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When it comes to mowing your lawn, you may be able to get away with using a push mower for a smaller yard. But, when it comes to yards ½ acre or more, you might be considering investing in a riding mower.
A riding mower is a great option for a 1/2-acre yard since it’s more time-efficient than a pushing mower. It is important to keep in mind what terrain your yard has. This will impact how wide your mower’s cutting deck needs to be, the maximum speed of the mower, and your budget for a riding mower.
Why should I use a riding mower for my ½ acre yard?
The number one reason to use a riding mower instead of a push mower is because you can mow more grass in a short time. Depending on the terrain of your yard, and mowing method, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours to mow half an acre. It also depends on the size of your mower. The average push mower’s cutting deck for this task is 21 inches and it would take you 2 hours on average to complete mowing. The average riding mower’s cutting deck for this task is 48 inches and would take you 45 minutes on average. If you are trying to save on time, a riding mower would hands down be your best option.
If your yard has a rougher terrain with lots of twigs and stones, a riding mower will work better than a push mower. The twigs and stones will easily get caught inside of a pushing mower’s blades and cause further problems. Riding mowers are also better at cutting grass that’s overgrown. Of course, homeowners should be mowing their grass regularly, but things happen. Maybe you’ve been a bit busy and haven’t been able to mow your grass in a while. A riding mower will be able to cut your grass better than a pushing mower.
Pushing mowers do best when they’re cutting grass that isn’t overgrown unless you go over the same area’s multiple times. A pushing mower, also known as a reel mower, isn’t a bad option, but it’s meant for smaller yards. You can use a pushing mower on a ½ acre yard, but a riding mower is overall more efficient. A riding mower also requires less work than a pushing mower.
Riding lawn mowers have a larger capacity for fuel, and they have an electric start whereas pushing mowers do not. Riding mowers also have parts that are easier to find and replace compared to pushing mower parts. All these factors definitely make a riding mower worth your time.
What size riding mower do I need for a ½ acre yard?
A riding lawnmower with anywhere from a 43-inch to a 48-inch cutting deck is a great size for a ½ acre yard.
The size of your mower depends on things such as the size of the lawnmower deck. A lawnmower deck protects the mower’s engine from the sharp mower’s blades and the debris that gets kicked up when mowing. Usually, this part of the mower is made of rust-resistant metal and the size of the blade depends on the purpose of the mower. It’s important to understand what sized cutting deck you should be looking for to efficiently mow a ½ acre yard. You want a cutting deck that’s large enough to mow a large amount of grass in a short amount of time but small enough to easily manoeuvre through your yard.
It’s important to consider your yard terrain and layout so that you have the right information to then check out riding lawnmowers for sale. This information will help you know what size of lawnmower deck you need, as well as the flexibility in movement and steering to manoeuvre around your yard.
The best riding mower for a ½ acre yard
Husqvarna riders 300-series are a great selection of mowers to choose from. Their R 316TX would be a great fit for a ½ acre yard since they have a 94-112 cm cutting width minimum and maximum. Compared to some of your other options this riding mower is affordable, has dual headlights, and Bluetooth connectivity. Their RC 320Ts AWD would also be a great choice for a ½ acre yard since it comes with a 103 cm cutting deck. Some notable features of this mower are the articulated power steering, all-wheel drive, and cleaning the cutting deck is tool-free. These two mowers are great options but it’s definitely worth exploring what other mowers this series has to offer as well.
You’ll also want to make sure that you select a lawnmower that reaches the speed you want it to. When you first buy the mower, you probably won’t be trying to reach the maximum speed it has to offer, but once you start regularly using a riding mower, you might start to prefer the high-speed options. Pay attention to the maximum speeds each mower has to offer and choose one that fits your preferences. The faster the mower you choose, the faster you’ll be able to complete your yard work once you’re comfortable with your new riding mower.
Normally people suggest using a riding mower for yards that are larger than ½ acre but a ½ acre yard is big enough to choose to use a riding mower if that is your preference. It is possible to use a push mower on a ½ acre yard, but a riding mower will be much easier for you to use, maintain, and it’s more time-efficient. You’ll want to purchase a mower with a 42 to 48-inch cutting deck depending on the terrain of your yard. Husqvarna riders 300-series has a wide variety of mowers for you to choose from that would be perfect for your ½ acre yard.
If you’re still looking to do standing work in your yard, don’t forget to grab a quality whipper snipper and define the edges of your yard! We also have a professional landscapers buying guide to riding mowers. Canberra Diamond Blade has plenty more professional tools for your gardening needs. Check out our resources for more handy advice!