Hints & Tips
Lawn and garden tractors are not the cheapest pieces of gardening equipment and are a substantial outlay especially at this time of year, what with the price of turkeys and mistletoe and sprouts and wine.
And wouldn’t it be a great gesture to buy one for a father or mother or favourite uncle who has helped you out when the wallet is a bit light and the clutch in the car makes a funny noise and needs replacing.
Now you can afford one thanks to free nine months finance, available only to the end of December, which my mate Drew talked about yesterday in his blog.
Read his informative and amusing article and you may well be tempted to buy a machine which will make this year a Christmas to remember. These machines have their uses throughout the year and could well delay the festive lunch if the whole family wants to have a drive on Christmas morning.
And don’t forget every single one of these machines is eligible for 0% finance and comes with our FREE Premium Delivery Service – delivered to your door assembled, tested, tuned, polished and ready for your use.
So here are ten top ride-ons and lawn tractors to consider which will make Christmas 2016 one to remember for years to come.
There are some lawns which are just a bit too big for a lawnmower but too small for a lawn tractor with all the bells and whistles and here is the answer, the Lawnflite Mini Rider 60RDE Ride-On Mower.
With a cutting width of 60cm and a Briggs & Stratton engine it is ideal for larger lawns and is dead easy to drive with Transmatic Shift-on-the-go transmission.
The clippings are either collected in the grass box – it holds 150 litres – mulch them or discharge them where the finish is not so important like orchards or small paddocks. Cutting heights are from 38mm to 95mm.
The mulch kit and rear deflector plate need to be bought separately.
The engine is started with a key and large drive wheels at the front give excellent grip.
It costs £1199, £250 off the recommended price and delivery is free within two to three working days. There is a two-year warranty.
But for an extra fee you can order by up to 3pm Friday and have it delivered on Saturday.
This next one is a powerful little tractor with a 96cm cutting width so it can take on larger lawns and gardens.
With the MTD 2-in-1 Combi Lawn Tractor lets you discharge cut grass to the side on larger areas and mulch the clippings where the finish is more important.
A 420cc engine beats under the bonnet, one designed for a long working life and to be mean on fuel.
The cutting deck pivots so it follows the contours of the ground and gives a more even finish.
With a tight turning radius of 46cm it is very manoeuvrable and it is a comfortable to drive with a mid-back seat and light steering.
There are five cutting heights and wide tyres to give great grip with damaging the lawn.
New and exclusive to MowDirect for this year it is delivered free within two to three working days with a two-year warranty and costs £1299.
You’ve probably worked out that a lawn tractor does more than just cut grass and this next one has a free trailer worth £199 included in the price.
The Lawnflite 603 XT-S Lawn Tractor already was a great value for money with load of top features like a 420cc smooth-running engine with a large fuel tank.
But it scores heavily in the way it collects clippings with its Direct Collect design so it can work effectively when the grass is damp by blowing the clippings into the grass box with a fan.
It is especially comfortable to drive even when dusk sets in as it has two powerful headlights.
Cutting heights are from 30mm to 95mm with five settings and you can discharge the cut grass to the back or collect them.
Shift-on-the-go transmission makes it easy to drive especially as it has a tight turning radius.
It costs £1499, £200 off the list price, has a two-year warranty free delivery within two to three working days. And don’t forget the free trailer.
Next one which has been a best-seller for some time and from one of the country’s favourite brands.
The Mountfield 1530M Lawn Tractor has an 84cm cutting width and is fitted with twin cutting blades to give a very smooth finish even in the wet.
There are seven cutting heights down to 25mm and you can cut the grass even when it’s wet thanks to the twin blades which create a very powerful air current in the cutting deck.
The grass box holds 240 litres and bleeps at you when it needs emptying. And you can do this from the driver’s seat thanks to a telescopic handle.
Mountfield’s own 452cc engine has an oil pump for more efficient lubrication and it has five forward and one reverse gears. The fuel tank holds six litres.
It is also a very comfortable tractor to drive with an adjustable, padded and sprung seat.
Chunky tyres minimise damage to the lawn.
You can also buy a deflector kit for use when cutting longer grass, plus a mulch plug if you don’t want to collect the clippings.
It costs £1699, £200 off the recommended price, is delivered within two to three working days with weekend delivery an option and had a five-year warranty.
Now one from a leading European company and engineered in Germany.
The Al-Ko T16-92HD Special Edition Lawn Tractor is another designed to collect wet grass as it is fitted with a Hi-Lift blade to power damp grass into the 220-litre collector and avoid clumps of clippings blocking the discharge chute.
It has a twin-cylinder Briggs & Stratton engine to give plenty of power and a hydrostatic transmission to give exact speed control making it easy to drive around garden obstructions.
