How to Work a Riding Lawn Mower


Riding lawn mowers allow you to cut your lawn at a much quicker pace than if you use the standard walk-behind style lawn mower. They also have a much wider cut, which allows fewer passes in a yard. Riding lawn mowers are, however, a little more complicated to operate than a walk-behind lawn mower. You not only have to cut the grass, but you have to steer and operate a brake and throttle. Don't let these extra controls deter you, though, because it is easy to work a riding lawn mower.

Step 1

Check the gas tank before cutting your grass. Fill it up all the way before starting up your lawn mower.

Step 2

Sit in the seat and use the ignition key to start the lawn mower. Sitting in the seat is crucial, because most riding lawn mowers have a safety feature that turns the lawn mower off if there isn't any pressure on the seat.

Step 3

Press the clutch and shift the lawn mower into gear. Drive to your cutting area.

Step 4

Use the cutting height adjustment lever and adjust the mower deck to the cutting height that you want to cut your grass at.

Step 5

Engage the blades on the mower deck. Depending on your make and model of lawn mower, engaging them can vary slightly. Some models have a switch that engages the blades, and others have a lever that you slide over.

Step 6

Cut your lawn until complete. Disengage the blades. Raise the mower deck back to the maximum height. Drive the riding lawn mower back to its storage location and turn it off by turning the ignition key to the "off" position.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear long pants and hearing protection when operating a riding lawn mower. Debris kicked up from the blades could cut or scratch your skin. Loud noise from the lawn mower could damage your hearing.

Things You'll Need

  • Gasoline
  • Gas can
  • Hearing protection


  • Murray Lawn Tractor Instruction Manual
  • Riding Lawn Mower Safety
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