SIT­TING DOWN ON THE JOB

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Ride-on mow­ers and do­mes­tic trac­tors are hefty, se­ri­ous pieces of equip­ment suited only to adult use. Do your re­search be­fore lay­ing out up­wards of €2,000-€5,000. Rid­ers gen­er­ally have a rear-mounted en­gine and a sin­gle steel blade, whilst trac­tor mow­ers have a front-mounted en­gine and twin con­tra-ro­tat­ing blades.

Rid­ers tend to have a cut­ting width in the range of 64cm/25” to 81cm/32”, whereas lawn trac­tors come in the 81cm/32” to 127cm/50” range. Trac­tors are strong enough to tow sprayers, aer­a­tors, and ded­i­cated lawn-rollers. Don’t take on more tal­ents that you need and dis­miss a com­pact ma­chine with tight turn­ing cir­cles. Some can even ex­er­cise a 360° turn within the length of the ma­chine.

The size of any grass col­lec­tor in a larger ride on (200l up) will in­flu­ence the num­ber of stops you have to make. Some mow­ers of­fer a 3-in-1 fa­cil­ity, col­lect­ing, mulching or dis­charg­ing. En­sure your col­lec­tion bin and any mulching plate comes with the deal. Ex­pect to pay more for the so­phis­ti­ca­tion of both vari­able (au­to­matic) trans­mis­sion, and hy­dro-static trans­mis­sion de­liv­er­ing a con­sis­tent sup­ply of power to the cut­ting deck. The lat­est rid­ers have no bon­net, and seat the user fur­ther out front, turn­ing by swing­ing the rear wheels un­der the ma­chine, ideal for lawns with over­hang­ing trees and ob­struc­tions. At the cen­tre of the ac­tion it’s eas­ier to see and ac­cess ar­eas that would be hard to reach with a nor­mal mid-deck gar­den trac­tor. ‘B&S’ stands for Briggs and Strat­ton en­gine, a com­mon qual­ity en­gine in many trac­tors

Pop­u­lar Hp choices un­der €4,000: 12.5hp plus for .75 of an acre.

(10-13.5cc rated as 344cc en­gines) Husq­varna 13hp. TS38 side dis­charge with op­tional mulch kit from this top rated brand, €1,799, atkins.ie. John Deere NEW X105, €2,800, lawn­mow­er­shop.ie

13.5hp plus for an acre.

Mount­field 1530H 33″/15HP, €2,650, (suited to tackle gar­dens of up to 1.5 acres) dou­glas­fore­standgar­den.ie

15.5hp plus (500cc) for 1.5 acres plus.

Crafts­man YT 3000, with a tough deck is new this sea­son at €2,700, Pat Geaney & O’neill Com­mer­i­cal, thelawn­mow­er­man.ie. Check out the new Iseki line. John Deere X 165 with a 48’’ deck, €3,900, lawn­mow­er­scork.ie

and rid­ers. The re­spected Jon­sered line are built by Husq­varna.

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