As zero-turn lawnmowers are relatively new to the residential grass cutting scene, you may have no idea how to use the machine that you have just purchased and that is currently sitting in your shed. Fortunately, these lawnmowers aren’t all that difficult to get the hang of; like the saying goes, ‘practice makes perfect’.
Step 1: Begin by making two or three laps around the perimeter of the lawn; pushing both levers forwards will make the lawnmower move straight, whilst pushing one further forward than the other will cause you to turn in the opposite direction (push the right lever forward, turn to the left).
Step 2: When you have got the hang of the controls, you can begin at one end of the lawn and cut in straight lines across the grass. As you reach the end of a line, turn around in the areas that you cut in step one.
Step 3: To begin a new line, the lawnmower will need to turn slightly (about 45 degrees) in the direction of the uncut grass. Then, stop and reverse slightly by pulling backwards on both levers. Pull back even further on the lever that is facing the cut grass once you have completed the turn and straighten out.
As with anything that you are unfamiliar with, it is likely that you will make a few mistakes whilst you are learning how to operate your zero-turn lawnmower. If you do, just continue cutting and focus on getting the movement right. Any grass that you do manage to tear will grow back fairly quickly, ready for your next pass with the lawnmower.