From little ride-ons to estate garden tractors, here are ten top machines for larger lawns

More than half way through January and while the weather is not conducive to weeding the shrubberies, spring bulbs have poked their heads above the ground and a few daffodils are actually in bloom.

Now is the time to buy a ride-on or lawn tractor, before the lawns and paddocks really burst in to life, and to give you an idea of what is available we have chosen ten of the best from neat little ride-ons to really big machines made for estates.

We are the country’s leading retailer of these machines with an unrivalled choice and with the expertise to make sure you buy the right machine for your property.

So before purchasing ring us on 03454 588905 and if you have any queries we can put you right.

We appreciate that these machines are a major purchase and so we offer a finance package, details of which can be found on the product pages just by clicking the link on the page or on these pages here.

Mountfield 827 H
Great machine: Mountfield 827H compact lawn rider

They are an excellent investment especially as, with the right attachments, they can be used all year round for tasks like leaf clearing, aerating or spreading fertilisers. And every machine comes with FREE delivery and FREE oil.

Let’s start with the Mountfield 827H Compact Lawn Rider, a compact little machine which can be driven along narrower paths and through most garden gates.

This has a 66cm cutting width and is ideal for a lawn around 3000m2 and is powered by Mountfield’s own 224cc engine which starts at the turn of a key.

It drives like an automatic car, has cutting heights from 30mm to 80mm and has a 150-litre grass box.

The clippings can be mulched with the addition of a mulch plug, but this is best saved for dry conditions.

It is delivered free within five to seven working days ready to use and has a two-year warranty.

This one is from the same company and made with areas around 5000m2 in mind.

The Mountfield 1530M Lawn Tractor has proved a best-seller with an 84cm cutting width and twin cutting blades to give a great finish.

Mountfield 1530M Lawn Tractor
Twin blades: Mountfield 1530M Lawn Tractor

Cutting heights are from 25mm to 80mm and thanks to those twin blades which create a powerful airflow in the cutting deck, it is an excellent collector of wet grass.

The grass box holds 240 litres and bleeps at you when it needs emptying – this can be done from the driver’s seat.

The engine is another from Mountfield, 452cc and designed for a long life with an oil pump and cast-iron cylinder liner.

It is fitted with five forward and one reverse gears and has a six-litre fuel tank.

A comfortable padded seat, tyres with a deep tread and a pair of headlights also contribute to make this an excellent tractor.

It costs £1749, £200 less than the recommended price and has a five year warranty and FREE delivery within five to seven working days.

A tow hitch and deflector kit for use when cutting longer grass are available as optional extras.

Have used it once since delivery, did an excellent job on my nearly half acre of lawn. Saved me hours in mowing. Easy to use. Came all assembled just had to hook up the grass collecting bag add some petrol and away I went.’ The view of a recent customer.

Other reviews are here.

Great performer: Al-Ko T16-102HD Edition

Here’s a great lawn tractor from a German company recommended for areas up to 8000m2.

The AL-KO T16-102HD Twin-Cylinder Lawn Tractor has a 656cc Briggs & Stratton engine which features their Advanced Debris Management technology.

It has a cutting width of 102cm and a 300-litre grass box and has hydrostatic transmission so it is easy to drive. Especially as it has a high-backed seat.

Cutting heights are from 30mm to 90mm and the cutting deck has two anti-scalp wheels so it follows the contours of the lawn with damaging it.

There is also a steel bumper – well you never know. And the grass box can be emptied from the driver’s seat.

It costs £2499, £500 off the recommended price and has a five-year warranty. Plus there is a FREE steel tipping trailer and FREE two hitch.

If you order this by 3pm weekdays you can have I delivered the following day, even on a Saturday.

This next one from Mountfield can deal with areas up to 15000m2.

Mountfield garden tractor
Hard worker: Mountfield 2446H-SD Garden Tractor

The Mountfield 2446H-SD Garden Tractor has a Briggs & Stratton 724cc twin-cylinder engine giving bags of power and has a two-stage air filter to give it a long life.

A governor manages the engine revs to give extra power when needed and with a cutting width of 118cm it is ideal for larger areas as it cut grass can either be mulched or discharged to the side.

The deck has a wash port which takes a garden hose so it is easy and fast to clean after use and the cutting deck has small wheels to follow the contours of the ground with scalping it.

Cruise control and a cup holder are added bonuses for when tackling large areas and there is also a front bumper.

It costs £3299, £400 off the recommended price and is delivered FREE within five to seven days with a five-year warranty.

Most lawn tractors can’t leave a striped finish, but this one can.

Mad for areas around 16000m2, the Simplicity Regent SLT250 Garden Tractor (with Striping Roller) has a five-step cruise control and a very tight turning radius – just 35.3cm.

Powering it along is a 724cc Briggs & Stratton twin-cylinder engine and it has extra-large wheels and a pivoting front axle to give an excellent cut.

