2017 Who Makes What? – All Zero-Turn, Lawn And Garden Tractor Manufacturers

This page is out of date – Go here to see the complete list of manufacturers currently producing riding mowers, tractors and zero turns: Riding Mower Brands – The Complete list

There is still a lot of confusion and misinformation about who makes the current lawn and garden tractors so I am going to list the information again differently so more of you can find the right info. This list will also include the non-zero turn riders and multi-purpose tractors like the Husqvarna Articulated and Ventrac.

American homeowners have mowed lawns and tilled garden with these since the 50’s. The love affair for the tractor style mower has always been a mystery to the manufactures because there are so many more efficient ways to mow your lawn and maintain your garden. But the desire still lives on. Today’s lawn tractors mow faster, are more fuel efficient and in general cost much less than the ones built in the 60’s and 70’s. If the price of a lawn tractor kept up with inflation a typical one today would cost over $25,000! They are one of the best consumer bargains on the planet.

The 1975 36 inch, 10 hp Craftsman lawn tractor sold for $1099 in the catalog. The 16 hp Sears Garden Tractor was $1969 plus $484 for the 48-inch deck. You could buy a 1975 Ford F-150 truck for about the same price, $2778.90 or $2200 out the door. House: $42,600. Gas: $0.57. Bread: $0.28. Gallon of Milk: $1.40. Stamp: 13 cents. Every other area of the economy except lawn tractors and computers now cost 10 times as much. (1976 Apple computer sold for $666.)  

This article lists:

1. All manufacturers currently producing lawn tractors, yard tractors and garden tractors for sale in the United States.
2. What brands names are used by these manufacturers
3. I will list many of the brands no longer being made.

I’ve included multi-purpose riding mowers and tractors in this article but it does not include the dedicated mowers like zero-turns. Go here to see the complete manufactures currently riding mowers, tractors and zero turns: Riding Mower Brands

1. Current Manufactures:

These manufacturers make all of the lawn tractors, yard tractors or garden tractors. They all have assembly plants here in the U.S. and except where noted all of the tractors you will find at your local dealer, Sears, Home Depot, Lowes, and Tractor Supply are made here in the U.S.

MTD: All lawn tractors, garden tractors, and zero-turns are assembled in various locations around the U.S. I’m not sure where the assembly of the rider takes place.

Husqvarna: All riders, lawn tractors, garden tractors, and zero-turns are made at their assembly plant in South Carolina. The Articulated Rider is made in Europe.

John Deere: All riders, lawn tractors, garden tractors, and zero-turns are made at their assembly plants in Greenville, TN and Horicon, WI

Briggs & Stratton: All riders, lawn tractors, garden tractors, and zero-turns are made at their assembly plants in the U’S. Simplicity is made in Port Washington, Wi? Snapper mowers are made in McDonough, Georgia, Munnsville, New York, and Tupelo, MS.

Kubota: – Kubota Manufacturing of America (KMA) is Kubota’s North American manufacturing base. KMA manufactures and assembles Kubota lawn tractors, zero-turn mowers, sub-compact tractors, utility vehicles, loaders, backhoes, and other implements. Today, approximately one-half of all Kubota branded equipment sold in the United States is manufactured or assembled at its 151-acre Gainesville, Georgia facility.

Stiener: – Manufactured by Schiller Grounds Care, Inc, Johnson Creek facility in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin.

Ventrac: – Manufactured by – Venture Products, Inc. in Orrville, Ohio, USA

Denver Global Products: Their assembly plant and warehouse is in LINCOLNTON, NC. The Raven is a completely new and refreshing way to work around your property. It looks like an ATV, drives like your favorite Golf Car, mows like a commercial zero-turn and has a built-in self-propelled portable/standby generator!

2. Current Brands Names For Lawn & Garden Tractors:

Allis Chalmers Lawn Tractors – Current manufacture – Briggs & Stratton. You will see this line mainly at Simplicity and ag dealers. In 2008, Briggs & Stratton Power Products, LLC, announced it would be restoring the Allis-Chalmers brand to the lawn and garden industry with two new lawn tractors. Available at Simplicity dealerships, the tractors harken back to the glory days of the Allis-Chalmers farm tractor. The design of the new AC130 lawn tractor is reminiscent of these products, leaning heavily on the familiar orange color and distinctive Allis-Chalmers logo.

Ariens Lawn Tractors – Current lawn and garden tractors are made for Ariens by Husqvarna Outdoor Products. Ariens owns the brand. Ariens® lawn and garden equipment has been the choice of discerning homeowners for more than 75 years. Built tough but easy to operate, Ariens delivers a heritage of reliable performance, year after year.  Ariens products are available at independent power equipment dealers in North America and Europe, The Home Depot stores, broad-line MRO (maintenance, repair and operating) suppliers, regional farm retailers and select online retailers.