There are six cutting heights and a 92cm cutting deck so you can tackle large areas of smooth lawn and other grassed areas with equal ease.
The cutting deck has a fitting, into which you plug a garden hose to clean it at the end of the day.
The tractor also has a free garden trailer worth £199 included in the price plus a tow hitch. You can also buy a rear deflector for cutting longer grass and a mulch kit as extras.
It is priced at £2299, a massive £400 below the recommended price and is delivered FREE within two to three working days with a five-year warranty.
Another from the same company, the AL-KO T16-102HD Edition Lawn Tractor has a wider, 102cm cutting width and is suitable for larger lawns.
This one has a 656cc Briggs & Stratton engine engineered to give along life and with a balanced crankshaft to keep down the vibrations.
With its wider cutting width it is make with lawns up 8000m2 in mind with hydrostatic transmission, wide tyres to avoid damaging the lawns and a comfortable seat.
It also has a front bumper and you can empty the grass box from the driver’s seat.
It costs £2499, an incredible saving of £500 on the recommended price, is delivered within two to three working days and has a five-year warranty.
And this also has a free trailer worth £199 and a tow hitch.
Like all our lawn and garden tractors you can order by 3pm Friday and have it delivered Saturday for a small extra fee.
This next one is from a leading Italian manufacturer and exclusive to us.
Strong and comfortable to drive, the Oleo-Mac OM105-20H Garden Tractor lets you collect clippings, discharge them to the rear using a deflector plate or mulch them.
A 656cc twin-cylinder Briggs & Stratton engine provides the power and it is made easy to drive with hydrostatic transmission – it drives much like an automatic car.
It has a newly-redesigned cutter deck and twin blades to give a smooth finish to the lawn and it has a front bumper – just in case.
The cutting width is 105cm making it suitable for lawn sup to around 1200m2 or three acres and is fitted with a tow hitch.
This cracking lawn tractor costs £2599 compared with the recommended price of £3999 and is delivered free within three to five working days with the option of a Saturday delivery if ordered by 3pm for an extra sum.
It has a five-year warranty.
New for this year and with a wide cutting deck and powerful engine the Simplicity Regent XL/SLT200 Garden Tractor (with Striping Roller) is unique in that it will leave your lawn with neat Wimbledon-style stripes.
The 724cc engine from Briggs & Stratton provides the power and a full-width rear roller leaves the striped finish which really shows off a large lawn to its best.
It will also deal with the rougher areas as it can be used as a side-discharge mower, laying out the clippings in neat rows.
The cutting deck is free floating so it won’t miss any blades.
A very comfortable lawn tractor to drive, is has a padded seat, cruise control and even a cup holder and the transmission is hydrostatic so no gear changes are necessary.
This one costs £7299, £400 less than the recommended price and is delivered free within four to six working days. It has a two-year warranty and the mulch kit is included in the price.
With this one also from Italian manufacturer Oleo-Mac you can empty the grass box just by pushing a button.
The Oleo-Mac OM125-23KH Garden Tractor with Electronic Grassbag Emptying has a huge 125cm cutting width – 50 inches – and is powered by a 724cc Briggs & Stratton engine.
Twin blades give powerful air currents in the cutting deck and clippings are either collected, mulched or discharged at the back.
The transmission is hydrostatic so it drives just like an automatic car and it I intended for use on lawns up to five acres in area.
This one costs £3499, a full £100 off the recommended price and has a five-year warranty.
Delivery is free with three to five working days but you can receive it for an extra £50 on Saturday if you order by 3pm Friday.
And finally a different machine, one which gives very precise manoeuvrability and is made with really large areas in mind.
And it offers excellent value for money and is on special offer.
The Simplicity Contender SZT550 Commercial Zero-Turn Ride-On Mower is made with really large gardens and parks in mind and is ideal for use on small estates.
Powered by a 724cc Briggs & Stratton twin-cylinder engine, it has a 132 cm cutting width and has a cutting with small wheels so it can follow the contours of the ground without scalping it.
It is steered by a pair of levers which very precise control, useful when cutting large lawns where trees are growing as you can scoot round them in no time.
Clippings are discharged to the right or they can be mulched and returned to the lawn.
It is very comfortable to drive with an adjustable seat with arm rests and cruise control. There are 12 cutting heights adjusted with a foot pedal.
It is priced at £4499, an amazing saving of £2000 on the recommended price, is delivered free within four to six working days and has a two-year warranty.
These are just ten of the ride-on mowers and lawn and garden tractors on our site all with free finance for nine months if ordered before the end of the month. For our top 25 deals see these pages,
And if you pocket won’t quite stretch to one of these machines see here for our Christmas gift suggestions.
Please give us a ring on 08454 588905 if you have any questions or if we can help further.