Hints & Tips
With the weather warming up at last the lawns will be in full growth in only a matter of weeks.
And if you have a large area of grass to keep in order now is the time to buy a ride-on to be ready for the first cut of the season.
So here we give you our top ten ride-ons for under £1500 to make sure you are ready – with all the snow and rain the Spring growth is likely to be more vigorous than ever.
First on our list is the McCulloch LRV 2-in-1 Ride-on Mower, a great value for money little machine from a leading USA company perfect for the novice ride-on owner.
It is easy to drive because of its cut-away design letting you get on and off easily and with great visibility to let you cut close to border edges and negotiate garden paths and gates.
A 223 cc Briggs & Stratton engine has a key start and a there are three forward and one reverse gears.
The fuel tank holds 1.1 litres and the cutting heights can be adjusted from 38 to 102 mm.
With a cutting width of 66 cm it is large enough to handle medium sized lawns and you can buy a grass box as an extra.
Clippings are mulched and returned to the lawn as a valuable fertilizer or can be dropped at the back of the machine in rougher areas.
A high back seat makes it comfortable to drive and there is a key start so no tugging on ropes to fire it up.
The maker’s recommended price is £1100 but we have it for sale for £899.
There is a one year manufacturer’s guarantee and delivery is free within three to five working days.
Second on our list is the MD Mini-R Ride-on Lawn Mower, manufactured for Mowdirect in Germany, designed with a strong steel frame to give a long life.
The automatic drive makes it easy to regulate the speed and the tight turning circle means it is easy to drive around the flower beds and vegetable plot.
The Briggs & Stratton 6.5 hp engine is easy to start, reliable and quiet in running.
The floating cutting deck makes for a smoother ride and means there will be no scalping of the lawn when driving over undulations.
The grass box can hold 160 litres, but you can also buy a mulching kit as an optional extra.
This is a great value for money machine, again an ideal for ride-on for anyone with a medium sized garden to control.
It costs £999 compared with the manufacturer’s recommended price of £1299.
Delivery is free within three to five working days and there is a two year maker’s guarantee.
Now here’s another from McCulloch similar to the first on our list and again offering great value for money.
The McCulloch LRV 3-in-1 Ride-on Mower has a Briggs & Stratton 223 cc engine with three forward and one reverse gears, easy to drive with precision and with a key start.
This one has three options for dealing with the clippings. You can either cut and collect them in the 150 litre grass box, mulch them and return to the lawn or discharge to the side.
This options is particularly useful when cutting longer grass, say in paddocks or orchards.
Cutting heights can be adjusted from 38 mm for the lawns to 102 mm for the longer grass.
Comfortable to drive with a high-backed spring mounted seat it is easy to get on and off and has great traction when on the move.
This one costs £1099 compared with the maker’s recommended retail price of £1299.
Delivery is free within three to five working days and there is a one year manufacturer’s warranty.
So now here’s a machine from one of the country’s leading brands.
The Mountfield 827M Compact Lawn Rider has a cutting width of 66 cm and while wide enough to tackle larger areas it is slim enough to get through garden gates and along paths.
Mountfield’s own 196 cc engine is cheap to run and produces few emissions, plus it is started with a key.
There are four forward and one reverse gears so you can mow at the speed which best suits you.
The 150 litre grass box is made of fabric which contributes to better grass collection and as a handy feature this can be emptied from the driver’s seat.
Cutting heights are from 25 to 80 mm through six stages. And you can buy an optional mulching kit and a trailer hitch to extend its use throughout the year.
The manufacturer’s recommended price is £1199 but we have it for sale for £1099.
Delivery is free within three to five working days and there is a two year maker’s warranty.
The MTD LT5 96SD Lawn & Garden Tractor is a side discharge machine with shift-on-the-go transmission so there is no stopping to change gears, which you have to do on many machines.
There are five forward and five reverse gears making it especially suitable for tighter areas and the speed can be varied on each of these gears.
This machine can be used with a variety of attachments like trailers, leaf sweepers and trailers making it a real all year round garden tractor.
