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.

Looking for the best mower for you? The two links below will get you started:

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.

  •  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.
  •  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.

 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.

  • 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:  Brett Farve’s favorite mower. The RER is one of the longest lasting mowers on the market. Snapper ProSnapper’s commercial line.
  •  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 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 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 Both MTD and Husqvarna make these mowers. Red or Black color
  • CRAFTSMAN PROFESSIONAL™/MC. Sold by 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  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

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 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.

  • 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:  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

  •  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: as of 2011 the Everride name is being discontinued and the products merged into the Gravely Name.
  • Great Dane: 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: 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: 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: National mowers are designed for mowing golf courses.  They mow too low for most homeowners. Ariens has absorbed the brand
  • Recharge Mower: 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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  • I am trying to find information about the Recharge mower company which I think is now not operating. Wondering if parts are available.

    • Hi Ed, Even the website is gone. If anyone know it would be Ask a question over there and maybe they can help.

    • Hi Layne, I actually don't know. Yes, every retailer has it listed and you would think they would sell a bunch but I have never seen one in person and I don't know anyone who owns one. Even youtube video reviews are non-existent. Because of that I won't suggest either one.

      I'd find a local ExMark, Toro, Scag or Cub Cadet Dealer and look at their machines in the $5000 range.

      Now, I usually suggest a 60 inch machine over a 66 or 72 inch. 60 inch has a better power to inch ratio and the brands I just listed mow very well.

  • 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, I also gave it a good review when the Response came out in 2013. Especially since the commission is so high. Look at reviews of the Response specifically, not general reviews for all Swisher products.

      If you want to buy it here is a link to the 66 inch (Swisher Response)

      I tell everyone, There are over 40 ZTR's in this price range that are all great machines. I can recommend all of them if the conditions are right. The one for you depends on your local dealer, your history with the brand, the size of your yard, the hills and type of terrain and so on. I really suggest going to 2 or 3 local dealers and listen to what they say. If you have questions or don't quite trust their sales pitch - I'll be glad to help you then. I know what I'm saying may sound like a run around but it's not.

      • Paul: Why can't I find any info or review on Ferris mowers. I cut about 3-4 acres with mostly hills and a somewhat rough lawn. Ferris seems to be well known for the ride. I am looking for a 60 inch mower and ride is very important. Where can I get an honest rating, review and comparison of Ferris mowers?

        Thanks for your help.

        • Bob: I actually visited my local Ferris dealer just today. It's a small, family dealership that's been in the area for 2 generations. I had done some homework previous to going in & have a few friends who have commercial zero turns. This dealer carries two brands of zero turns. Big Dog and Ferris. He basically told me (he seemed honest enough & he's very reputable in the area. I have 2 plus acres) the big box ZTR's are 500 hour throw aways. He explained that the rear driving systems from the big box store's mowers are sealed & can't be repaired. According to him, once they fail, It's not worth dumping a thousand or two into a three thousand mower. For me, he suggested the Big Dog Alpha MP 60 inch (quoted me $4899). He claimed this model Big Dog has a reasonable, trouble free life of 1000 hours and is repairable. Again, according to him, The Ferris IS700Z (61 inch w/ Briggs) has a trouble free life of 2500 hours and is a truly superior machine. He Quoted me $6500 on this machine. He told me the Ferris weighs twice as much as the Big Dog! Big Dog has a top speed of 7.5 MPH and Ferris 10 MPH. Big Dog has no front suspension while the Ferris does. For me, If i put 40 hours a year on my mower, it's probably a lot. If I get one of these newer, faster mowers that time will more than likely decrease. I'm convinced the Ferris is a superior machine. I'm convinced the Big Dog will work fine for my application. I'd rather buy from a local dealer. If I pull the trigger, I'm buying from the local dealer. I'd rather have a Big Dog purchased from a local dealer as opposed to a Craftsman for the same price. I'll let you know what I decide.

        • Hi Bob, There are four market that are involved with lawn mowing equipment. The residential market, the commercial mowing market, golf course and municipalities. The only market that objectively (or not) reviews the equipment is the residential market.

          Even though most of the commercial brands now are selling residential mowers no one does reviews. Why? Because commercial operators are more concerned about the dealer/service/get the job done. They talk to their friends, pay attention to what their competitors are using and don't have the time to read reviews that are probably skewed anyway.

          Plus you can't just buy the good commercial stuff at your local big box store. You have to go to your local dealer.

          ExMark has the lion's share of the market. They have good riding mowers and you can add good, suspension seats if you need to. Gravely has a new line of operator suspension ZTR's.

          Here is the latest list from

          Exmark ….. 69%

          Scag ….. 51%

          Toro ….. 50%

          Walker ….. 46%

          John Deere ….. 42%

          Kubota ….. 42%

          Ferris ….. 37%

          Grasshopper ….. 32%

          Hustler ….. 32%

          Wright ….. 32%

          BOB-CAT ….. 29%

          Gravely ….. 27%

          Dixie Chopper ….. 25%

          Husqvarna ….. 21%

          Snapper Pro ….. 20%

          Cub Cadet Commercial ….. 17%

  • 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.

    • Hi Brendan, Don't ever assume in this game. Dirty Hand Tools is an American company they spec all of their mowers and snow blowers from China. They may even list your local dealer as a "service center." But, I have yet to find a local dealer that has even heard of them let alone stock parts or does warranty work for DHT.

      If you are interested in saving a few bucks I would find them on the internet and talk to them on the phone first. Ask them for a local dealer reference and then call that reference.

      If the price is too good to be true......

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

  • 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 more than is necessary. I'm not sure I want to cut down the 2' grass but I want that option if I decide that way.

    I'm considering the Husqvarna GT52XLS with the Kawi engine and fabricated deck. Apparently Sears is sold out of the Pro mowers or that would be an option. If ZTR is the best option, I'm wide open for suggestions. I'd like to keep my mowing time to 2 hours or so for the current mowed area - 4 acres.

    Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

  • 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 tech guy is very helpful. It seems to have what I need including the differential lock so I order it and they're shipping it at no charge plus I don't have to pay sales tax as I am out of state.

    I did check my local husky dealer but they said they do not stock the mowed but they do perform service so I believe I'm covered there.

    Great web site. Thanks for your help. Next up I have to plan for snow removal. Any suggestions. I have a MTD 24" blower now but the 300' drive is a bit much for that. I also gave an old craftsman 2 stroke that works great for smaller areas. Blade? Blower? ATV with blade? Plow for my 2003 525i?

    • Hi Jim, If you want to add something to the tractor I strongly suggest a snow blower over a plow. These tractors don't move fast enough to roll the snow off the side of the drive. So, the first plowing is great but the 2nd-10th plowings you have no place to go with the snow. You can always buy the snowblower, weights and chains from your local dealer. The 50 inch will run you about $2300 with everything.

    • Hi Jim, It's not really better but it will be faster for most snows because you can usually drive a little faster than you can walk. The tractor mounted come in 42 and 50 inch widths. If you get a lot of deep snow the 30 inch walk-behinds may be a better choice.

  • 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!

  • Hi Paul, Dont forget to include the newish Spartan branded ZTR.
    Brett Johnson