2011-2016 Yard Machines/Bolens/White Lawn “Tractor” 42 inch 420 cc

Plain and simple, this is the cheapest riding lawn “tractor” available. If that is what you want, this is it!  You can ride on it while it attempts to cut the grass.  It is listed as a “Lawn Tractor” but it really isn’t.  It’s a riding lawn mower with a hood.  The deck cuts the grass but has very little lift or throw.  Don’t bother to buy a bagger, buy a pull behind sweeper …. it will do a better job. The frame is the lightest possible, the motor is the cheapest Briggs offers.  It has only two features that make it worth considering.  First, it’s cheap and second, it makes a great platform for the U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association stock class.

2011-2016 Yard Machines/Bolens/White Lawn “Tractor” 42 inch 420 cc 1

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My Value/Cost Rating: Riding Mower,  Mows Lawn Average, Gets Through Tight Spaces Well.  Great for 1/2 to 1  Acre Lawns, Light Hauling, No Snow Removal. Accepts Light Attachments & Bagger.

Type: Riding Mower.
Engine Type: Bottom. Splash Lube.
Transmission Type: Gear.
Speed Control: Dash & Foot Clutch
Accepts Light Duty Attachments:

Don’t Forget Your Trailer, Dethatcher, Aerator, Broadcast Spreader.


Read My Review Below These Specs:

Brand: Yard Machines by MTD

  • 420cc Powermore
  • 42″ precision cut mowing system
  • Large 18″ turn radius
  • 6 or 7-speed shift-on-the-go transmission
  • 0-5 MPH forward speed, 0-2.8 MPH reverse speed
  • Low back single bolt adjustable seat
  • 5 different cutting heights

My Review:

This mower has been around for years in one form or another and people either love it or hate it.  There is no middle ground.  A few people get 10 years out of it.  Most people only get two or three.  If you are hard on equipment, don’t buy this mower, it will not hold up for you.  The price is great, but you do get what you pay for with this mower.

Other than that, the Yard Machines riding lawn mower is the cheapest mower available.  There are no frills.  It will not mow in reverse.  The tires are little more than inner tubes with magic marker lines for tread.  If you have trees in your yard, you will have flats.  You might as well buy four containers of “Slime” right away and fill the tires.  There is a bagger available for it, but I strongly recommend that you don’t buy this mower with the intention of EVER putting a bagger on it.  The deck is not designed to give you good lift or throw.  It will not throw the grass well into the bagger.  It will not fill the bagger up completely like the Craftsman  tractors do.

Ok, Now that I have vented………… it beats walking.  It’s cheap.  And it looks really cool when you chop and channel it for lawn mower racing.  Lawn Mower Racing

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Bought this Bolens 4 years ago from Lowes. Mow two yard about 3 acers total.
Much better that the Troy Build that Lowes sells for a higher price that I can’t keep belts on. Quality wise you can do a lot worse even at a higher price. So you don’t always get what you pay for.
Great mower for my 65 year old sister. She loves the size and control .


my gate opening is 41 inches,

will the yard machine 38 inch cut go thru the opening, ok

thanks win

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