it can handle ground engaging work. Ask me and I’ll guide you through the mess this has become.

Estate Tractors are outside the scope of this article. Generally they have transmissions stronger than yard tractors and many garden tractors and can handle most jobs around your property. They are a “step down” from Compact Tractors but are all high quality (read expensive) machines and built for durability not selling price.

Yard & Garden Tractors

You may sort this list using the small arrows at the top. The tractors are not listed as best to worst or worst to best. Why? Because there are way too many review sites right now that just make up a “Top 10” list or only use a very narrow criteria to tell you what’s best. In reality what you need for your property is not their first choice.

I want to help you find the best for you. 

My ReviewBuy LinkBrand/ModelTypical PriceEngine BrandEngine SizeDeckTrans
 Home Depot  Ryobi RM480e 38 in. Battery Electric
Model# RY48110
 2499 Electric NA38in VAR
HusqvarnaR 220T3999B&S12.6 kW41-48K46CR
HusqvarnaR 322T AWD5299B&S12.6 kW41-48K574
   Amazon Troy-Bilt 13WV78KS211 1516 Kohler17HP 42in CVT
   Amazon Husqvarna YTH22V42
Model 960430216
 1799 B&S22HP 42inK46 
Home DepotCub Cadet XT1 Enduro Series LT
Model# LT46
1699Kohler22HP46inK46
DiscontinuedRavenRaven MPV-71003999RACOHybrid46INElectric Cast Iron
   AmazonPoulan Pro PP22VH48
Model 960420185
 2256 B&S22HP 48in K46 
   Amazon Troy-Bilt TB2350 1899 B&S Intek 23HP50in  K46
 Northern Tool Husqvarna Model# LGT26542399 Kohler 725cc54in K46
 AmazonPoulan Pro 960420174 PB24VA542305Kohler24HP54inFast CVT
  Home Depot  Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro Series ST Fab Deck
Model# ST54 FAB
 2499 Kohler 24HP54in FAB K46
   Amazon Husqvarna YTH24V54 2149 B&S 24HP54in K46 
 JonseredNo listings at this time     
   Tractor SupplyCub Cadet CC 30 H 30 in. Riding Lawn Mower 1499 Cub Cadet 420cc 30in Hydro
   Amazon Husqvarna YTA18542
Model 960430211
 1699 B&S 18.5HP 42inFast CVT 
Home DepotJohn Deere D110
Model# BG20982
1699John Deere19HP 42inTLT200A
   Amazon Snapper SPX 22/42 Model 2691343 1999 B&S Intek 22HP 42in T2
   Tractor SupplyCub Cadet XT1 42
SKU #111027399
 1499 Kohler 18HP 42in K46
  Home Depot Cub Cadet LT 42 Cub Connect Bluetooth
Model# 13A9A1CS056
 1749 Cub Cadet EFI 547cc 42in K46
   Sears Craftsman Pro
Model # 27038
 1799 Kohler 20HP 42inK46 
   Amazon Snapper SPX 23/42 FAB
Model 2691345
 2499 B&S Pro 23HP 42in FAB T2
   Amazon Troy-Bilt 13AL78KT066 1664 B&S 19HP 46in CVT
   Sears Craftsman Pro
Power Steering Bluetooth
Model # 27039
 2699  Kohler 24HP 46in K46
   Amazon Snapper NXT2346
Model 2691025
 2805 B&S Pro 23HP 46in  T2?
 Northern Tool Husqvarna Model# TYA22V461699 B&S Intek 22HP 46in Fast CVT
   Sears Craftsman Fender Hydrostatic
Model # 27390
1699   B&S Platinum 20HP 46inK46 Fender
   Sears Craftsman Fender Hydrostatic
Model # 20383
 1599 B&S Platinum 19HP 46in K46 Fender
   Tractor Supply Cub Cadet XT1 46
SKU #111027499
 1699 Kohler 22HP 46in K46
   Sears Craftsman Pro
Model # 27042
 2199 Kohler 24HP 46in K46
   Sears Craftsman Pro
Power Steering
Model # 20439
 2499  Kohler 24HP 46in K46
   Amazon Troy-Bilt XP
Model 13A9A1KN066
 1899 Troy-Bilt 547cc EFI 46in FAB K46
 Northern ToolHusqvarna Model# TYA24V481999B&S Intek 22HP 48in Fast CVT
  Home Depot John Deere D155
Model# BG20998
 2199  John Deere  24HP 48in  T40J
  Home Depot John Deere D140
Model# BG20995
 1999  John Deere  22HP 48in  T40J
   Amazon Husqvarna YTA24V48  1999 B&S 24HP 48inFast CVT 
  Sears Craftsman
Model # 20391
 1799 B&S Platinum 22HP 48in Fast CVT
   Amazon Snapper SPX 25/48 FAB
Model 2691346
 2699 B&S Pro 25HP 48in FAB T2
   Tractor Supply Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro Series GT 50 Cub Connect Bluetooth
SKU #118408599
 2699 Kohler 25HP 50 K58
   Tractor Supply Cub Cadet XT1 50
SKU #111027599
 1999 Kohler 24HP 50 K46
  Home DepotCub Cadet XT1 Enduro Series LT
Model# LT50 
 1999 Kohler  24HP 50in K46
  Home Depot  Cub Cadet XT1 GT Cub Connect Bluetooth
Model# GT50
 2699 Kohler 25HP 50in K53
   Amazon Husqvarna GTH52XLS
Model 960450057
 3399 B&S 24HP 52 FAB Fast GT Hydro
   Tractor Supply Cub Cadet XT1 ST 54 Cub Connect Bluetooth
SKU #117662799
 2499 Kohler 24HP 54 K46
   Tractor Supply Cub Cadet GT 54 FAB Garden Tractor
SKU #122794099
 3299 Kohler Not Listed 54 FAB K62 Diff Lock
   Sears Craftsman Pro GT
Model # 27048
 3499 Kohler 26HP 54in K62 Locking
Differential
   Sears Craftsman
Model # 27394
 1999  B&S Platinum 24HP 54in K46 Fender
  Home Depot  John Deere D170
Model# BG21005
 2799 John Deere 25HP 54in K46
   Amazon Husqvarna LGT2654
Note: This is not a garden tractor!
 2715 Kohler 26HP 54in K46
 Northern Tool Husqvarna Model# YTH24V541999 B&S Intek 724cc 54in K46
  Home Depot Poulan PRO 54 in.
Model# 960460080
 1699 B&S Intek 24HP 54in Fast CVT
   Amazon Poulan Pro PB24VA54
Model 960420174
 2458 Kohler 24HP 54in Fast CVT
   Sears Craftsman Pro
Model # 27044
 2499  Kohler 26HP 54in K46
   Sears Craftsman GT
Model # 20408
 2899 B&S Platinum 24HP 54in GT Fast Hydro
   Sears Craftsman Pro GT
Model # 27055
 3199 Kohler 26HP 54in K58
   Sears Craftsman Pro GT
Power Steering
Model # 27047
 3999 Kohler 26HP 54in K58
   Amazon Troy-Bilt Super Bronco XP
Model 13AQA2KA066
 2499 Kohler 25HP 54in FAB K46
  Home Depot John Deere D125
Model# BG20986
 1799  John Deere 20HP  42in TLT200A
   Amazon Snapper SPX 22/46 Model 2691344 2099 B&S Intek  22HP  46in T2
   Sears Craftsman LGT
Model # 20407
 2499 B&S Platinum 24HP  54in  K46 Fender

