Hints & Tips
Lawn and garden tractors and ride-on mowers are becoming increasingly popular for many gardeners fed up with trundling up and down large lawns behind a conventional lawnmower.
Here at MowDirect we are the largest retailer in Britain of this type of machine as we have a huge selection and offer personal advice so you buy the right machine for your garden.
And remember these machines have their uses all year round – just think how much effort a garden trailer could save you, or a leaf sweeper when the leaves start tumbling.
So to give you an idea of the machines available, here are ten top ride-ons and tractors mostly available for next-day delivery in the UK for an extra fee and even on a Saturday if you order by 30m Friday.
Let’s start our list with an exclusive little ride-on.
The Lawnflite 2-in-1 Ride-On Mower has a working width of 60cm making it suitable for lawns around 2000m2 and yet being narrow enough to get through most garden gates.
Powering it along is a 190cc Briggs & Stratton engine started with a key and it has been designed to mulch the clippings and to discharge them to the side for the less formal areas where finish is not so important.
It has six gears which are shifted on the move and is a very easy ride-on to drive around tight areas like paths and lawn edges.
There are five cutting heights and an adjustable driver’s seat.
It is priced at just £1099, £300 off the recommended price and our Premium Delivery Service is free and within two to three working days. But remember the next day and Saturday option is also available.
And there is a two-year warranty.
Another neat little ride-on worth a look is the Mountfield 827M Compact Lawn Rider powered by a 224cc engine from the manufacturerand with a narrow width to get through tight gates and along paths – the working width is 66cm so it can handle areas around 2000m2.
There are five gears, four forward and one revers, and it has a 150-litre grass box which can be emptied without leaving the driver’s seat.
There are six cutting heights from 30mm to 80mm and you can buy a mulch plug as an extra if you prefer to deal with the cut grass this way.
‘Great Little Mower’, said a recent purchaser. Another commented ‘Great Little Machine With A Big Capability’. Other reviews are here.
It costs £1249, £100 off the recommended price and has a two-year warranty. Premium Delivery is free within two to three working days and next day and Saturday options are also available.
Here’s one to consider if you have a larger area to maintain, say around 8000m2.
The Lawnflite 380 XT-S Lawn Tractor has a 96cm cutting width and is mainly intended as a side-discharge machine although a mulch plug and grass catcher are available as optional extras.
And at the moment with this machine they are on sale at 50 per cent off.
Driving it is a 420cc MTD engine with shit-on-the-go transmission which returns to the speed preselected after braking – a great time-saver.
Cutting heights are from 30mm to 95mm and the cutting width is 96cm.
It costs £1399, £300 off the recommended price and has a two-year warranty.
And have a look at the optional attachments on exclusive special offer at the moment with 50 per cent off.
Our Premium Delivery Service is free with two to three working days and delivery the next day and on Saturday is also available, for a small charge.
Now, one from a leading manufacturer from the USA and exclusive to MowDirect.
The MTD Direct-Collect Lawn Tractor has a 420cc engine and has been designed to be an excellent collector of cut grass.
This is achieved by having a pair of blades to produce a powerful current of air in the cutting deck so the grass id blasted into the grass box without any blockages.
This grass box holds 250 litres and can be emptied from the driver’s seat.
The cutting width is 92cm and the cutting deck can be removed without tools if you need to pass through a narrow gate.
The cutting deck also has anti-scalp wheels so it follows the contours of the lawn with scalping it. And it also has a front axle which pivots to give an even cut.
Transmatic transmission gives great speed control and it has a tight turning circle.
There are five cutting heights and a mulch kit and rear deflector are also available.
It costs £1599, £300 off the recommended price and we deliver it for FREE within two to three working days with our premium service. We can also deliver next day and Saturday delivery for a small charge.
It has a two-year warranty.
The Mountfield 1530M Lawn Tractor has a cutting width of 84cm and is suitable for areas up to 5000m2.
Twin cutting blades give great collection when the grass is damp and lead to a smooth, even cut, from 25mm to 80mm. The grass box holds 240 litres and emits a loud peep when it is full and can be emptied from the driver’s seat.
A 452cc Mountfield engine gives bags of power and has been made to last with an advanced lubrication system. It has a six-speed gear box, five forward and one reverse. The fuel tank holds six litres.
It is a very comfortable tractor to drive with an adjustable and padded seat.
The fuel tank capacity is six litres, meaning less time spent filling up and more time spent in the driving seat.
Headlights keep you working when it gets murky and you can buy a deflector kit for cutting longer grass and a mulch plug and tow bar.
See what previous customers had to say here.
It costs £1688, £200 off the recommended price and has a five-year warranty. Our Premium Delivery Service is within two to three working days with next day and Saturday delivery available.