The engine is MTD’s own 420 cc model and the cuttings heights are from 20 to 80 mm. A collection box is available as an optional extra and there are special prices on a number of attachments.
It costs £1199 compared with the maker’s recommended price of £1799.
The guarantee from the manufacturer is two years and delivery is free within three to five working days.
Now one from a top manufacturer currently on special offer.
The Efco Storm 95/11.5T Side-Discharge Lawn & Garden Tractor has a free floating deck and a pivoting front axle to give an excellent cut and more comfortable ride when cutting rougher areas like paddocks and orchards.
There is a Briggs & Stratton 11.5 hp engine with electric key start which gives bags of power when cutting these rougher areas and towing other garden equipment.
There are seven gears and the transmatic drive gives precise speed control in any of these gears.
Clippings can either be discharged to the back or mulched or collected in the optional 200 litre twin collector bag.
Cutting heights are from 20 to 80 mm and are easily adjusted by a lever next to the driver’s seat.
Another great feature is that the cutting deck can be simply removed without using tools.
You can save £350 on this machine at the moment as it is for sale for just £1295.
Delivery is free within three to five working days and there is a three years manufacturer’s warranty.
The MTD-Lawnflite Mini Rider 60RDE Ride-On Mower is a powerful mower with a six speed transmatic gear box to give great control and excellent manoeuvrability.
The rear drive wheels and larger than the front giving great control and giving better traction when the grass is wet.
Clippings can either be mulched and returned to the lawn, dumped at the back or collected in the 150 litre grass box.
Cutting heights are adjustable from 38 to 95 mm and the cutting width is 60 cm.
On this one the seat is adjustable to suit the individual.
The manufacturer’s recommended retail price is £1299 but we have it for sale for £1299.
There is a two year maker’s guarantee and a free delivery within three to five working days.
The Cub Cadet CC114TA Ride-On Mower is a neat compact machine, easy to drive and from one of the country’s favourite makers.
It has a tight 46 cm turning circle and a working width of 76 cm and is smooth to drive thanks to the six speed gear box and transmatic drive.
The engine is the manufacturer’s own 420 cc model.
It has three ways of dealing with the clippings, either collecting them in the 200 litre grass box, mulching or discharging at the rear.
There are five cutting heights from 38 to 95 mm and a very large 4.9 litre fuel tank means less time will be spent refuelling.
This one costs £1499, delivery is free within three to five working days and there is a two year manufacturer’s guarantee.
Now another from Mountfield with a host of extras at special prices.
The Mountfield 1430M Lawn Tractor is a machine with bags of top features and has clever twin non-overlapping blades to give a smoother cut in both the wet and dry and give really great collection of the clippings.
A grass full indicator gives a large beep when the box is full and is simply emptied by pulling a lever.
It has a really generous 82 cm cutting width suitable for larger lawns and seven cutting heights from 25 cm up to 80 cm.
The engine is Mountfield’s own 432 cc model well designed and engineered for a longer life and there are five forward and one reverse gears.
The driving seat has a high back and is padded, adjustable and sprung.
Extras at special prices include a tow bar, grass deflector, mulch plug, trailer, roller, spreader and dethatcher.
It costs £1499 compared with the maker’s recommended price of £1699.
Delivered free within three to five working days it has a two year manufacturer’s warranty.
And now for the final one, the Al-Ko T12-74HD-A Edition Lawn Tractor, and we hope you’ll forgive us if this fall just outside our £1500 price scale.
This is a powerful machine from a leading German manufacturer with a wide 74 cm cutting width and hydrostatic transmission.
And Al-Ko’s own 452 cc engine gives bags of power.
Hi-Lift blades give powerful airflow through the cutting deck meaning grass collection when wet or dry is excellent. And there are six cutting positions from 30 to 90 mm.
There is a front bumper should you have an annoying tree that leaps out in front of you and a very large 220 litre grass box.
It costs £1599 compared with the maker’s £1749 recommended price and delivery is free within three to five working days.
Plus a manufacturer’s two year guarantee. And again there is a range of additional equipment available at special prices.
If you want further advice on a ride-on to suit your needs please give us a ring on 08454 588905.
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