Can You Tow With a Zero Turn Mower

Zero-turn mowers are now turning into a large lawn owner’s essential machine in keeping a well-trimmed and lusciously green yard. But they aren’t just limited to mowing your lawn or helping you with your landscaping and gardening tasks, it can offer a variety of other tasks to simplify your work around your turf. 

Can you tow with a zero turn mower?

Many larger zero turn mowers have a built-in hitch where you can attach equipment that you can tow. Most tow hitches are added on larger ZTRs since they have a stronger engine that has the capacity to carry or hold the extra weight. However, any zero turn mower can tow, as long as it falls within its weight capacity.

How much weight can a mower tow?

As a rule of thumb, a z-turn mower can smoothly tow a piece of equipment that is ideally no more than 50% (60% at most) of its weight.  However, when considering the weight of the extensions you’re going to tow, you also have to include the rider’s weight in its capacity to carry and move weight efficiently. But depending on your mower, the weight it can carry may be more or less than its required load capacity. 

For example, a 50-inch Toro Timecutter weighs 621 pounds, if the mower has a 60% load capacity then it can carry about 370 pounds. Given that you weigh about 200 pounds, then the maximum weight your zero turn mower can tow is 170.

Though this is a general rule, it doesn’t apply to all zero-turn mowers. The towing capacity of your mower is always indicated on the ZTR manual. However, if you’ve bought a secondhand mower, always know that residential mowers can tow only up to half of its weight. A commercial mower can tow up to twice its weight, given that it’s designed to pull heavy loads beyond its weight. See "How Much Does a Zero Turn Mower Weigh" to learn more about the weight of light and heavy-duty z-turns.

 

Zero-turn towing capacity

The towing capacity of a zero-turn mower differs depending on the brand, model and the overall weight of your specific ZTR (including the rider’s weight). That being said, below you will find summarized tables showing the towing capacity of the most popular brands alongside their models.

Cub Cadet zero turn towing capacity

Cub cadet zero turn model

Weight

Towing capacity

ZT1-42

500 lbs

250 - 300 lbs

ZT1-42E

500 lbs

250 - 300 lbs

ZT1-46

570 lbs

285 - 342 lbs

ZT1-50

585 lbs

292 - 351 lbs

ZT1-54

600 lbs

300 - 360 lbs

ZT2-50

600 lbs

300 - 360 lbs

ZT2-54

615 lbs

307 - 369 lbs

ZT2-60

752 lbs

376 - 451 lbs

ZTX4-48

850 lbs

425 - 510 lbs

ZTX4-54

925 lbs

462 - 555 lbs

ZTX4-60

1092 lbs

546 - 655 lbs

  • Note that I have excluded the rider's weight. You will have to reduce the Cub cadet towing capacity further depending on your weight.

John Deere zero turn towing capacity

John Deere zero turn model

Weight

Towing capacity

Z335E

491 lbs

245 - 294 lbs

Z345R

500 lbs

250 - 300 lbs

Z345M

496 lbs

248 - 297 lbs

Z355E

570 lbs

285 - 342 lbs

Z355R

575 lbs

287 - 345 lbs

Z365R

575 lbs

287 - 345 lbs

Z375R

590 lbs

295 - 354 lbs

Z515E

776 lbs

388 - 465 lbs

Z530M

780 lbs

390 - 468 lbs

Z530R

834 lbs

417 - 500 lbs

Z545R

832 lbs

416 - 499 lbs

Z720E

965 lbs

482 - 579 lbs

Z735E

990 lbs

495 - 594 lbs

Z730M

965 lbs

482 - 579 lbs

Z735M

965 lbs

482 - 579 lbs

Z740R

1040 lbs

520 - 624 lbs

Z915E

1178 lbs

589 - 706 lbs

Z920M

1220 lbs

610 - 732 lbs

Z930M

1275 lbs

637 - 765 lbs

Z945M

1275 lbs

637 - 765 lbs

Z950M

1275 lbs

637 - 765 lbs

Z960M

1252 lbs

626 - 751 lbs

  • Note that I have excluded the rider's weight. You will have to reduce the John deere towing capacity further depending on your weight.

