I know that regular push mowers are not required to have any sort of emissions controls, so mowing is pretty terrible environmentally. Riding mowers are bigger, and burn more gas, so without any sort of emissions controls I would assume they could be similarly terrible, except worse.

I'm considering getting a riding mower to replace my push mower that bit the bucket, but if it has no emissions controls, I'd second guess my decision. Can anyone chime in on what if any emissions standards riding mowers are held to?

Edit: Per agentp I'm located in the US, specifically Kansas.

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    you should specify where you are located, such regs can vary a lot. – agentp Aug 28 '17 at 15:03
  • regulations aside, look for one with fuel injection and a catalytic converter and you will be worlds better than your old carb push mower. – agentp Aug 28 '17 at 15:16
  • I'm not aware of any regulations on mowers in the US, but I don't know for sure. How about an electric mower? – Spivonious Aug 28 '17 at 16:59
  • @Spivonious That's my alternative, but the only electric mower I know of is a push mower. I would also reallly like to have a riding mower if they aren't super un-green – Sidney Aug 28 '17 at 17:18
  • Interesting and related piece of news: nytimes.com/2006/04/24/us/24lawn.html – juhist Aug 28 '17 at 17:25

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