Mowing is a fact of life when you own a home, but not everyone has a big lawn or storage space for a mower. For those times when owning a mower might not make sense, can you rent a lawnmower?
It is possible to rent a riding mower, and renting is sometimes the better idea for people who do not have much money to spend at once or do not have the storage space for a mower.
Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about renting a lawnmower, including how much you can expect it to cost and the best places to find a mower rental.
Renting and Mowers
Renting is the act of paying someone to borrow something that they own. Two parties will enter into a rental agreement, which typically outlines how the item will be used and for how long you may use the item. Many agencies will ask the renter for collateral, which is often paid in the form of a cash deposit, and this deposit is returned to the renter once the item is returned to the owner.
The exact details of a rental agreement may vary and must be agreed upon by both parties. There are many things that can be rented, including homes, cars, and even lawnmowers.
There are many benefits to renting, and people will often choose to rent a mower if they cannot afford to buy one new or if they do not have a place to store the mower on their property.
Where Can You Rent Lawn Mowers?
Unbelievably, there are several places that offer lawn mower rentals. However, what is available to you may depend on where you live and which stores/agencies are in your area. Some of the most common places to rent a mower include:
- Hardware Stores
- Rental Businesses
- Small Business
- Rent-to-Own Places
- Private Individuals
Several big chain hardware stores, such as Home Depot and Lowes, now offer rental options to their customers, and it’s not just lawnmowers that can be rented. People can rent power tools, saws, drills, machinery, and other lawn care equipment, so you can mow your lawn and tackle those unfinished renovations all on the same day.
In addition to hardware stores, many rental agencies (such as Rental Yard and Sunbelt) have added lawnmowers to their product lists. These businesses make a living by renting items that customers do not use often enough to buy themselves.
If you live in a rural area, you might not have a Lowes or Home Depot nearby. However, you might be able to find a local small business that is willing to rent out their lawnmower for some extra cash. Additionally, you can check with local landscapers. They might be more interested in giving you a quote than renting a mower, but it never hurts to ask!
Rent-to-Own is a fantastic choice for people who do not have enough money to buy a decent mower outright but who want to own their own. Individuals can check with places like Aaron’s to see if they have any mowers in stock. Additionally, using a store-branded card could be a good way to make payments over time while still owning your own mower.
If all else fails, you might find someone willing to share/rent their mower with you. Putting an ad out on a local marketplace or asking around is a good way to find interested individuals.
Companies That Rent Lawn Mowers
Nobody wants to spend half a day calling local businesses and asking if they rent lawnmowers, which is why we have compiled a list of companies that typically rent mowers and other lawn care tools.
- Home Depot
- R2O (Rent 2 Own)
- United Rentals
- Rental Yard
- AAA Equipment Center
- Eureka Rental
How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Mower?
The average cost to rent a mower is between $75 and $100 a day. However, the final cost of your rental will depend on where you live, where you are renting from, the type of mower you rent, whether the company asks for a deposit, any fees that might be included in the price, and how long you plan to keep the mower.
Does Home Depot Rent Riding Lawn Mowers?
Although Home Depot has an extensive list of Lawn & Garden Equipment Rentals, riding mowers are not currently on that list. There are currently three lawnmowers listed on Home Depot’s rental site and they are all push mowers.
How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Lawn Mower from Home Depot?
Although your final price will depend on which mower you rent and the duration of your rental, you will typically spend anywhere from $22 for a four-hour rental to $612 for a month-long rental, with the average price being around $40 to rent a mower for one day.
Home Depot customers can choose between three mower options, and you can find the current (2022) rental prices for each option below.
i wrote a more detailed post about renting from Home Depot, and you can check it out here.
|Honda 21” Push Mower with Side Discharge||21” Deck 24” Height Honda Premium Residential GCV160 Engine||4 Hours – $22.00 1 Day – $31.00 1 Week – $124.00 1 Month – $372.00|
|Toro Self Propelled Mower||Self–Propelled 22” Cutting Width 1 – 4 Inch Cutting Height||4 Hours – $25.00 1 Day – $36.00 1 Week – $144.00 1 Month – $423.00|
|Toro Large 30” Self-Propelled Mower||Up to 4.5 Mph 1.25 – 4.25 Inch Cutting Height 10.00 ft-lb Gross Torque 30” Deck||4 Hours – $36.00 1 Day – $51.00 1 Week – $204.00 1 Month – $612.00|
Source: Home Depot Website
Does Lowes Rent Riding Lawn Mowers?
Lowes currently (2022) has a wide variety of lawn care tools available for rent, including brush cutters, aerators, and mowers. However, although the tools that are available may change from store to store, Lowes does not currently list any riding mowers for rent on its website.
How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Lawn Mower from Lowes?
Although your final price will depend on which mower you rent and the duration of your rental, you will typically spend anywhere from $21 to $300 for a push mower or between $71 to $1,010 for a larger bush cutter.
