If you have a large area of grass to cut regularly you need a ride-on mower or a lawn tractor. The main choice is between a ride-on mower, lawn tractor or garden tractor, but there are further options if you have a difficult to mow lawn.
The main function of a ride-on mower is to cut grass. This is the smallest type with the engine at the back and a seat towards the front. They have smaller cutting widths (from about 60cm) and engine sizes (from about 4.4kW) and are the cheapest type to buy.
Lawn tractors are larger than ride-on mowers
Generally, lawn tractors are larger than ride-on mowers and have the engine in front and the seat behind. Cutting widths start at about 76cm. They have more powerful engines, from 8kW upwards, making them suitable for larger areas, tougher terrain and harder tasks, such as towing (although they are limited to fairly low towing weights).
Garden tractors are heavier duty machines with the most powerful engines (11kW and above), the widest cutting widths and the strongest build. In addition to regular mowing, they can be used for towing, tilling and snow clearing. Garden tractors are the most expensive of the three types.
Ride-on mowers and tractors for a difficult lawn
Uneven or sloping lawns
A four-wheel drive lawn tractor is best for sloping sites
Some of the more expensive mowers offer four-wheel drive (sometimes called 'all-wheel drive'), often with a differential lock. These are particularly useful for difficult sites, such as those that slope, as they offer better traction and less wheel slip.
Whichever mower you choose, go for as powerful an engine as you can afford, as this will have the force needed to tackle a slope. Also look out for engines that have pump lubrication to ensure that the engine is lubricated even when the mower is at an angle. Wheel chains can also help, as can a pivoting rear axle.
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