For lawn maintenance the rear engine riding mower has several advantages over front engine models. These include ease of storage, maintenance, and the ability to fit through narrower spaces than a front-engine mower.
1. Less Exposure to Gas Fumes
The primary advantage of a rear engine riding mower is that it virtually eliminates gas fumes wafting toward the driver. You'll breathe more freely as you mow and will be more likely to finish your mowing task in one session.
2. Variety of Methods to Handle Clippings
Rear engine riding mowers offer attachments such as mulchers, baggers, and adjustable-height blades. Some models offer up to nine blade height settings for every type of lawn vegetation, from bluegrass to wild grains. If you prefer, you can also use the side discharge to spread the clippings out broadly over the lawn as a lawn mulch. No more clumped grass clippings that can spot-kill your lawn.
3. Easy Storage
The rear engine riding mower can be stored on end, standing on its rear deck and wheels. The front axle is strong enough to enable you to use it with two hands to lift the mower into a storage position. Don't forget to remove the battery before storing the mower in this position. At the end of the season, remember as well to drain the gas tank completely before putting it away till spring.
You can quickly clean and sharpen blades with the rear engine riding mower in its storage position. You can lubricate the blade attachment, wheels, and steering column easily and accurately as well.
5. Steering and Maneuverability
The rear deck of the rear engine mower follows the movement of the front axle, to turn more sharply and quickly. The pivoting frame lets the mower ride along with the ups and downs of your lawn, ensuring an even, smooth finished cut. The deck can also be leveled easily for effective cutting and steering performance.
The overall width of the rear engine riding mower is just 28 inches, up to 12 inches narrower than front-engine riding mowers. You can ride through trellises, garden gates, and around raised flower beds safely and easily with the rear engine riding mower. The turning radius of most rear engine riding mowers is under 6 inches. You will also be able to trim your lawn right up to the edge of driveways and retaining walls due to the tucked-in profile of the front and rear wheels.
6. Greater Stability
Rear engine riding mowers have a lower center of gravity than most front-engine models. This greatly reduces tipping and prevents injury. Many rear engine mowers have 4-wheel-drive for better traction on sloped lawns and damp grass. The low-profile, wide tires also add stability and traction on all types of lawns.
Choose a rear engine riding mower for its ease of handling, storage, cleaning and maintenance, and its flexibility to handle every lawn care job you put in its way.