Ride-on lawnmowers are a popular option for many homeowners who want to take on the responsibility of maintaining their own yard. The ride-on design also offers a number of benefits that you might not have considered before making your purchase. In this blog post, we will discuss ride-on lawnmowers and some of the pros and cons so you can make an informed decision when looking at ride on lawn mowers for sale and deciding which type is best for your needs.
What is a ride-on lawnmower and how does it work
A ride-on lawnmower is a type of lawnmower used to cut, collect, and bag the grass after cutting. It has an engine on the back with a seat for the rider on top. The rider controls direction by turning levers or twisting handles at their side, or they can use more complicated remote controls mounted somewhere else on the lawnmower.
It cuts all types of grasses without effort because it is equipped with a mechanical safety clutch that completely shuts off power when it encounters something that might pose harm if blocked.
How to choose the right ride-on lawn mower for your yard
It is important to know your yard size before considering which ride on mowers you could buy. A smaller mower would be better suited to close-quarters, while a larger one will work well for yards that contain more obstacles like trees or gardens. It is important to consider the steepness of the yard since the speed at which it can be mowed varies; slower rates can take up to three times as long.
There are many models on the market today, but they all share similarities like large back wheels and small front ones for more maneuverability in tight spots, rear-wheel drive (which makes turning easier), quick-heat coolant systems (which help maintain consistent engine temperatures), and electric start option (which make starting simpler).
Pros of owning a ride-on lawnmower
The top three benefits of owning a ride-on lawnmower are its environmentally friendly design, the rolling type tire coverage because it minimizes turf damage and doesn’t compact soil like other common mowing methods and the amount of time saved over cut traditional methods.
Lawns can be aggravating to maintain when you have to bend or drag machinery around your property every week. Cut traditional lawn care has been found to require anywhere from 3-10 times more energy than what is needed for a home with a ride-on lawnmower.
Cons of owning a ride-on lawnmower
The disadvantages of a ride-on lawnmower are that they’re more expensive than push or walk-behind types. They can also be difficult to store because of the increased height and weight. The power required to repair can also be significantly higher than for other models, so it’s essential to perform regular maintenance to avoid major repairs in the future.
One major downside is that there are no ride-on mowers with power steering for bigger properties. This can make maneuvering around trees or other obstacles difficult, often requiring the use of additional tools like weed scissors or leaf blowers. Maneuverability around obstacles will always take more time than with conventional push-mowers where each wheel moves independently.
How to maintain your new ride-on lawnmower
The best way to maintain anything is simply to take care of it. That means keeping it clean, not outside in the rain or snow, making sure nothing is entangled in the blades or underneath the mower when you put it away, checking often for gas and oil.
There are some mechanical maintenance tasks that you should do about every time you mow. These include checking the spark plug, cleaning or replacing the air filter and oil filters, and sharpening the blade. The air filter and oil filters can be accessed by opening a cover on the side.
A screwdriver is needed to loosen the oil filter housing cap and then another to remove it from its threaded hole. You can buy replacement parts for these around $30-$35 total. Sharpen your blade with an angle grinder, but do so only if it’s dull because otherwise you’ll just remove material from your blade rather than lengthen it- which will make future sharpening more difficult to do well.
Alex Grogoyan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in popular platforms such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.