After testing a lot of products, we have selected the 8 best riding lawn mowers & tractors for 2018 which are mentioned below. In our experiments, we have found these products most consistent in performance and true value for the money.
Troy-Bilt 30-Inch Neighborhood Riding Lawn Mower
At first sight, the Troy-Bilt Premium Neighborhood Riding Lawn Mower doesn’t appear to be a heavy-duty lawn sit-on mower with superior performance. But its sheer power and durability will have you amazed! Its 30” cutting deck is suitable for medium-sized lawns, while the advanced 420cc engine generates around 15 hp power, ensures peak efficiency, maximum fuel conservation and minimal emissions.
Despite being a best-selling riding… lawn mower with rugged performance, it is in fact one of the most compact models, weighed at just 340 pounds and with dimensions of 65 x 34 x 25 inches. Whether it’s the fuel sight window, the precise 18” turn radius or the soft-grip, easily maneuverable steering wheel, the Troy Bilt 30” Riding Mower has been exclusively designed for hassle-free lawn maintenance.
When there’s acreage preventing you from using a walk-behind mower for your yard, the efficient functionality of the compact, yet powerful Troy-Bilt 420cc 30” Rear Engine Rider is exactly what you need. Easy to ride, this well-built machine can help you scale large distances without tiring you out, and keep your landscape well-maintained at all times!
Husqvarna YTA24V48 24V Fast Continuously
The Husqvarna Yta24v48 Fast Tractor Riding Lawn Mower exemplifies the degree to which the internet has improved upon informed consumer decision-making. Reducing this model to a roll call of convenient features and impressive-sounding components inevitably falsely inflates its actual usefulness. Sadly, user impressions simply don’t back up Husqvarna’s glowing promises. It sounds like it should cut with fantastic precision and deliver years of quality performance. To be fair, when it actually manages to function without a hitch, it does just that.
To give credit where it’s due,… the Briggs & Stratton Intek V-Twin engine is capable of all the horsepower the Husqvarna Yta24v48 Fast Tractor should need to make fast work of an acre or more of turf. Combining a high-tech debris management system, full-pressure lubrication and a mechanical compression release should produce a reliable powerhouse mower that runs steadily as a clock with an easy, chokeless start and enough horsepower to accommodate an extensive range of compatible accessories in any given setting.
In all fairness, this model’s cruise control and fast pedal-operated automatic transmission enable high, steady top speeds on par with the elite rival mowers in its class. Dual drag links tighten the turning radius and maneuverability to the agility of an All-Pro NFL wide receiver.
Poulan Pro 960420181 15.5 hp 6-Speed Lever Riding
The Poulan PRO 42 in. Riding Mower is a perfect choice for the price-conscious homeowner. With a powerful 17-1/2 HP Briggs & Stratton engine, 6-speed manual drive, 42 in. mowing deck and a 16 in. turning radius, this lawn tractor can handle yards up to an acre with either flat or hilly terrain. It also comes uniquely equipped with reverse mowing operation, a rare feature for riders in this price range, offering more flexible maneuverability around your space.
Husqvarna LTA18538 38″ 18.5HP Lawn Tractor
Here comes our top 1 product on the list, it is the Husqvarna 18.5HP Lawn Tractor that has the full dimension of 68.2 x 41.5 x 41.4 inches. The tractor is well known for its best performance and excellent operation. Unlike other products that have only one blade, this incredible lawn mower is equipped with 2 steel blades.
With the new innovative technology,… this lawn mower has the built-in air induction making your garden work more superb. On top of that, sitting on this tractor is as comfortable as sitting in your living room since the chair is equipped with springs.
Poulan Pro 960420182 Briggs Riding Mower
The Poulan PRO 42 in. cut, 19 HP Briggs & Stratton Automatic Front-Engine Riding Mower is built around a powerful pressure-lubricated engine to increase engine life. It offers a smooth, rugged, automatic transmission with pedal control that lets you to match the speed to the task at hand. With 6 cutting positions, you have the flexibility to adjust the tractor’s cutting deck to best match the current condition of your yard and the desired length of your grass. The reinforced deck comes with a 10-year deck shell warranty.
If price is one of your main reasons… for coming here, I will also outline 2 low priced options that I came across which are very hard to beat which can also save you a lot of money in the process, so without any further delay, let’s get stuck into this review…
Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro Series V-Twin Kohler Hydrostatic
When you invest in a riding mower from a renowned manufacturer, you definitely expect it to be agile, efficient and user-friendly. In this regard, the Cub Cadet XT1 46” V-Twin Hydrostatic Riding Mower undoubtedly exceeds your expectations! Its superior V-Twin Hydrostatic Engine stands miles ahead of the plethora of lawn mowers that run on less efficient, single-cylinder engines.
You needn’t be a ‘mowing expert’… to master its various controls, thanks to the pliable Push Button Cruise Control System for speed-adjustments, the highly responsive, automotive-style steering and the super-tight 16” turn radius for precision-based cutting. Armed with a bigger sized 46” cutting deck whilst being powered by a 22HP Kohler Engine, this riding beauty from Cub Cadet takes on 1-2 acre yards with great ease. Not to forget, you have the option of taking your pick from various add-ons like a twin bagger, mulch kit, rear spreader, snow blade, steel and poly cart and so on!
One of the myriad benefits of opting for the Cub Cadet XT1 22HP Riding Mower, is its wide 2-blade cutting deck as wide as 46”. Normally, a riding mower from Troy Bilt or Snapper in a slightly lower price bracket, comes with cutting decks ranging from 30 to 42 inches only. So it takes close to 3 hours for me to perfectly mow my almost 2-acre yard using a smaller mower, but with this huge Cub Cadet model, the job gets done in half the time!
Poulan Pro PP175G42 17.5HP 500cc Briggs 42
The PP175G42 (model number 960460075, or 960460076 which is the CARB-compliant California version) is the cheapest way of buying a real lawn tractor, with the engine in the front under a metal hood, from Poulan Pro – and one of the cheapest ways to buy a lawn tractor that is not flimsy or unreliable, period.
The 17.5 HP Briggs and Stratton single… cylinder power plant gives you enough grunt to mow relatively level lots and even to pull carts, aerators or other light attachments. You start it with a key, which is also used to put it in reverse (in which it will mow – a nice feature that many more expensive lawn tractors don`t have, but all Poulan Pros do). You can choose between 6 forward gears, which set the speed at which you go – there is no accelerator pedal.
The stamped steel 42 inch cutting deck has dual blades and is adjustable from 1.5 to 4 inches in 6 steps. It doesn’t have anti-scalp wheels like the more expensive models, so we recommend to mow only on level terrain (and to not drive it on any slopes, it has neither enough power for that, nor has it the pressurized engine lubrication necessary). It also doesn’t come with mulching blades (none of the Poulan Pro lawn tractors do), but these are available from Poulan Pro or third party manufacturers.
Husqvarna GT52XLSI Lawn Tractor 24hp Briggs & Stratton
The Husqvarna GT52XLS garden tractor is equipped with a fast hydrostatic transmission, with the ability to reach forward speeds up to 7.8 mph. To keep a steady speed as you mow, switch on the Cruise Control that goes over rough terrain. Powered by a 24hp Kawasaki engine with plenty of boost to tow accessories. Ergonomic features include a high back seat, comfort grip steering wheel, arm rests, easy accessible controls, and more. For heavy-duty use, the large, wide rear tires are perfect to provide additional traction.