Mower Showdown: Riding Mowers vs. Push Mowers
Ideal Yard Size
|Large||Small or medium|
|Gas||Reel, electric & gas|
|Typically more||Typically less|
|More versatile with attachments||Less versatile|
Advantages of Riding Mowers
- Power - The large engine delivers serious power to tackle large plots of land, whether you're mowing, towing or working on another outdoor project.
- Versatility - Snow blowers, tillers, aerators, carts and other useful attachments allow you to use your lawn tractor for more than just cutting the grass.
- Convenience - Riders can make quick work of lawn chores and stay comfortable while doing them. The padded chairs and cup holders make you feel like you're driving a car, and the engine's power lets you cruise quickly through any mowing job.
Limitations of Riding Mowers
- Maintenance - Since this type has more moving parts, it can require more regular upkeep to keep it running strong. Repairs can sometimes cost you more as well.
- Price - Depending on the model, brand, fuel and other settings, you'll have to spend a considerable amount more than a push model.
- Bulky size - The large size can take up a lot of storage space in your garage or storage shed.
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Advantages of Push Mowers
- Various power sources - With manual, electric and gas models available, you can pick the right type of mower to fit your situation best.
- Maintenance - This option has much less under the hood, making maintenance and upkeep much simpler.
- Size - A push mower has a much smaller footprint, making it easier to store. Some even feature foldable handles to make them even more compact after you're done mowing.
Limitations of Push Mowers
- Lack of versatility - The smaller size, engine and lack of attachments mean this machine only comes in handy for trimming the lawn.
- Not best on larger lawns - Most types of push mowers are only built to handle about an acre to 1.5 acres of land.
- Time - Pushing your mower around your lawn will take more time and effort to complete your any grass-cutting project.