Re: Riding Mower - The answer?
Jax, there are many small mowers, that may work for you if you don't want a push mower. My number one suggestion would be a self propelled walk behind, given the size of your yard. However, since you don't want that, you should probably look into a small zero turn mower, given the size of your yard a conventional mower would take too long to manuever. Plus you would be able to cut down on your trimmer time, because a zero turn gets alot closer to obstacles like trees and flower beds. Look for something under 16 Hp and at most a 42" deck. Manueverability should be your key target. I am assuming you have a slight mechanical inclination as well, to keep a lawn mower you should know some basics about small engines, like oil change, spark plugs, belt maintenance, and how to change a battery. Any place that services mowers, really likes to stick people that can't do the basics for service fees. Try to buy from someone local, that can be available should you have a more advanced issues.
I own two lawn mowers, a Craftsman for my house, my yard is about an acre in size, and a Grasshopper for around my farm (4 acres of mowing). I have researched many brands of mowers over the years, so fire away if you have any questions.
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