How Many Lawn Tractors and Zero Turns Are There For 2015?
If you are wondering why you can’t make a decision on the best lawn tractor or zero turn for you this year it’s because there are over 400 models available from 27 different brands. This only includes mowers designed for residential mowing. The 400 does not include all of the commercial models available.
Of that 400 there are over 100 models brand new for 2015.
Over the next 3 months I’ll be going writing reviews and creating lists to help you decide which is the best mower for you and your property. Feel free to ask questions in the comments below.
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It’s the old ‘nice to have’ problem of too much choice striking again. I think it’s important not to get too hoodwinked into thinking the big brands and names are everything. John Deere do some great machines, and they look great, don’t get me wrong, but boy will you pay for them. The humble Husqvana and Mountfield can be two thirds of the price and do just as good a job.
@Lawnmowerwizard, I see you are from the U.K. I notice that every mower sold is a bagger. From what the manufactures offer very few owners mulch and no one side-discharges. What does everyone do with the clippings? Does everyone have their own compost pile or is there another way that most owners get rid of their clippings?
Is it just me or do the new poulan pro mowers look like repainted ariens which in turn looks like repainted couple of years old craftsman?
Also I hate the hood design of the new cub cadets other then the XT3 mower.
I could see line of sight being a issue when doing some close quarter maneuvering
@Hollowalone, Yes, Cub Cadet likes the boxy style. Everyone else is trying to make their tractor look like a New Holland Boomer but Cub Cadet keeps going with the General Electric U18B diesel locomotive look.
Chrysler has said that one of the biggest mistakes they ever made was to throw away the molds for the Hemi and 440 engines. Husqvarna doesn’t make that mistake. They tend to use their stamping and plastic molds until they are worn out.
Someone told me once how much it costs to make a stamping mold for something as large as a hood and I can’t even remember what the dollar figure was because it was too large for me to comprehend.
I’ve noticed that most of the manufactures negotiate with the brands for new features for a certain number of years. For example, the 3X snow blower was a Cub Cadet exclusive for 1 year – now Troy-Bilt has it. The Cub Cadet has an exclusive on the steering wheel zero-turn but will be offered by other brands next year.
Husqvarna did that with the “fast tractor.” Craftsman had it for 2 years and now any other brand that wants it…. I always liked the round hood style and it really looks good in black.
What you are sending me now is very helpful,,,I do enjoy it and it is a lot of help,,,Please keep sending to me.
I love reading the site and the deep analysis. I live in Minnesota, and while it looks like spring outside, I know I’ve got 3+ months before I get to think about mowing.
Your review of the Craftsman mowers has me excited about the 42″ Craftsman pro. I’ve got a pretty good sized hill, so it’s a major consideration. That new Kohler 7000 looks sweet.
I guess my only questions would be, when is the best time to buy? Any chance I can save $100+ ? And do you foresee a better value from another brand in 2015? I already have decided on the pro series over the red one. I think :).
Oh I also bought the Craftsman 24″ snow blower. I love the snow blower, but WTH no snow this year!
Thank you for everything you’ve put together on this site Paul.
@Tony, I feel your pain–Ariens is letting me use a Platinum 30 SHO and it loves 12 inches or more. The most we’ve had in Chippewa is about 3 inchers!
Sears is pretty consistent with their sales. I would start looking around April first and watch the sales page Craftsman Pro Series 42 Tractor. Watch the SPECIAL OFFERS tab. You will see special deals like 5% off a Sears card, 10% off online only, free delivery and other special deals. Sears usually starts these sales Sunday and ends them Sat night.
Sign up for the Shop Your Way program. This will stack extra deals onto the SPECIAL OFFERS TAB.
David Boyd, Duffys Outdoor Power Equipment
I checked the zero-turn list and didn’t see any Gravely but, I have ZT34, ZT42 and a Pro-turn 52 from Gravely here on the floor and others are available. I believe your list needs to be updated further with current units.
Thanks David, Gravely doesn’t call out any residential units but I had a feeling the ZT’s and Pro-Turn will be a good match for many homeowners. I’ll add them in.
I like your line-up of Hustler’s on your homepage. Duffy’s Outdoor Power
Mark in Middle River
I agree with oakmanz. However, diversification to other lawn/garden equipment, like the utility carts, is truly helpful.
@Mark, I understand, I keep the latest carts on this article. I don’t expect carts to change much for 2015.
Dump Carts – There are cheap, good carts and expensive, bad carts. Let’s see if we can sort them all out.
I enjoy the details. This is the main reason I visit this blog for its comprehensive thought out posts.