Operating a Zero-Turn Mower

With benefits like reduced mowing time and precise cutting along edges and around trees, a zero-turn mower is a great option for larger yards. However, before you cut the first blade of grass, it's important to know how to operate and understand the features of your zero-turn mower so you can stay safe while giving your yard a fresh, clean cut.

Zero-Turn Riding with a Steering Wheel

Zero-turn mowers like the Mustang PivotTM can navigate through your yard by using a steering wheel, creating a turning radius that is tighter than any other mower. The steering wheel allows you to mow grass on hills and uneven terrain, plus maneuver around trees, landscaping beds and other obstacles in your yard.

The Mustang Pivot also creates an easier and quicker mowing experience as it combines the natural motion and control of a riding mower with the high-power performance of a zero-turn mower.

Even though the operation of the Mustang Pivot resembles a traditional riding mower, it's still important to learn how it operates and functions. This will help prevent injuries and make your time in the yard even more enjoyable.

Zero-Turn Rider with a Lap Bar

When it comes to more traditional zero-turn mowers, like the Mustang 42 XPTM Zero-Turn Riding Lawn Mower and Mustang 50 XPTM Zero-Turn Riding Lawn Mower, the speed and steering is typically controlled by two lap bars that work independently of each other. This operation is much different than the Mustang Pivot, as well as a riding mower, so make sure you have someone with experience using a zero-turn show you how to properly use and maintain this equipment.

Before you start the engine of your zero-turn mower, it's extremely important to sit on your mower and learn how to move the bars to accelerate, turn, and stop.

Here are some general steering instructions to operate a zero-turn mower:

  • To move your mower forward, push both bars away from yourself in an even motion.
  • To put your mower in reverse, pull both bars back towards you in an even motion.
  • To turn right, easily pull the right lap bar towards you while you gently push the left bar away.
  • To turn left, easily pull the left lap bar towards you while you gently push the right bar away.
  • To stop, place bars back in their neutral position. This is the position the bars are in when the mower is idle or completely turned off.

After you get a good feel for how the bars work, practice driving the mower around your lawn. Start by moving the bars from position to position slowly until you become more comfortable with the speed and steering of the mower.