The Best Residential and Land Owner Zero-Turns For 2015

In general I do not review commercial mowers on this site. I only review residential and landowner (high-end consumer) zero-turns readily available for $5000 or less.

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Many of you today want to purchase online so starting this year I’ll make buying online from trusted websites my top priority. This “Best of” list only includes recommended Zero Turns that are available both online and at a dealer. If you want my opinion of a dealer only ZTR just ask in the comments below.

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2016 Landowner Zero Turn Mowers (L-ZTR)

If you are mowing more than 5 acres a week or want to make money mowing lawns there are many commercial mowers available. You can go here to see a list of the current manufactures.  Who Makes What?

The “Landscape” has changed this year and there are two new zero-turns on the market that eliminate most of the problems with residential zero-turns.  The Toro Zero-Turn Tractor and Cub Cadet Four-Wheel Steer Zero-Turn Riders use a steering wheel instead of lap-bars to steer the mower.  This allows the ZTR to turn better, follow slopes better and reduces the load on the EZT transmissions. In addition they are very easy to use and don’t have the learning curve associated with lap-bar zero-turn mowers. You may read my review of the Toro Zero-Turn Tractor here.  

If you are new to zero-turns and not really sure they are the best for you go here: Do you really need a zero-turn mower? 16 reasons why you may not want one.

It’s Not What’s Best, It What’s Best For You! Higher Price does not always mean a better mower for you.

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Less than 42 inches

Light Duty – Good For Weekly Mowings – Smooth Lawns – Flat Lawns. No Slopes

These small zero-turns are special purpose mowers and I will suggest them to very few people. They work well for small areas or if you have narrow (36 inch) gates to go through. But, you will have traction issues on bumpy lawns.  It’s also very narrow so don’t even think about it for mowing ditches or slopes

Zoom 34 Ariens Zoom 34 in – 14.5 HP – EZT – About $2499
sw3200Toro SW3200 32 in 454 cc engine. About $2799
RZ3016 Husqvarna RZ3016 30 in 16.5 HP About $2349 This is a fun to use and very lightweight zero-turn.

42 inch

42 inch ZTR’s are good for up to 2 acres and a very agile for getting around landscaping and trees. Except for the steering wheel Cub Cadet the light duty ZTR’s will not handle slopes. Light duty ZTR’s mow about as fast as a lawn tractor but you can save time with them when trimming and turning at the end of your lawns. The Medium and Heavy Duty models will cut your mowing time in half. They mow faster in a straight line than you lawn tractor. If you need a 42 inch mower but you want the very best it is the Toro SWX 4250! 

Light Duty – Good For Weekly Mowings – Smooth Lawns – Flat Lawn to Gentle Slopes

20412 42 inch Craftsman Model 20411 42 inch – 22 HP – About $2299.99 Cheapest ZTR I recommend! Great for small, flat yards.
Z235 John Deere Z235 42 in. 20 HP V-Twin About $2499 Cheapest Deere Zero-Turn Put Green on your small yard!
RZT S 42 1 42 in Cub Cadet RZT S 42 – 42 inch – 22 HP – About $2699.99 Uses A Steering Wheel! Cheapest Steering Wheel ZTR!
Ariens Zoom 42 Ariens Zoom 42 in. 20 HP Kohler 7000 Series V-Twin EZT Transaxles Zero-Turn Riding Mower 915159 -42IN – Kohler 20HP – about 2499 – This mower gets many great reviews!
121102-01MAR Troy Bilt Mustang 42 XP -42IN -Kohler 22 HP – about 2299 Cheapest MTD Zero-Turn
RZ4219 Husqvarna RZ4219 -42IN -B&S 19HP – about 2399 Great lightweight mower. Great for small yards. Discontinued but you may find one at your dealer
RZT L 42 Cub Cadet Lawn Mowers RZT L 42 in. 22 HP V-Twin RZT-L 42 – 42IN – Kohler 7000 23HP – about 2399  Cheapest Cub Cadet but better service network than Troy-Bilt.

