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 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 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 logo 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.

  •  Ariens: Homeowner Products.
  •  Gravely:   A great name for over 100 years and Ariens has maintained the quality this name has always been know for.  Gravely has a complete line of zero-turn mowers, walk-behinds and convertible units for the commercial operator. They also have a line of homeowner mowers.  If you have a local dealer, take a good look at Gravely!
  • Locke: Owned by Ariens This is the mower they use to get the stripes at Yankee Stadium.
  • High Grass Countax:  Owned by Ariens. Sold in England but the “go anywhere, mow anywhere” mowers are a product we could use here in the U.S. Hopefully they will bring over the high grass cutting decks.

mz_magnum_wall_2 Bad Boy Mowers: Advertise that they have the toughest decks in the industry. Look at the MZ series for your home.

 

Bush Hog 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.

basco_logo 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.

  • Murray:  Murray is Briggs & Stratton’s “affordable” economy line. You’ll find these at your local WalMart and other price competitive retailers.
  • Briggs & Stratton Mowers.B&S doesn’t make mowers under that name but they do make snow blowers and many other products.
  • snapper Snapper:  Brett Farve’s favorite mower. The RER is one of the longest lasting mowers on the market. Snapper ProSnapper’s commercial line.
  • Citation_RF_426x276 Simplicity Conquest series, great lawn tractors. Prestige series, REAL Garden Tractors. Legacy series, I would buy one of these just because it has an available bucket loader.
  • ferris Ferris:   Ferris is B&S’s commercial line. But the Simplicity and Snapper lines are incorporating more and more of Ferris’s unigue suspension into the lines. In other words the lines are starting to blur together. A unique line of commercial zero-turns.

 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:

  • Craftsman T1000 series:  Manufactured by MTD. Red color
  • Craftsman T2000, T3000, G5000 series: Manufactured by Husqvarna. Red color
  • Craftsman 30 inch Rider: Manufactured by MTD. Red color
  • Craftsman Zero Turns: Manufactured by MTD & Husqvarna. Red color
  • Craftsman Pro: MTD Built. They are Black/Yellow in color.

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.

  • CRAFTSMAN™/MC. Sold by Sears.ca. Both MTD and Husqvarna make these mowers. Red or Black color
  • CRAFTSMAN PROFESSIONAL™/MC. Sold by Sears.ca Usually Husqvarna. Black/Yellow in color.

 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:

  • Husqvarna ResidentialHusqvarna Residential Like John Deere, Husqvarna has a “big box” line and a “dealer” line.  The dealer line usually features heavier (welded) decks and the new Husqvarna Rider.
  • Husqvarna Landowner: Seriously look at the landowner line of you have slopes or hills.  These machine have heavy duty transmissions and the weight needed to work on hills.  Read my review of the MZ5424S (see the menu to your right)
  • Husqvarna Commercial:  Husqvarna Commercial.  This is a new line of well designed heavy duty machines.  If you have a large lawn seriously take a look at the 61 inch.  Like The Yard Shark it has huge tires and a light footprint making it an ideal residential mower.
  • Poulan Pro: Husqvarna’s other name. Primarily used for retail and online sales. Still good products but not as large of a selection as the Husqvarna line.
  • McCulloch: In 1999 McCulloch sold its European division to Husqvarna AB. Nine years later, Husqvarna also acquired the rights to the McCulloch brand on the North American market. Since then, McCulloch is a brand within the Husqvarna Group.
  • Weedeater: Weed Eater is an old name but today it’s mainly used for economy retail items.
  • Flymo: The first hover mower. A concept that never really caught on but the name still lives.

 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!

  • John Deere is a worldwide organization and many of their parts and products are made outside of the U.S.  They currently use Briggs, Kohler, Kawasaki and have their owned line of branded engines in the residential mowers.
  • The 100 series Deere’s are made in Kentucky. The 300, 500 and 700 Series are made in Wisconsin
  • There are also Golf and Commercial Divisions that cater to those customers.

