Ride-on mowers

Riding Lawn Mower Weight Comparison

Lawn mowers like cars come with different equipment levels and engines. Some for example may have a grass box or side discharge, single or twin cylinder engines, wide triple blade decks or twin blade set-ups, all will affect the curb weight.


Riding lawn mower weight comparison, so what's the average weight? The average riding mower weighs about 500 lbs.


Mowers fitted with plastic bodies offer significant weight advantages but can become brittle over time, especially if parked in direct sunlight. Steel bodied mowers are obviously heavier but will out live the plastic body.


Wheel weights are usually available as accessories for front and rear wheels, they're needed to help traction and to counterbalance a snow shovel or other implement fitted to the front or rear.


When buying a tractor you won't get any of these accessories as standard, all will be an add on option.


Comparison List


John Deere S240                       458 lbs

John Deere E150                       483 lbs

John Deere X300                       542 lbs

Cub Cadet XT1LT                      410 lbs

Cub Cadet XT2SLX                   470 lbs

Cub Cadet XT1LT46                  430 lbs

Craftsman 46                             525 lbs

Husqvarna YTA24V4                 670 lbs

Husqvarna GTH52XLS              815 lbs

Poulan Pro PP155H42               465 lbs



Ride-on mower weight label

Mower Weight Limit

The min operator weight to safely use a riding mower is 8 stone - Lawn tractors are fitted with safety sensors in the seat, these sensors are triggered by the operators weight.

If the operator isn’t heavy enough to close the sensor, the engine won’t start, and likewise they can be bounced out of the seat during operation, this will shut off the engine.

The max operating weight to safely operate is 24 stone, this isn’t a case of the mower being broken by the weight, it’s a matter of stability especially on turns or hills. The extra weight can make the mower top heavy, which could cause it to topple over.

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John Cunningham is an Automotive Technician and writer on Lawnmowerfixed.com. I've been a mechanic for over twenty years, I use my knowledge and experience to write "How to" articles that help fellow gear-heads with all aspects of mechanical repairs, from lawn mowers to classic cars.