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What Is A Zero Turn Mower?

The zero-turn word refers to the mower’s turning radius, which is zero inches. A mower with zero turns will literally transform on a dime. Maneuverability and speed are known to them.  A zero turn Elite mower is a lawn mower which, like a traditional tractor, has its mowing deck in front of the machine rather than below. For individuals who don’t actually consider themselves landscapers, but want to look after their lawn, this form of machine is perfect. Lawn mowers are simpler to handle than tractors and quicker. They are also much smaller.

A riding mower or a walk-behind or stand-on mower may be a zero-twist mower. With two swiveling wheels out front and two wide drive wheels in the back, most zero turn mowers are four-wheeled. Steering is regulated by operator handles that regulate each individual wheel of the drive. The turning radius of the machine is reduced to zero when one wheel is stopped and the other is engaged. A steering wheel does not come with most zero-turn riding lawn mowers; instead, they mostly have two levers that power two motors linked to each rear wheel. Usually, they steer something like that: moving forward both levers causes the mower to go forward, while pulling them back causes it to turn. The more in either direction you push, the quicker you go. The left handle is pulled further forward than the right handle to curve right, and vice versa if you want to curve left. Simply drive the right handle forward while holding the other one neutral, allowing the mower to pivot around the stationary wheel, if you want to make a swinging turn—which leaves no grass uncut and sets you up that much easier for your next pass down the yard. By pushing one lever forward and pulling one lever back with equal power, you can also turn around fully in position, in which case you will be pivoting the mower between the two drive wheels around the central point.

Every year, more and more accessories are made available for zero turn mowers. There is a common selection of collection systems and mulching packages, and attachments such as fertilizer spreaders, dethatchers, and even snowplows are becoming increasingly accessible. Any number of towable attachments can be used with the addition of a hitch behind the unit. Collection systems can vary from side-mounted collection bins to rear-mounted collection bags, while a modified mowing deck and advanced mulching blades provide mulching systems. For larger commercial or industrial uses, many zero-turn mowers are more suitable, but some are small enough to be useful (and reasonably priced) for practical residential use. We will read about this inspired device on the next page, as well as the advantages it brings to sweaty individuals who mow on steamy summer days.

In the lawnmower industry, the speed and efficiency with which zero turn mowers operate has assured them a position forever. They might not be for everybody, but a zero-turn mower will certainly help someone who wants to mow a wide expanse of turf in as little time as possible.

Jaime
Jaime London is a writer, contributor, editor and a photographer. He started his career as an editorial assistant in a publishing company in Chicago in 2009.