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How to Choose the Best Zero-Turn Mower for Your Lawn

By: Liane Carter | November 22, 2023

Zero-turn mowers can save you a lot of time and effort. These powerful machines can navigate tight spaces, turn on a dime, and mow large amounts of grass quickly and efficiently. Choosing the right mower for the job is critical, whether it’s for you or the lawn of a client. There are a few questions to ask yourself to find out which zero-turn mower is best for your lawn.

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What Size Zero-Turn Mower Do I Need for the Size of My Lawn?

Choosing the right zero-turn depends on the size of the area you are mowing. Generally, if it is less than an acre, a cutting width of 34”-42" may be enough. For one to three acres, a 42”-54” mower deck is usually a good option. For three and five acres, you’ll probably want a cutting width of 48”, 52” or more. And if it’s more than five acres, a 61” to 72” zero-turn mower is probably going to be your best choice.

How Many Tight Spaces or Obstacles Will I Need to Maneuver My Zero-Turn Mower Around?

Zero-turn mowers can easily move around trees and quickly cut under fence posts. While a larger deck will cut more with every pass, it can be a challenge to maneuver in tight spaces or around trees, landscaping, pools, and fences. If the lawn is full of small spaces to get around, the best zero-turn mower for you might be one with a smaller deck that will be to turn and steer through those areas.

How Much Power Do I Need in My Zero-Turn Mower?

The larger the engine, the more power your lawn mower has and the faster you can cut your lawn. A zero-turn mower with a larger engine will also perform better when facing tougher terrain and thicker grass. Keep in mind that bigger deck sizes will need more power to run efficiently.

What Fuel Capacity Will I Need in My Zero-Turn Mower?

Don’t waste time having to strategically plan your stops or risk getting stuck all the way across the lawn on an empty fuel tank. To make sure you don’t end up in this situation, find out the fuel capacity and how many acres you should be able to get out of a zero-turn's tanks. YXR 710 and YXR 910 have the largest fuel capacity on zero-turn mowers.

What Level of Maintenance Will My Zero-Turn Mower Require?

The best zero-turn mower will save you time and frustration. Having a mower that’s easy-to-maintain lets you enjoy your time more. Make sure you find out how often you’d need to service different mowers and how easy it is to perform these tasks. Find a mower designed for easy maintenance.

Look for mowers with features such as:

    • Tool-free oil changes.
    • No grease points.
    • Easy access to engine, deck, and transaxles.
    • Tool-free tensioner arm to change belt.

What Comfort and Additional Features Do I Want in My Zero-Turn Mower?

Think about the comfort and features you want in a zero-turn mower. These features may not affect the performance of your zero-turn mower directly, but they will enhance your overall mowing experience. You’ll want to know which features come standard, like:

    • Suspension seats
    • Padded handles
    • Adjustable controls
    • USB chargers
    • Cupholders
    • Covered storage

How Long is the Zero-Turn Mower Warranty?

Buying a zero-turn mower can be a big investment. Get a mower that won’t have you stressing about your purchase if something breaks down. Don’t forget to read the fine print. A lot of manufacturers have limited warranties. Not at Yakta though, ours is simple:

    • You’re covered for 5 years or 2,000 hours.
    • Everything is included except three things: battery, blades, and tires.

Choosing the right size zero-turn mower can save you time and effort. If you’re a commercial cutter, that means more money coming into your business. If you’re mowing at home, the right zero-turn will make lawn care easy and give you more time to spend with your loved ones.

You can find the best zero-turn mower by considering lawn size, maneuverability, power, maintenance, comfort, additional features, and warranty.

What is the best zero-turn mower from Yakta? It depends on what you need. Find out for yourself by visiting our website. Or reach out to us. You can call us at +1 866-926-9248 or email us: info@yakta.com.