We all know that the key features of a lawn mower are its revolving blades that are used to cut the grass and its body. In old days, mechanical mowers were used that usually come with a cylindrical body that has wheels connected at the end below.
The wheels are directly connected to the revolving blades. So whenever a person applies force to move the wheels, blades also revolve thus mowing the grass area. The person had to apply force into the mower and move around the whole yard for at least two times to evenly mow it because of the low precision of the mechanical mower.
With the advancement in technology, the mower technology has improved a lot. Riding mowers are state-of-the-art technology that are frequently used due to their ease and comfort. These are easy to use because the user just sits on the mower and uses automatic levers and steering wheel to control the movement.
Engines are used to move the 4-wheel chassis like assembly of the mower around the yard. They are also deployed in revolving the cutting blades, that are used to cut the grass, at an even speed. John Deere Z355E is one such advance mower that provides us with the fast and time efficient mowing experience.
There are two most common types of mower present.
- Lawn Tractor
- Zero-Turn Mower
Lawn tractor is more like a small agricultural tractor that is used to mow large lawns. It is a riding mower which is most of the time powered by an engine or electricity. You can literally ride the lawn tractor while mowing the lawn. Therefore, it is very convenient, easy and user-friendly as it does not exhaust its user.
It is equipped with a 4-wheel chassis assembly that has two driving wheels, a steering wheel that controls the movement of the chassis, and its sharp revolving blades. Steering wheel mostly controls the front wheels and that is how it is mostly similar to car. It comes with a seat where the rider sits and controls the steering wheel. The Land Tractor also provides us with pedals thus allowing us to have a very convenient car-like experience. The blades are mounted in between the front and rear axles, thus they lie somewhere in the middle.
The controls are quite easy as well. Different transmission mechanisms are deployed for the drive of the lawn tractor. Most common of these are manual transmission, and the most expensive is electric transmission. Hydrostatic transmissions are also used to transfer the torque as they are easier to use.
The deck of the lawn tractor is usually made up of steel or plastic (if it’s an electric mower) in order to avoid rusting. The mower comes with special mulching blades that make sure that the blades keep on rotating smoothly under the chassis.
Zero-turn mower is another standard riding mower that does not have steering wheel. The key features of a zero-turn riding mower are its fast speed and efficient time which makes its user have a very pleasant and convenient experience. They are preferred mostly due to their speed and time efficiency. They are able to mow large lawns in a very shorter amount of time. They provide special lever controls that increase their turning time efficiency.
Zero-Turn mowers come with a special and easy to use ignition mechanism. It is just a “read and start” engine mechanism, means you only need to ignite it once to get the engine started. It also comes with a button that controls whether to lower the revolving blades or not. Zero-Turn mowers not only mow fast but also very meticulously. Once a lawn is mowed using zero-turn mower, no further trimming is needed. This is how well the zero-turn mowers do their jobs.
The turning mechanism of zero-turn mower lies within the two control levers. As they do not have steering wheels, the levers are used to control the mower direction. Rider pushes both the lever to front to mow forward and push it back to mow backward. In order to turn left, the rider moves the left wheel, or move both the wheels in reversal to achieve the left and similarly the right movement.
Many brands achieve this lever control using different techniques and mechanisms, the most common of which is hydraulic speed control for each of the drive wheels. Zero-Turn mowers exist both for home use and commercial use, varying in speed, power, torque and size of the cutting deck. Most of the times Zero-Turn mower are more expensive than the conventional riding mowers and lawn tractors. That is because of their fast driving service and high precision.
John Deere Z355E Model
Now that we know the basic difference between Zero-Turn mower and a Lawn Tractor, lets discuss some of the key features of one of the very commonly used John Deere Z355E mower. John Deere Z355E is a Zero-Turn mower which is not only fast in its service but also a very reliable zero-turn mower. It comes with both 42-inch and 48-inch deck models. It’s a mower that features 22hp V-twin engine. It also provides its user with a very comfortable riding seat with armrests which makes it very desirable by the consumers.
Hydro-gear transmission is used in this mower and it provides 7mph mowing speed. The mower has a socket which is used to control the height of the revolving blades. Thus the users are able to vary the height of the blades as per their requirements and achieve the desired precision during the mowing. It is fast, and not only fast but also very reliable
Therefore, to sum up, both the mowers are riding mowers, lawn mower provides more user-friendly experience as it is just like a car however zero-turn mower offers more speed and precision but is expensive.