Why choose a ride on mower?
Property owners facing this challenge often end up choosing a ride on mower (or a garden tractor) for its timesaving capabilities, comfort and versatility. For lawns of up to one acre, this type of mower offers numerous advantages over smaller mowers. There's also the cachet of ownership - invest in a ride on and you immediately enter the exciting world of serious lawn care equipment. Regardless of which model you choose, look forward to enjoying many advantages over smaller machines?
Every ride on mowers guide agrees on the benefits
The benefits add up to a more productive, more enjoyable lawn maintenance experience for anyone with larger lawns. The main advantages are these:
- Greater manoeuvrability
- Time saving
- Suitability for long grass
- Ability to handle rough terrain with ease
- All-weather capability
- Comfort - no more tiring pushing
- Fun - turn a chore into a joy
With so many good reasons for choosing a ride on mower, the big decision is which to choose from the plethora of available machines.
Different types of ride on mowers
Even a cursory look will quickly reveal several configurations, with different types often available in manual, automatic or hydrostatic drive transmissions too:
- Grass collector ride on
- Mulching ride on lawn mower
- Front deck ride on lawn mower
Choosing which ride on mower to buy will be determined by your mowing priorities and the features you need. As its name suggests, a grass collector ride on mower has an inbuilt collector box - usually behind the operator's seat. Mulching machines are a derivative of this, allowing the option to side-discharge grass for mulching - this also enables faster mowing without needing to stop and empty cuttings. Finally, for maximum manoeuvrability (the best can cut very accurately around trees and under shrubs and hedges) you may wish to consider a front deck ride on mower.
As many ride on mowers reviews point out, buying one of these machines is a big investment. But it's a decision that can quickly repay you through the convenience, time-saving and sheer pleasure of using a ride on mower. Whilst the fineness of cut will never quite match cylinder machines, the sheer usability and convenience on larger properties often outweighs this. Of course, although it's beyond the scope of this ride on mowers guide, you could always invest in a dedicated machine for that perfectly-striped showpiece lawn and also address its health by acquiring tools used for scarifying lawns.
Article provided by Neil Tufano