Top 10 Cheap Riding Lawn Mowers Reviewed

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Riding Lawn Mowers That Won’t Break the Bank!

Riding lawn mowers can get quite expensive. If you’ve always wanted a riding lawn mower but just didn’t think you could afford one I bet you would be surprised to know that you can pick one up for under $1000. In fact, I’ve compiled a list of 10 cheap riding lawn mowers that can fit anyone’s budget.

Whether you have a large property to maintain or just prefer a riding mower over a conventional push mower, finding a cheap riding lawn mower has never been easier. I’ve taken the guesswork out of trying to find the right mower with the right price.

I realize this is quite a bit of information to take in. To make it easier on you, I’ve created a comparison chart of all the cheap riding lawn mowers I’m reviewing on this page. You can view all the mowers based on price and features and simply click the link within the table to read the review of that specific mower. As the table is wide, use the scroll bar available at the bottom of the table to view all mowers. Finally, at the end of each review, you can click on the return to comparison chart link and it will bring you back to the top. (Please note: I am not responsible for price and availability changes which occur frequently, I will regularly update the page if certain models are unavailable or if newer models become available and fit the criteria for a cheap riding mower).

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Yard Machines 13A326JC700 190cc Gas 24 in. Riding Mower

yard machines 24 inch riding mowerComing in at my first pick for cheap riding lawn mowers, this is definitely one of the smaller mowers available. With a 24 inch cutting deck you can expect easy maneuverability around trees and obstacles as well as more convenient storage and the ability to go through residential gates.

The Yard Machines 24 inch riding mower was definitely designed with the weekend warrior in mind and a perfect mower for those with up to an acre of lawn to maintain.

The 24 inch mower is powered by a 190cc Briggs & Stratton engine. It has plenty of power to get the job done yet is fuel efficient. A 6 speed transmission gives you full control over speed and power.

As this is one of the least expensive riding mowers available, you will be giving up a few features. However, don’t be fooled by the price, this is a quality machine and has only recently had a price reduction (though I don’t know for how long).

One of those things you might miss with this mower is flexible grass management. The Yard Machines 24 inch mower does not have the capability of bagging or mulching. Grass is discharged on the side. The other feature that many of the more expensive mowers come with allow for towing which is not included on this model.

If you are looking for a riding mower that won’t hurt the pocket book yet provides a quality cut, I highly recommend the Yard Machines 24 inch riding lawn mower. Currently, this mower is available through Amazon and sold by CPO Outlets.

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or buy Directly from CPO Outlets through the following link

Yard Machines 13A326JC700 190cc Gas 24 in. Riding Mower

Yard Machines 24 inch Riding Lawn Mower Highlights

  • Briggs & Stratton Engine 190cc
  • Cutting Deck Width- 24 inches
  • 6 Speed Transmission
  • Easy Maneuverability
  • Steel Deck
  • Easy Step Through Access and Operator Comfort

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MTD 13BC762F000 Yard Machines 10.5 HP Riding Lawn Mower, 38-Inch

Yard Machines 38 inch cheap riding mowerMy second pick for cheap riding lawn mowers has a 38 inch cutting deck and powered by a 10.5 HP Briggs & Stratton Powerbuilt engine. It’s quite a step up in power in size from the previous model yet it’s only slightly more expensive. I’m listing these mowers in order of price but this is probably my top pick based on function and price.

The 38 inch Yard Machines mower can handle much larger lawns and has many additional features you would expect to find on a much more expensive lawn mower.

It has an electric start so you are sure to get it to start the first time every time. It also has a 6 speed transmission with shift on the go technology. It is extremely well built  featuring a steel deck and a lever operated drive system.

This model does not offer multiple grass management as some of the other models do. What it lacks in some features it definitely makes up for in price, quality of cut, and operator comfort. This model is currently on sale (FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY!) and is available through Amazon or CPO Outlets through the following links. Amazon is kind of the middle man as CPO sells this mower directly on their site so you can purchase it at either place for the same price.

