The idea to change the steering operation from the front wheels to the rear wheels is what makes a zero-turn mower a zero-turn mower. The setup varies somewhat from maker to maker, but a motor set at each rear wheel gives each rear wheel unique control.
Zero-turn renditions offer irresistible convenience and time savings most grass-mowing haters must-have. We have ranked the top models and features for each in the list below. Check it out before you buy your ‘z-turn’. You will be glad you did.
8. Troy-Built Mustang XP 50
Priced at just under $3,000, this mower boasts one of the biggest names in outdoor maintenance equipment. They have been around for years. Whether it’s a snow blower, pressure washer or zero-turn mower, Troy-Built has earned its strong reputation.
These mowers are dependable and built to last. Its multi-tone gray finish with Troy-Built badges gives it the look of serious yard care equipment. Briggs and Stratton makes one of the most desirable mower engines available. Take a look at its features below.
- 50-inch, triple blade deck
- 24 horse power Kohler Engine
- Electric deck-control function
- Front wheels are serviceable (You can grease them/makes for longer bearing life)
- On-board Systems Monitoring
This Troy-Built z-turn mower can handle whatever your yard may need in the lawn care department.
7. Swisher ZTR2454 CL-CA
Swisher is one of the claimants who take credit for inventing the zero-turn concept back in His first effort was actually a three-wheel setup with a 360 degree front wheel. The company he founded has not sat idle all these many years later.
This particular Swisher model is impressive. It just looks like a serious grass-cutting apparatus, and it is. Some of its most notable features are listed.
- 54-inch 3-blade deck with mulching blades
- 24 horse power Briggs and Stratton Engine
- Hydro-gear transmission with Ogura clutch
- Hitches for front and rear
- 12-volt battery
Mulching blades cut the grass clippings into much finer pieces. These finer pieces create a much cleaner, neater lawn finish. They also nourish the lawn.
6. Ferris F400Z
One dollar shy of $4,300 list price, this z-turn features a slightly narrower deck. It is a full six inches slimmer than the Swisher above.
This means it can fit into tight spaces between objects. It is ideally suited for yards with multiple trees and plant or water features. Review this brief list of Ferris features to see if a Ferris is for you.
- 48-inch deck
- 23 horse power Briggs and Stratton Engine
- Patented suspension technology/coil over shocks
- Electric start
23 horse power with a smaller deck and frame means more speed for this Ferris model. It has a big fuel tank, which means fewer refill interruptions.
5. John Deere ZTrack Zero Turn Rider Z375R
The familiar green and yellow of this farm machinery maker has become synonymous with its name. Most people do not even have to look for a badge when they see these colors. John Deere has been a solid performer for such a long time. Take a look at this John Deere model’s z-turn features.
- 54-inch deck
- 25 horse power engine
- Welded steel frame for increased durability
- Absorption seat springs
- Larger front wheels
Long known in the industry for their durability and the great job they do, John Deere takes a backseat to no other brand.
4. Ariens Zero Turn Mower Cutting W
Its price tag, $4999, is indicative of its high quality and performance. Like other top performing z-turns, it has a strong welded frame and rugged toughness. Take a look at these specs and consider whether your zero-turn mower should be an Ariens.
- 52-inch deck
- 23 horsepower
- 5 ½-inch deep 10-gauge steel deck
- Tubular steel frame
- Self-adjusting belt technology
- Deck access panel
Its simple to use deck adjustment makes changing mowing heights a quick and easy operation. Padded arm rests increase rider comfort.
3. Husqvarna Z254
The original Swedish Husqvarna started as an artillery maker over 300 years ago. More recently, they had developed a name for a very good chainsaw. Today, they make one of the best zero-turn mowers on the market.
The model review here offers some impressive features. A quick glance shows just how well Husqvarna matches others in its class.
- 54-inch stamped steel deck
- 25.5 horse power Kawasaki engine
- Blade engagement clutch
- Spring-assisted deck lift
- Hydro-gear transmission
To top it all, this model costs less than $2,800, but it has features and construction found on models much more expensive.
2. John Deere ZTrack Z540R
This John Deere, like the number 5 ranked z-turn, has all the features of the other model. It has a higher travel speed and other features if you prefer your Deere a little more upgraded.
- 60-inch deck
- 24 horse power V-Twin engine
- 12-volt battery
- 9 mph travel speed
- 4-year/500 hr. warranty
1. Swisher ZTR2454BS
Swisher is the second model to rank in two positions on the list. It too, has all the features named above:
- 24 horse power Briggs and Stratton engine
- 54-inch deck that houses 3 mulching blades
- 2800 hydro-gear transmission
- Front and rear hitches
It also has a deck front shield. This shield creates more even grass flow and drastically reduces grass buildup. Heavy-duty fenders with storage capacity increase user convenience. Hour meter for better usage monitoring and a foot-assisted deck lift are other convenience features.