Ten top ride-ons and tractors for autumn, plus some handy time-saving gadgets

Ride-on mowers and garden tractors come into their own in the autumn.

First, lawns need to be trimmed, but not that short, so they have a decent covering of grass to protect them from the winter frosts and snow.

But if you have a garden tractor, you have a year-round workhorse which can tow all manner of attachments like leaf sweepers and de-thatchers.

So here is a selection of ride-on mowers, lawn tractors plus a couple of really useful attachments which will give you a great looking lawn all winter long.

Don’t forget, all of our tractors and ride-on mowers come with our FREE Premium Delivery Service, delivered to your property assembled, tested, tuned and cleaned, ready to go.

First, a very popular little ride-on, the Mountfield 827M Compact Lawn Rider made with lawns around 2000m2 in mind, yet at 66cm wide, narrow enough to get through most garden gates.

Mountfield 827M compact lawn rider
Cracking value: Mountfield 827M compact lawn rider

An easy-starting 224cc Mountfield engine provides the power and it has a five-speed gearbox, four forward and one reverse.

The 150-litre grass box can be emptied without leaving the driver’s seat and it has six cutting heights from 30mm to 80mm. There is an optional mulch kit which you can buy for £99 but make sure the grass is dry before you use this.

It costs £1249, £100 below the recommended price and it has a two-year warranty.

For a limited time, Premium Delivery for England and Wales is FREE the following day if you order by 3pm – even on Saturday. For Scotland delivery is FREE within two to three working days.

Great Little Mower” “Great Little Machine with Big Capability” are just a couple of recent favourable reviews.

If you have a slightly larger lawn, the Lawnflite 76-RDE Mini Rider could well suit.

It has a 76cm cutting width and a 382cc MTD Thorx engine and a 150cc and a mulch plug is included.

Lawnflite Mini Rider
Easy driver: Lawnflite 76RDE Mini Rider

This model has a 12-speed gear box six forward and six reverse and has a right turning circle and six cutting heights from 38mm to 95mm.

It is priced at £1399, £200 less than the maker’s recommended price and it has a two-year warranty.

FREE Premium Delivery for England and Wales takes 3-4 working days with next day and Saturday delivery available for a small fee.

If you have larger areas like small paddocks and orchards around 6000m2 the Mountfield 1538M SD Lawn Tractor is a great buy.

Primarily a side-discharge tractor it can also tackle more formal lawns by using a mulch plug and it is fitted with a tow bar.

The engine is from GGP, 452cc specifically designed for lawn tractors, quite, mean on fuel and with low vibration levels.

Side discharge: Mountfield 1538M lawn tractor

It is fitted with twin blades and has cutting heights from 25mm to 80mm and these two blades produce and excellent finish.

Five gears and a reverse make it easy to drive around any garden and wide tyres give excellent grip. Twin headlights mean you can keep working in the evening twilight.

This tractor has been a best seller. “Well-built mower that gives a Good Wide Cut” is just one of a number of favourable reviews.

It costs £1449, £200 off the recommended price and it has a five-year warranty. Free next working day delivery is again available in England and Wales.

The Lawnflite 603 XT-S Lawn Tractor is a great collector of wet grass with the company’s Direct Collect features but at the moment you also receive a free attachment including a leaf sweeper or a swivel cart making it an absolute bargain.

This is a very powerful littler machine with a 420cc MTD ThorX engine started with a key and it has a large fuel tank to keep you working longer.

Rear grass collection in the 200 litre grass box plus rear discharge are standard, and the cutting heights are from 30mm to 95mm.

LAwnflite 603 XT-S lawn tractor
Best seller: Lawnflite 603xt Lawn Tractor

It has a turning radius of 46cm and is a very comfortable tractor to drive. “A Cut Above” “Wonderful’“, “Very Pleased” are three recent comments.

It costs £1549, £250 off the recommended price with FREE delivery (3-4 working days) and this includes the free free attachment.

The Mountfield 1530M Lawn Tractor is another very popular machine with twin blades to give a smooth finish and to help collect the clippings by creating a strong current of air in the cutting deck.

There are cutting heights from 25mm to 80mm and a grass box which holds 240 litres. The grass box makes a loud bleeping sound when it needs emptying and can be emptied form the driver seat using a telescopic handle.

The engine is Mountfield’s own 452cc one designed for a long life and it has five forward and one reverse gears. The fuel tank holds six litres.

Chunky wheels give great grip and there is a pair of headlights for when  it gets murky.

You can also buy a deflector kit for use when cutting long grass and a tow bar and mulch kit.

It costs £1699, £200 off the recommended price and it has a five year warranty. SPECIAL OFFER – we are offering FREE next day delivery on this model to England and Wales, including Saturday delivery.

Made by a leading German engineering company, the Al-Ko T16-92HD Special Edition Lawn Tractor has a twin-cylinder Briggs & Stratton engine and is ideal for areas around 6000m2.

Al-Ko T16-92HDH lawn tractor
Twin cylinder engine: Al-Ko T16-92HD lawn tractor

Plus it has a free tow bar, free steel tipping trailer and a free brush cutter.