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.

  • Bolens: Primarily sold in Canada.
  • Cub Cadet: Cub Cadet was one of the original lawn tractors. My uncle was part of the design team for the first model produced by International Harvestor.  MTD purchased the Cub Cadet brand in 1981 and has been making a complete line of homeowner products since then.  In recent years they have expanded the Cub Cadet brand to a commercial mower line and today have a complete line from a 30 inch riding mower all the way to the Commercial 35 HP Pro Z 900 Series. Cub Cadet also has the largest offering of steering wheel zero turns. Cub Cadet also offers one of the few “true” garden tractors left on the market – The Cub Cadet X3 series.
  • Columbia: Columbia is MTD’s Canadian brand but they are starting to use it as a dealer only brand in the U.S. It is an all-encompassing brand that carries Mowers, Tractors, Riders and Zero-Turns
  • Troy-Bilt: The tractors, mowers and snow blowers are mainly sold through Troy-Bilt, Lowes and Amazon.com.  The brand is primarily aimed at the residential market and they have a complete line from the least expensive to good homeowner units. They actually have arguably the best cordless handheld products on the market – Troy-Bilt CORE.
  • Yard-Man: Yard-Man is MTD’s economy line.  The focus of these products in on price.  Most homeowners get many years out of these products.
  • Yard Machines: is another economy line manufactured by MTD.  I would not be suprised to learn that there are more 38 inch Yard Machine tractors produced than any other.
  • Arnold: This is MTD’s parts division.  These are the factory/OEM parts you need for MTD made products.
  • MTD Pro: This name seems to be targeted to the “two guys and a truck” lawn care businesses.  These little guys don’t have enough lawns to warrant a large commercial mower but need something a little better than a residential lawn tractor.  The products tend to have less features and more value than MTD’s residential lines.
  • MTD Gold: In my opinion this brand is just a different name so MTD can sell at both of your local hardware stores.
  • Huskee: Primarily sold at Tractor Supply Stores and I believe the brand is owned by TSC.  The current models are made for them by MTD

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 RM480E 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.

  • Toro also owns ExMark: , and Hayter:  (British)  ExMark is the mower of choice for independent landscapers and mowing contractors.  Hayter is one of the oldest names in Britain and prides itself in “makers of the finest mowers”
  • No One will give you actual numbers but it’s a pretty good guess that Toro and ExMark ZTR’s sell about half of the commercial mower is the U.S.

Ventrac 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 Mower 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

  •  Denver Global Raven MPV-7100 MOWER. This mower has been discontinued. You may still find a few on Amazon and eBay.
  • Beeline:  A work in progress. It’s worth going to their site and watching the 6 minute video to get a better understanding of how the best mid-mount ZTR’s work.
  • Derby: Now part of Simplicity/Briggs & Stratton
  • DixonDixon The name has been discontinued and I’m not sure why the website is still operational. The Husqvarna residential and landowner series came from this great line.
  • EverRide:  http://www.everride.com as of 2011 the Everride name is being discontinued and the products merged into the Gravely Name.
  • Great Dane:  http://www.greatdanemowers.com/ This name is also going away.  The Great Dane Surfer and Wright Stander’s were the first stand-on mowers available.  I was influential in designing the Super Surfer back in the late 1990’s. Gravely took this brand and made it one of the best stand-on products in the industry
  • White Outdoor: http://www.whiteoutdoor.com It looks like the White brand name is being phased out here in the U.S. There is still a website up, but no products are listed.   You may still see some of these riders at dealers.
  • GardenWay: The GardenWay corp originally made Troy-Bilt and MTD bought all of the company years ago.  You will find a few products under that name in smaller retailers and garden centers.
  • Honda Honda has not made a tractor since 1997 for the U.S. Parts are getting hard to find for the ones still running. John Deere has discontinued their walk-behind mowers and snow blowers and will be selling Honda products starting in 2012.
  • Howard Price: http://www.howardpriceturf.com The website has not been updated for a while and only looks to be up for historic reasons only.  These mowers are big, slow, but mow well.  Beware, they are very expensive to repair.
  • Heckendorn: I can no longer find a website for this brand.  They were gear driven zero-turns and the mower of choice for cemeteries in the 60’s but never got into the hydro zero-turn market well.
  • National: http://www.nationalmower.com/ National mowers are designed for mowing golf courses.  They mow too low for most homeowners. Ariens has absorbed the brand
  • Recharge Mower:  http://www.rechargemower.com/ Recharge is an American Company that made an electric riding lawn mower.  The mower is made in China.  They got a lot of press in 2010 because it is an all-electric machine. The company no longer maintains a website.
  • Yazoo/Kees: Husqvarna officially discontinued this line Oct. 2011.
  • Schweiss: Schweiss mowers  It looks like the Schweiss is gone.
  • Wheel Horse and about 200 other brands of Garden Tractors.

