Why the Model Number is Important
Lawn mowers and other outdoor equipment are a lot like a cars. Just like you cannot buy just any part for a car, you cannot buy just any part for your mower. In addition, just because your mower is a certain brand and was made in a certain year, that does not mean that all parts from that year and brand will fit your mower. Two cars made by Dodge might need different parts and two mowers made by Exmark may need different parts. Locating and using the model number will ensure the parts you are buying fit the mower or other equipment that you have.
Parts straight from the brand can be expensive, so the model number will allow you to buy aftermarket and third party parts. Places like Proven Part have a large selection of parts at a lesser price than brand specific products. Most sites will have a list of model numbers that a specific part fits. One of the most popular things to buy from a third party is a deck kit for your mower. These kits have pullies, blades and belts all packaged together, but they are not one kit fits all. It is imperative to have your model number (or part number) ready.
Where the Model Number is Located
You know model numbers are important, now its time to find your model number. In general, a model number on a riding mower is going to be under the seat or on the back of the mower and a push mower will likely be along the back or along the side of the engine. For more specific areas to check, click your mowers brand below:
If you do not see your brand listed above, give a quick internet search of your brand.