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Driving a Zero Turn Mower – A Complete Guide

Driving a Zero Turn Mower

If you have never come across a zero-turn mower then you will get confused after looking at it is thinking about how it can be operated and how we can use this machine.

But once you start handling the machine then it will be easy for you to understand its mechanism and then you will be able to handle the machine on your own. It is just a matter of learning and time and then you will soon be perfect.

Why Use a Zero-Turn Mower?

The most important question is why we need to use a zero turn-mower and though there are many reasons behind it we will pick the most common one. And, if you have never used a mower and considering buying one then here are few reasons to get you started.

You can use the mower to mow your ground as it moves so accurately that it gives a perfect cut to the grass of your garden.

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It gives you the most accurate precision and maximum visibility when you will be using the machine so that you can use it with good precision. This is one of the most popular reasons because of which people often consider buying this machine.

This zero-turn mower is very fast and has an accurate cutting mechanism that gives the perfect straight cuts to the grass of your garden.

It has smooth steering that allows you to use its maximum versatility to roam around the garden freely and cut the unwanted obstacles in the garden. However, the machine is quite expensive but is worth every single penny.

Riding Position

Zero Turn Mower Riding Position

If you have never used this machine, then you will face some challenges in riding it as the rising position of this machine is different than the one that is there in regular mower machines. The zero-turn mower has its engine in the back and there are two steering levers, not a steering wheel.

Wheels and Steering

Zero Turn Mower Wheels and Steering

The next thing that we will discuss is its wheels and the steering. With the zero-turn mower, you will see that you can achieve a 180-degree turn that will allow you to mow around the garden without facing many difficulties.

The zero-turn mower has a rear-wheel-drive engine, and the wheels are managed independently with the lever. Therefore, it is expensive and is also difficult to use if you have never used it before.

How to Turn the Mower On?

The first and foremost thing is to start the mower and then only you will be able to use it. As the engine of a zero-turn mower needs the throttle and choke to get activated, you need to activate it so that it can get started.

Once it is started, then you need to use its turn to move around the garden and start mowing the grass. Put the steering levers on the side, emergency brakes should be kept down, and start the engine. 

As soon as the engine starts, start lowering the cutting deck so that the engine can move forward and start mowing the lawn. Now, you can activate or deactivate the emergency brakes as per your need. The machine gives you full control of acceleration, brakes, and gear.

Acceleration and Braking

To move the mower faster, you need to push the levers as this is the only way to control the acceleration and speed of a top zero-turn mower. Similarly, if you need to move the machine in reverse then you need to pull the lever in the backward direction and the machine will move accordingly.

Steering and Turning

Steering and Turning

Though the machine can do a 180-degree turn it is recommended that you should not do it as it can leave a gouge in the grass.

Along with this, you need to keep in mind that you cannot turn the machine suddenly in any direction as it can get damaged. 

And the last thing that you need to keep in mind is to practice a little before using the machine to mow the lawn as it will give you a brief idea of using the machine because it is quite difficult to handle. And that is it, now you are ready to mow the lawn.

Paul Sellers
Paul Sellers is a renowned Outdoor Power Tools specialist with over 15 years of landscaping and tool engineering expertise. He has done his BS in Mechanical Engineering, complementing his hands-on experience with a solid academic foundation. His previous role as a product manager for a leading tool manufacturer gives him a unique perspective on tool design and usability. He ran a successful landscaping business and contributed to several industry publications. His articles blend technical expertise with easy-to-understand tips. He is also a passionate environmentalist, dedicating his free time to sustainable gardening practices.

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