Hints & Tips
A lawn tractor is about as good a gift anyone with a large garden could receive.
So here’s five top machines to delight any gardener. And remember that lawn tractors have their uses throughout the year – there’s far more to one of these machines than simply cutting grass in the summer.
For they can not only tow trailers but can be used with the correct attachments for scarifying the lawn, spreading fertilizers or rolling it flat.
First of our top five is the Oleo-Mac Tornado 95/11.5T Lawn Tractor. The engine is a Briggs & Stratton 344 cc model, started with a key and designed to start quickly and to have a long life.
This is the machine you need for keeping paddocks and orchards in order as the clippings are discharged to the side.
The transmatic gear box allows you to change gear on the move and there are seven forward and seven reverse gears
The turning radius is just 46 cm giving great manoeuvrability and cutting heights are from 30 mm up to 90 mm. The cutting width is 96 cm.
There is an optional grass box and it is also possible to mulch with this lawn tractor – the mulch kit comes free. And it comes fitted with its own headlight.
Cost is £1299, £400 off the maker’s recommended retail price. We deliver it free within three to five working days and there is a three year warranty from Oleo-Mac.
This next one is US made and is excellent for collecting clippings even when it’s wet.
The Lawnflite 603 RT Lawn Tractor has a single cutting blade with a turbo fan to force the cuttings into the grass box.
And in addition there is a large exit chute into the grass box to help collection when the cut grass is damp.
With a cutting width of 76 cm it is suitable for lawn sup to 4000 sq metres. And to help accurate mowing the grass cutting deck is offset to let you get right up the edges
The tractor’s speed is very accurately regulated via automatic transmission.
Cutting heights are from 30 mm up to 95 mm- with five settings.
It is fitted with disc brakes and headlights as well.
When you buy this machine you get £100 worth of free WOLF-Garten hand tools as well.
It costs £1499 a substantial reduction on the maker’s recommended retail price of £1749.
Delivery is free with three to five working days and there is a two year warranty from Lawnflite.
Now one from a top manufacturer and one of Britain’s favourites.
The Mountfield 1430M Lawn Tractor is a twin bladed machine with an 84 cm wide cutting deck.
There are seven cutting height options from 25 cm up to 80 mm and gre grass box sounds a loud beep to let you know when it’s full. And it can be emptied via a lever without leaving the driving seat.
The engine is Mountfield’s own 432 cc designed with excellent lubrication to give a longer life. It has five forward and one reverse gears and a six litre fuel tank.
A grass deflector an mulch plug are available along with a host of other optional extras and you also receive a free front bumper.
It costs £1599, £200 less than the maker’s recommended retail price, is delivered free within two to three working days and has a two year warranty from Mountfield.
Al-Ko is a leading German engineering company and manufactures some excellent garden machinery
And at the moment there is a free trailer with when you buy certain models so you could give two presents for the price of on.
The Al-Ko T12-74HD-A Edition Lawn Tractor is designed for gardens of around 5000 sq metres and has an exceptionally tight turning circle.
It is designed with a low discharge chute and high-lift blades for excellent collection of the clippings and has a 220 litre grass box which can be emptied from the driver’s seat.
Al-Ko’s own 452 cc engine gives bags of power. Cutting heights are from 30mm to 90 mm with six heights and the cutting width is 74 cm.
When you buy this tractor you get a MD 180 T steel tipping trailer absolutely free. And there is a number of other attachments at special prices.
The tractor costs £1849 and has a two year warranty. Delivery is free within three to five working days.
And finally a design of tractor which is becoming increasingly popular.
The Toro ZS3200S Timecutter Zero-Turn Ride-On Mower has dual hydrostatic drive which gives terrific manoeuvrability and is the ideal machine for cutting lawns with a lot of trees to get round.
Toro’s own 452 cc engine provides terrific power and has been designed for extensive domestic use as well as for professionals.
The tractor has n 81 cm cutting width and a mulching deck – a grass collection system is also available and it can also be used to discharge at the side.
It costs £2399, £200 less than the recommended retail price and there is a wide range of extras available including a twi bagger with blade for £449. You can even buy a sunshade!
It has a three year warranty from Toro and we deliver it free within three to five working days.
If you were thinking of a gift a little less expensive then see our blog listing ten great lawnmower presents for Christmas.
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