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DAVE
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DAVE

Enjoying your writings. You have done a lot of research. Keep up the good work.

Donnie Armstrong
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Donnie Armstrong

Ever heard of Imperial -Long Life by or thru MTD ? Mid 80’s I believe .

Brett Johnson
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Hi Paul, Dont forget to include the newish Spartan branded ZTR.
Regards
Brett Johnson
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Roy Varner
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Roy Varner

Paul, I’m looking at a Remington self-propelled mower with larger back wheels, sold at Home Depot for about $350. Can’t find ANYWHERE a review of Remingtons except from customers on Amazon etc. who give them higher marks than Toro, Troy-Bilt, and Honda. I know Remingtons use Kohler engines. Do you know about them, and are they a good choice? Especially, are they easy to push/pull without engaging the front-drive? Thanks!

Jim
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How much better will an add on snowblower work compared to a quality walk behind?

Jim
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Sears gives you two options when you go online for these models, home delivery or store pickup, just enter you zip code. Do o do that and the web site says unavailable in my area. I try other zip codes and the same. I then decide to call the store and get the outdoor equipment department. The clerk seems to be unfamiliar with either of these two models and puts me on hold. For ten minutes! I hang up and call Jacks in MD, I’m in PA but less than 50 miles. They have the Husqvarna GT52XLSi and Tim the… Read more »
Jim
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Hi Paul, I have read a great deal on your site but am still undecided on what is right for a property. Just bought. I have about 6 acres total with about 2 unmowed for some time. The property is sloped to various degrees with a couple harder but small slopes. At first I thought a ZTR was the best choice but now I am thinking maybe a garden tractor would be more versatile. I do have a 300′ drive and using some accessories might be a plus. I have a budget up to $7,500 but don’t want to spend… Read more »
David
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David

Forgot about Hustler mowers. That’s all we use. Very fast, very powerful. Hustler also makes Big Dog mowers as well.

Brendan
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I see a 60 Inch, zero turn mower with a 23 hp Kawasaki motor being sold by Sears, Kmart, and a few other online dealers (mowers direct & rural king). It’s a “Dirty Hands Tools” mower. Dirty Hands Tools seems to manufacture log splitters and other tools but not mowers. Should I assume MTD or someone else has licensed the name and is selling a MTD mower with a Dirty Hand Tools label? It’s currently on sale for a decent price ($3699). What do you think? I have 2 acres of lawn that was formerly farmland. Loading...
Layne Yost
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Layne Yost

A bit surprising… the reviews seem to paint the Swisher products as the best of the best.
Of the brands you mentioned, which would be your preference? I have 5+ acres of lawn at our new home.

Layne Yost
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Layne Yost

Advice please… Swisher 60″ or 66″?

Ed
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I am trying to find information about the Recharge mower company which I think is now not operating. Wondering if parts are available.

Günther Vogel
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Günther Vogel

Paul, your Information is Superb. Do you also Cover walk-behinds, e.g. the EGO line?

