Hints & Tips
Lawns love summers like this, a fair bit of rain and plenty of sun to keep them growing. And it is at this time of year we want them looking their best for summer parties and barbecues.
If you are fortunate enough to have a really big lawn, you will need a lawn tractor to save on mowing time if you are not to spend every waking hour and dry day behind a conventional lawnmower.
If you are looking for a ride-on or lawn tractor the choice can be bewildering so I’m going to give you an idea of the best ones available at the keenest prices. And remember you can always phone us on 08454 588905 for advice – we’ve years of experience in the field – or even the lawn.
So first on our list is the Lawnflite RF125 Lawn & Garden Tractor, a side-discharge mower suitable for paddocks and larger areas, but which can also collect clippings or mulch them with a couple of extra bits of kit.
The cutting width is 96cm and it can easily nip round difficult shapes with its tight turning circle.
A Briggs & Stratton engine provides plenty of ‘oomph’ and it is easily controlled as it has transmatic transmission.
Cutting heights are from 30mm to 95mm and, with its pivoting front axle, it is well equipped to handle undulating ground. There are also small wheels on the cutting deck to help it follow the lawn’s contours.
It costs £1349, £100 less than the recommended price and has a two year warranty and free delivery to the UK mainland within two to three working days.
And for a limited period you also receive a sturdy steel tipping trailer worth £219 RRP.
Also from Lawnflite is the 603 RT Lawn Tractor, suitable for lawns up to 4000m2.
This one has a single blade shaped to increase the airflow under the cutting and this, as well as a turbo fan, blasts the clippings into a large grass collector. This means that even when it’s wet it is a very efficient collector of wet damp grass.
The cutting deck is offset on the left so that you can cut right up to the edges of flower borders and paths.
The speed of is controlled by the accelerator pedal, much like an automatic car for ease of control and versatility.
And again it has a free steel tipping trailer which can take a load of 340kg, more than adequate for carting soils, fertilizers, wood for the fire and the like.
This model costs £1499, £200 off the recommended price, is delivered free within two to three working days and has a two year warranty.
The Mountfield 1530H Lawn Tractor has an 84cm cutting width and twin blades for a great finish to any lawn.
It has hydrostatic drive and a 452cc engine fed by an extra-large six litre fuel tank.
The twin blades create a very strong airflow which makes this machine another excellent collector of wet grass. There are seven cutting heights from 25mm to 80mm.
It is a very comfortable tractor to drive with a padded sprung seat and moulded steering wheel.
The cutting width is 84cm wide and the deck is easily washed at the end of each session – just attach a garden hose to a special nozzle and run the blades.
A mulch plug worth £105 and a tow bar worth £63 are supplied free and you also receive a free front bumper – those jumping trees can be a terrible nuisance.
It costs £1799, £200 off the recommended price and there is a five year warranty. Delivery is free within three to five working days.
Another from Lawnflite, and this one is a serious machine made for larger gardens.
The 903 RT Lawn Tractor has a 105cm wide cutting deck and is great at collecting wet grass.
With a 500cc Briggs & Stratton engine and Transmatic Drive it is both powerful and easy to use, an ideal machine for cutting large areas of lawn and rougher grassed areas.
yet again there is a free steel tipping trailer which we are offering you with all Lawnflite lawn tractors this summer.
This one costs £1999, £200 off the maker’s recommended price. It is delivered free within two to three working days and has a two year warranty.
There are special prices on a mulching kit, a rear deflector plate for use when cutting long grass and a cover for the tractor.
Here’s one with the benefit of German engineering,
The Al-Ko T16-92HD Special Edition Lawn Tractor is ideal for lawns up to 8000m2 and is powered by a Briggs & Stratton twin cylinder 479cc engine.
But it also has an aerodynamic Hi-Life blade to power wet grass into the 220 litre grass box. And this box can be emptied from the driver’s seat.
There are six cutting heights from 30mm to 90mm and hydrostatic transmission, much like an automatic car. The cutting deck is 92cm wide.