Medium Duty – Good For Weekly and Bi-Weekly Mowings – Smooth and Rough Lawns – Diagonal Mowing of Moderate Slopes

510440TimeCutter-SW4200-74784co14_2384s_tcz_74784_sw4200_34r_2.jpg Toro SW4200 42 in 24.5 HP About $2899 Uses A Steering Wheel! Easiest Zero-Turn To Drive! I highly recommend this over the Light Duty ZTR’s
510440TimeCutter-SS4200-74720co2248s_tcz_74720_ss4216_r.jpg Toro Lawn Mowers TimeCutter SS4200 with Smart Speed 74720 – 42IN – Toro 452cc – About 2499 With SmartSpeed so you can pull stuff!
510440TimeCutter-SS4200-74720co2248s_tcz_74720_ss4216_r.jpg Toro Lawn Mowers TimeCutter SS4225 42 in. 22-HP Kohler 74721 -42IN – Kohler 22HP – About 2799 If You prefer a Kohler engine With SmartSpeed so you can pull stuff!

Heavy Duty – High Quality Cut- All Types of Lawns – Can Handle Mowing Hills up to 15 degrees

Raptor Hi Left Hustler Raptor 42 in 21.5 HP Kawasaki Fabricated Deck $2799 One of the best 42 inch zero-turns!
510440TimeCutter-SWX4250-74787co14_3153s_tcz_74787_SWX4250_r_03.jpg Toro SWX4250 42 in Fabricated Deck! 24.5 HP About $4299 About the toughest 42 inch ZTR or Lawn Tractor on the market. 
Ariens Zoom XL 42 Ariens Zoom XL 42 in. 20 HP Kohler 7000 Series V-Twin 915163Ariens Zoom XL 42 915163 -42IN – Kohler 7000 20HP – About 3799 If you want a very rugged 42 inch mower this is one of the best!
Husqvarna Z242F Husqvarna Z242F – 42IN – B&S Commercial 22HP -About 3299  Completely new for 2015! Fabricated Deck – Dealer Only!
510440TimeCutter-SS4250-74723co14_2384s_TCZ_74723_ss4250_r.jpg Toro TimeCutter SS4250 42 in. 24.5 HP V-Twin with Smart Speed 74723 42 IN – 24.5 Toro – About 2999

46-48 inch

46-48 inch ZTR’s will handle up to 3 acres well and save you about 20% over a 42 inch model. The decks stick out farther on the sides of the ZTR so they are better than a 42 for getting around landscaping and trees. If you have tight areas to mow be sure you measure first. A 48 inch deck takes about 56 inches with the discharge down. Except for the steering wheel Cub Cadet RZT-S the light duty ZTR’s will not handle slopes. Light duty ZTR’s mow about as fast as a lawn tractor but you can save time with them when trimming and turning at the end of your lawns. The Medium and Heavy Duty models will cut your mowing time in half. They mow faster in a straight line than you lawn tractor. 

Light Duty – Good For Weekly Mowings – Smooth Lawns – Flat Lawn to Gentle Slopes

204134 46 inch Craftsman Model 20413 – 46 IN – 22 HP – Normal Sale Price: $2699.99 New!

48 inch John Deere Model Z255 – Dual hydro – 22 HP – Normal Sale Price: $2999.99 New!
Craftsman ZTR 46″ 22 HP Zero-Turn Riding Non CA Model 20413 20413 2599 B&S 22HP 46IN EZT-2200
R-ZTR Craftsman ZTR 22 HP Kohler 46” Zero Turn Riding Mower Model 20418 20418 2699 Kohler 22HP 46IN EZT-2200
R-ZTR Cub Cadet RZT® L 46 with Fabricated Deck RZT® L 46 F 2799 Kohler 7000 23HP 46IN EZT-2200
R-ZTR Cub Cadet RZT® S 46 RZT® S 46 2899 Kohler 7000 23HP 46IN EZT-2200
R-ZTR John Deere John Deere Z255 Z255 2999 JD 22HP 48IN
Husqvarna Z246 2699 B&S Endurance 22HP 46IN EZT-2200
R-ZTR Husqvarna RZ46i 2699 B&S Endurance 23HP 46IN EZT-2200
R-ZTR Husqvarna RZ4622 RZ4622 2799 Hus Commercial 22HP 46IN EZT-2200
R-ZTR Husqvarna Z246i Z246i 2799 B&S Endurance 23HP 46IN EZT-2200
Poulan Pro P46ZX P46ZX 2499 B&S 22HP 46IN EZT-2200

Medium Duty – Good For Weekly and Bi-Weekly Mowings – Smooth and Rough Lawns – Diagonal Mowing of Moderate Slopes

R-ZTR Cub Cadet RZT® S 46 with Fabricated Deck RZT® S 46 F 3199 Kohler 7000 23HP 46IN EZT-2200
R-ZTR Husqvarna RZ4824F RZ4824F 3699 Hus Commercial 24HP 48IN EZT-2200

