With the advancement in every field of technology and human resources, a lot of improved technology in the lawn management field has appeared in previous years.
Zero-turn mowers are one of the advancements in lawn management to minimize human workloads and save time. Zero-turn mowers are the most favorite option for homeowners, especially those with large-sized yards and gardens with lots of obstacles.
Zero-turn mowers cut the grass blades twice as fast compared to traditional lawn mowers or tractors that help save a lot of time and improve the straight-line mowing speed.
Regardless of the incredible benefits of zero-turn mowers, there are a lot of disadvantages of zero-turn mowers.
This guide will show you the disadvantages of zero-turn mowers that I faced during my life on the lawn.
What are zero-turn mowers, and how do they work?
Zero-turn mowers are the lawnmowers having the mowing deck on the front of the machine that cuts down the grass smoothly without leaving any grass blade uncut.
Zero-turn mowers have tremendous benefits in that they never leave any grass uncut during turning through the obstacles.
Zero-turn mowers can be any type – Riding mowers or walking behind mowers. But most of the zero-turn mowers are four-wheeled with two swiveling wheels on the front and two large rear wheels.
Both drive wheels are controlled by a separate operator handle to stop one wheel and engage the other one.
This feature of separate wheel drive makes them zero-turn mowers by reducing the turning radius to zero.
Before moving forward, take a look at the advantages of the zero-turn mowers:
- More Maneuverability
- Shorter Mowing Time
- Tight turns
- Faster speed
- Consumes Less Fuel
- Clean Mow Job
- Better mulching
Disadvantages of zero-turn mowers
Zero-turn mowers have many disadvantages that are genuinely observable in terms of personal and machine safety.
Here are the disadvantages of zero-turn mowers:
Lose traction: Zero-turn mowers lose traction on the wet grass and surfaces. Consider that you are mowing after rain or snowy days; the damping grass will cause the ruts and have an impact on traction with mower tires.
Poor on slopes – Zero-turn mowers are unsafe to use on slopes regardless of incline and only work well on leveled surfaces.
They might flip over and be hard to steer. The presence of debris and dirt on slopes may also slow down the uphill movement of the mower.
Fuel inefficient – Zero-turn mowers require a lot of fuel to run the whole machine that is equipped with powerful engines. Running this big engine burns a lot of fuel.
No brakes – Many zero-turn models do not have the brakes to stop the mower immediately, and this limitation can result in colossal damage.
Zero-turn mowers are designed to stop when the handles are in a neutral position. This limitation makes the zero-turn mowers more difficult.
Demands advanced skills – Zero-turn mowers are highly advanced devices and a bit different than traditional mowers.
A person may need some time to get familiarized with the functions and steering capabilities.
Unskilled people may get unwanted damage from the mower if they don’t have steering control knowledge.
Too costly – The major drawback of the zero-turn mowers is their high cost and maintenance costs. A buyer has to spend more than $2000 to get a residential mower, while it costs around $7000 if you get a professional one. You can also find some for under $4000.
Unreliable Transmissions – Unreliable transmissions are a significant limitation of zero-turn mowers. It is challenging to handle heavy tasks like pulling the heavy yard carts with these unrealistic transmissions. Otherwise, it will ruin your device and cause costly repairs.