With this one you also receive a free steel tipping trailer worth £179 and a free trailer hitch.
It costs £2099, £500 less than the recommended price and there is a two year warranty and free delivery within two to three working days. Plus there are special prices on a mulch kit and rear grass deflector.
Now one on exclusive special offer to MowDirect.
The Murray EMT2242RDF Garden Tractor, which comes with a tow bar, has a Briggs & Stratton 22hp twin cylinder engine which starts very easily and has hydrostatic transmission.
And with a turning circle of just 36cm it is ideal for gardens with trees and other obstacles.
It has four anti-scalp wheels on the cutting deck to closely follow the contours of the lawn and minimise scalping and an added features is that you can reverse the tractor with the blades engaged, useful for the edges of rougher areas.
The cutting width is 107cm making it suitable for areas up to 12,000m2.
The recommended price is £3799 but we are selling it for only £2599. It is delivered within two to three working days and has a two year warranty.
The Simplicity Regent XL/SLT200 Garden Tractor has a 117cm cutting width making it suitable for really large areas with its 117cm cutting widthand 724cc Briggs & Stratton twin cylinder engine.
This is a side-discharge garden tractor, ideal for cutting larger meadows and orchards but there is an optional mulching kit and triple-bagging system for more formal lawns.
The cutting deck is free-floating and can easily be removed for other gardening tasks without reaching for the tool box.
To make it really comfortable to drive it has a padded seat, cruise control and even a cup holder.
It costs £3149, is delivered free within four to six working days and has a two year warranty.
This next one is from a leading Italian garden machinery company and is made for larger areas.
The Oleo-Mac OM125-23KH Garden Tractor with Electronic Grassbag Emptying has a massive 125cm cutting deck and a 310-litre grass box which can be emptied at the touch of a button, a facility which most other lawn tractors don’t offer.
A twin-cylinder Briggs & Stratton 724cc engine drives it along and this one can be set to either mulch, collect or discharge clippings to the rear.
Transmission is hydrostatic and it has been designed to keep vibrations to a minimum.
It costs£3499, £1500 off the recommended price and has a three year warranty with free delivery within three to five working days.
Now for a different-looking machine with really great manoeuvrability.
The Stiga Park 540 LPX Ride-On Lawnmower (Excluding Deck) can get into the tightest corners but is very easy to steer – the back wheels follow exactly the direction of the front cutting deck – there is no danger that the back end of the mower will hit anything as it passes.
The driver has an unimpeded view of where he or she is heading allowing for a very precise cut.
Driving it is a 500cc Briggs & Stratton engine which has bags of power and wide profile tyres will not scuff the surfaces. It also has a four-wheel drive for excellent grip.
There are five cutting decks available from 95cm to 110cm and all have electronic deck lift except the 95cm unit.
This lawn tractor will be demonstrated on delivery in England and Wales.
It costs £4204 compared with the recommended price of £4865 and is delivered free within five to eight working days of ordering. It has a three year warranty.
And finally a British classic from a company which has been making lawn and garden tractors for over 35 years.
The Westwood V25-50HE Garden Tractor (Excludes Deck & Catcher) has a 127cm cutting deck which can tackle all manner of surfaces. And if you want to collect the clippings there is a powered grass collector which runs off a power take-off.
It is powered by a Kawasaki 726cc twin cylinder engine and has ten cutting heights right down to 12mm and up to 101mm.
As it has a power take-off you can run all manner of garden machinery including a broadcast spreader and a scarifier and you can also buy a high grass mulching deck which will tackle really thick brush and scrub.
This is a top-class lawn tractor equipped to undertake all manner of tasks on the largest properties and small country estates.
It costs £4799, a substantial reduction on the recommended price of £5005, is delivered free within three to five working days and has a two year warranty.
These are just ten of the lawn and garden tractors on our site, see these pages for the full list and please ring us to discuss your needs before you make your choice.
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