Lawn Care, Lawn Mowers

It is over 70 years since lumberjack Claude Poulan started manufacturing chainsaws. The company he founded grew to manufacture a number of tools including mowers. The Poulan Pro lawn mowers are efficient and relatively lightweight.

These mowers, which come with 10-year deck warranties, are tough and reliable. In this article, we compare four Poulan Pro gasoline-powered mowers to help you find the perfect mower for you.

What Is a Poulan Pro Lawn Mower?

Poulan Pro lawn mowers are manufactured by Poulan. The company makes a wide variety of mowers including tractors/riding mowers and push mowers.

The Poulan Pro 960420188 is a powerful mower, with a Briggs & Stratton engine. This mower is big and weighs 446 pounds.

Product Specs

The 960420188 is one of the most formidable Poulan Pro lawn mowers. The mower is suitable for consumer and entry-level commercial applications. This mower offers value, style, and performance.

The Poulan Pro 46-inch 20 HP automatic drive lawn mower has several outstanding features. This mower has a twin-cylinder Briggs and Stratton engine located at the front of the mower.

The mower is gasoline and produces 20 hp of power. It is versatile and recommended for flat lawns, uneven terrain, and even hilly surfaces.

The 960420188 mower has a 42-inch steel deck and its blades give a fine cut. The mower is the fastest on our list and can achieve speeds as high as 8 mph.


It is heavy. However, Poulan used anti-scalp technology, which prevents the wheels from scalping the lawn unevenly.

Starting this mower is easy thanks to its auto-choke system. It is obvious when you look at this mower that the mower is sturdy. Its front axles are cast iron to withstand years of use.


The deck of this Poulan Pro lawn mower allows airflow and enables the engine to keep performing even in bad weather.

We like that this mower cuts when in reverse, because the machine keeps the cutting blades engaged even when engaging the reverse gear.

The rear tires are large( 20-inch in diameter) and are suitable for a wide variety of terrains. This mower also has 15-inch front tires that have big treads.

Unlike many riding mowers and tractor which have complicated operation procedures, operating this mower is easy and not much different from driving a car.

To accelerate, you need to hit the pedal. In addition, there is no need to slow down to take corners or to engage the clutch.


The simplicity of operation is extended to cutting position adjustment. This Poulan Pro lawn mower has six cutting positions that can be changed using a spring-assisted lever that lifts the whole deck.

It cuts a minimum of 1.5 inches and can cut grass of up to four inches. This mower can mulch, bag, and discharge.  This machine turns beautifully and its 6-inch turning radius makes it suitable for cutting around obstacles like trees, flower beds, and other obstacles.

The machine has headlights that can be used to help when cutting during dark evenings or mornings. Other perks that come with this mower include a cup holder where you can securely fasten your beverages when mowing.

Poulan makes cleaning this mower easy, and the mower is equipped with a built-in water hose connector that enables you to connect a hose directly on the mower when cleaning. You can access the engine and other parts through the hood.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

  • Poulan Pro PP175G42 17.5HP 500cc Briggs 42″ 6-speed Lawn Tractor
  • Poulan Pro PR550N21R3, 21 in. 140cc Briggs & Stratton Walk Behind Mower
  • Poulan Pro P46ZX, 46 in. 22 HP Briggs & Stratton Zero Turn Riding Mower
  • Poulan Pro 960420188 Briggs and Stratton 20 HP Pedal Control Automatic Drive Riding Mower

Ease of Use

This machine is easy to use

Design Quality

We are impressed by the quality build of this mower. In addition, the machine is durable.


This mower has a two-year homeowner consumer warranty. Poulan Pro lawn mowers usually come with warranties for specific parts of the mower. The Pro 960410188 comes with a 10-year warranty for the automatic transmission belt and a 10-year warranty for the steel deck.

This two-year warranty for the whole mower is below the typical industry standard of three years.


  • Battery compatible with over Poulan power tools
  • Excellent online and phone support
  • Very maneuverable
  • Quality craftsmanship
  • Priming or choking not necessary
  • Can mow up to two acres on one tank
  • Tight 6-inch turning radius
  • Anti-scalping features
  • Comfortable ride


  • You have to buy bagging and mulching accessories separately
  • Very huge

Poulan Pro PP175G42 17.5HP 500cc Briggs 42″ 6-speed Lawn Tractor

The Poulan Pro PP175G42 is a riding mower that is slightly smaller than the Pro 960420188. This mower’s features are also slightly inferior compared to the Pro 960420188. This mower is 42-inch lawn tractor and is powered by a Briggs & Stratton 17.5 HP engine 500 cc.

The machine has a fender-mounted, lever-controlled six-speed transmission. This machine has a height of 42.3 inches, a length of 68 inches and it weighs 424 pounds.

This machine is slower than the Pro 960420188 and it can ride at speeds of up to 5.1 MPH and, like the 960420188, it can do flat, hilly, and uneven terrain. The machine can go in reverse up to 1.3 MPH.  The PRo PP175G42 has a wider turning radius than the 960420188. Still, the turning radius of 16 inches can enable you to cut around obstacles.

The machine is lever-operated and it has a 1.5-gallon fuel tank. Unlike the Pro PP175G42, this Poulan Pro lawn mower doesn’t have an anti-scalp system. The machine cuts from 1.5 inches to 4 inches.

