Riding lawnmowers offer operators an opportunity to sit down and drive a machine while cutting grass and maintaining a lawn. While riding lawn mowers are often used in commercial and professional settings, this type of lawnmower may be ideal for residences with larger lawns. Residential lawn mowers don't need to be as large as commercial lawnmowers and don't have the same amounts of power. John Deere, Toro and Craftsman manufacture some of the top riding lawnmowers on the market as of January 2011.
John Deere D100 Riding Lawn Mower
The John Deere D100 riding lawnmower has 17.5 horsepower and a Briggs & Stratton engine. While the riding mower can reach 5 miles per hour moving forward, it goes just over 2 mph in reverse. The fuel tank can hold just over 2 gallons of gas, and the width of the cutting deck is 42 inches. Dimensions of the riding mower are 42-by-49-by-52-inches, and the mower weighs 442 lbs. John Deere offers a variety of attachments for the mower, including a mulching system, snow blade, front bumper, sun canopy and bucket holder. As of 2011, the cost of the riding mower is about $1,500.
Toro LX423 Riding Lawn Mower
The Toro LX 423 riding lawn mower has a 3-in-1 cutting deck that offers mulch, side and bag discharge capabilities. In addition to cutting at a width of 42 inches, the mower can travel up to 5.5 mph. The Kohler Courage Twin Cam OHV Engine has a cross-flow cylinder that is designed for easier starts and reduced noise. Comfort features include a 13-inch soft touch steering wheel, rubber footrests, side handles and 6 inches of seat adjustment. As of 2011, the cost of the Toro riding mower is about $1,700 and comes with a two-year warranty.
Craftsman 42-inch Riding Lawn Mower
The Craftsman 42-inch riding lawnmower has a 17.5 horsepower Briggs & Stratton engine and seven-speed shift transmission. The mower can travel up to 5 mph forward and almost 3 mph in reverse. Fuel capacity of the mower is 1.5 gallons, and the mower weighs 520 lbs. Attachments include a rear-mount dethatcher, two twin bagger, bumper dual bar and high speed sweeper. As of 2011, the cost of the mower is almost $1,000.