Ride on mowers; a guide to buying the right machine

When buying a ride on mower it's important to choose the most suitable machine for your requirements.  We have therefore provided the below guide to help you make the right decision;

 

  • Terrain; consider the cut area to ensure that your chosen mower is best suited to cater for the specific terrain that it will be most used for. Outfront mowers are manoeuvable and accessible to corners; mid-mount mowers are generally more compact and manoeuvrable; batwing mowers are ideal for large cutting areas; likewise, cylinder mowers are suited to covering larger cutting areas, whilst zero turn mowers are well suited to awkward cutting areas.

  • Landscape; 2wd or 4wd. 2wd mowers are ideal for flatter landscapes whereas 4wd mowers are better suited to uneven or hilly landscapes which require a greater, and more versatile drive output.

  • Grass type and finish; fine (cylinder), fair (rotary), rough (flail). Depending on the model, front or rear rollers often feature with cylinder mowers to achieve an enhanced striped finish. Additionally, grass collectors provide a direct collect finish and are widely available in the domestive market whereas cut and drop machines are often utilised for commercial purposes.

  • Fuel type; petrol or diesel. Petrol mowers are often less expensive to buy but more costly to run and are widely available in the domestic market. Conversly, diesel mowers are more expensive to buy but less expensive to run and are widely available in the commercial market.

  • Working environment; commercial machinery used throughout the year often requires road registration and relevant road lighting kit applications. Some commercial users also prefer to add cabs for operator comfort. Mowers for private use are likely not to require road registration but cabs maybe considered if use is intended throughout the year.

 

  • Mid-mount ride on mower; we offer a wide range of mid-mounted mowers from a variety of market leading brands including Kubota, John Deere, Hayter and Ransomes Jacobsen. The Kubota G26 ride on mower (featured below) benefits from a 26hp, 3 cylinder Kubota diesel engine, hydrostatic transmission (HST), power assisted steering (PAS), high-tip [direct collect] collector, and a 54" mid-mount rotary deck. The collector enables a direct collect cut and the compact mid-mount deck allows good manoeuvrability and efficient storage. We recommend this sturdy and powerful ride on mower for domestic application.

  • Zero turn ride on mower; we offer a good selection of zero turn mowers from market leading brands such as John Deere, Ferris, and Toro. Zero turn mowers such as the John Deere Z425 EZtrak, Ferris IS5000, the Toro 7210 Groundsmaster (featured below) have excellent manoeuvrability owing to their zero turn steering feature. The Toro 7210 is powered by a 35hp, Kubota diesel engine, and comes complete with rollover protective structure (ROPS), and a 60" rear discharge cutter deck. Zero turn mowers are available with rotary decks only and are often utilised on flat, congested landscapes which have multiple obstacles to work around.

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