Lowe’s customers can choose between two mower options, and you can find the current (2022) rental prices for each option below.
|Honda Rear Bag Sel Propelled Lawn Mower||21” Cutting Width 1 – 4 Inch Cutting Height 7 Height Adjustments Up To 4 Mph||4 Hour – $21.00 1 Day – $30.00 1 Week – $120.00 1 Month – $300.00 Cleaning Fee – $50 Prepayment – $50.00|
|Brush Cutter/Mower||26” Deck 1.77 – 3.74 Inch Cutting Height Tuff Torq Hydrostatic Transaxle Enhanced Traction Control BC26 Heavy-Duty Blade Spindle||4 Hour – $71.00 1 Day – $101.00 1 Week – $404.00 1 Month – $1,010 Cleaning Fee – $50 Prepayment – $250|
Source: Lowe’s Website
Do Aarons Rent Riding Mowers?
Aarons do not rent mowers by the hour or day. However, they allow customers to pay for a mower in a rent-to-own agreement. The inventory at Aarons changes every few weeks/months, so you should continue to check back to see what they have for inventory. Additionally, inventory may change depending on location. Currently (2022), Aarons does have riding mowers for rent on its website.
How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Lawn Mower from Aarons?
Because you are renting to own from Aarons (and places like this), the price will be a bit more than the typical cost to rent a mower. Additionally, you will end up paying more for the mower overall because of the financing. However, this can sometimes be a viable choice for people who cannot afford to spend a large chunk of money all at once.
Currently, (2022) Aaron customers can choose between five mower options, and you can find the rental prices for each option below.
|48V 20” Brushless Cordless Push Lawn Mower||Up To 45 Minutes Run Time Dual Port Charger Brushless Motor 20” Steel Deck 4-in-1 System (mulch, rear-bagging, side discharge, and turbo button)||Monthly Payment: $124.99 Number of Payments: 12 Cash Price: $785.99 Lease Services: $713.89 Total Rental Cost: $1,499.88|
|Troy-Bilt 21” FWD Walk Mower||21” Tri-Cut Deck Mulch, Bag, and Side Discharge Two Year Warranty 140cc Briggs & Stratton Autochoke Engine||Monthly Payment: $123.99 Number of Payments: 12 Cash Price: $745.99 Lease Services: $741.89 Total Rental Cost: $1,487.88|
|Pony 42” 17HP 500CC Engine Riding Mower||500cc 17hp B&S Single Cylinder Engine 42” Steel Deck w/Dual Blades 7 Speed Transmission Mulch and Side Discharge||Monthly Payment: $287.99 Number of Payments: 24 Cash Price: $3,463.99 Lease Services: $3,447.77 Total Rental Price: $6,911.76|
|Mustang Z54 724CC 22HP Zero-Turn Riding Mower||24 hp 724cc Kohler Twin Cylinder Engine 54” Deck Triple Blade System Dual EXT Hydrostatic Transmission 11” Front Wheels and 20” Rear Wheels||Monthly Payment: $499.99 Number of Payments: 24 Cash Price: $6,004.99 Lease Services: $5,994.77 Total Rental Price: $11,999.76|
|Bronco 46” 18HP 541CC Riding Mower||541cc 18hp Kohler Single Cylinder Engine 46” Steel Deck Dual Blade System Automatic Transmission 15” Front Wheels and 20” Rear Wheels||Monthly Payment: $317.99 Number of Payments: 24 Cash Price: $3,825.99 Lease Services: $3,805.77 Total Rental Price: $7,631.76|
Source: Aaron’s Website
Does Sunbelt Rent Riding Lawn Mowers?
Sunbelt has a large variety of lawncare tools to choose from, including both push and riding lawnmowers. Additionally, people can rent mulchers or brush cutters as well. The availability of each item may vary from store to store, so calling ahead is always a clever idea.
How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Mower from Sunbelt?
Sunbelt is a large rental company that specializes in commercial equipment. Their rental prices vary, and how much you spend will depend on what you are renting and for how long.
Sunbelt customers can choose between three mower options, and the prices will vary. Additionally, there are a variety of fees that customers may need to pay, such as a cleaning fee (which is 1.25% of the rental cost) and gas (which is 1.50% of the rental cost).
Should I Rent or Buy a Mower?
Ultimately, the choice to buy or rent will depend on your circumstances. If you own a home and have storage space, it might be more cost-efficient to invest in your own machine. However, if you do not have the room to store a mower, or you are renting and do not know how long you will be there, renting may be a better idea.
Pros and Cons of Renting a Mower
Before you make the decision to buy or rent a lawnmower, you should weigh the pros and cons of each choice.
- It could save you money.
- You do not need any storage space.
- You never have to spend money on maintenance.
- You do not have to winterize the machine.
- It can be a cheaper way to use a top-quality machine.
- You can use mowers you might otherwise never have bought.
- Some rental services will bring the mower to you and pick it up when you are finished.
- Some companies charge extra fees or ask for costly deposits.
- Your time to use the machine is limited.
- You might be charged extra if you go over your time.
- You will have to fix any damage you cause to the machine.
- You might not be familiar with the type of mower that you rent.
- The type of mower that you can rent might be limited to push mowers.
- You will not own the machine and thus cannot use it whenever you want.
- You will have to plan anytime you want to mow your lawn.
- The process of renting can take time, and it can be frustrating to do it multiple times a month.
About the Author
John Cunningham is a Red Seal Qualified automotive technician with over twenty-five years experience working on all types of equipment, grass machinery, ATVs, Dirt bikes, cars, and trucks. When not writing how-to articles, he may be found in his happy place – Restoring classic machinery.
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