The Mountfield 1530H Lawn Tractor is a similar machine in many ways but this one has a hydrostatic drive, much like an automatic car.
It has the same cutting width and twin blades but with automatic drive it is easier to negotiate tight turns and paths as there are no gears to both about.
And the cutting deck has a wash port, just attach a garden hose to clean it out after you’ve finished mowing.
Just press the accelerator pedal, and away you go. The same 452cc engine provides the power and cutting heights are between 25mm and 80mm.
A grass deflector for longer grass is available as are tow bar and mulch attachments.
Great Lawn Tractor at a Very Reasonable Price said one previous purchaser. Other reviews are here.
It costs £1899, £200 off the recommended price and has a five-year warranty. Free delivery is usually within two to three working days with our amazing value Premium Delivery Service and is free and next day delivery is also available.
Now a great Italian machine and this one has a free garden trailer with it worth £199.
The Oleo-Mac OM95-16KH Garden Tractor has a cutting width of 95cm and is suitable for lawns up to 8000m2 and has cutting widths from 30mm to 90mm with an easy to use lever to change them.
Twin blades give not only a better cut but better collection as well and better performance when mulching. The grass box holds 310 litres and it has a full dashboard indicating revs and fuel levels.
It has hydrostatic transmission for easy driving – no gears – and there is a strong bumper at the front – just in case.
Cleaning the cutting deck is again simple – just attach a garden hose and run the engine for a few minutes.
It also has a tow hitch as a standard fitting.
It costs £1999, a great reduction on the recommended price of £3499 and has a five-year warranty.
Premium Delivery is free within two to three working days and a next day and weekend service is available for an extra fee.
The next is from Germany and has free tipping trailer worth £199 included.
The Al-Ko T16-92HD Special Edition Lawn Tractor is made with lawns around 6000m2 in mind and is fitted with a Hi-Lift blade to create a powerful airflow in the cutting deck to give efficient collection of wet and damp grass.
It is fitted with a Briggs & Stratton 656cc twin-cylinder engine and has six cutting heights and a grass box which holds 220 litres. This can be emptied from the driver’s seat.
It has a cutting width of 92cm and has anti-scalp wheels on the cutting deck to follow the slopes of the lawn and prevent damage.
It is priced at £2299, £400 off the recommended price and has a five year warranty.
Delivery is free within two to three working days with premium delivery available.
And don’t forget the free steel tipping trailer worth £199. It even comes with a tow hitch fitted and that’s worth another £49.
‘Excellent Tool’, ‘Very Impressed’, say two recent customers.
Here’s another from Italian company Oleo-Mac, this one aimed at lawns up to 12,000m2 with its of 105cm.
The Oleo-Mac OM105-20H Garden Tractor lets you mulch the cut grass and discharge it at the back as well as collect it in the 310-litre grass box.
The 656cc twin-cylinder Briggs & Stratton mower has seven cutting heights from 30m to 90mm and is a very comfortable tractor to drive and has a full dashboard and a padded and adjustable seat.
It has a new cutting deck to give the machine great rigidity and twin blade which produce a powerful airflow to give good collection of the clippings.
This is a very powerful lawn tractor designed to tow all manner of attachments so important on larger properties.
It costs £2699, £1800 off the recommended price and it has a five-year warranty. Our Premium Delivery is FREE within two to three working day with next day and weekend delivery available for a small charge.
And there is a free steel tipping trailer with this one as well, worth £199.
And the final one is the sort you’ll often see on parks and golf courses, designed to take on areas up to 30,000m2 and steered by levers to give very precise manoeuvrability.
The Simplicity Contender SZT550 Commercial Zero-Turn Ride-On Mower is from a leading manufacturer in the USA and has a 724cc Briggs & Stratton V-twin engine to give loads of power.
This machine will turn on the sport as it has front castor wheels and with its 132cm cutting deck is an ideal lawn tractor for parks and gardens where there are lots of trees and obstacles.
The cutting deck has small wheels to follow the contours of the land and there is a mulch plug supplied.
It has a high-backed seat with arm rests and you can engage cruise control when appropriate.
There are 12 cutting heights selected with a foot pedal.
The price is £4699 compared with the recommended price of £7999 and delivery is free within five to seven working days.
It has a two-year maker’s warranty.
With the recent heavy rains the grass will start growing vigorously again and will need regular cutting, as much as twice a week, and lawn tractors and ride-ons are a necessity on large lawns.
If you can’t find one here to suit, please give us a ring on 03454 588905. We’re the country’s leading retailer of these pieces of machinery and have years of experience in the field and we’ll be happy to advise you so you get the right machine for your purposes. just ask our other customers…“Fantastic Service… honest and pointed me in the right direction to make sure I got the right tool for the job.”