Striped finish: Simplicity Regent Garden Tractor

The stripes come from a wooden roller at the back of the cutting deck and with a cutting width of 122cm and three blades it can reduce cutting time while providing an excellent finish on large areas of lawn.

Cutting heights are from 38mm to 103mm and a special system lets you removed the cutting deck to fit other attachments. And there is  free mulch kit as well.

The price is £3799, £100 less than the recommended price and it is delivered FREE within four to six working days with a three-year warranty.

This one is exclusive to MowDirect and is from an Italian manufacturer.

The Oleo-Mac OM125-23KH Garden Tractor with Electronic Grassbag Emptying can handle areas up to 20,000m2.

It has a 125cm cutting width and a 310-litre grass box which can be emptied just by pushing a button.

Oleo-Mac OM125-23KH garden tractor
Electronic grass box: Oleo_mac OM125-23KH Garden Tractor

The power comes from a Briggs & Stratton 724cc twin-cylinder engine.

The cut grass can either be collected or mulched or discharged at the back. It has twin cutting blades and is a very comfortable tractor to drive – it has a fully adjustable seat.

Variable transmission means it is easy to navigate and it is designed to keep vibration levels to a minimum.

It costs £3999 compared with the recommended price of £5499 and is delivered FREE within two to three working days with a five-year warranty.

Saturday delivery is possible for an additional £40.

The Cub Cadet XZ3-122 Zero-Turn Ride-on Mower is a very different type of machine as it has castor wheels at the front to give it amazing manoeuvrability.

But where most lawn tractors of this design use levers for steering, this one has a steering wheel giving it the capability of turning 360 degrees.

This Synchro Steer system means you can turn immediately at the end of each row and the makers say this can reduce mowing tie time by as much as 50 per cent.

It is fitted with a 726cc Kawasaki engine giving great reliability and with impressive fuel consumption figures.

cub cadet zero turn
Clever machine: Cub Cadet S48 Zero Turn Ride-On

It has a cutting width of 122cm and had a floating cutting deck to follow the contours of the ground. It has cutting heights from 25mm to 102mm

A mulch kit and a grass collector can be bought as optional extras and it can be used on rough ground and slopes.

This innovative machine costs £5999 and is delivered FREE within five to seven working days with a three year warranty.

The Toro HDXS5450 Timecutter Zero-Turn Ride-On Mower (with MyRIDE) is a machine from the USA and a great way to maintain large areas of grassland and paddocks as well as big formal lawns.

It has a 708cc Toro V-Twin engine and can discharge to the side or it can mulch clippings.

With a high-back seat it has arm rests and even a cup holder to make long jobs easier and has a very smooth ride on rough ground.

It has cutting heights from 38mm to 114mm and a cutting width of 137cm.

The price is £6199 and delivery is FREE within five to seven working days with a three-year warranty.

Here’s a machine which is new for 2018.

stiga electric ride-one
Battery power: Stiga E-Park Electric ride-on.

The Stiga E-Park 220 Electric Ride-On Lawnmower is battery-powered and represents the future of lawn mowing.

Lithium-ion batteries deliver performance equivalent to petrol power and make mowing large areas much more pleasant with no emissions and virtually no noise.

And there are no worries about starting up either.

It has a 95cm cutting deck and is suitable for lawns around 8000m2 and can be set to either mulch the grass or discharge it at the flip of a switch.

Speed is infinitely variable and steering around obstacles is very simple with a steering wheel spinner.

It also has cruise control to make cutting large areas of grass less tiring and a hitch kit means you can easily attach other garden equipment.

This innovative machine costs £6999, £500 less than the recommended price and we deliver it for FREE within five to seven working days with a three year warranty.

And finally a giant of a lawn tractor made to take on areas as large as 30,000m2.

The Snapper ESGT27540D Estate Tractor is from a US company and has a Briggs & Stratton 952cc diesel engine giving great fuel economy and increased torque.

Large estates:: Snapper ERXT lawn tractor

This will take all sorts of rougher ground as it is four-wheel drive and has Automatic Controlled Traction to give the right amount of grip without spinning the wheels.

It is also fitted with a joystick attachment system and a 540rpm power take-off to extend the use of the tractor still further.

Power steering and a high-backed seat mean it is a very comfortable machine to drive while a heavy-duty chassis and cast-iron front axle give it great strength.

The cutting width is 137cm and cutting heights are from 25mm to 127mm.

It costs £14,999 compared with the recommended price of £15,699 and delivery is FREE within five to seven working days with a two-year warranty.

These are just ten of the ride-ons and lawn tractors on our site, you can see the full list here.

As you can see there is a huge range of machinery available from ones suitable for a small back garden to huge rolling acre estates.

As we said at the start please give us a ring 03454 588905 let us know the sort of garden you have and we can then make sure you buy the right machine.

MowDirect are knowledgeable, approachable, unhurried and friendly without sales hassle, and next day delivery after I made my choice.’ D. LEEDHAM


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