The best lawn tractor? It depends on your lawn and budget

Consumer Search put together a comprehensive article on buying your new lawn tractor.  I feel it is one of the best written articles available to help you decide which rider, lawn, yard, garden, estate, or premium tractor to buy.

I disagree on one point in the article.  If you have lots of trees and obstacles ConsumerSearch recomends a zero-turn.  If you have less than 3 acres of lawn, I suggest you look at the Craftsman tractors with the 6 inch Turn-Tight Steering first.  Residential zero-turns (under $4000) tend to be very hard on your lawn and only work on flat ground. If you have hills, slopes, or no experience using zero-turns stay away from the residential models.

If you have 3 acres or more look at zero-turns in the $4000 price range or higher. Most of them are heavier and can handle some slopes. The Husqvarana 2012 Husqvarana MZ5424S is my choice for the best value zero-turn this year.

 When you are done come back here and read my reviews. 

Go Here:  Consumersearch: How To Buy A Lawn Tractor

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Just purchased the YTA22V46 22-HP. Great for my 1 .5 acre lot, but I want to get a Box Scraper and it requires a sleeve hitch. I can’t seem to locate one for the mower. Any suggestions? The only one I find out on the internet states the wheels need to be 22-23 in, and the YTA22V46 22-HP has 20 inch wheels.

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I have a 1 acre lot that is pretty flat with a few obstacles, (pool, garden, pool house, fence and a couple small trees and flowerbeds). Located in Virginia Beach, VA. I had been looking at the Husqvarna YTH22V46 but then ran across a lot of favorable reviews for the Craftsman 20442 (Pro Series). The Craftsman is quite a few hundred more and was wondering if in your opinion worth the extra $. The 1 acre lot mentioned above is for an upcoming new construction home that will have the obstacles. In addition, I am currently in a little over… Read more »

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What is your opinion on synthetic oil VS traditional oil for tractors? My Husqvarna 22v46 recommends 10W-30 or 30W and the chart below agrees. I will be using the 10w-30 for the first 5 to 10 hours after that I’ll be doing the first break-in oil change and I am thinking about going the synthetic at that time so I don’t have to worry about changing out different oils when our temps get lower. Although if synthetic is a waste for a tractor then I don’t want to spend the money on it either. I’m in southern NC and while… Read more »

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What kind of fuel is best in the twin cylinder riding mowers like the YTH22v46?

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Thank you. What is your opinion on Lowes Outdoor Power Equipment Extended Protection Plan or any stores for that matter? The YTH22v46 comes with 3 year limited.

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Anderson Creek, NC. I am on about 3/4 acre lot, the backyard is mainly flat with just two trees and my front yard has a gentle slope with one tree to go around. We had a craftsman rider that turned to junk after two years. We would like something that will hold up, cut well and has a variety of cutting length options. We would also like for it to be able to handle up to 2 or 3 acres. The model I am looking at based on reviews is the Husq YTH22v46 it is a bit pricey as I… Read more »

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HI Paul , I bumped into your site while looking for some quality and truly insightful information. And I am glad I did. My situation is almost exactly like Suzan above. I have about an acre to mow and almost flat yard with a slight gradient with 10-15 big trees and a LOT of smaller twigs and loose stones strewn in parts of the lawn. I would also like to have a small trailer for the fallen branches and occasional landscaping medium sized rocks. I am looking for a used riding mower under or around $800 but would stretch for… Read more »

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Paul, I’ve been reviewing lawn tractors for a couple of months now looking for the best fit for my yard. I started off looking at zero turns because I have a lot of obstacles and tight corners to maneuver around. I’m currently using a Craftsman LT1000 42″. I find that since I built a shed next to my garage I’m mowing over myself several times and spending more time with the weed eater. I don’t really want to add anymore landscaping beds so I thought about getting a new mower. After researching the zero turns I’m not sure I really… Read more »

Susan Nichols
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Hi Paul, I’m in Kathleen GA, and I have about an acre to mow with little to have to mow around (about 5 trees and a large fenced area) with a relatively flat area overall. My problem is I have very soggy ground on one side of my house that really puddles when it rains for any amount of time. I’m looking for a good used mower, but there are so many out there for sale, and I really don’t need someone else’s problem! Can you tell me what might be some better mowers for the type of lawn I’m… Read more »

Maria
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Do you think the Craftsman LT1500 would be sufficient enough to pull an aerator around an acre of grass, and not burn up it’s hydros? Found a used one for about $850 haven’t seen it in person, but looks well taken care of. Is it worth that much? I have kind of given up on the idea of pulling a box grader.

Maria
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Now that I have sold my Commercial mower. Settled in with my new Toro MX5060 zero turn. I was thinking about purchasing a Lawn tractor to do my aerating, thatching, hauling Railroad Ties, and maybe use a box grader on driveway. Is there anything out there that you would recommend? I would just take the mowing deck off. I had an old Craftsman LT 2000 I think it was several years ago, it lasted about 9 years before it was starting to have major problems. It was a work horse. Pulled thousands of pounds of R&R ties in my many… Read more »

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Joe

I am looking to purchase my son a riding lawn mower. He also needs a snowblower so I was thinking of finding a riding lawn mower with the snowblower attachment. He has approx. 1.08 acres and a 100 ft 2 car garage driveway. The acre is fairly level. I find with the current 21″ blade push mower he has, it takes about 2 hours to mow which is way too long, so that is why I thought a riding mower would be best. I am looking at spending the max of $4,000. What would you recommend? Loading...

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Kevin

I was looking at a poulan pro pb195a46lt or a pb17542lt but cant find much about them or reviews the 19.5 says automatic tranny and the 17.5 is 6 speed are they any good…i dont have a clue

Kenny
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Kenny

Thanks!!!! very good / important information…didn’t know that.

Kenny
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Kenny

Was thinking about the : Husqvarna Yth22V46 ,OR THE ,John Deere D140 from Lowes…….any suggestions? Thanks

Jess
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Hello I have a 1/2 acre lot that is a bit rocky and hilly. I have a budget of $1500. What is the best tractor for my lawn and budget in your opinion? I have been looking at home depot at these two: $1499 Ariens 46 in. 22 HP Briggs and Stratton Hydrostatic Front-Engine Riding Mower California Compliant Model # 960460029 AND $1399 Ariens 46 in. 22 V-Twin HP Briggs & Stratton Automatic Gas Front-Engine Riding Mower Model # 960460056 I actually am having a hard time even distinguishing what the difference is between the two models i posted but… Read more »

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