Hints & Tips
If you have a really large lawn the mowing solution is obvious – buy a lawn tractor.
But for larger lawns up to an acre in size there is always the dilemma of whether to but a really large wide-cut mower or a small ride-on.
This summer, more people seem to be plumping for a smaller ride-on, so here we give our top ten machines for dealing with lawns up to that size.
And two mowers which let you sit back and watch as the grass is trimmed without having to lift a finger – robotic mowers.
First of our suggestions is one of our top sellers, the Mountfield 827M Compact Lawn Rider.
This little machine is better suited to navigating small paths and narrow gateways as it is only 66 cm wide but has a 196 cc engine with an electric key start.
Five forward and one reverse gears mean it it can tackle longer grasss as well as smooth lawns, where you can speed up a bit.
The 150 litre grass box can be emptied from the driver’s seat and cutting heights are from 25 mm up to 80mm through six stages.
If you prefer to mulch the clippings a mulch plus can be bought for £89. And a tow bar can also be acquired for £59 to turn it into a year-round garden machine.
Mountfield’s recommended price is £1299 but we have it for sale for £1199 with free delivery within two to three working days and a two year warranty from the maker.
The second machine is from the same company and is the Mountfield 827H Compact Lawn Rider.
Recommended for lawns up to three quarters of an acre, this too has a 66 cm cutting width and has Mountfield’s own engine started with a key.
But this one has hydrostatic transmission and works much like an automatic car, the further you put your foot down, the faster it will go. And this gives much more precise speed control, useful for when mowing around garden adges.
Cutting heights are from 25 to 80 mm and again there is a mulch kit if you prefer to deal with the clippings this way. And again a tow hitch is available as an optional extra for £59.
This one costs £1399, £100 less than the maker’s recommended retail price. Delivery is free within three to five working days.
Now another one suitable for gardens up to an acre in size and it’s the Cub Cadet CC114TA Ride-On Mower.
This has a working width of 76 cm but has been designed with a turning circle of only 46 cm, handy for when negotiating narrow, twisting paths.
A smooth ride is guaranteed with a six speed transmatic drive which lets you go up through the gears when speeding up without stopping to change and will change down when you use the clutch/brake pedal when the ride-on reverts to the original ground speed when that pedal is released.
Cuttings can either be collected in the 200 litre grass box, discharged at the back or mulched. And there are five cutting heights from 38 to 95 mm.
Cub Cadet’s own 420 cc engine provides plenty of power.
This ride-on costs £1499 and is delivered free and ready to use in three to five working days with a two year warranty.
Now the Stiga Garden Compact E HST Ride-On Lawnmower. A Briggs & Stratton 223 cc engine gives plenty of power to this mower which is very smooth in running and with a key start making it a very easy to start model.
It has a 63 cm cutting width and hydrostatic transmission and with a turning circle of 155 cm it is very manoeuvrable around garden obstacles.
It has six cutting heights from 30 to 80 mm and a 150 litre grass box. A mulching kit is supplied with this one and a rear deflector plate and a tow hitch are optional extras.
As a safety device a contact breaker stops the engine as soon as you get off.
It costs £1499 and that’s £100 less than the maker’s recommended retail price.
A range of extras can be purchased at keen prices when you buy this ride-on including a tractor cover, broadcast spreader, dethatcher, steel tipping trailer and a leaf sweeper.
It is delivered free within five to seven working days and has a two year warranty from Stiga.
The Murray Mid-Engine Ride-On Mower with Collector is a really neat little machine very easy to get on and off with a decent 76 cm cutting width and a tight 30.5 cm turning circle.
This is a mid-engined mower with a Briggs & Stratton engine designed to keep noise and vibrations to a minimum. This has been designed to allow clippings to be mulched and collected and changing between the two is very simple.
The hydrostatic drive further enhances ease of use and precise control of speed. Cutting heights are from 50 mm to 115 mm and it has a 176 grass box.
Wide tyres give better grip and are less likely to scalp and scuff the lawn when turning.
This mower costs £1499 and can be delivered within three to five working days. There is a two year warranty from the manufacturers.
