Hints & Tips
With autumn about to set in after a warming Indian summer the time for sitting back in a deckchair and admiring the garden is sadly over.
If you have a larger garden you’ll need a lawn and garden tractor more than ever as there will be prunings to cart as well as firewood.
And the lawn needs some attention too at this time of year to keep it leaf free and well scarified for next season’s early growth.
So here to make the tasks easier are ten top tractors and attachments.
And the first is a great little lawn tractor from the USA, the Lawnflite RF125 Lawn & Garden Tractor.
This has a 96 cm width of cut but at the same time is very manoeuvrable with a turning radius of just 46 cm making it ideal for the smaller garden where there are plenty of ornaments to cut round.
It has a Transmatic transmission with shift on the move gears and although a side-discharge machine it can also act as a mulching mower and a has a grass catcher kit.
Cutting heights are from 30 mm to 95 mm and a pivoting front axle means you can uneven lawns and still leave a neat finish.
As a special offer you receive a free dethatcher worth £89 and a free tractor cover worth £59.
It costs £1299 compared with the recommended selling price of £1747 and is delivered free of charge within two to three working days. It has a two year warranty from Lawnflite.
Now a garden tractor from one of Britain’s favourite brands.
The Mountfield T30M Lawn & Garden Tractor has twin cutting blades, a feature normally found on larger machines which allows it to follow more closely the undulations of the lawn.
The grass box holds 200 litres and there are seven cutting heights from 25 mm to 80 mm. The turning radius cm is 140 cm and there is a hosepipe fitting so that the deck can be washed clean very easily.
Mountfield’s own 432 cc engine provides the power and a six litre fuel tank keeps you working longer.
This is a very comfortable tractor to drive with an adjustable driver’s seat and headlights so you can work when it gets a bit gloomy.
You can buy a rear deflector kit and a mulch kit to extend the versatility of this tractor.
This one costs just £1499 and is delivered free and ready to use within two to three working days. There is a two year warranty from Mountfield.
Back to Lawnflite for this one, the 603 RT Lawn Tractor.
This entails a turbo fan to blow the clippings into the grass box through a large chute. This means it is excellent for collecting grass even when it is wet.
It has infinitely variable transmission to allow for very close speed control. You can also cut right up to lawn edges as the cutting deck is offset.
The recommended price is £1749 but we are selling it for £1499. Delivery is free within two to three working days and there is a two year maker’s warranty.
A 432 cc Emak engine powers the Efco 84/14.5-KH Lawn & Garden Tractor designed to give it a long life with low vibrations levels while driving it is simple as with the hydrostatic transmission speed control is precise.
It has a 240 litre grass box and an alarm to tell when it is full and the cutting deck has an attachment to take a garden hose to keep it clean.
The cutting width is 92 cm and there are two cutting blades with cutting heights from 25mm to 80 mm.
Twin headlights are fitted and you can buy a rear deflector and a mulch kit as extras.
It costs £1799, £200 less than the maker’s recommended retail price. We deliver it free within three to five working days and it has a three year warranty from Efco.
Now one with a wider cutting width suitable for bigger lawns and gardens.
The Lawnflite 903 RT Lawn Tractor has a cutting width of 105 cm and Transmatic drive with seven forward and reverse gears and the maker’s Direct Collect grass collection.
This system incorporates a powerful fun which, combined with a wide exit chute gives excellent grass collection even in the wet.
It is powered by a 500 cc Briggs & Stratton engine and attachments can be very easily fitted and removed.
You can but a mulch kit and rear deflector for mowing long grass and a tractor cover all at special prices when order this machine.
It costs £1899, £300 less than the maker’s recommended retail price and is delivered free within two to three working days. There is a two year warranty from Lawnflite.
Now for a look at some attachments which are especially useful at this time of the year.
First is a neat and inexpensive device to tease out the dead grasses and moss which can form on top of the lawn.
The Agri-Fab 40″ Spring Tine Dethatcher (45-0294) is especially useful if you regularly mulch the lawn to ease out the matting which can form over time.
This device has 20 sprung tines which ease the matting out from the surface allowing moisture and nutrients to penetrate to the roots.
Fitted with a handle so you can lift it when crossing paths and the like it also has a ballast tray so you can weigh it down and regulate the depth to which the tines penetrate.
It costs £85, a useful reduction on the recommended selling price of £109. Delivery is free the next working day and there is a five year maker’s warranty.
Now here another aerator from the same company.
The Agri-Fab 40″ Curved Spike Type Aerator (45-0369) is a more severe device with 23 cm nine in discs and a total of 60 curved spikes.
These will work to 7.5 cm and leave almost invisible holes to let nutrients and moisture penetrate the roots to encourage growth.
The discs are made from galvanised steel to give them a long life and there is a handle to raise it when moving around.
This aerator is compatible with virtually any make of lawn tractor.
It costs £139, £50 less than the recommended retail price and has a five year warranty. We deliver it free the next working day.
Of all the attachments available, a garden trailer is certainly the most useful so here’s a great little one to suit most gardens.
The Agri-Fab Utility 12′ Steel Tipping Trailer (45-0101) is ideal for carting dead leaves, compost, wood for the fire and gravel for the drive.
The trailer bed is made from steel and the tail gate can be removed.It also has reinforced guides to cope with weightier loads.
It is based on a steel axle and has wide pneumatic tyres. A universal hitch pin means it can be easily attached to virtually any garden tractor.
It costs £169 compared with the recommended selling price of £219 and has a five year maker’s warranty. We deliver it free the next working day.
Falling leaves may well be one of the beautiful sights of autumn but they are a menace for the gardener.
The Agri-Fab 38″ Towed Lawn & Leaf Sweeper (45-0331) is simply attached to the lawn tractor with a universal hitch pin and revolving brushes are powered by the sweeper’s wheels.
The working height can be adjusted according to the surface, so it can sweep gravel drives, asphalt roadways and lawns.
The leaves and other rubbish is swept into a 255 litre collector which can be emptied without the driver leaving the seat.
The recommended price is £329 but we have it for sale for £249 with free next working day delivery. There is a five year warranty from Agri-Fab.
You can also buy a dethatcher kit which fits to the front of the sweeper for an extra £79.
And finally, have a look at this, the Agri-Fab Smartlink Tow-Behind Lawn Care System – Master Platform (45-0473).
The machine is based on the Agri-Fab SmartLINK Master Platform (45-0473) to the which you fix other devices like the Agri-Fab SmartLINK 42” Core Aerator (45-0474) to penetrate the roots of the lawn or the Agri-Fab SmartLINK 42” Tine Dethatcher (45-0457) to remove matting from the surface. This has 20 sprung tines to tease out the rubbish.
You can also buy a 42 in Poly Lawn Roller to leave a neater finish after the ravages of winter or the Curved Blade Aerator to penetrate the spoil to allow moisture in.
All these attachment s can be fitted to the master platform in seconds and can be used with any make of ride-on or lawn tractor.
It costs £129, the core aerator is £99, the tine dethatacher is £79, the lawn roller, £149 and the curved blade aerator £99.
Delivery is free the next working day and there is a five year warranty from the manufacturer.
The autumn is a time of year when there are plenty of jobs to do in the garden and don’t be tempted to leave them all until next Spring.
If you need any advice on equipment for the autumn garden please give us a ring on 08454 588905. We’re here to help.
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