When you’re looking to invest in this powerful piece of equipment, you may be wondering how much a lawn mower weighs.
In Short, Lawn Mowers Weigh…
Typically, an average lawn mower weighs around 100 pounds. This average is due to the fact that push mowers are extremely popular. They are the most commonly purchased type of lawn mower, and they are the poster boy for lawn mowers. Every time you think of lawn mowers, your mind drifts to this standard.
However, there are many different types of lawn mowers, and they all have their own weight specifications.
Why the Weight of a Lawn Mower Is Important
A lawn mower’s weight is an important factor when a consumer is looking to purchase one.
Elders or those with disabilities may not be able to maneuver a mower that is extremely heavy.
Depending on your storage options, you may have to lift your lawn mower up off of the ground, and that is impossible to do with hefty mowers.
If you have a riding lawn mower, you could look into ramps to help you get your mower off the ground, but each ramp has its own weight limits. You’ll need to check the manufacturer’s specifications for weight load before driving your mower up a ramp. If you fail to ensure your ramp can withstand the weight of your lawn mower, you risk injury to yourself and damage to your equipment.
The Weight Depends on the Mower Type
In the course of discussing lawn mower weights, you may have noticed that there are several different types of mowers.
The original mower is known as a reel lawn mower. These mowers are powered solely by the power of human push. As you propel the lawn mower forward, gears are set in motion that rotate a cylindrical assembly of blades. As these blades pass over the grass, they scissor off the top portion of the grass blade.
The next type of lawn mower is one that is relatively common: the push rotary mower. These mowers are typically powered by gas, but they can also harness the power of electricity. Electric mowers are praised for their lack of emissions and low impact to the environment. Rotary lawn mowers are those with blades that are mounted vertically, allowing it to spin much like a fan.
As grass comes into contact with the spinning blade, the grass is sliced. These mowers are propelled by push, and there are some models that are even self-propelled, though they still need a human to operate them.
Riding lawn mowers are popular for larger areas, and for users who have limited mobility. These mowers also have rotary blades that are mounted to the underside of the mower deck. The user operates the mower through a series of gear shifts that control the speed, direction, and cut height of the mower. Direction is powered through a steering wheel.
Zero turn mowers are a special variety of lawn mowers with powerful engines and the ability to turn on a dime. There are two bars on either side of the operator’s seat. Moving these bars in tandem propels the mower forward, forces it into reverse, and can make it turn around the corners of your lawn.
These are a few examples of lawn mower models and how much they weigh:
The ATLAS 80v Lithium-Ion Cordless Brushless 21-inch Push Lawn Mower is in the featherweight category, weighing in at only 58.2 pounds. This weight is calculated without the mower’s battery present, as batteries are typically sold separately. This light yet powerful motor is actually battery powered. Negating the need for a traditional engine, you get a much lighter mower.
Another lightweight battery powered lawn mower is the EGO-LM2100. This mower weighs only 60.5 pounds once assembled. LED headlights on this lawn mower make it ideal for those who love to cut their grass early in the morning or at dusk.
When you’re looking for a light, gas-powered mower, choose the Honda 662990. This compact push mower weighs 62 pounds once assembled. It has a small fuel tank, so the addition of gas won’t add much weight onto the machinery.
The Weibang WB537SLCV 3IN1 RZ model gas-powered mower weighs a whopping 119 pounds once assembled. The increase in weight is due to its 21-inch heavy duty steel mowing deck. Coupled with a powerful belt-driven engine, this mower can handle even the toughest lawn tasks as you push it along.
If pushing a lawn mower around doesn’t sound appealing to you, you may look into a riding lawn mower.
Riding Lawn Mowers
With more mower, comes more weight. Not only is there more metal material, but the engines in riding lawn mowers are larger and more powerful.
The Husqvarna YTH18542 18.5-HP Hydrostatic 42-inch Riding Lawn Mower tips the scale at 443 pounds. The mower deck is almost 49 inches in width. This mower comes with an 18.5 horsepower engine.
At a similar weight is the John Deere E120. This mower weighs 445 pounds, and its gas tank can hold 2.4 gallons of gas.
The Husqvarna YTH24V54 weighs 494 pounds once assembled and ready for use. This model is heavier than the YTH18542 because it contains a 24-horsepower engine. Powerful engines often weigh more than their weaker counterparts.
Craftsman has been a well-known name in the home improvement industry, but their lawn mowers have accolades of their own. Craftsman’s T240 model riding lawn mower weighs 590 pounds once assembled. With two blades and a maximum forward speed of five miles per hour, you can blaze through overgrown lawns with ease.
The Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro LT weighs 570 pounds and is equipped with two lawn mower blades. Two is always better than one, and when it comes to lawn mowers, that rule is no exception.
In the heavyweight category, you can find the Bad Boy MZ Magnum. This lawn mower’s product weight is 685 pounds. Its fuel tank can hold up to five gallons of fuel, which can add another 30 pounds when filled with gasoline.
Husqvarna Z248F is a model of lawn mower that is in the Zero Turn Category. This easily maneuvered lawn mower weighs only 595 pounds.
When you’re yearning for a 24-horsepower engine to help blaze through your lawn, look to the Cub Cadet Ultima Series ZT1. This model of Cub Cadet’s lawn maintenance equipment weighs 600 pounds.
Rotary Push Mower
If all of these options sound way too heavy for you, you could look into getting a rotary push mower. The Sun Joe MJ500M Reel Mower with Grass Catcher weighs only 22 pounds.
How Construction Affects Weight
How a lawn mower is made plays a huge part in how much it weighs. Most lawn mowers are constructed mainly of metal. This metal can be lightweight aluminum that will be worse for wear over time, or they can be made of heavy duty steel that withstands damage without crunching.
The engine of a lawn mower can influence its weight as well. Higher horsepower means there needs to be more room in the engine to create that energy. A larger engine requires more materials, tacking onto the weight of a lawn mower.
Mowers that are powered by gas also need metal or other materials to make up the fuel tank. Mowers powered by chargeable batteries do have to account for the weight of the batteries, but that pales in comparison to the weight of a gas-powered mower’s engine.