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Riding Mower Research

What are some things to consider when shopping for a riding lawn mower?

What size cutting deck do I need?
Selecting the proper cutting deck size will go a long way towards choosing the correct piece of equipment to match your individual needs.

However, a bigger cutting deck is not always better. For example, sometimes a yard with many obstacles may benefit from a slightly smaller deck for better maneuverability. The experts at your local Simplicity Dealer will help you select the deck size perfect for you and your yard.

In general, the width of cutting deck needed is partially determined by the size of your lawn.

  • Mower Decks 42" & 46"
    Ideal for 1-acre to 2-acre lawns

  • Mower Decks 50" & Up
    Perfect for lawns 2-acres and larger

What engine horsepower do I need?
Generally, the more powerful the engine, the less time it will take to mow your yard. Horsepower is also very important when it comes to getting the best performance from your tractor accessories.

Why is easy handling important?
Steering around trees, flower beds, or shrubs can be difficult. If your yard contains many of these obstacles, Dual Independent Steering, featured on our Zero Turn models, controls each wheel independently to reduce steering effort.

We encourage a mower test drive at your local Simplicity Dealer to help determine if a Zero Turn mower is for you.

Why do I need to level my cutting deck?
To maintain a well-manicured lawn and a level cut, all cutting decks eventually require adjustment. To prevent an uneven cut or excessive scalping, we recommend having your deck professionally adjusted by your local Simplicity Dealer.

How will I dispose of my grass clippings?
There are three options available to handle grass clippings:

  • Bagging
    Bagging is great for collecting grass clippings or for leaf pick-up. Ideal for those who like to compost.

  • Discharging
    Grass clippings are uniformly side discharged onto the lawn.

  • Mulching
    Mulching cuts the grass into fine clippings which are then returned to the lawn to natural fertilizer and add nutrients to the soil. No need to dispose of the clippings because they are deposited into the lawn.

    When considering mulching, please keep the following points in mind:

    • Proper mulching usually takes longer than simple side-discharging as the deck must process the grass clippings before returning them to the lawn.

    • The lawn should be dry to achieve proper mulching.

    • Conditions early or late in the mowing season may not be optimal for mulching.

    • Heavily watered or fertilized lawns are usually not good candidates for mulching.

    • Most tractors or zero turns require a special mulching blade to be able to mulch.

Should I consider a Garden Tractor?
Garden Tractors are more powerful for heavy-duty usage. They can mow grass, but are specially built for the use of ground engaging accessories like plows, rakes and disc harrows. They feature higher horsepower engines and heavy-duty transmissions.


Please read and abide by any applicable Safety Information contained in your Operator's Manual. The material provided above is not intended to replace work performed by an Authorized Simplicity Dealer. Terms and Conditions apply to all of the information presented on this website. Always be sure to completely read and understand your Operator's Manual.

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