Purchasing an effective riding mower doesn't have to cost you several thousand dollars. Many riding mowers available on the market today can provide adequate power to accomplish tough lawn grooming jobs, amenities to make grooming your lawn a more comfortable experience and durable construction to ensure that your investment has not been wasted.
Ariens Tractor 42
The Ariens Tractor sports a 20 horsepower Briggs & Stratton V-Twin engine with a top speed of 5.5 mph going forward and 2.5 mph in reverse. This mower can be purchased for less than $1,000 making this Ariens model one of the most affordable higher-end riding mowers on the market. Owners may choose from cutting heights between 1.5 and 4 inches using any one of the riding mower's six cutting positions. The mower's high seat back allows for a comfortable ride and its 16 inch turning radius ensures for tight corners.
Weed Eater We-One
The Weed Eater We-One earned top honors from the website for Consumer Search as one of the more affordable and reliable riding mowers on the market. At an estimated cost of around $750, the mower provides electric start capability, a compact design and a 26-inch mowing deck. The mower is best suited for smooth lawns without rocky surfaces. Its lightweight construction also makes it less than ideal for heavier users.
The Toro LX420 earned the award for best entry-level riding lawn mower from the consumer buying guide website, Galt Tech. The mower is at the higher end of "cheap" costing around $1,300 but is well-equipped with an automatic transmission, cruise control and an 18 horsepower Kohler engine for tough lawn jobs. The Toro performs well in mulching activities and its powerful engine allows it to continue mowing in tall grass.