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Yard Machines 13BC762F000 344cc 10.5 HP Gas 38 in. 6-Speed Riding Mower (CARB)

Yard Machines 38 inch Riding Lawn Mower Highlights

  • Briggs & Stratton Engine 10.5 HP
  • Cutting Deck Width- 38 inches
  • 6 Speed Shift on the Go Transmission
  • Operator Comfort
  • Large Tires for Maneuverability

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MTD 13A2775S000 Yard Machines 420cc Riding Lawn Mower, 42-Inch

yard machines 42 inch mowerThe Yard Machines 42 inch mower looks very similar to the previous 38 inch model. However, there are some distinct differences yet only $20 currently separates these models in price.

The 42 inch has a PowerMore OHV engine which has a bit more power than the previous model at 420cc compared to 344cc. This model has a 7 speed transmission which also features shift on the go drive.

While side discharge is the standard grass management with many Yard Machines, this model also allows for bagging and mulching. Mulching is a great way to provide nutrients back into the lawn keeping it healthy and green.

A four inch difference in cutting deck width doesn’t seem like much but there is quite a bit of difference between these two models. Both are priced just right so you mainly need to evaluate your needs based on the size of lawn you need to maintain as well as the frequency. It’s also important to consider storage and the size of any gates you may need to go through to access your property.

This model is also sold by CPO Outlets but you can also purchase it from Amazon. It’s the same price at either place as CPO sales directly through Amazon. Check out the price!!!

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or buy directly from CPO Outlets through the following link

Yard Machines 13A2775S000 420cc Gas 42 in. 7-Speed Riding Mower

Yard Machines 42 inch Riding Lawn Mower Highlights

  • PowerMore OHV Engine 420cc
  • Cutting Deck Width- 42 Inches
  • 7 Speed Transmission
  • 3 in 1 Grass Management Capabilities

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Husqvarna LTH18538 38 Inch Lawn Tractor (2014 Model)

husqvarna 38 inch riding mowerWe’re starting to go up in price a bit but pretty much anything under $2k in my mind qualifies as a cheap riding lawn mower. The Husqvarna 38 inch tractor is still features a great price at just under $1500. The great thing about this mower is the ability to adjust cutting height with a fender mounted lever, headlights, and it’s very comfortable to operate.

It has a Briggs & Stratton engine and hydrostatic transmission. This model uses air induction technology to provide a consistent cut through and through.

When I mentioned it’s comfortable, the seat is padded and adjustable and it has an ergonomic steering wheel making it a pleasure to operate.

If you’re wanting a bit more from your mower, you can definitely use this model as an all around lawn maintenance vehicle. It has towing capabilities which is perfect for hauling small loads such as wood or attaching a trailer for other similar duties. You can purchase the Husqvarna 38 inch lawn tractor from Amazon through the link provided below.


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Husqvarna 38 Inch Riding Lawn Mower Highlights

  • Briggs & Stratton Engine (Intek)
  • Cutting Deck Width- 38 Inches
  • Towing Capability
  • Multi-purpose lawn tractor
  • Operator Comfort

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Troy-Bilt TB30R (30″) 420cc

troy-bilt 30 inch riding mowerThe Troy-Bilt TB30R is much smaller than many riding lawn mowers. Though, the OHV engine is way better on fuel and doesn’t vibrate as much as a lot of mower engines.

A great thing about this mower is the electric start. This ensures a proper start every time and no having to hassle with a choke.

With a 6 speed transmission, the TB30R can reach speeds of 1.5 to 4.25 MPH. The transmission works as a shift on the go which is a major improvement over the We-One mower. I should also mention, you can mow in both forward and reverse.

Another great thing about a smaller mower like the TB30R is you can maneuver this thing just about anywhere versus the much larger and bulky lawn tractors. There are 5 adjustable positions for the cutting height allowing for more control over the cut.

The TB30R is considered an entry level riding lawn mower. I would recommend this mower to anyone with less than an acre of lawn to maintain. I think the TB30R is a great pick for a cheap riding lawn mower and perfect for the weekend warrior.

You can purchase the TB30R from Amazon through the link below. It is also currently on sale at 7% off of retail. I expect this mower to be out of stock soon as it has been several times over the past few months.