Yes, You need a new Gas Can!

With today’s fuels you need a gas can that seals tight. It helps the fuel last longer and the escaping vapors won’t wreck the environment. But the biggest problem is find one that works. The cheap ones ($20 or more now) don’t have vents so it takes forever to fill the tank on your lawn tractor. The cheap ones are also flimsy and the spouts break after the first year.

Well, I’ve found two brands that work great! They are vented inside the spout so it pours fuel quickly yet seals tightly when not in use.  I’ll give you links at Amazon for two sizes. I suggest buying the size so that you don’t keep more than a month of fuel around the house.

No-Spill 1405 2-1/2-Gallon Poly Gas Can. A good size for snow blowers and push mowers. 

No-Spill 1450 5-Gallon Poly Gas Can (CARB Compliant) This one has a second handle in the back so it is very easy to use and hang onto when pouring into your fuel tank. A good size for lawn tractors and zero-turns.

If you have a problem holding a gas can the SureCan is a great can. It’s very comfortable to use to use and built well. SureCan – Gas Can with Rotating Spout. 

Fuel Stabilizer: When I go to the gas station and buy fuel I always put fuel stabilizer in the storage tank. It helps keep the fuel fresh and some also clean your carb and fuel system without messing it up. There a man good brands but I’ve used SeaFoam for years and it’s always worked well. I use 2 tablespoons per gallon of fuel. Seafoam 

Other fuels stabilizers to check out: Fuel Stabilizers

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