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Best Lawn Tractor

Lawn tractors are about as American as apple pie. They come in all shapes and sizes, with horsepower ratings to match. Virtually every hardware store, department store and small engine shop will sell some type or brand of lawn tractor, yet picking the best one of the bunch can turn into a confusing jumble.

First and foremost, a lawn tractor should be reliable and easy to use. Cutting grass is almost an afterthought because they were made to do just that. Each one will give a good account of themselves if you just want a lawn tractor to cut grass, but it just may come down to all of the other variables that might make or break a lawn tractor on anyone's best list.

Price, performance and bang for the buck are what to look for here in the top rated tractors, and the best one will feature a combination of all three. After all, they will all cut grass, but what you get for the money is going to make the biggest difference.

Cub Cadet LTX 1050 KW (50") 23HP Kawasaki Lawn Tractor

Cub Cadet LTX 1050 KW (50") 23HP Kawasaki Lawn Tractor

You may find more expensive lawn tractors, you may find some with more options, but no other tractor gives you performance, price and superior user friendly operation than the Cub Cadet LTX 1050 KW (50") 23HP Kawasaki Lawn Tractor. The 23 horsepower Kawasaki engine is near bullet proof with power to spare, the hydrostatic tranny means no shifting, three cutting blades mounted to a 50-inch deck means a superior cut that gets you on and off the lawn faster. Add in a high back seat for comfort, available accessories for year round use at a price that won't break the bank, plus an optional 5 year limited warranty, and you have a winner here.

John Deere X724 Lawn Tractor

John Deere X724 Lawn Tractor

If you want the baddest of the bad, the best that money can buy, with price being no object, than the John Deere X724 Lawn Tractor will suit your needs. This baby will set you back up to 4 times what the top rated Cub Cadet costs, but you'll get what you pay for. The 25 horsepower Kawasaki engine has legendary reliability, it powers 3 blades for exceptional lawn cutting, and you can get an optional 62-inch deck that will finish any cutting job faster than any other. John Deere lawn tractors are the most heavy-duty units made, and refuse to break down under any situation. They also feature the most add-on accessories, from snow blowers to plows, lawn and garden tools and everything in between. And, the X724 is a 4-wheel steering model, that will get you in and out of the tightest spaces with ease. If you have the money, you can't do better than this.

Snapper SPX2352 (52") 23HP Lawn Tractor (2014 Model) - 2691186

If you want a lawn tractor with a name that has been synonymous with quality lawn care, look no further than the Snapper SPX2352 (52") 23HP Lawn Tractor. It features an American legend Briggs & Stratton 23 horse engine, in its Pro Series V-Twin OHV configuration that gives you better fuel economy than most of the others. You'll get more cutting done for each gallon of gas you burn. The engine is hooked to a big 53-inch 3 blade mower deck, to get you on and off the lawn fast. It has a shiftless hydrostatic transmission, there are optional accessories like a bagger and wheel weights, and the high backed seat keeps you comfortable all day. A solid lawn tractor at a solid price.

Husqvarna YTH18K46 Yard Tractor

The Husqvarna YTH18K46 (46") 18HP Kawasaki Lawn Tractor is made for smaller to medium sized lawns, but realistically, this is what most suburbanites looking for lawn tractors really need. It features an 18 horse Kawasaki engine, with bulletproof reliability in an OHV package that gives you a longer cutting time for each gallon of gas you use. You can accessorize this tractor with the most popular lawn tools, like a rake, bagger and even a sun shade. The hydrostatic transmission means no shifting, the twin cutting blades do a decent job on your lawn, and the high back seat means comfort all cutting day long.

Craftsman 420cc 42” Step Through Frame Riding Mower

If you are looking at the best bang for the buck mower that will be perfect for a suburban yard up to 3/4 acre, the Craftsman 420cc 42” Step Through Frame Riding Mower is a terrific choice. From Sears, their own branded 420 CC engine puts out about 13 horsepower and drives a two blade 48-inch mower deck. The price is less than half as much as even the lowest price mower listed here, but for a smaller yard, does anyone really need a lawn tractor better than this? Kudos have to given to Sears, because although most everything is done manually, from shifting to deck lowering, it cuts as well as any other two blade tractor, and it even features a fully pressurized engine with a spin-on oil filter, just like the top dogs on this list. That means the engine will last longer when mowing ditches, hills and rougher terrain. This is a great mower at a great price!

Dale Y
Dale Y has been writing about home improvement and Do-It-Yourself projects for more than a decade, using his own hands-on maintenance, construction and facilities management experience as a guide. He has covered the gamut by writing about news and views, home and garden ideas, home and business maintenance, and property management. As an offshoot, he had his own sewing machine and small appliance repair business, and can tell an embroidery stitch from a stretch stitch, all the while cooking the best salmon fillet ever on a countertop grill, while making a smoothie in the latest bullet blender. In this capacity, he has used a wide variety of tools and equipment for every need, worked with products ranging from adhesives to solvents, sewed shirt sleeves with a #14 needle and finished leather appliqué with a #18 needle.
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