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Riding Lawn Mower Weight Comparison – Helpful list common mowers

By: Author John Cunningham. Published: 2019/02/08 at 3:33 pm

Lawnmowers, 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 of which 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 outlive 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.

Mower spec label

Mowers fitted with these types of accessories will obviously mean the combined weight is heavier than the spec label or the weight chart below.

Comparison List

Make & ModelWeight
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.

Mower Weight Limit

The minimum operator weight to safely use a riding mower is eight stone – Lawn tractors are fitted with safety sensors in the seat; these sensors are triggered by the operator’s 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, which 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.

Lawn tractors

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