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

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I just wrote an article that ranks the top 20 lawn tractors and riding mowers under $1500: Seven Best Riding Mowers Under $1500 for 2017

There are over 425 lawn tractors, residential zero-turns and landowner zero-turns available for you to pick from this year. This list covers the lawn tractor under $1500

Note 1: The 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.

Note 2: This list will give you a link if the item is available to buy from the comfort of your home and a link to my review. 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: This list is not is not complete. I’m sure there are a few I missed. I’ll update this list as I find them.

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.

 I have a separate list for Lawn Tractors over $1500 which includes Yard Tractors and Garden Tractors.  Yard Tractors generally have heavier frames than the models on this page 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 the term “garden tractor” has become muddled. Please 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.

Best Lawn Tractors & Riding Mowers 2017 – Under $1500

 Description/ModelTypical PriceEngine BrandHPDeckTransBuy Link Review
1Craftsman 42″ 19 HP Fender Hydrostatic$1449.99B&S1942 inHydroSears
2Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro
Model # LT42
$1,499Kohler1842 inHydro Home Depot 
3Craftsman 42″ 19 HP B&S Fast Auto TurnTight Model # 25581$1399.99B&S1942 inAuto/CVTSears  Review
4Craftsman 46″ 19 HP Fast Auto TurnTight Model #25583$1449.99B&S1946 inAuto/CVTSears
5Craftsman 42″ 20 HP V-Twin 90th Anniversary Model # 27398$1399.99B&S2042 inAuto/CVTSears  Review
6 Troy-Bilt Model #TB46 - Horse Lawn Tractor$1399B&S1946 inHydroTroy-Bilt
7Poulan PRO Model # 960460079$1,399B&S2042 inAuto/CVT Home Depot 
8Craftsman 46″ 547cc Auto Riding Mower Model # 27374$1299.99Craftsman547cc46 inAuto/CVTSears  Review
9Craftsman 42″ 547cc Auto Riding Mower Model # 27373$1199.99Craftsman547cc42 inAuto/CVT Sears  Review
10Craftsman 42″ 420cc Auto Riding Mower Model # 20372$1099.99Craftsman420cc42 inAuto/CVTSears Review
11 Troy-Bilt Model #TB42 - Bronco Lawn Tractor$1199PowerMore420 cc42 inAuto/CVTTroy-Bilt 
12Poulan PRO Model # 960460077$1199B&S1942 inAuto/CVT Home Depot
13John Deere D105
Model # BG20873
$1,499Deere17.542 inAuto/CVT Home Depot Review
14Craftsman 42″ 19 HP 6-Speed Gear Model #20380$1499.99B&S1942 in6-speedSears
15 Troy-Bilt Model #Pony$999B&S15.542 in7-speedTroy-Bilt
16 Huskee 42 in. 420cc Lawn Tractor SKU #445267399
$999PowerMore420cc42 in7-speed Tractor Supply 
17Cub Cadet CC30H$1449Cub Cadet382cc30 inT2HP Hydro Amazon
18Craftsman Model 29000$999Craftsman420cc30 in6-speed Amazon
19Troy-Bilt TB30R Neighborhood Rider$1099Troy-Bilt382cc30 in6-speed Sears
20Poulan PRO
PB301
$999B&S10.530 in4-speedHome Depot

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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