Thanks,

Gunther

Vern
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Vern
Paul, I live in northern Illinois, and have 2-3 acres to mow. I will be purchasing a zero turn, and would welcome your advice. Our ground ranges from sloping with several obstacles, to wide open, fairly flat sections. We also have sloping ditches along two roads (we live on a rural corner). Our ground is also fairly ‘bumpy’. Using the info on your site, I have narrowed my choices to five models, with 52 to 54 inch decks. These include the Ariens Max Zoom 52, Dixie Chopper Zee 2, Gravely ZT HD 52, Husqvarna MZ 52, and the Scag Liberty… Read more »
Ken k.
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Ken k.

Thanks for this detailed resource.

I have a comment I don’t know where else to broadcast. Sears does not have the parts availability they have a good reputation for.

I have a 7 year old garden tractor ..gt5000 I think.
Have had trouble getting parts. Current effort they told me no. Sent me to American yard products who said no. Scoured Internet and called several places with same result.

$2500 ish mower seven years old can’t fix.
Axle seal has failed for third time.

Rick Taylor
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Paul, I’m looking to replace my 30 year old Snapper rider with a 33″ high-vac deck & bag. The bagging option is important for me, especially sucking up fall leaves & pine needles. I mow about 3/4 acres once a week during the mowing season. I’ve also got some slopes to contend with. I’ve been really pleased with the Snapper for all these years but I’m thinking about upgrading to a 42″ deck to save a bit of time. I enjoy changing the oil & filters and am able to drop the deck and change the high-lift blade in about… Read more »
angela errion
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angela errion

Have True Value Riding Mower. Who makes parts for these tractors now? I need a starter cylinder with Model 5746N and the model on the tractor has model 287707 with B&S engine. Any help would be great. Angie errion.angela@hotmail.com

Teresa Drais
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Teresa Drais
Hi, Teresa here, I like in Columbus, Ohio. I have a 1997 Simplicity Coronet with a 34″ deck. The 34″ deck has rusted through and the weld that holds the rollers on the back just broke. I located a 30″ deck on ebay and according to my owner’s manual it is an exact replacement for the 30″ deck that was available at the time I bought my mower. It would need to buy a belt and a deflector. It’s $150 & of course, add freight. I am looking at the Sears Rear Engine Rider 30″ cut as a replacement. It’s… Read more »
fred todd
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fred todd

Pro poulan home depoe 54in 24hp automatic a ctv will it hold up mowing flat ground. Wide open

fred todd
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fred todd

Poulan pro 54in 25hp good for 2 acreas flat land

jane
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jane
Hi Paul, I mow 3 yards 3 to 4 acres each I need a mower that is faster. There is a slope across my yard other than that mostly flat, smooth some have a lot of roots above ground. I live in Gadsden Al. Friends have told me to stay away from box store mowers. I have a 38 in jd now my craftsman 48 in died a few yrs ago. I read what you said about craftmans pro 54in. liked what I saw on it but saw several complaints about tire problems when delivered. I was also thinking about… Read more »
Phil
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Phil

How come Simplicity is not represented here? They have been around a long time and make some very durable machines. Thanks for all the info provided here.

Becky Wilson
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Hi – some good information here. I hope you don’t mind if I point out that you consistently used the word manufacture(s), when the word should be manufacturer(s). Example: in the title of the article, “Who Makes What, Who Are The Major Mower Manufactures”, the word manufactures (which is a verb) should be replace with the word manufacturers (which is a noun).
Thanks

Michael
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Michael

Hi Paul, Great site with an abundance of information. You are very dedicated to supplying relevant info. Looking at the Craftsman pro series GT 54″ model 98645, which is available for $3000.00 at Sears, I’m trying to determine what transaxle it uses. I would prefer to get a tractor with a heavier duty transaxle such as a Hydro Gear G730 or a Tuff Torq K 66. Do you know if this tractor uses a comparable transaxle? Use plug aerator, de-thatcher and sweeper on sloping ground. Michael – Black Hills South Dakota