A Hi-Lift blade produces a powerful air current in the cutting deck which makes it a good collector of wet grass – it has a 220-litre grass box which can be emptied from the driver’s seat.

It has hydrostatic transmission so it drives much like an automatic car.

There are six cutting heights and a 92cm cutting deck which has two small wheels at the front enabling it to follow precisely the contours of the lawn without scalping it. Large wheels give great grip.

It costs £2299, £400 off the recommended price and it has a five-year warranty. Premium Delivery is again FREE the next working day in England and Wales.

Excellent Tool”Very Impressed” are recent comments.

This one from Mountfield is one to be considered if you have a large lawn say around 8000m2.

The Mountfield 1640H Lawn Tractor has the company’s own 452cc engine and a hydrostatic drive – like an automatic car – and a very tight turning circle.

Mountfield 1640h lawn tractor
Bigger lawns: Mountfield 1640H lawn tractor

This is a very versatile lawn tractor, allowing you to collect cut grass, discharge it to the side or mulch it – it has a 260-litre grass box which buzzes when it is full and can be emptied from the driver’s seat.

There are seven cutting heights from 25mm to 80mm which can be changed from the driver’s seat.

Twin headlights keep you working into the evening.

It costs £2499, £200 off the maker’s recommended price and for this model, delivery is TOTALLY FREE the next working day in England and Wales if ordering by 3pm. It has a five-year warranty.

Now a really comfortable one from Italy made for areas from one to five acres.

The Oleo-Mac OM125-23KH Garden Tractor with Electronic Grassbag Emptying has a cutting width of 125cm and has been designed so that the grass box can be emptied just by pushing a button.

Oleo-Mac OM125 -23KH garden tractor
Clever machine: Oleo-Mac OM125-23KH Garden Tractor

A Briggs & Stratton 724cc V-Twin engine provides bags of smooth power and the clippings can be either collected mulch or discharged at the back.

The twin blades give strong air currents which make it a good collector of wet grass.

And with its hydrostatic transmission and low vibration levels it is a very comfortable machine to drive.

It costs just £3699, a huge reduction on the recommended price of £5200 and it has a five-year warranty. Delivery is FREE within two to three working days.

For individuals and companies for really large grassed are and parkland to maintain, this is a real bargain.

The Simplicity Contender SZT550 Commercial Zero-Turn Ride-On Mower is from a leading USA manufacturer and has a 132cm cutting deck and a 724cc twin-cylinder Briggs & Stratton engine.

Steered by two levers it lets you turn very sharply around trees and other obstacles, useful for working on parkland or golf courses.

Cut grass is discharged to the right but a mulch plug is provided for more formal areas.

Simplicity Zero Turn Ride-on
Commercial machine: Simplicity Contender Zero Turn ride-on

This has an adjustable seat with arm rests and is fitted with cruise control for long stretches.

It has 12 cutting heights adjusted by a foot pedal and there is a heavy steel bumper, just in case.

It costs just £3999, an amazing £4000 saving on the recommended price and has a two-year warranty. Delivery is FREE within three to five working days.

And the final mower is from Mountfield, the Mountfield 2248H Garden Tractor with a wide cutting deck, made for really large lawns.

The engine is from Briggs & Stratton 656cc, quiet and efficient with hydrostatic transmission.

There are seven cutting heights from 30mm to 90mm and a 320-litre grass box with audible alarm which sounds when it is full and needs emptying. There is also a free mulch kit and a free tow bar.

It costs £3999, £300 less than the recommended price and is delivered FREE in two to three working days. And, as a SPECIAL OFFER, is delivered FREE to England and Wales on a Saturday, if ordered by 1pm Friday.

Plus there is a five-year warranty from Mountfield.

We said at the start that a lawn tractor has a host of uses in the autumn and to give you an idea of what we mean, here are a couple of great little devices.

The Lawnflite LS38 38in Tow-Behind Leaf Sweeper simply hooks on to your tractor and will sweep leaves and debris into the catcher.

It has a working width of 95.5cm and revolving 25cm brushes sweep up the debris for you with just one pass.

Lawnflite Leaf Sweeper
Clean sweep: Lawnflite Leaf Sweeper

It also has an adjustable working height so you can alter it according to the rubbish being collected or the surface.

It has a two-year warranty and free next working day delivery and costs £249.

And to give your lawn a thick, healthy appearance this neat piece of kit will ease out all the moss and dead grass to let the moisture and nutrients flow through.

The Lawnflite LST40 Spring-Tine Dethatcher has 20 sprung tines to remove the rubbish and let you lawn flourish, these can be raised with a handle.

It has a tray at the back so you can load it with ballast if you want the tines to penetrate a bit deeper – it can take up to 31.5kg. It is attached using a universal pin hitch.

Delivered FREE the next working day, it costs £149 and has a two-year warranty.

We are the country’s leading retailer of lawn and garden tractors and you can see a huge selection on these pages.

But if you would like our advice before buying please give us a ring on 03454 588905. We have years of experience in garden machinery and are here to help whatever your query.

They give good advice & they don’t try palming you off with other similar but more expensive machines, very quick delivery too. I’m a happy chappie, many thanks to all at MowDirect.” GEOFF

 

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Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.