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Lawn and garden tractors and ride-ons are essential if you have large areas of grass to maintain, so here are ten of the best deals you’ll find on these machines.
While most are equally at home on lawns and rougher areas like paddocks and orchards, make sure you choose wisely before buying and give us a ring if on 03454 588905 if you’re not sure which is correct for your garden.
A machine with a rear collector is best when the ground is predominately lawn, but one which ejects cut grass to the side or back is best for paddocks and the like, although with a deflector plate or mulch plug garden tractors can tackle both.
The first one is a side-discharge tractor although it can handle lawns by fitting the supplied mulch plug – this keeps cut grass in the cutter deck longer before letting it fall back to the lawn where it rots away.
The MTD 2-in-1 Combi Lawn Tractor is exclusive to MowDirect and is made by a leading USA company.
Powering it along is a 420cc engine from MTD which is started by a key and has low noise and vibration levels making it comfortable to drive.
On areas of long grass the clippings are laid out to the side in neat rows and it leaves an even trim with its pivoting cutting deck. It also has small wheels at the front of the deck so it follows closely the contours of the lawn and won’t scalp it.
It is fitted with a mid-height back seat and has a turning radius of 46cm. Cutting heights are from 30mm t0 95mm with five settings and it has a 96cm cutting width.
It costs £1399 and that includes the mulch plug worth £79. Normal delivery is free and with two to three working days.
But if you order it by 3pm Friday you can have it delivered on Saturday for a small extra fee. There is a two-year warranty from the manufacturer.
The next one is also built as a side-discharge tractor but again comes with a free mulch plug for the formal areas.
The Mountfield 1538M SD Lawn Tractor is from a favourite British brand and great value for money and has a 452cc GGP engine which took ten years to develop. It has five forward and one reverse gears.
The performance of this tractor is helped by the company’s ContraFlo system where the force of air developed by its twin contra-rotating cutting blades leads to better finish both when mulching and discharging.
This one has seven cutting heights from 25mm to 80mm and a cutting width of 98cm.
It has wide tyres and twin headlights to keep you working when conditions get murky.
It costs £1499, £200 off the recommended price and has a five years warranty and free delivery within two to three working days but again you can have it delivered on a Saturday if you order by 3pm Friday and pay a small extra sum.
Another lawn tractor exclusive to us is the MTD Direct-Collect Lawn Tractor with its 420cc MTD engine started with a key.
This has twin cutting blades developing a very strong air current and really blasts the cuts grass into the collector – even wet grass – with no unsightly clumps left behind.
And it is fitted with anti-scalp wheels to avoid damaging the lawn.
This collector holds 240 litres and you can empty it without leaving the driver’s seat.
It has a 92cm cutting width and five cutting heights from 30mm to 95mm, seven shift-on-the-go semi-automatic gears and can also discharge the clippings and mulch them with the optional rear deflector and mulch kits.
The recommended price for this impressive machine is £1899 but we have it for sale for £1599 with a two-year warranty from the manufacturer.
Again, the option of a Saturday delivery is available.
The Lawnflite 603 XT-S Lawn Tractor is a great value-for-money machine with a powerful 420cc engine which is low on fuel use and emissions and with a large fuel tank so you can mow for longer.
This tractor has a built-in fan to literally blast the cut grass into the collector making it suitable for the typical British summer. It has twin headlights for the same reason!
There are five cutting heights form 30mm to 95mm and a very tight turning radius.
And with this one you receive completely free a trailer worth £199.
The tractor costs £1599, £200 less than the recommended price and it has a two-year warranty from the maker. Delivery is free within two to three working days and the options of paying an extra fee for Saturday delivery is also available.
Now back to Mountfield for a couple of tried and trusted machines which have become firm favourites and best sellers.
The Mountfield 1530M Lawn Tractor has an 84cm cutting width and twin cutting blades to give a smooth cut and very efficient grass collection, even when it’d wet.
The cutting deck pivots to follow the contours of the lawn and cuts down to 25mm and up to 80mm with seven options.
The grass box holds 240 litres and emits a loud bleep when it needs emptying, a very handy feature. And it can be emptied without leaving the driver’s seat.
The engine is Mountfield’s own 452cc model and it has a six speed manual gear box – five forward and one reverse. The fuel tank holds six litres.
It has a comfortable, padded and sprung seat and thick-tread tyres for excellent grip. Twin headlights keep you working in the gloom.