Jim
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Paul, I was considering the Craftsman 20442 or 20445 professional series lawn tractors for my 1.5 acre flat yard. However, I just talked someone at a big box store who suggested the Toro Time Cutter SS5000 zero turn. The yard is very flat and i use the tractor to primarily cut grass and a few times each year to move a 14′ foot fiberglass boat and trailer weighing about 700 lbs to the driveway. They said it has a trailer hitch and would not be a problem plus it would cut down on the mowing time considerably. I was wondering… Read more »
Austin
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Austin
Hey Paul. I appreciate the time and effort you put in to creating this list. It has been a very good read and extremely helpful. I have done so much research for zero turns I feel like I could walk into any dealership and be a successful salesman for them now haha. but on a serious note. I have finally narrowed my search down to these 3 mowers: Scag Tiger Cat 61″ Velocity Plus Cutter Deck, 26hp Kohler EFI (STC61V-26CV-EFI 61) Toro Z master 60″ 25 HP EFI 747cc (74958) Hustler X-one or the Hustler Super Z My land is… Read more »
Justin
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Justin

HI Paul,
I’m looking at purchasing a Higher end residential, lower end commercial ZT for residential use. I think i have narrowed it down to a 60″ BAD BOY CZT with Kawasaki FS 726cc and Grammer seat, or the 61″ Ferris IS 700z with vanguard 810cc. What are your positives and negatives on both of these mowers? What would your preference be?

Sally
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Sally
I need a bit of help. I mow about three plus acres every ten days or so here in North Florida. Some of it is a bit rough, some of it is a ditch, 25-35 degrees (approx 10%) and I even cut the weeds in my horse pasture from time to time. I had a Craftsman lawn tractor with a twin Kohler engine for about ten years. The transaxle went bad so I purchased a new Craftsman, but not with the Kohler engine, too much money. I found a very good deal on a new 21 HP, 46″ deck, model… Read more »
Charlie
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Charlie
I found it interesting that you mentioned that the CUB Cadet was first manufactured by International Harvester. I worked at the IH foundry in Indianapolis in 1965. I was an electricians apprentice there. In addition to being a foundry they also built diesel engines there . One day I noticed several management types were hovering over a little yellow yard tractor, which I later learned was the Cub Cadet. I lost track of the Cub Cadet for a long time then started noticing them again. I found out they had been sold but I didn’t know who bought them or… Read more »
Rick Andrews
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Rick Andrews

Do you have any YouTube or internet reviews and comparison site on the Briggs Snapper/Simplicity/Massey Ferguson zero turn mowers sent for more info from the companies website and keep getting emails back that site and or email address is default and goes to spam any help Thanks Rick Rossway Digby Nova Scotia Canada

Rick Andrews
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Rick Andrews

We have the Massey Ferguson zero turns up here and the 2346 with 24 hp efm briggs engine and cast iron spindles with zt2800 pumps and cast iron front axle and 3 blade 46 inch deck sells for 4500 plus taxes as usual great site and great advice Thanks Rick Digby Nova Scotia Canada

Rick Andrews
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Rick Andrews
Hey Paul do you have any thoughts on the Massey Ferguson 2300 series zero turn mowers I am looking at the 46 inch deck model how does it compare to the John Deere Husqvarna and Toro in the same class such as the JD z255 or the Toro ss or mx models as well for the Husqvarna .Does MF make these themselves or sub`d out and is series and model something new for them great site glad we have some one to help sort this huge selection to pick from for mowers Thank`s take care and be well Rick Loading...
Ed raz
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Ed raz

Does anyone remember seeing a Yamaha riding mower. My brother had one and I did my lawn a few times with it. Wasn’t a bad mower.

