Best Rear Engine Riding Mower

Rear engine riding mowers are the entry-level riding mower. Ranging in price from $700 to $2000, they’ll cut your lawn twice as fast as a pushy and you won’t break a sweat. To choose which model is easy, and here we’ll show you the best two models – one manual and one automatic. 

Best Rear Engine Riding Mower For Most Img

Got a bad back? A bum knee? Buy a rear engine mower to avoid hassle and pain pushing a heavy mower around.

A rear engine mower’s deck is 1 – 2 foot skinnier than lawn tractors and zero turn mowers – making them more suited for fenced in backyards without wide entrance gates.

Simply put: these are riding lawn mowers with no “bells or whistles” they’re designed to offer you an easier mow without costing a fortune.

There’s 2 types and each has a different transmission. Here’s the best of each:

Best Manual Transmission Rear Engine Riding Mower

1) Troy-Bilt 420cc Gas 30-Inch Wide 6-Speed Rear Engine Riding Mower

Troy Bilt Best Rear Engine Riding MowerThe best entry-level rear engine riding mower for most people is the 420cc Troy Bilt model.

It can mow at speeds of 1.5 to 4.25 mph, has splash lubrication, 14 gauge stamped steel deck, maintenance free sealed ball bearing in the deck spindles and electric start.

It’s 30-inch cut width and riding mower style means it’s the perfect backyard mower for easy Sunday mowing in the sun.

Video Walk Around:

Here’s a walk around of this model. Note that this Troy Bilt is also sold under the Cub Cadet and Sears Craftsmen brands. Same mower, different sticker.

Best Automatic Transmission Rear Engine Riding Mower


How To Choose Between Auto And Manual


Rear engine riding mowers are already the most affordable riding mower style. But you can get an automatic (hydrostatic) transmission rear engine mower that approaches on and surpasses the most affordable lawn tractor mowers. However, for the ultimate in mower experience, if you want the skinnier deck width for easier manoeuvrability, then an auto transmission is a a great addition.

To least expensive rear engine mower with auto transmission is ~ $1,850.

Ease of Use

Get a manual trans if budget is your main buying factor. If ease of use is – get an automatic transmission.

Sources and Useful Links

1. Troy Bilt’s product page for the manual rear engine mower. I used this page to check the manual of the mower. Was curious if you could mow in forward and reverse.

2. This youtube video explains and shows what mower deck spindles look like and why they’re needed.

3. How long it takes to mow an acre article was reference. As well as the push mowers page to ensure correct deck widths were known.

4. Took a good look at the Snapper mowers to see if they were better than Troy Bilt or offered the best auto trans mower.