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Also available from CPO for $999.99, though there is no free shipping at CPO so the price turns out to be about the same

Troy-Bilt TB30 420cc Gas 30 in. 6-Speed Riding Mower

Troy-Bilt TB30R Highlights

  • OHV 420cc 4 Cycle  Engine
  • 6 Speed Transmission
  • Electric Start
  • Cutting Height Adjustment- 5 Positions

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Poulan PO17542LT-CA 42-Inch 17-1/2 HP

poulan 42 inch riding lawn mowerIf you’re looking for a mower that can handle larger areas of lawn but still falls under the category of cheap riding lawn mowers, the Poulan 42 inch is a great choice. It of course comes with a Briggs & Stratton engine that kicks out 17.5 HP and has a 6 speed transmission.

The cutting deck is made of heavy duty steel and has a wide step through area. The seat is padded and adjusts for operator comfort.

20 inch rear tires and 15 inch front tires give the Poulan an 18 inch turning radius! While the Poulan is larger than a few of the previous mowers, it has a superior turning radius allowing it to maneuver around trees and other obstacles.

The Poulan only has a 1 ¼ gallon capacity which is kind of a bummer, but it is fuel efficient and should be plenty to tackle most lawns. I would recommend this mower to anyone with at least a ½ acre of lawn to maintain.
You can purchase the Poulan 42 inch riding lawn mower from Amazon for nearly 9% off of retail through the following link. UPDATE: this model is currently unavailable, though there is a cheaper model that is comparable. You can check it out through the following link.

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Poulan 42 Inch 17.5 HP Highlights

  • Briggs & Stratton Engine 17.5 HP
  • Cutting Deck Width- 42 Inches
  • 18 Inch Turning Radius
  • Front Tires 15 Inches, Rear Tires 20 Inches

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Poulan Pro PB155G42 42 inch 6 Speed

poulan pro 42 inch riding lawn mower

The Poulan Pro has a 15.5 HP Briggs & Stratton engine with a 6 speed gear driven transmission. The step through area is rather large making it easier to get on and off the mower.

The Poulan Pro features 20 inch turf saver rear tires making it easy to maneuver and saving grass from getting chewed up. This is a highly efficient mower and easy to operate.

The Pro has a high back seat which is important for comfort. It also comes with a deluxe steering wheel and a cup holder. If you’ve ever operated a riding lawn mower, you know that little comfort features are important.

The front axle is made of rugged cast iron while the deck is made of steel. This is a well constructed mower built to last. The Pro delivers a professional looking cut. You can get more info or purchase the Poulan Pro from Amazon through the following link.

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Poulan Pro 42 Inch Highlights

  • Briggs & Stratton Engine 15.5  HP
  • Cutting Deck Width- 42 Inches
  • 6 Speed Transmission
  • 14 Inch Turning Radius
  • Turf Saving Rear Tires

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Husqvarna YTH2042 42-Inch 540cc 20 HP

husqvarna 42 inch riding lawn mowerHusqvarna has a long standing reputation for producing quality and durable products from their chainsaws to their lawnmowers. The YTH2042 is a step up from the Pro in HP and available features.

The YTH2042 has a 20 HP Briggs & Stratton engine with a 42 inch cutting deck. The transmission is also hydrostatic with speed control mounted on the fender for easy access. The cutting height can also be adjusted with the fender mounted lever.

Cutting height can be adjusted from 1.5 to 4 inches and you have the option of mulching, collecting, or side ejection. The tires are 20 inches in the rear and 15 in the front allowing for an impressive 16 inch turning radius.
The fuel tank has a 2.5 gallon capacity which is nice and an improvement over the Pro. This thing even comes with headlights!

If innovation is important, the Husqvarna features air induction technology. With improved airflow, you are going to get a more consistent and clean cut without having to go over the same area multiple times. Another great thing about this mower and most Husqvarna mowers is the ability to modify this into a true property management tool. You can add attachments that will allow for towing and other property management duties.

