Zero Turn Mower
What is a Zero Turn Mower?
A Zero Turn Mower is a riding lawn mower that has basically a zero degrees turning radius.
How does Zero Turn Mower work?
A Zero Turn Mower operates slightly different one-from-another, but hydraulic controlled, independent speed variations applied to each drive axle usually is involved.
How did a Zero Turn Mower come about?
In 1963 an employee of Hesston which was a farm and agricultural equipment supplier noticed how a swather operated and allowed for counter-rotation he set out to apply those concepts to a lawn mower. He patented this idea but was unable to get people to understand the technology so his sales were minimal. John Regier sold his patent and worked for Hesston which became Excel Industries, which is the parent company of Hustler Turf. The first mass produced Zero Turn Mower was known as the Hustler.
Who makes a Zero Turn Mower today?
Today you have several quality companies to choose from when selecting a Zero Turn Mower. The list is extensive as is the quality of the product they produce. Some of the more than three dozen reputable dealers which carry a model of the Zero Turn Mower are; Ariens, BigDog Mowers, Bush Hog, Country Clipper, Cub Cadet, Dixie Chopper, Dixon, Exmark, Ferris, Grasshopper Mowers, Gravely, Hustler Turf Equipment, Toro, Scag, Encore, Walker, John Deere, Bad Boy, Snapper and Troy Built.
Is there a difference?
All of the mowers use a similar steering method involving laterals which control the two drive wheels independently allowing for a 180 degree pivot without leaving any uncut grass. The laterals sit outside the drivers legs extending over the lap positioned between waist and chest height to allow for more comfort and longer periods of cutting without fatigue. The Husqvarna is one of the only mowers that uses a steering wheel to control the axle of the drive wheels. The axle is attached at its midpoint to the mower deck.
Why use a Zero Turn Mower?
A Zero Turn Mower has a few advantages over traditional riders. They offer several types and sizes of engines both gas and diesel. They usually are faster than traditional riders. They cut so close there is virtually no need to trim and the comfort of operating them allows you to stay on them longer, thus getting the job done sooner.
A Zero Turn Mower As you can see the versatility of these mowers has come a long way since the vision of John Regier in 1963. The years of use you will receive from any number of these fine mowers will far exceed the slightly higher price of that of a traditional rider. We mow six acres and have used a Zero Turn Mower for (35) years and wouldn't have it any other way.
Zero Turn Mower