Originally posted by: PeeluckyDuckee
dumb question, but is there gas/brake pedals on those riding lawn mowers? Can you control how fast your lawn mover go or is it a set speed? How fast are they in general, in terms of MPH?
My parents work at a local Toro factory in town which builds walk behind lawn mowers, riding lawn mowers and snowblowers depending on the season.
Most of the riding lawn mowers just have a gas pedal, in which the harder you press the faster you go. When you let up on the gas the mower comes to a stop almost immediately....guess it depends on how fast you're going.
There are different gears just like their are with self propelled lawnmowers. First gear is the slowest (duh) and is good for mulching the lawn and making it look the best. Second gear is for normal mowing and (if you have the accessory) blowing/pushing snow, thatching the lawn, bagging leaves, etc. Some riding mowers have third gear which is fun to chase after the dog or run down the annoying neighbor kid.
If you have the money, go for a Toro Personal Pace lawn mower. It's self propelled and allows you to set your own pace without having to select a gear which may be too slow/fast for what you want it for. The mower also mulches and recycles the grass so you don't have to worry about bagging it or raking it up when you're done mowing. It's a very good lawn mower and one of the best in the industry.
Toro also makes LawnBoy lawn mowers which use the same basic parts and still do a good job. AFAIK the LawnBoy line doesn't have the Personal Pace type lawn mower, they are more for the budget minded.