As for price, this definitely falls under the cheap riding lawn mowers guideline, though the quality and durability of this machine make it anything but cheap. I would classify this mower as a mid to high level model of riding mowers. You can purchase the Husqvarna YTH2042 from Amazon at the link provided.

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Husqvarna YTH2042 Highlights

  • Briggs & Stratton Engine 20 HP
  • Cutting Deck Width- 42 Inches
  • Hydrostatic Transmission
  • 2.5 Gallon Tank

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Snapper RE110 28 inch 11.5 HP Rear Engine Riding Mower

snapper 18 inch riding lawn mowerThe Snapper RE110 has considerably less power than the Husqvarna and only has a 28 inch cutting deck. However, I am reviewing these from least to most expensive so please don’t get confused or think this is a superior mower than previous models.

As I stated, the Snapper is quite a bit smaller than the Husqvarna. Smaller is not always a bad thing however, and I would actually recommend this mower over the Husqvarna for anyone with ¼ acre of lawn or less.

The Snapper is fuel efficient and small enough to maneuver where larger mowers cannot. An 11.5 HP Briggs & Stratton engine still provides ample power capable of speeds up to 4.5 MPH forward and 1.9 in reverse.

The fact that this fuel efficient mower has a 2 gallon tank is also a big plus. The overhead valve will definitely save you a lot of money in gas and you will have to refuel less often than as with a larger mower such as the Husqvarna.

The turning radius is 20 inches, and while this might be wider than the Husqvarna, 20 inches is still really good. The fact that this mower is not as wide will also make it more maneuverable. The Snapper also features side discharge, mulching or collection.

Snapper makes a quality mower, and the fact that this smaller mower is more expensive than the Husqvarna doesn’t surprise me. Every mower serves a different purpose as far as type of terrain and area of lawn to control. I would rate this as an entry level mower perfect for anyone with less than 1 acre of lawn to maintain. You can purchase the snapper from Amazon through the link below.

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Snapper RE110 Highlights

  • Briggs & Stratton Engine 11.5 HP
  • Cutting Deck Width- 28 Inches
  • 20  Inch Turning Radius
  • 2 Gallon Tank
  • Fuel Efficient

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Poulan Pro PB195A46LT 19.5 HP

top pick for cheap riding lawn mowersThis is a larger model of the Poulan Pro line of riding lawn mowers. This model has a 46 inch cutting deck which is great for those with mid to large size lawns. The engine on this model is also a Briggs & Stratton and puts out 19.5 HP.

Believe it or not, but this model has a 16 inch turning radius. For the size of this mower that truly is impressive. The rear wheels measure at 20 inches and the front 15. The seat is an 11 inch mid back and adjustable for optimal comfort. This model also has a hydrostatic transmission and a manual clutch.

The downside to this model is of course the size of the tank. At 1.5 gallon capacity on such a large mower, I’m not sure what Poulan was thinking. Don’t get me wrong, this is a great mower, and Poulan makes a great line of mowers. I simply wish for greater fuel capacity as that would make this model more versatile and more available for people with anywhere from ¼ acre to several acres of lawn to maintain.

Currently, I would recommend this model to anyone with ¼ acre and up. Just be prepared to have to refuel if you have several acres to maintain. You can purchase the Pro from Amazon through the link provided.

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Poulan Pro 46 Inch Highlights

  • Briggs & Stratton Engine 19.5 HP
  • Cutting Deck Width- 46 Inches
  • 16 Inch Turning Radius
  • Hydrostatic Transmission, Manual Clutch
  • 1.5 Gallon Tank

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Final Thoughts on Cheap Riding Lawn Mowers

There you have it, 10 cheap riding lawn mowers at well under $2000. There are of course several other models of mowers I could have included in this list. I chose the above mowers based on price as well as availability. As price and availability change quite often, I will keep this post updated so you will always know which mowers are currently priced the cheapest.

All in all, I think this is a pretty comprehensive list of cheap riding lawn mowers that can perform for a variety of lawn sizes and budgets. Thank you for taking the time to check out my site. If you found the information helpful, please share this page with your friends. Also, if you have any questions regarding riding lawn mowers, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or use the contact tab to reach me via email.
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May 8, 2014