You can buy a deflector kit for use when cutting longer grass and a mulch kit. A tow bar is also available.
Previous customers’ reviews appear here.
It costs £1699, £200 off the recommended price and we deliver it free within two to three working days with the option of a Saturday delivery for an extra fee. It has a five year warranty.
The Mountfield 1530H Lawn Tractor is basically a very similar machine with an 84cm cutting width a 452cc engine, but this one has a hydrostatic gear box so it drives much like an automatic car.
This means you can mow around obstacles like trees and barns without having to worry if you are in the appropriate gear.
Again, the twin cutting blades give a smooth finish and give excellent grass collection, even wet grass, and the seven cutting heights let you decide the sort of finish you want.
Like the previous machine from Mountfield it has a port to which you attach a garden hose to clean out the deck after use to resist corrosion.
Again a deflector kit, tow bar and mulch plug are available as optional extras.
The recommended price for this one is £2099 but we are selling it for £1899 with a five-year warranty. Delivery is free within two to three working days and the Saturday option is also available.
The final one of the Mountfield machines is the 1538H Lawn Tractor, this with a wider cutting width and suitable for gardens up to 6000m2.
With a 452cc engine, six-litre fuel tank and hydrostatic transmission and a 140cm turning radius it represents great value for owners of larger gardens and lawns and is easy to drive.
It has a 240-litra grass box and has an indicator to show when it is full and again has a wash port to make washing it down after use a piece of cake.
A front bumper provides protection in case a tree suddenly jumps out in front of you. Twin headlights and a high-back seat mean you can drive it comfortably and safely when dusk sets in.
It costs £1999, £200 off the recommended price, has a five-year warranty and is delivered free within two to three working days with the option of Saturday delivery for an extra payment also available.
This one from Lawnflite is recommended for lawns around 6000m2.
The Lawnflite 903 RT Lawn Tractor has a cutting width of 105cm and has a Briggs & Stratton 500cc engine with Transmatic transmission to make it an easy-driving machine.
The company’s Direct Collect system gives excellent grass collection even when it’s wet. Cutting heights are from 30mm to 95mm.
The grass box holds 240 litres and is easy to remove with tools. And this machine comes with a completely free trailer which normally costs £199 so turning your garden tractor into a year-round workhorse.
It costs £1999, £200 off the recommended price and has a two-year warranty with normal delivery free within two to three working days.
The Saturday delivery option is again available where you order by 3pm Friday and have it delivered the following day for a small extra sum.
And lastly, a couple from Al-Ko, German company with a reputation for manufacturing reliable gardening machinery.
The Al-Ko T16-92HD Special Edition Lawn Tractor is suitable for lawns around 6000m2 and has a Briggs & Stratton 656cc twin-cylinder engine.
It is fitted with a Hi-Lift blade to create the all-important air flow under the deck to power to the cut grass in to the collector which holds 220 litres and can be emptied from the driver’s seat.
The transmission is hydrostatic so it drives much like an automatic car and is correspondingly simple and it has six cutting heights and a 92cm cutting width. The cutting deck has a washport to take a garden hose and make it simple to clean when you have finished work.
The deck has small wheels so it will follow the contours of the lawn and provide a neat and even cut with scalping it. Large wheels give good grip and will not harm the turf.
You receive a free garden trailer worth £199 as a special offer and to see what other customers think of this tractor see these reviews.
The recommended price is £2699 but we are selling it for £2299 with a five year warranty and a free two hitch. The Saturday delivery option is also available but normal delivery is free and within two to three working days.
And the AL-KO T16-102HD Edition Lawn Tractor is a similar machine but with a 102cm cutting width making it suitable for lawns around 8000m2.
This has a 656cc Briggs & Stratton twin-cylinder engine low on vibration levels and designed for a long working life with hydrostatic transmission.
It is a very comfortable tractor with a high-back seat and wide-profile tyres and a front bumper.
There are six cutting heights from 30 to 90mm and the grass box, which holds 300 litres, can be emptied without leaving the driver’s seat.
And this one also comes with a free tow hitch and a free trailer worth £199.
It costs £2499, £500 off the recommended price and has a five year warranty.
Delivery is free within two to three working days with Saturday as an option if you order by 3pm Friday and pay a small extra sum.
These are just ten of the lawn tractors and ride-ons we have on our site.
We are the country’s leading retailer of lawn tractors, so please ring us on 03454 588905 if you would like our advice on which machine is suitable for your garden.