Out of all types of lawn mowers, the riding mower is the heaviest. A riding mower is a mower in the shape of a small tractor. Whether you have a small lawn or are a professional mower, mowing with a riding lawn mower turns an otherwise tedious job into a pleasure. Unlike others, this type of mower is driven, it doesn’t need to be pushed by a human.
The average weight of a riding lawn mower is 470 pounds. The easiest riding mower weighs 300 pounds while the heaviest weighs about 600 pounds. These are average data but if you are interested in the weight of a specific riding mower, see it in the product description or find out in the store. You’re probably wondering what causes so much difference in the weight of riding mowers and are these 600 pounds stronger than those of 300? As buying a lawn mower is a long-term investment, surely before buying you want to know which mower is best for you and we will try to help you choose.
What's the difference?
Like cars, riding mowers can come in a variety of shapes and dimensions. Their equipment and engines also vary from model to model. In addition, the material from which the riding mower is made can also affect its weight. In terms of equipment, the weight will depend on whether the riding mower has a grass box, whether it has two or three wheels, how wide its deck is, what the engine power is (whether the engine is single-cylinder or double-cylinder)…
Plastic vs. steel riding mower
Both have advantages and disadvantages. Plastic mowers are much lighter but for that very reason, they can become brittle. They need to be stored well and it is not good to keep them in the sun. Steel mowers are of course much heavier than plastic ones. The good thing about them is that they can withstand all weather conditions and last longer without being damaged from the outside.
Riding mowers are made so that they have safety sensors on the seats. The person operating the mower for safety reasons must have a certain weight. If the person sitting in the seat isn’t heavy enough or if he gets up from the seat while driving, the mower will shut down. It’s not recommended that children under the age of 12 operate riding mowers.
Can the mower be made heavier or easier?
Yes and here's how! If you want to reduce the weight of your mower, try putting a smaller deck on it. Also, lighter wheels can reduce the weight of the mower by up to 40 pounds. These parts are expensive so try to buy used ones. If you want to add a few pounds to your lawn mower, then do the opposite. You can place larger, heavier wheels or a larger deck. Don’t overdo it with the addition, 50 pounds is an amount that won’t disrupt engine performance if you add it. Be careful!