Heavy Duty – High Quality Cut- All Types of Lawns – Can Handle Mowing Hills up to 15 degrees

Ariens Zoom XL 48 915165 3899 Kohler 7000 22HP 48IN ZT-2800
Craftsman Pro 48Craftsman Pro ZTR Pro 48” Fabricated Deck Model 20420 Review48IN – Kohler 24HP – About 3939 Excellent Price for a fabricated deck and heavy-duty Trans.
Ariens Max Zoom 48 991085 4799 Kohler 7000 22HP 48IN
R-ZTR John Deere John Deere Z425-48 Z425-48 3899 JD 22HP 48IN TZT7-D
R-ZTR John Deere John Deere Z445-48 Z445-48 4799 JD 24HP 48IN TZT7-D
L-ZTR Cub Cadet Z-Force® SZ 48 KH Commercial Z-Force® SZ 48 KH Commercial Kohler Com Pro 23HP 48IN ZT-3100

50-54 inch

The frames on the 50-54 inch ZTR’s are wider so you do get more stability when mowing slopes and the heavy duty models will handle those 15 degrees slopes without a wimper for years. Again the light duty models mow about as fast as a lawn or garden tractor and the medium duty model decks will mow a mile or two per hour faster. Some of the heavy duty models can cut at 6 to 8 mph and still give you a well manicured look. The decks on the heavy duty models will also take a lot more abuse if you tend to be hard on your equipment. 

Light Duty – Good For Weekly Mowings – Smooth Lawns – Flat Lawn to Gentle Slopes

20414 54 inch Craftsman Model 20414 – Dual hydro – 24 HP – Normal Sale Price: $2999.99

20415 54 inch Craftsman Model 20415 – Dual hydro – 24 HP – Normal Sale Price: $3149.99

Raptor Hi Right Hustler Raptor 52 in – 23 HP Kawasaki – Normal Sale Price: $2999.99 Fabricated DECK!

50 inch Ariens Zoom 915161 3099 Kohler 7000 22HP 50IN EZT-2200
R-ZTR Cub Cadet RZT® S 50 RZT® S 50 2999 Kohler 7000 23HP 50IN EZT-2200
Troy Bilt Mustang 50 XP 2799 Kohler 25HP 50IN
R-ZTR Toro – 50″ (127 cm) TimeCutter® SS5000 (74730) 3199 KAW FR 23HP 50IN EZT-2200
-R-ZTR Toro – 50″ (127 cm) TimeCutter® SS5000 (74631) 3199 KAW FR 23HP 50IN EZT-2200
-R-ZTR Toro – 50″ (127 cm) TimeCutter® SS5000 (74731) 3199 Toro 24.5HP 50IN EZT-2200
-R-ZTR Toro – 50″ (127 cm) TimeCutter® SS5000 (74637) 3199 Kohler 24HP 50IN EZT-2200
Poulan Pro P54ZX (Briggs Engine) P54ZX (Briggs Engine) 2799 B&S 24HP 54IN EZT-2200
R-ZTR Poulan Pro P54ZX (Kohler engine) P54ZX (Kohler engine) 2899 Kohler 24HP 54IN EZT-2200
R-ZTR Toro – 50″ (127 cm) TimeCutter® SW5000 (74790) 3399 Toro 24.5HP 50IN EZT-2200

Medium Duty – Good For Weekly and Bi-Weekly Mowings – Smooth and Rough Lawns – Diagonal Mowing of Moderate Slopes

20417 54 inch Craftsman Model 20417  – Dual 3100 hydro – 26 HP – Normal Sale Price: $4499.99

54 inch John Deere Model Z425 – Best Value 54 inch Zero-Turn!

Cub Cadet RZT® L 54 KH with Fabricated Deck RZT® 2999 Kohler 7000 24HP 54IN EZT-2200
R-ZTR Cub Cadet RZT® L 54-KW with Fabricated Deck KW F 3199 Kawasaki 23HP 54IN EZT-2200
R-ZTR Cub Cadet RZT® S 54 KH with Fabricated Deck RZT® S 3399 Kohler 7000 25HP 54IN EZT-2200
R-ZTR Cub Cadet RZT® S 54 KW with Fabricated Deck RZT® S 3499 Kawasaki 23HP 54IN EZT-2200
R-ZTR Husqvarna RZ5424 RZ5424 2999 B&S Endurance 24HP 54IN EZT-2200
R-ZTR Husqvarna RZ54i RZ54i 3199 B&S Endurance 24HP 54IN EZT-2200
R-ZTR Husqvarna RZ5426 RZ5426 3199 Kohler 26HP 54IN EZT-2200
R-ZTR Husqvarna RZ5424 (Kawasaki) RZ5424 (Kawasaki) 3299 KAW FR 24HP 54IN EZT-2200
John Deere John Deere Z425-54 Z425-54 3999 JD 22HP 54IN TZT7-D
John Deere John Deere Z445-54 Z445-54 5099 JD 24HP 54IN TZT7-D
R-ZTR Poulan Pro P54ZXT P54ZXT Kohler 26HP 54IN ZT-3100 – Heavy Duty Mower – Medium Duty Deck. A great value machine.
Hustler Hustler Raptor 52 in. 23 HP Kawasaki ZTR 933077 2999 Kaw FR 23HP 52IN