Husqvarna zero turn towing capacity

Husqvarna zero turn model

Weight

Towing capacity

Z142

474 lbs

237 - 284 lbs

Z146

474 lbs

237 - 284 lbs

Z242

551 lbs

275 - 330 lbs

Z246

504 lbs

252 - 302 lbs

Z248F

581 lbs

290 - 348 lbs

Z254

542 lbs

271 - 325 lbs

Z254F

595 lbs

297 - 357 lbs

Z448

725 lbs

362 - 435 lbs

Z454

745 lbs

372 - 447 lbs

Z454XS

961 lbs

480 - 576 lbs

Z460

823 lbs

411 - 493 lbs

Z460XS

973 lbs

486 - 583 lbs

Z548

1100 lbs

550 - 660 lbs

Z554L

1215 lbs

607 - 729 lbs

Z554X

1250 lbs

625 - 750 lbs

Z560L

1250 lbs

625 - 750 lbs

Z560X

1309 lbs

654 - 785 lbs

Z572X

1359 lbs

679 - 815 lbs

MZ48

595 lbs

297 - 357 lbs

MZ54

770 lbs

385 - 462 lbs

MZ61

770 lbs

385 - 462 lbs

  • Note that I have excluded the rider's weight. You will have to reduce the Husqvarna towing capacity further depending on your weight.
  • Why can’t a zero turn mower tow heavier weight?

    A z-turn mower is not equipped to carry a load over 60% of its weight mostly since it will put a heavier strain on the engine. Your engine powers your mower to trim your lawn at a certain speed and the more powerful the engine, the more tasks it can handle which includes towing gardening accessories. However, with a smaller engine design to make your mower run, it doesn’t have enough capacity to tow extremely heavy accessories.

    Craftsman and Dixie z-turns are designed to also carry heavier weight. They are able to tow about 700-1000 pounds and up to 2000 pounds respectively.

    What can a z-turn mower tow?

    As long as your mower has a hitch, it can pull various accessories to improve your efficiency in working around your garden or lawn. Your z-turn can mow various gardening accessories such as:

    • pull-behind sprayers
    • fertilizer, or seed spreaders
    • lawn carts or utility trailers
    • aerator
    • lawn sweeper
    • lawn roller

    How to install a hitch kit to your zero turn mower?

    Towing is essential for gardeners in hauling seedlings, fertilizers, and other materials that a large garden needs for up-keep where a ZTR can fulfill the function of a tractor and tow them across your property. However, most medium- to small-sized zero-turn mowers do not have an installed tow hitch but you can easily buy a hitch and install it on your mower.

    • Materials Required:

    1. Tow hitch kit
    2. Drill
    3. Measuring tape
    • Instructions

    1. Bring your mower to a secure space on a hard and even surface like your garage or your driveway.
    2. Once you’re in a safer area,  turn your engine off.
    3. Measure the rear support of your mower and mark the spot where you’re going to drill at the exact center of the bumper.

    NOTE: Although almost all ZTRs have rear metal support, some are made with a rear fender or cover, do not install your tow hitch on any non-metal material on your mower. 

    1. Drill holes on the metal support to fit the bolts or screws for your hitch.
    2. Position your hitch and add the bolts. After which, secure your hitch with the bolt nut.
    • Types of tow hitches

    There are three common types of tow hitches used on zero turn mowers: a simple hitch, towing ball, and a hitch pin. Though there are other types, these three, by far, offer security and the best support for whatever accessory you’re going to tow.

    Simple Hitch

    A simple hitch or a hitch plate is a small metal plate shaped like a wide L-bracket. The plate comes with a large hole in the middle where you can attach your chain or hook to secure your accessory on your mower.

    Towing Ball

    The towing ball is literally a small ball where you can loop your chain around or attach your hook. The towing ball is usually attached to a hitch plate.

    Hitch Pin

    The hitch pin is a large pinhead that you secure on your mower. Some of these pins are magnetized to add an extra hold of your hook, loop, or chain to prevent it from getting undone as you pull your equipment across your lawn.

    Zero-turn mowers are versatile machines that drastically improves your efficiency around your lawn. From quick clean mowing to towing massive gardening equipment around your large property, your machine easily becomes your all-around help.

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