Save your wilted, uneven lawn from the dog days of summer. Those sky-high temps are causing your lawn to look patchy and wild. It's time to upgrade your old push mower to a grass-cutting beast that can take your yard from drab to fab. Here's a look at some of the most popular riding mowers that you can buy today via Tractor Supply Co., Amazon and Walmart.
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If you've ever searched for a mower online, then you'll know it's not necessarily easy finding one that'll ship to your address, especially if you live in California, where emission requirements now Toro, Troy-Bilt and more.. But we kept looking until we found models that (mostly) didn't have noted restrictions. These top-rated and top-selling riding mowers are from big brands like
Let's get this riding-mower show on the road!
(For more environmentally friendly lawn-mowing options that can be shipped to California -- be sure to check out our rundown of.)
42" Husqvarna 18.5-HP Hydrostatic riding lawn mower
The Husqvarna Hydrostatic riding mower features hydrostatic transmissions for smooth, variable forward and reverse speed as well as airflow technology for a clean, consistent cut with every use. The riding lawn mower has an adjustable seat and an ergonomic steering wheel. Its compact size makes this machine easy to maneuver and store when it's not in use.
50" Toro TimeCutter zero-turn riding mower
A zero-turn riding mower is controlled via steering levers, and offers a 180-degree turning radius. The zero-turn machine is usually heavier, and able to cover ground faster than a standard, steering-wheel-equipped riding mower.
The Toro TimeCutter (75753), like all Toro riding mowers, is a zero-turn machine. The made-in-the-USA model featured here boasts a 50-inch, Toro IronForged deck of 10-gauge steel.
Power-wise, this Toro is a gasoline-powered, rear-wheel-drive machine with a 726cc, V-twin Kawasaki engine that can hit speeds of up to 7 mph. All this, plus it sports a built-in cup holder.
"This is a fantastic machine…," began a review from a noted "Verified Product Owner" on the Tractor Supply Co. site. "It cuts down even the tallest weeds in half the time of others.
Please note, Tractor Supply Co. says this mower cannot be shipped to Alaska or Hawaii. And, per Toro, California-based shoppers should always look for Toro mowers that say "California Model" in the product description. (Yup, the model featured here fits the bill!)
Troy-Bilt Bronco 42 with 42" 19 HP Briggs & Stratton riding lawn mower
True to its model name, the Troy-Bilt Bronco 42 features a 42-inch steel deck and a rear-tow hitch. The gas-run, steering-wheel-equipped mower is powered by a 540cc Briggs & Stratton engine, and features Troy-Bilt's foot-pedal-controlled AutoDrive transmission. It's even got headlights. Add a mulch kit (sold separately) for more versatility.
You can get this riding mower directly via Troy-Bilt, or Walmart. At last look, Troy-Bilt had the cheaper price but is currently out of stock.
Greenworks Pro 42" 60V battery/electric CrossoverT riding lawn mower
If you want a powerful riding mower without the trips to the gas station (or the exhaust) that are part of the gas-powered experience, then this battery-run model from Greenworks may be the ticket. The Greenworks Pro 60V riding mower (7409002) is powered by six 60 V, 8.0 Ah batteries that are supposed to deliver 2.5-acres worth of lawn-cutting action on a single charge. The machine features a 42-inch steel deck, a mulch blade, LED headlights, arm rests and a cargo bed that can haul up to 200 pounds.
"Love it! The batteries charge quickly and last more than I need to cut my acre," went a five-star review by a "Verified Product Owner" on the Supply Tractor Co. site.
The mower comes complete with three turbo-battery chargers.
Ariens Edge 52" 726cc zero-turn mower
The Ariens Edge zero-turn, gas-powered riding mower comes in three different deck sizes: 34-inch; 42-inch and 52-inch. The 52-inch model, currently one of Amazon's 100 top-selling riding mowers and tractors, boasts a 726cc Kawasaki FR651 engine and a foot-operated deck lift. The deck is made of 11-gauge steel.
Although this mower is currently out of stock, it's usually listed for $3,499. Check back soon for a re-stock.
Troy-Bilt Pony 42 riding lawn mower with 42" deck and 439cc 17HP Troy-Bilt engine
The made-in-the-USA Troy-Bilt Pony 42 features a 42-inch steel deck, with a rear-tow hitch. The steering-wheel-controlled machine with headlights boasts a seven-speed transmission and a 439cc 17HP Troy-Bilt engine. Like the Troy-Bilt Bronco 42, you can add a mulch kit (sold separately).
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