It has six positions and can side discharge, mulch, and bag. The machine comes with headlights but it doesn’t have a water hose connection for cleaning.

The Pro PP175G42 mower has an easy-to-access spring-assisted deck lift lever and adjusting deck height is easy. The mower has a strong steel front axle. This mower has rugged 20-inch tires to help move easily in all terrains.

Ease of Use

This machine is easy to use with its automatic transmission same as in a car

Design Quality

This is a well built mower. The seat is comfortable and the deck and wheel axles look sturdy enough to withstand years of use.


This Poulan Pro lawn mower has a two-year homeowner consumer warranty. The deck comes with a 10-year warranty from Poulan.


  • Wide 42-inch cutting path
  • Comes with a cup holder
  • Suitable for all terrains and hills
  • Has headlights for cutting in dark conditions


  • Lacks hose connector for washing

Poulan Pro PR550N21R3, 21 in. 140cc Briggs & Stratton Walk Behind Mower

The Pro PR550N21R3 is a basic gas 21-inch push mower, equipped with a 140cc Briggs and Stratton 550E Series. This mower has moderate power and the engine produces 5.5 hp power output.

This mower is out of the question for people with uneven or hilly terrain because Poulan only recommends it for flat mowing. The machine has a steel deck and cuts grass from 1.25 inches to 3.44 inches using five cutting positions.

The mower also stalls in tall grass and is only recommended for short to medium-size grass. The cutting path of just 21 inches and the lack of riding abilities also make it unsuitable for anyone with a large lawn.

The mower is, however, easy to operate and you can easily change cutting height settings without using any tool. The machine has a large 2.2 cubic foot bag for collection of grass clippings — if you bag them — but there is an option of mulching or discharging the cuttings.

Ease of Use

This machine is easy to start and operate. However, the fact that this machine’s handle is not foldable and is not height adjustable limits its usability and storage.

Design Quality

This is a well built machine. We like the large size of its bag. The construction looks solid


Like most Poulan mowers, this mower comes with a two-year homeowner’s warranty.


  • Affordable
  • Powerful 140cc engine
  • Good with thick grass
  • Easy starting
  • Easy to adjust the deck


  • Not suitable for rough terrain or hilly yards
  • Not suitable for very tall and wet grass
  • Finicky plastic height adjustment lever
  • Handle not foldable or adjustable
  • Not suitable for big lawns

Poulan Pro P46ZX, 46 in. 22 HP Briggs & Stratton Zero Turn Riding Mower

The Poulan Pro P46ZX is 46-inch cutting path mower with a powerful a 22 HP Briggs & Stratton twin-cylinder 724 cc engine. This mower is suitable for commercial operation and is the only mower on our list that is in the club of “zero turn” mowers.

It has a 0-inch turning radius and can turn and cut leaving no uncut patches. Its zero turn ability is not the only area in which this machine differs from the 960420188 and the PP175G42. The P46ZX is not built in the “tractor” body of the other mowers but takes on the cart-style body of commercial mowers.

It’s quieter compared to other mowers with that kind of power and is suitable for residential areas.  This Poulan Pro lawn mower weighs 535 pounds and measures 40 inches x 75 inches.

It has a large 3.5-gallon capacity located at the rear of the mower. The steel deck manually lifts and cuts 1.5 inches up to 4 inches with half an inch increases.

Zero Turn

The mower has a zero-turn radius and front wheels turn on the spot. The machine has two powerful grass cutting blades and a dual hydrostatic drive system.

It is powerful and turns swiftly without skipping places. It has decent speeds and front driving speeds can be as high as 6.5 mph and it can reverse at a maximum of 6.5 mph. This machine can cut a 2.4-acre lawn in an hour. We like that this machine’s side discharge spreads the grass out and might eliminate the need for mulching.

This Poulan Pro lawn mower has 18-inch tires with deep grooves that enable it to shine on any terrain. Blade-engagement is via an electric clutch and the blades engage by a mere flip of a switch.

This machine’s neck is built in a way that maximizes airflow and the performance will not be affected even in bad weather.

You can access the inside by removing a part of the deck. This machine has six cutting positions from 1.5 to 4 inches and a 46-inch cutting path. The machine is steered using dual handlebars and it can mulch, side-discharge, and bag.

Ease of Use

This mower is fast and easy to use. The seat is high and comfortable. You operate this machine with handlebars and the blades easily engage via a clutch.

However, these machines take time to get used to and have a maintenance schedule that is more time-consuming than that of any other Poulan Pro lawnmowers on our list.

Design Quality

This rugged machine is solid enough to serve the needs of commercial users.


The machine has a two-year limited consumer warranty and the deck has a 10-year warranty.


  • Sturdy
  • Not very noisy
  • Zero turning it makes it the best around obstacles
  • Water hose connector for easy cleaning
  • Fast mower
  • Wide 46-inch cutting width


  • Needs assembly of the seat
  • Wheels leave deep tracks
  • Have to purchase a mulching kit or bagging system
  • Cutting deck not the biggest
  • Seat uncomfortable when taking corners


The Poulan Pro 960420188 lawn mower is a reliable lawn mower with several useful features: The mower has a wide 46-inch cutting path that reduces the cutting time.

This mower is suitable for flat and uneven terrain and on hills. We like thew headlights that make it possible to mow during dark mornings and evenings.

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