Now that you have moved in to the countryside, you find yourself with new challenges. When it comes to your garden, one of the biggest challenges is cutting the grass in the quickest possible time and getting the best results, i.e. your lawns look nice and it has not taken you all day! However, your new home probably has more grass than you are used to or have had to mow previously.
Not only that, but the job of taking care of it is all yours and your old walk behind mower that used to do a fine job in your smaller garden is just not going to cut it.
In searching for a solution to this challenge, a growing number of homeowners have turned to a tool that lawn maintenance professionals have used for years: the highly manoeuvrable, highly productive ride on lawn mower.
In this guide you will find reviews of ride on lawn mowers and information to help you choose the best ride on mower for you and your garden.
Best ride on mower reviews 2017
Ride on Mowers = Small Tractors
If you need a small tractor for different kinds of work for less than 2 acres, then a ride on lawn mower is the best choice for you. You can greatly reduce your manual labor, due to the many attachments that are available for ride on mowers. You will find that this can help you keep your garden in tip-top condition in much less time. In most cases, a ride-on mower up to a maximum of 7-10 HP will also have a ZTR (zero turning radius) feature to help you when working in a smaller field or very large garden.
The Versatility of Lawn Tractors
Versatility is a major benefit of ride on mowers. Some of the jobs that can be completed by these garden vehicles include hole digging, lawn rolling, tilling, mowing, and many other jobs. The power take off spindle makes these jobs easily possible. That is why ride on lawn mowers are a gardener’s best friend.
Purchasing A Lawn Tractor
Choosing and purchasing a ride on mower is much like buying any other vehicle. The optional accessories increase the prices of both a car and a ride-on lawn mower. That is why you want to choose your model and accessories wisely to ensure that you will use the ones that you are purchasing. You also want to ensure that you can try the model in the showroom to ensure that you can attach and remove the accessories with very little effort. Test-drive the ride on mower to make sure you can get in and out of it easily as well.
Price of Lawn Tractors
There is a large price range when it comes to ride on lawn mowers. A smaller lawn mover can start at £1400 and go up to £5000. The Castelgarden XE 866 B is a basic model and it is available for just under £1400, while the McCulloch lawn tractor M15597TC is approximately £4775. A MTD Ride-On Lawnmower / ride Smart RG 145 is about £1849. These costs are for the ride on mower/tractor without any accessories. Accessories can make the cost greatly increase. A canopy starts at £110 and a collection bag for grass is around £300. A cart can run you anywhere from £110 to £220, depending upon the size. Now you see how the costs can quickly add up. If you are planning to use the vehicle for mowing 1/2 to 1 acre, then you may want to choose a stand behind lawnmower for around £350, instead of a bigger ride-on mower.
Safety tips for riding and using ride on lawn mowers and tractors
Ride on lawn mower and tractors are probably the most powerful tool you might use in any garden. They are the best solution for people who don’t have much time to take care of their large lawns. Among many other features, they are reliable, efficient, extremely fast as well as really easy to drive and a lot of fun whilst doing the grass. Nevertheless, they can be a double edge sword for those who do not respect the safety requirements. A ride on mower is a dangerous piece of equipment, so use it sensibly, following the operating guidelines found in the manual.
Statistics show that year after year, many people experience accidents due to either incorrect or unsafe use of their mowers, so to get you off to the best possible start we have put together some important points to keep in mind when driving a your lawn mower/tractor:
- Clear the mowing area from objects. This is a very important and something that a lot of people forget. If you run over a small piece of metal or hardwood, it could fly out of the blade cutting area and injure anyone within hundred feet around the operator.
- Always wear safety gear when operating power tools. Steel toecap boots can save your feet, if they get close to the lawn mowers sharp blades, wearing goggles or protective glasses will save your eyes from flying insects and other direct impacts or ear plugs or protectors will help if you are using the vehicle for extended periods of time.
No matter what anyone says, you must keep the vehicles safety guards in place. You never know when they may be required!
The ride on mower driving experience
You, as an experienced driver might be thinking that your years of experience mean that you will have no problem driving any of the above models. However, mistakes can be made and there are a few things you need to think about which is different to driving your car on a road.
What are the most typical mistakes when operating a ride on lawn mower?
Please, be as careful as you can, especially when riding on an incline. It might tip over and therefore create the chance of the blades rolling over you. The good news is that most ride on mowers and tractors are designed with a low centre of gravity and that is why there is very little possibility of the vehicle tipping over.
In our experience, the cheaper the model, the higher the chance of it tipping over as the higher centre of gravity it has and the more costly the ride on mower, the lower the centre of gravity.
It is important to use the following safety precautions, regardless of the small possibility of the vehicle turning over.
- It is important that you watch your speed, especially when you are on an incline. A small rock can cause your lawn mower or tractor to have problems and possibly injure you.
- While getting off of the lawn mower or tractor, ensure that it is turned off and all attachments touch the ground, if at all possible.
Lastly, one thing we want all gardeners’ to remember:
The more prepared you are for any kind of circumstance concerning accidents and safety, the better off you will be.
Just remember to wear safety equipment, including goggles, ear protectors, thick shoes and gloves if necessary. Gardening injuries are as typical as any other and ride on mowers and lawn tractors are not a child’s toy.