Snapper Riding Lawnmower Review
Finding the best riding Lawnmower
Snapper Riding Lawnmower
- 11.5, 12.5, 13.5,17.5 HP Briggs and Stratton single cylinder overhead valve 4 stroke engine
- 5 speed Disc Drive
- 28” deck ( 1 blade)
- 30” deck ( 1 blade)
- 33” deck ( 1 blade)
Setting the deck height
- 12” - 28” depending on model
Power Take Off (PTO) - Manual
- Snow blade
- Mulching Kit
- Rear bagger
- Dump Kit
- Step thru
Country of Manufacture
About $1400.00 - $2500.00
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Snapper builds great lawn machines. From their innovative walk behind machines, to an extensive line of lawn tractors, quality is the theme. This company has been in business for a long time, and continues to produce top of the line products for a variety of consumer needs.
Very few manufactures offer a real riding lawnmower these days
( see the explanation of how a riding lawnmower differs from lawn tractors and ZTR mowers).
Snapper has continued the tradition, and even offers a variety of models with a variety of prices and features. Snapper also manufactures the one riding lawnmower sold by Sears.
All the Snapper riding lawnmowers feature the ‘3 in 1’ option,allowing for side discharge, mulch,or rear bagging. Mulching and rear bag collectors are offered as options at an additional cost. The deck cutting height is adjusted manually using a lever.
The chassis on most Snapper riding lawnmowers has a pivoting design, and is fabricated of solid steel.
The decks on all the Snapper riding lawnmowers feature the ‘step through’ design. This eliminates any obstructions in front of the drivers seat. This allows for easy entry and exit from the tractor without the need to lift feet and legs over a raised portion of the frame. In addition, since the engine is mounted in the rear, there is much better visibility in the front of the riding lawnmower when it comes to steering and avoiding obstacles.
Snapper riding lawnmowers are available in 2 model series - the Rear-Engine and the RE200. The Rear-Engine models are generally less expensive, and are equipped with 5-speed disc drive transmissions. This is similar to the drive systems used on the Snapper walk behind mowers, and is very simple, durable, and innovative. The RE200 is a higher priced machine, with a larger engine and hydrostatic transmission. There are five Rear-Engine models available, and one model in the RE200 series.
The Rear-Engine series offers a choice of single cylinder Briggs and Stratton overhead valve (OHV) engines. Horsepower ranges from 11.5 to 17.5 HP. The transmissions are a manual 5-speed disc drive ( no gears involved). Electric start is an option on some models, with a back up recoil starter if needed.
The two models 28115BV and 30115BV are powered by the 11.5 HP Briggs and Stratton engine. Both have a 1 blade 28” cutting deck, which ‘floats’ to help prevent scalping when mowing over uneven terrain. Model 30115BV is a dedicated side discharge deck. Model 28115BV features the ‘HI-VAC’ deck design, with optional rear grass collector.
The two models 28125BVE and 30125BVE are powered by the 12.5 HP Briggs and Stratton engine, and have an electric starter with pull rope back-up. Both have a cutting deck which ‘floats’ to help prevent scalping when mowing over uneven terrain. This is a standard Snapper feature on all models Model 30125BVE is a dedicated side discharge deck with a 30” width. Model 28125BVE features the ‘HI-VAC’ deck design, with optional rear grass collector. The cutting width is 28”.
Rounding out the Rear-Engine series is the most expensive model 33175BVE, which has a powerful 17.5 HP Briggs and Stratton engine, paired with the standard 5-speed disc drive transmission. This comes equipped with an electric starter with pul rope back-up. The single blade cutting deck is 33” in width, which is the widest Snapper offers in a riding lawnmower. The deck is a ‘HI-VAC’ design.
Count on spending between $1400.00 to $2300.00 for the Snapper riding lawnmowers in the Rear-Engine series.
The Snapper model RE200 is powered by a 13.5HP Briggs and Stratton engine, with a pressurized oil system (no oil filter) and electric starter. The transmission is the hydrostatic gear variety, and is controlled by a one foot pedal. Disc brakes come standard.
A single blade cutting deck leaves a 30” cutting swath. The deck is floating, to help prevent scalping on uneven lawns. Side discharge comes standard, with options to convert into a mulching mower, or rear bagger.
The added horsepower and better transmission add to the cost. Count on spending about $2500.00 for this great machine.
Most customers that invest in a Snapper riding lawnmower buy another in the future, based on high satisfaction.
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