Bolens Lawn Tractors  – Current manufacture – MTD – The name is only used for low priced Yard Machines style lawn tractors. MTD owns the Brand

Craftsman Lawn Tractors  – Current lawn tractors are made for Craftsman by MTD. Sears Holdings Company owns the brand
Craftsman Yard & Garden Tractors  – Current yard and garden tractors are made for Craftsman by Husqvarna Outdoor Products. Sears Holdings Company owns the brand. With a best-in-class 6″ turning radius
and a new top speed of 7.5 mph, no other mower turns this tightly and cuts this quickly.
Craftsman Pro  – Current lawn tractors are made for Craftsman by MTD. Sears Holdings Company owns the brand

Cub Cadet Lawn & Garden Tractors  – Current manufacture – MTD. MTD owns the Brand. MTD was founded over 80 years ago based on some basic values: Stewardship; Integrity; Hard Work; Reliance on and Respect for People; Innovation; Willingness to take Risks; Gratitude for Customers and Promotion from Within. Today, we’re proud to say these values still continue to drive our decisions. They’ve been integral to our success and growth.

Dixon Lawn Tractors  – Discontinued – Husqvarna Outdoor Products. Husqvarna owns the Brand
Husqvarna Lawn Tractors, Husqvarna Riders  – Current manufacture – Husqvarna Outdoor Products. Husqvarna owns the Brand. What makes a Husqvarna? How come people all over the world expect a certain feel and finish when picking up, or getting on, a Husqvarna product? We’d like to think that our significant experience has a lot to do with it – of which we have almost 400 years.

John Deere 100 and 300 Series Lawn Tractors  – Current manufacture – John Deere. Since its founding in 1837, John Deere has seen a great many changes in its business, its products, its services. Change always comes with opportunity. And Deere has always been ready and willing to embrace it. Yet, through it all, John Deere is still dedicated to those who are linked to the land – farmers and ranchers, landowners, builders, and loggers. And Deere has never outgrown, nor forgotten, its founder’s original core values. Those values determine the way we work, the quality we offer, and the unsurpassed treatment you get as a customer, investor, employee.

Kubota Lawn Tractors – Current manufacture – Kubota Manufacturing of America. Kubota Manufacturing of America (KMA) was formed in 1988 as Kubota’s North American manufacturing base. KMA manufactures and assembles Kubota lawn tractors, zero-turn mowers, sub-compact tractors, utility vehicles, loaders, backhoes, and other implements. Today, approximately one-half of all Kubota branded equipment sold in the United States is manufactured or assembled at its Gainesville, Georgia facility.

Massey Ferguson Lawn Tractors  – Current manufacture – Primarily sold in Canada – Briggs & Stratton.
Poulan Lawn TractorsPoulan Pro Lawn Tractors   – Current manufacture – Husqvarna Outdoor Products. Husqvarna owns the Brand

Simplicity Lawn & Garden Tractors  – Current manufacture – Briggs & Stratton. Briggs & Stratton owns the Brand
Snapper Lawn Tractors  – Current manufacture – Briggs & Stratton. Briggs & Stratton owns the Brand
Steiner Lawn Tractors  – Current manufacture – Schiller Grounds Care. Steiner production is now done through the Johnson Creek facility in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin with a new and bright outlook for the future.

Toro Lawn & Garden Tractors  – Current lawn and garden tractors are made for Toro by MTD. Toro owns the Brand
Troy-Bilt Lawn Tractors  – Current manufacture – MTD. MTD owns the Brand

Ventrac Lawn Tractors  – Current manufacture – Venture Products, Inc.  VENTRAC’s versatility offers over 30 different attachments. Combining these with our Ventrac Mount System (less than a minute to attach or detach attachments) gives you a small power pack designed for maximum performance and versatility for many different market places, including the following: Landscapers, Municipalities, Churches, Universities, Golf Courses, Homeowners, Parks, Sport Facilities, Shopping Malls, Tree Growers, Rental Yards, Nurseries, Airports and much more. Venture Products, Inc. has two major facilities in Orrville, Ohio, USA.

White Lawn Tractors  – Current manufacture – MTD – The name is only used for low priced Yard Machines style lawn tractors. MTD owns the Brand
Yard Machines & Yardman Lawn Tractors  – Current manufacture – MTD – MTD owns the Brand

No Longer Made Brands:

There have been over 100 different brands of lawn tractors that are no longer made and here is a list of the most common ones. Many of these were popular in the 60’s and the majority of them used horizontal shaft motors, heavy channel frames, and automotive style gear drive transmissions. In general, they were just horrible to drive compared to today’s equipment. (source TractorData.com database.) If you would like to see what they looked like just do a Google image search. for example search “Ford Lawn Tractor” or “Panzer Garden Tractor”

AGCO
Amigo
Colt
Dixon

Deutz-Allis
Ford
General Electric
Gravely
Honda
Huffy
Ingersoll
Iseki
J.I. Case
Jacobsen
Mayrath
Minneapolis-Moline
New Holland
Oliver
Panzer
Roper
Sabre
Scotts
Sears
Springfield
Wheel Horse
Yard-Man

I know there are names I missed. If you know of a lawn tractor brand that is not listed, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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