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Lawn Tractor Buyers Guide

If you are unsure about what type of lawn tractor you need that a good place to start is to ask yourself some questions:

  • How large is your lawn? Selecting the perfect lawn tractor comes down to picking the right mower deck size. Deck size is also referred to as cutting width. It's recommended to choose a deck size based on how large your garden or property is. The answer to this question will help you decide the correct deck size. See our size guide below.
  • Do you need a model that can manoeuvre around trees and obstacles?
  • How much space do you have to store your lawn tractor?

What size of lawnmower do I need ?

Medium Garden

½ Football pitch (750 m2 to 2,000 m2)
Size of lawnmower 50cm (20”) to 54cm (21”)

Large Garden

House on acre of lawn (1,000 m2 to 3,000 m2)
Size of lawnmower 55cm (22”) to 97cm (23”)

Large Garden

Football pitch (up to 6,000 m2)
Size of lawnmower 97cm (38”) to 107cm (42”)

Estate

2 or more football pitch lawn (6,000 m2 to 12,000 m2)
Size of lawnmower 107cm (42”) to 132cm (52”)

Descriptions

To help you pick the ideal lawn tractor for your needs check out the short descriptions of the type of models we stock below:

Rear Engine Ride Ons

This is the smallest type of lawn tractor with the engine at the back and a seat towards the front. They have smaller cutting widths (from 28” to 33”) and engine sizes and are the cheapest type to buy. Features include excellent visibility, a low centre of gravity and pivoting frame that adapts to your lawn contours. Ideal for medium sized gardens and tight spaces. Check out our range of Rear Engine Ride Ons here

Rear Discharge / Mulching Lawn Tractors

Rear Discharge Tractors gather the clippings and keep them off the lawn so that your garden stays tidy. Most lawn tractors have a large grass collector, the larger the collector the less time you spend emptying it. You can also dispose of the grass by using the mulch facility which will blow the grass clippings back on to the lawn, where they break down and act as a fertiliser for your grass. Check out our range of Rear Discharge Lawn Tractors here

Side Discharge / Mulching Lawn Tractors

Side-discharge lawn tractors have cutting decks that eject the clippings from the side of the deck. On certain models, there is an option to purchase a collector bag and an option to purchase a mulch kit for mulching the grass collected. See our range of Side Discharge Lawn Tractors here

Zero Turn Ride Ons

Designed to turn on the spot, this makes them incredibly manoeuvrable and ideal for more intricate shaped lawns as well as grass areas containing obstacles such as trees and flowerbeds. They have two steering handles that separately control the rear wheels, instead of the conventional steering system, which controls only the front wheels. You can save up to 50% on mowing time compared to a standard tractor mower making them ideal for cutting large areas. Smaller and more compact than other lawn tractor models they’re good for storing in smaller garden areas. See our range of Zero Turn Ride Ons here

Features

Lawn tractors have lots of features, so here is a quick explanation of some of the main features you may see when researching which lawn tractor, you want to buy:

  • Drive System
    • Hydrostatic transmission make it easy to control the speed of the mower without the use of a clutch or changing gears. If you have a lot of obstacles to mow around, it is easier to use and offers better speed control as well. Some also offer a cruise control option which is great for cutting large, open areas.
    • Manual transmission requires the use of a clutch when changing speeds and will be familiar to most car drivers. If you don't have a lot of trees or flower beds to mow around, this can be a cost saving feature for your purchase.
  • Cutting width - The wider the cutting width, the quicker the mower will get through large areas of well-maintained grass. It is often referred to as the cutting deck.
  • Mulching - Recut the lawn clippings into tiny pieces and blow them back on to the lawn, where they break down and act as a fertiliser for your grass. This can be an inbuilt feature or an option (see product specifications for more details)
  • Washport - Hose fitting point on the lawn tractor to clean the housing while the mower engine is running, increasing the life of the chassis and improving cutting efficiency.