What are the benefits of a zero-turn vs. a lawn tractor?
Zero-turn mowers (ZRT) and lawn tractors have some overlapping capabilities but also some major differences. Depending on the nature of your work and the land you’ll be driving on, one machine could be more suitable for you.
ZRTs excel at cutting grass quickly across flat or gently rolling land. Thanks to their zero-turn radius, ZRTs allow you to cut those corners you might otherwise miss. Under optimal conditions, ZRTs allow for a smoother workflow and higher productivity than any other type of riding mower or lawn tractor.
On the other hand, lawn tractors are rugged all-around machines that can help tame tough, uneven ground. They can mount many extensions, including mowing and tilling modules. They can also haul heavy loads unsuitable for zero-turn mowers.
Is zero turn or tractor better for hills?
Lawn tractors typically perform better than zero-turn mowers on hilly land. However, steered ZRTs fare better on sloped ground than their lap-bar siblings and even the best lawn tractors. Steered ZRTs allow fine steering control and often have specialized wheels that help navigate slopes. Consider the land you’ll be mowing before committing to a ZRT or lawn tractor.
What is a good speed for a zero-turn lawn mower?
Compared to a lawn tractor, a zero-turn mower cuts grass up to 50% faster because it can move at higher speeds. ZRTs are relatively speedy and typically have cruising speeds of 5-8 mph and top speeds of 10 mph or more. Lawn tractors usually cruise at 3-4 mph and top at around 7 mph.
SCAG ZRTs are faster than many other brands and can reach even higher top speeds. A top-of-the-line Cheetah II can hit up to 16 mph on flat, open ground, while even a mid-range Patriot has a top speed of 10 mph. Additionally, SCAG’s Freedom Z mowers can reach top speeds of 8 mph and produce smooth cuts, while the Tiger Cat can reach speeds of 12 mph.
How many years/hours should a zero-turn mower last?
Zero-turn mowers generally last 3,500 hours when well maintained. However, they can begin to wear out in as little as 2,500 hours without proper maintenance. Typically, zero-turn mower owners can notice declining performance by around 2,800 miles. However, SCAG zero-turn mowers are built to a high standard and can last 4,000 to 5,000 hours.
As a general rule, you can expect each horsepower to yield 100 hours of performance before experiencing engine troubles.
Which zero-turn mower is the most reliable?
Thanks to their quality made in the USA construction, SCAG mowers are known for their reliability. They retain a high resale value, requiring little more than regular maintenance and resisting damage. While several commercial models are available, the Liberty Z is designed for residential use and comes at a lower price without sacrificing quality.
How much does a SCAG zero-turn mower cost?
SCAG zero-turn mowers range in price from the upper-mid four figures to the low five figures. This is generally on the higher end of the scale when compared with other brands that sell ZRTs. However, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.
SCAG mowers have several advantages that make them well worth the price tag. They’re made in the USA with heavy gauge steel frames which help to prevent the mower and its accessories from bending or breaking under heavy strain. Their advanced suspension systems and build give SCAG mowers one of the smoothest rides available. And, as we’ve mentioned already, they’re faster, and more versatile than other options on the market.
How much does zero-turn lawn mower maintenance cost?
Maintenance costs vary based on who services your mower and what types of repairs are needed, if any. While we can’t speak to specific costs, we can tell you that it’s important to take your mower in to get serviced at least once or twice a year, ideally at the beginning and end of the mowing season. When you have your mower serviced, technicians will clean your deck, sharpen blades, and lubricate any needed parts. ZRTs don’t require any additional maintenance compared to lawn tractors.
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Are zero-turn mowers worth it?
While a zero-turn mower can have a higher upfront cost than a lawn tractor, it can pay off if you’re working flat or gently rolling ground that needs regular cutting. Compared to lawn tractors, ZRTs:
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