Ride On Mowers - Essential Information
If you think your garden is too small for a ride-on mower think again! They can be small enough to drive through a standard garden gate, Lawn riders are Ride on Mowers ideal for gardens of around half an acre.
They are powered by an electric key start engine which runs on unleaded petrol they can have a hydrostatic gearbox or manual gear box. With hydrostatic drive there’s no need to change gear, simply move the foot pedal or control lever forward or back to adjust your ground speed.
Lawn Riders can come with a offset cutter deck allows you to cut right up to edges. Normally a lever on the console engages or disengages the cutting blade.
Grass is cut and discharged cleanly and efficiently into the rear mounted capacity collector. When the collector is full it can be emptied without having to get off the mower, alternatively you can remove the collector and tip the clippings on a compost heap or into a trailer.
Certain models have an optional mulching kit which can be fitted when conditions are suitable. This allows you to recycle grass clippings instead of collecting them.
To ensure operator safety compact riders have many integral features. Before you can start the engine it would need to be neutral. The blade will not operate without the grass collector in position. A safety cut-out switch under the seat means all controls must be in neutral and the parking brake applied if you want to get off the machine but leave the engine running.
To summarise, these stylish compact lawn riders are highly manoeuvrable and whether you have a number of small areas with borders, trees and garden furniture to negotiate or your lawn is a regular shape of about half an acre you’ll find mowing your grass is easier, quicker and much more fun.
Do you have a large garden with 1 or more acres of grass to cut? Then a lawn tractor is what you need
You find models powered by single or twin cylinder engines, with manual or hydrostatic transmissions and cutting widths from 84cm to 122cm.
Manual transmissions have 5 forward gears and reverse. There’s no need to change gear on the move, just select the gear which best suits your working conditions before you start mowing and off you go.
A hydrostatic transmission takes your mowing experience to a new level and gives you the same convenience as an automatic car. Press the front section of the foot pedal to move forward, the harder you press it the faster you will move. To reverse simply use the rear section of the pedal. Manoeuvring around obstacles or into tight corners is so simple it’s no wonder owners of hydrostatic tractors don’t want to go back to a manual version.
Lawn tractors can have cutting systems with twin contra-rotating blades which cut outside the wheel width of the tractor so you can mow really close to fences and over edges. Cutting heights and the number of preset positions vary according to model. it’s worth noting that you can change the cutting height while on the move. Electronic cutter blade engagement is can come as a standard feature.
Clippings are discharged into the large capacity rear mounted collector which can be emptied very easily from the driving seat.
You can make life even easier by fitting an optional mulching kit which is available through some brands. This device stops grass being discharged into the collector. Clippings are circulated beneath the cutter deck being cut and re-cut into small particles which are dispersed into the base of the turf to return valuable nutrients to the soil. Recycling clippings in this way saves you time, money and effort – and you won’t have all that grass to dispose of.
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Essential information on other types of lawn mowers
Mains electric mowers are quiet, lightweight and easy to use. They are ideal for smaller gardens with a power supply located near the lawn.
Four wheel machines like this are highly manoeuvrable and give and excellent finish on all types of lawn. They are height adjustable & clippings are collected.
Instead of cut grass being discharged into a collector it circulates beneath the cutter deck to be chopped into tiny particles leaving no mess and feeding yoru lawn.
Although 4 wheel mowers give an excellent finish on all types of lawn you may be the owner of a fine lawn and want those classic stripes.
If you think your garden is too small for a ride-on mower think again! They can be small enough to drive through a standard garden gate.