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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 2017 model year. It does not include many of the hundreds of  manufactures of pull-behind and mounted agricultural equipment. 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.

Latest update 3/18/2017: As I get time this year, I’ll finish updating this list. A few brands have disappeared, a few have been sold and there are at least two new brands.

In summary: Husqvarna, MTD, and Briggs & Stratton make most of the riding mower and lawn tractor brands sold by retailers here in the United States. John Deere still makes all of their lawn tractors and zero-turn mowers. There are around 40 additional manufacturers of zero-turns and specialty mowers.  The Zero-Turn market is huge so there is always a new manufacture or three trying to make their mark. 

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’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 the right mower 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.

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How To Pick The Best Lawn, Yard & Garden Tractor For You!

How To Pick The Best Zero Turn Riding Mower (ZTR) For You!

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2017 Riding Mowers Sold in the United States By Manufacturer:

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

 Acrease 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. Their rough-cut mowers are the best for fields, horse pastures and paddocks.

 ALTOZ | Precision Mowers ALTOZ is a fairly new player in the market. Their products are all high quality and high-performance commercial and residential machines, each built with a dedication to excellence and the promise of a precision cut. They have the only track-drive zero-turn on the market.

 Ariens:  Ariens is one of the oldest names in the mower market and make a great line of mowers.  Ariens no longer sells a lawn tractor.

 Bad Boy Mowers: Advertise that they have the toughest decks in the industry. Look at the MZ series for your home.

 

 Bush Hog:  Land Pride,  and Woods:  Ag companies that also sell lines of zero-turn mowers. Woods is one of the few who still has a front-mount ZTR. You will see a lot of these in rural/farm areas.

 Briggs & Stratton: The other big mower manufacture.  Go to this page to see all of the companies they own.  They also make spec mowers for other brands including Massey Ferguson.

 Craftsman: Riding Mowers & Tractors 

As you know by now Craftsman was sold to Stanley-Black & Decker. Although there is a lot of talk about the tool lines – not much is being said about the Lawn & Garden side. Craftsman Lawn & Garden does make up a SIGNIFICANT portion of Craftsman’s sales so I extremely confident that Craftsman L&G will only get stronger over the next 10 years. That said, Craftsman sells a riding lawn mower for every homeowner lawn in the U.S.  Everything from a 30 inch rider to a 60 in heavy-duty zero-turn. They have the largest nationwide service network and you can easily get parts for their machines going back 10, 15, 20 years 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 separately in this list.  Some of the current specs that are unique to Craftsman for the 2017 model year are: Unique decks that are rated as some of the best cutting decks by Consumer Reports, Turn Tight Steering (5 or 6 inch) on the YT, GT and Craftsman Pro models. Greasable spindles on the large decks, 7.5 mph on the T3000 series and G5500 Garden Tractor.

Craftsman L&G is primarily sold through Sears Stores, but select models are also sold through the independently owned Sears HomeTown and ACE Hardware stores.

Here are the Craftsman mowers, and who manufactures them for the 2017 year:

NOTE: Sears.ca: Sears Canada is a separate company. They spec their own products under the Craftsman brand. I don’t know how the sale of the Craftsman brand will affect them.

 Country Clipper:   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 been around as long as any other zero-turn mower brand on the market. They have a cmplete line of homeowner and commercial ZTR’s 

Dixie Chopper:   Known as the “world’s fastest mower” Great line, high quality zero-turn mowers.  Dixie Chopper is now owned by Jacobsen/Textron and many of the Dixie’s positive features are starting to carry over to the Jacobson lines. Jacobson is another of those huge companies that most of us know by their golf course and large area mowers.  Jacobson ZTRs.  Textron/Jacobson/Ransomes: Textron 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 very, very expensive to repair.

Excel Industries: Big Dog Mowers,  Hustler:   Excel Industries used to make some of the coolest industrial large area mowers and been making large area mowers since the beginning of zero-turns. But that is a tough market and they have moved their focus to zero-turns using the Hustler brand. I’m not sure why they also paint them red and call them Big Dog though.

Grasshopper:  Like the old Dixon ztr, 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. GXi Outdoor Power is a US based company who has products manufactured in China and imports into the US. They sell zero-turns, walk-behinds and wing mowers under the names DEK, Z-Beast, Beast, and Stanley.  The Stanley logo looks identical to the old U.S. name that has been around for years.

Husqvarna: Husqvarna Outdoor Products. An all encompassing name that includes the following:

 John Deere:  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 all the lawn tractors and zero turns are made in the U.S. They are made in at least three different location. ANYONE who tells you their 100 series is made by someone else or their zero-turns are made overseas does not know what they are talking about. The lawn tractors and zero-turns you see at Lowes and The Home Depot are the same riding mowers you see at the dealer. The dealer just has more dealer only models available.  The 100 series sold at the Dealer Stores IS THE SAME TRACTOR AS SOLD AT THE BIG BOX STORES!

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

 MTD:  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.

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

 PowerTrac:  A heavy duty line of commercial multi-purpose machines. I haven’t seen them at any shows for a while so I’m not sure what’s up. 

 Rich Convertible: 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.

 Ryobi: New this year the RM480E is a new breed of electric riding mowers. I feel they did it right and this may just be the electric mower that changes the way we mow. Let’s see if I’m right.

 Scag: 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: Schiller is a diversified lawn maintenance manufacture that produces some of the best quality products on the market.  Mantis, BobCat and Steiner are names that you know and trust. They make products for the commercial and residential markets under the names: Ryan Turf, Steiner, Bunton, BobCat, Brouwer, Mantis, Little Wonder, and Classen.

Check out the BobCat mowers here:

 Swisher: Make great, high quality residential zero-turns and have brought back the Ride King for 2017.

 Toro: 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. They currently do not make a lawn tractor.

 Ventrac:  If you own an acreage and want to do more than mow lawn with your equipment this may be the tractor for you.  It’s one of the most rugged and versatile multi-purpose units on the market. One of the unique benefits of this brand is the maneuverability and ability to handle up to 30 degree slopes.

 Walker: Walker mowers are high end residential and commercial mowers.  They are designed to bag and bag well.  They have many great options including side discharge decks. 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 has been struggling for a long time and it looks like they have been bought out by a Chinese Company.  It looks like Worldlawn has kept the factory in Beatrice and is promoting the line under the WorldLawn and Encore names. Encore always had a good mower, just a poor dealer network, so don’t be afraid to look at this mower.

 Wright:  I can 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 Sport series because you can sit or stand. If I mowed commercially and could only own one mower – the Sport would be the mower.  If you have a large lawn, and/or a lawn with a lot of slopes seriously look at this brand.

Engine Manufactures:

Briggs & Stratton: American made vertical shaft lawn tractor and zero-turn engines!

Kawasaki engines: American made!

Kohler engines: American Made!

Toro – ExMark engines: Loncin. The Toro and ExMark branded engines are developing a great reputation.

LCT: At this time they mainly sell snow blowers engines. Just the best reputation. Found on Ariens, Poulan Pro and Husqvarna snow blowers.

MTD: PowerMore – Zongshen. Usually labeled the same as the brand. i.e., Craftsman, Cub Cadet, Troy-Bilt. They have the first single and twin cylinder EFI engines for residential use.

Generac: Generac primarily makes engines for generators but a few have found their way to zero-turn mowers. Great Reputation, great engines

Attachment & Accessory Manufactures:

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

Berco: Snow Blower attachments mad in Canada.

Ohio Steel: A complete line of Lawn & Garden products for your zero-turn, lawn tractor and garden tractor.

Gone Away, But Not Forgotten