Types of ride on lawn mower
The main choice is between a ride on mower and lawn tractor mower or garden tractor,but there can be more options if you have a difficult lawn to mow.
Ride on mowers
Ride on mowers, the main function of a ride on mower is to cut grass.This is the smallest type of ride on mower 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 to buy.
Lawn tractors, generally lawn tractors are larger than ride on mowers and have the engine to the front and seat behind,cutting widths start at about 76cm.They have more powerful engines making them suitable for larger areas,tougher terrain and harder tasks.
Garden tractors,Garden tractors are heavier duty machines with the most powerful engines(11kw and above),the widest cutting width and the strongest built,in addition to regular mowing the can be used for towing, tilling and snow clearing,garden tractors are the most expensive type of ride on mower.
Ride on mowers and tractors for a difficult lawn,Some of the more expensive mowers offer a four wheel drive system (sometimes called `all wheel drive`) These are particularly useful for difficult sites such as slopes as they offer better traction and less wheel slip.
Whichever ride on mower you choose go for as powerful an engine as you can afford as this will have the power needed to tackle a slope.
Consider a zero turn model, these are designed to turn on the spot,so they are easy to negotiate around obstacles.They have two steering handles that separately control the rear wheels,instead of the conventional steering wheel system which only controls the front wheels.They generally have a faster top speed than conventional models too.