Now one with a real racy design from the USA and currently on special offer. The Snapper E2813523BVE Ride-On Mower has a go-kart feel to it with a 71 cm cutting width and is ideal for lawns with tight corners.
This has three ways of dealing with the clippings, either discharged to the side, useful for dealing with longer grass, mulching, or collecting.
A Briggs & Stratton engine provides the power and shift-on-the-go transmission through five forward gears.
While it has a key start there is a stand-by recoil cord in case the battery gets discharged.
As an additional and unusual feature, this ride-on can be stored on its end to take up less room and this also makes cleaning the cutting deck much easier.
The mulch kit is free and optional extras include single and twin grass collectors. There is even a clam shell collector if you feel you have a need!
It costs £1999, and that’s £150 less than the maker’s recommended retail price. There is a two year warranty from Snapper and free delivery within five to seven working days.
Now for a design of mower which is becoming more popular in this country. The Stiga Villa Super-Quiet SQ16 HST Mulching Ride-On Lawnmower is designed so it will not run over and flatten the grass before it trims it and has a 389 cc Honda engine designed for a long life and producing plenty of power.
Cutting is also easier and more precise because of the better visibility from the driving seat and the hydrostatic drive gives excellent control. Plus there is a spinner on the steering wheel which makes tight situations easier to navigate.
Cutting heights are from 25 to 85 mm and all the clippings are mulched.
When this mower is delivered to an address in England or Wales it is fully demonstrated by an engineer.
It costs £2324, a substantial reduction on the manufacturer’s price and comes with a choice of cutting decks.
Delivery is free within five to seven working days and there is a three year manufacturer’s warranty.
And now here’s one from Honda. The Honda HF 1211 S Ride-On Mower is a really well made machine with a 71 cm cut and a 104 cm turning circle making it easy to drive around flower beds.
The Honda engine is single cylinder 11 hp with an electric key start and a recoil cord in case the battery becomes discharged.
It has a six speed gear box – five forward and one reverse – and seven cutting heights from 30mm to 80 mm.
The grass box can take 170 litres and it has a large 3.7 litre fuel tank. You can buy a mulch plug separately.
It has an extra long five year warranty from Honda and is delivered free with five to seven days. Cost: £2150.
And finally here are two mowers which can make even sitting on a ride-on seem hard work. Robotic mowers are becoming increasingly popular and here are two which fit the bill when it comes to lawns up to an acre in size.
First is the Oleo-Mac Orion Robotic Lawn Mower. Preparing the lawn for a robotic lawn is simple. Once the base station is established a perimeter wire is laid around the edges defining the area you want to mow.
And basically, apart from a few adjustments to the mower itself, that’s that, the mower will work when you tell it to and mulch the cuttings while you sit back in a deck chair and relax.
The mower returns to base to re-charge its battery and the motor is strong enough to tackle slopes up to 35 degrees.
A pin code renders the machine useless if it is stolen and the mower can be returned to its base station any time you want.
Any obstructions under 7cm will be driven over and others will be bypassed. And should the mower accidentally tip over a safety device cuts power to the blades instantly.
This mower costs £1399, £500 less than the maker’s recommended price. Delivery is free the next working day and there is a three year guarantee from the makers.
And finally, the Robomow RS360
, a machine made in Israel.
Again, once the base station has been pegged down, the perimeter wire laid down (no need to dig it in) and the mower programmed, it will just get on with the job of lawn mowing with little or no further attention during the summer.
It it detects rain, or if the battery is running low this mower will scurry back to its base station to re-charge. The mower has a running time of an hour and a half and takes two hours to re-charge.
The cutting width is 56 cm and can tackle areas up to 3000 sq metres. The clippings are mulched and returned to the lawn as a useful fertilizer.
It is designed to drive around obstacles and the blades stop instantly if it is inverted. And a remote control can be purchased as an optional extra.
It costs £2499 and is delivered free the next working day with a two year warranty from Robomow.
These are just a few of our ride-ons and other machinery suitable for lawns up to around an acre. So scan our pages for more options.
And don’t forget you can call our team on 08454 588905 if you want any further help.
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