Zero-Turn vs. Lawn Tractor: What Type of Mower Is Best for You?

May 3, 2023

Ready to retire that push mower? Let’s take a look at how zero-turn mowers, lawn and garden tractors, and sub-compact tractors can help you unlock your lawn's full potential (and then some). 

Zero-Turn Mowers


These nimble ride-on mowers get their name from their almost zero-degree turning radius. This makes them ideal for yards of all shapes with features like trees, fountains and flower beds. They combine the precision of a walk-behind mower with the comfort and convenience of a ride-on mower. 

Choose from a range of deck sizes and travel speeds to fit your property. Larger deck size will get the job done faster, just make sure the mower will fit through your gates and other fixtures. The Kubota Z200 has deck sizes ranging from 42 to 54 inches and travels up to 8 mph, and the Z400 has deck sizes ranging from 48 to 60 inches and travels up to 10 mph. On both models you can help retain moisture or leave a tidy finish with a mulch kit or grass collector. 

Lawn and Garden Tractors


Lawn and garden tractors work well for lawns that don’t have a lot of obstacles, such as trees and flower beds. The Kubota GR Series’ All-Wheel Drive (AWD) capabilities provide the traction needed for mowing on rolling terrain. While not intended to be operated on a steep incline, these lawn tractors are a good option for uneven properties. 

Grass collection systems are also available on both the Kubota T Series & GR Series lawn tractors for you to customize your mowing experience. As an added bonus, add a snow blower, blade, or sweeper to your lawn tractor for year-round productivity. 

Sub-Compact Tractors


Another option to consider for lawn maintenance (and much more) is a sub-compact tractor. The Kubota BX Series  is easy to drive and maneuver, giving you confidence and efficiency for the most challenging mowing jobs.  Its compact size also allows you to easily maneuver between trees and other tight spaces. The mid-mount mower deck is available in two sizes—54" and 60"—to match your specific mowing needs. 

Beyond its mowing capabilities, the BX is ideal for residential property owners because of its ability to handle a wide range of projects with ease. Power-packed with a multitude of performance-matched attachments, the BX Series lineup can tackle just about any job on your property.

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