Heavy Duty – High Quality Cut- All Types of Lawns – Can Handle Mowing Hills up to 15 degrees

Craftsman Pro 54Craftsman Pro ZTR Pro 54” Fabricated Deck Model 20422 Review 54IN – Kohler 25HP – About 4299 Heavy – Duty Craftsman with Fabricated Deck
Toro TimeCutter® SWX5050 (74797) 4899 Toro 24.5HP 50IN ZT-2800
Ariens Zoom XL 54 91517300 3999 Kohler 7000 24HP 54IN ZT-2800
R-ZTR Bad Boy Bad Boy® 54 in. 725cc MZ Magnum BMG5425KO 3499 KAW FR 726 cc 54IN EZT-2200
L-ZTR Ariens Max Zoom 52 991086 4899 Kohler 7000 23HP 52IN ZT-3100
L-ZTR Husqvarna MZ 52 4799 Kohler KT 7000 25HP 52IN ZT-3100
L-ZTR Husqvarna MZ 52 4999 KAW FR 24HP 52IN ZT-3100
L-ZTR Husqvarna M-ZT 52 5999 KAW FR 22HP 52IN ZT-3400
L-ZTR Ariens Max Zoom 60 991087 4999 Kohler 7000 25HP 54IN ZT-3100
L-ZTR Husqvarna MZ5424S 4299 KAW FR 24HP 54IN ZT-3100
L-ZTR Husqvarna MZ5424SR 4499 KAW FR 24HP 54IN ZT-3100
L-ZTR Husqvarna P-ZT 54 7699 KAW FX 23.5HP 54IN ZT-3400

Over 54 inch

The majority of these 60 inch mowers will mow 4 acres an hour. The decks are all heavy duty with reinforcements around the outside edges. They mow fast and well but are not the best solution if you want to bag. All the mowers over $5000 feature commercial grade engines.

Light Duty – Good For Weekly Mowings – Smooth Lawns – Flat Lawn to Gentle Slopes

R-ZTR Bad Boy Bad Boy® 60 in. 747cc ZT Elite BZE6026KO 4999 KAW FR 747 cc 60IN EZT-2200

Medium Duty – Good For Weekly and Bi-Weekly Mowings – Smooth and Rough Lawns – Diagonal Mowing of Moderate Slopes

R-ZTR John Deere John Deere Z465 Z465 5499 JD 24HP 62IN TZT7-D

Heavy Duty – High Quality Cut- All Types of Lawns – Can Handle Mowing Hills up to 15 degrees

Bad Boy Bad Boy® 60 in. 747cc CZT Elite Commercial Grade Mower 105877399 5999 Kohler 25HP 60 in
Craftsman Pro 60Craftsman Pro ZTR Pro 60” Fabricated Deck Model 20444 Review 60IN – Kohler 25HP – About 4799 New, Fabricated deck and well worth the money
L-ZTR Cub Cadet Z-Force® L 60 3999 Kohler 7000 25HP 60IN ZT-2800
L-ZTR Husqvarna P-ZT 60 8199 KAW FX 24.5HP 60IN ZT-3400
L-ZTR Hustler Hustler Raptor SD 60 in. 24 HP Kawasaki ZTR 933119 4499 Kaw FR 24HP 60IN ZT-2800
L-ZTR Husqvarna MZ 61 4999 B&S Endurance 27HP 61IN ZT-3100
L-ZTR Husqvarna MZ 61 5199 KAW FR 24HP 61IN ZT-3100
L-ZTR Husqvarna M-ZT 61 5999 B&S Commercial 27HP 61IN ZT-3400
L-ZTR Husqvarna M-ZT 61 6399 KAW FR 23HP 61IN ZT-3400

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