Commercial landscape companies and businesses rely on quality tools to get the job done well and as fast as possible. Even residential users require quality tools to get the job done. With that, there is a difference between a commercial mower and a residential mower.
That difference is in the engine component. Commercial engines are designed to run longer and hotter than residential mowers engines that are not in use for as long a period as those in commercial service. Zero turn mowers can be used by residential users, but are mostly used for commercial landscaping services.
The Zero Concept
The concept of a zero turn mower has been around since the early 1900’s and was primarily used on ranch properties or large facilities as they required a significant investment. Over time, the price came down enabling landscapers to invest in using zero turn mowers. The driving force for switching to a zero turn mower was the capability inherent in the ability to turn on such a short radius. Commercial landscaping companies need larger and larger deck sizes to perform more cut per area. However, the large the deck size goes the larger the turning radius of the tractor becomes making is unsuitable for areas that contain a large amount of obstructions.
By contrast, a zero turn mower does not have a large turning radius and thus is more effective especially with larger deck sizes. In addition, it reduced the angle in which you could approach these obstructions and therefore allowing for a closer cut. The result of which was to also reduce the amount of trimming and edging required. Overall, this meant a commercial landscaper could reduce the amount of time per job while at the same time reducing rider fatigue and trimming. Thus, zero turn mowers have become a mainstay of commercial landscapers.
Five Great Zero Turn Mowers
Top Rated Commercial Zero Turn Mower
Husqvarna is made by Husqvarna Outdoor Product LLC. With most of the manufacturing done here in the U.S. The deck is stamped from one piece of metal for longevity while the engine is a B&S 25 horsepower Commercial grade power pack.
The Husqvarna Model #MZ54S Mower has electric start and an emphasis has been placed on the superior deck air flow to lift the grass for a better cut. The controls are easy to use while the seat is padded for extra comfort for longer jobs. It has a 54 inch cut and it comes with a three year commercial warranty. This model is new for the 2016 season.
Top Rated Zero-Turn Mower
Part of Troy-Bilt’s Mustang series, this mower – Troy-Bilt XP Mustang Series Mower is designed for speed and cutting power. It has a 54 inch cutting swath with power take off for a cleaner and faster blade engagement. The engine is a 25 horsepower B&S engine that is part of their commercial turf series.
The deck is fabricated from single sheet steel for longevity and it is equipped with anti scalp rollers. It has a higher back on the seat compared to other mowers. While this mower is new for this season, people who have used it love the quality cutting this unit performs.
Best Deck Riding Lawn Mower
Another Husqvarna mower in the list, this one – Husqvarna Model #MZ52 Mower uses a Kohler Endurance engine designed for commercial use. This mower features new power elements including a hydro transmission and a hydraulic wheel system for smoother and longer operation with superior blade engagement.
The deck is stamped for longevity and the unit is equipped with dual anti scalp rollers and a roller guide for smoother performance. The controls are easy to use and the seat is padded for comfort. People who have this mower love the smooth operating performance and the accurate cutting prowess of this machine.
Top Commercial Grade Zero Turn Mower
This uniquely controlled machine – Swisher Model #ZTR2766CP Mower uses dual joysticks instead of levers for a more pilotable performance. The controls are easy to use and access is easy as well. This unit is designed for more precise controlling and the 27 horsepower engine is a B&S Commercial series engine for longer hours of use.
It has a 66 inch cutting deck with anti scalp rollers and a front and rear hitch for other work. In addition, this unit is equipped with a roll bar for added safety. This unit is new for this cutting season.
Best Commercial Zero Turn Mower
Designed for fast mowing, accuracy but also for quiet operation, this mower – Husqvarna Model #M-ZT Mower is equipped with a 22 horsepower Kawasaki engine. Not only is this engine compatible with other engines with higher horsepower it is also quieter in operation.
The deck is fully fabricated and is compatible with mulching and collection. The deck also is equipped with anti scalp rollers and has a cutting swath of 52 inches. The transmission is also commercial grade. The controls are easy to use and the seat is padded for further comfort. The three blades spin at over 19,000fpm, giving you a finer cut.
For optimal results and the longevity of your mower, be sure to follow all manufacturer’s recommendations concerning cleaning, storing and maintaining the mower. Be sure to wear the appropriate safety gear at all times.