Michael Kupec
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Anyone here recall the Yeasu (or Yeashu) lawn mowers? I believe they were the first to use a bicycle spokes in the rear wheel that was about 12-14″ is diameter and was the driven wheels using what they called their “tractor drive” technology.

zac
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So I have a old mower. I don’t know really that much harder about it except it says it’s a maverick 8 hp Transaxle. I know it sat in a barn for about 25 years and a little bit of work and boom it runs again. All original. It’s yellow with a little bed with a tail gate on it. Any info would help. After looking all over, only thing that looks close to it is the bonanza. Please help

Dave
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Dave

You seem to have overlooked Land pride mowers. http://www.landpride.com/product-search/zero-turn-mowers/40

John Buckles
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John Buckles

between all the zero turn commercial mowers with the kawasaki or the vanguard which would be the best ?

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lee anne karlen

I am looking for a 8 to maybe 10 hsp riding mower with all the controls on the right side including the brake —I am small and have physical challenges….please help.

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John

Paul, I see one of the comments listed a Briggs & Straton engine as a “Con.” Is the B&S in the Craftsman 54″ 24 HP a good engine? I hope so, I have had B&S engines for decades and they seem to last forever. I just purchased a 20403 G5500 for $2707.49.

Karen S.
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Karen S.

Hello Paul,
We have a new construction home one a 1.5 acre lot that was formerly a corn field (southern Maryland). Almost half of our lot is flat with the sloped areas being between 10-20 degrees. The contractor graded & seeded 3/4 of our lot and just mowed the rest (dead cornfield). What would be the best new riding mower/tractor for us – on a budget? We’re considering buying from Sears.

karen
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karen

Thanks for help. I finally settled and went today and bought a new craftsman 2600 with a kohler engine

karen
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karen

What about the drive shaft. I have not seen any other ones with a shaft. What is your comment on this. Thanks

karen
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karen

I am still looking for a mower. I found a cub cadet 2166 17hp. Nice shape but used. It has drive shaft and a kohler engine. 38in deck with bagger. What can you tell me about this. Thanks

karen
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karen

Paul, I have the same questions as Howard sent you on jan 27th. I only have about a half acre, although i like to pull my thatcher and bag. Is the craftsman Howard is talking about made by Husqvarna? Thank you 🙂 Woodland, WA Karen

Howard
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Howard

Paul – Nice website! I am in the market for a new rider. I have it narrowed down to 3 different brands / models:
1 – Cub Cadet LTX1042KW
Pros – Features and Kawasaki engine.
Cons – Bad reviews on the deck.
2 – John Deere D130
Pros – Looks well made and mostly good reviews.
Cons – Briggs engine.
3 – Craftsman Turn Tight 42″
Pros – Very economical tight turning / price
Cons – Bad reviews, seems very cheaply made.

Which one of the 3 models would you own and why should I buy one over the other?

Thanks

michael wilson
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michael wilson
Your list is no really complete without lisying Sarlo, the oldest family owned lawnmower manufacturer in the United States. They have been producing quality push mowers since 1935. They specialize in marketing to prison systems, so when I was looking for a good quality push mower to use in a lawn care business, I chose Sarlo. I figured that if a prisoner who really doesn’t want to be there can’t tear it up, then it was perfect for my workers to use, and I have not been dissappointed. They also claim to be Briggs and Strattons oldest customer, which I… Read more »
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Jerry Rhodes
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Paul, I find your site to be outstanding, do have a question, is there a site that has the number of tractors/mower build by each co? I’m into electric mowers. I have several GE Elec-trac’s that I use.

Thank you for the great site

Jerry R in Paulding OH 45879

Darren
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Darren

Can anyone help me find a manual for a NOMA Huskee A4514-010. I need diagrams for the tractor and 45″ deck. I’m in the middle of a rebuild. I’d also like to know who made the Green Star 8/32. I figured this was a good place to ask with the wealth of knowledge and all. Great site.

Phyllis Lance
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Phyllis Lance

Hello,
I have a 1999 Toro 455D ground master lawn mower. Model # 30455 with a s/n 80249
I need Toro part # 76-7830 (wheel shaft) and my dealer is telling me
that part has been discontinued???
He said best bet to google and here I am. Please help me!!