Buying Guide: What to Look for in a Lawn Tractor
There are four things to look out for before buying a tractor mower, whether for residential or commercial use.
All the brands of reputable mowers out there are fitted with engines from companies such as Briggs and Stratton, Kohler, Kawasaki, and the rest if the big names.
One of the things you should look out for is the horsepower, as it describes the engine’s output. Power is usually distributed among the various components of the mower such as blades and drive transmission.
The more the horsepower, the better a mower will be at working with thicker grass and mowing uphill.
For residential users with smaller lawns on relatively flat grounds, 18.5hp and above is okay, while commercial use could require 24hp and above so it can handle the expected longer hours of use.
This describes the amount of fuel a tank can hold, which naturally correlates with the size.
You want a mower with a large enough tank to hold fuel that will take you through the entire mowing session without you stopping to refill. This will also depend on the size of your lawn.
Cutting decks differ in sizes. Compact mowers that go as low as 30” are ideal for residential work, but the larger ones that are over 50”are better for commercial use or those with large tracks of lawns.
You will choose this depending on the size of your lawn. As larger cutting decks handle longer blades that get the job done in less time. They also allow in lots of air that the mechanisms of the mower need to lift grass and enable the blades to work their magic.
Transmission of a mower transfers power from the engine to that the machine can propel itself forward and backwards in reverse. The three options available to mower user are manual, automatic, and hydrostatic transmissions, with manual operations being mostly on older models.
Think of it as driving an older car where you use the clutch to shift between speeds and gears. While some people still find it authentic – and it is as it engages all your faculties – most would prefer easier operations.
Automatic transmission gives you better control of your mower, and it only gets better when you can use the foot pedal to manipulate speed and go around obstacles as you work. It is also easy to maintain.