A lawn tractor or riding mower is best suited for lawns that are larger than 3/4th acre in size. They help in saving effort and time as they can cover large tracts of land quickly and usually require only a single pass to achieve the appropriate grass height.
A riding lawn mower is a lot like a tractor. While tractors are huge, these are smaller versions with a seat on top and four wheels beneath. They are kind of a hybrid between a golf cart and a tractor. However, because of the engine power, they can be used for more than just lawn mowing. You can haul heavy loads, operate a snow blower, rake and irrigate lands too. The possibilities with a riding lawn mower are endless. The are large and expensive machine so we’ve done our best to give a few honest riding lawn mower reviews to help those out who are in the market to buy one.
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Usually the deck size varies from 38 to 46 inches. For 1 acre yards, 42 inches is more than enough and for 2 acre lands 46 inches works well. If your yard is more than 2 acres then you may think of either upgrading to a ZTR mower or a larger riding mower with a deck of more than 46 inches.
There is a choice between manual and automatic transmission. Some of the technologies available with respect to transmission in riding mowers include transmatic that removes the need of clutching, Auto-Drive that is basically automatic gear shifting, Hydrostatic that offers easy maneuverability as the speed is perfectly calibrated to the accelerator pedal.
Engines either come as a single cylinder OHV or a V-Twin OHV. Single cylinder operates with less vibration and often runs cooler. However V-Twins provides higher power output, better smoothness and reliability with low emission ratings. Besides they last longer than single cylinders.
Having indicators for the fuel tank, oil, battery life and other such stuffs on the dashboard is a great boon as it keeps you aware of the internal health of the mower without having to pop the hood.
Models that offer easy blade height adjustment with the push of a button or by a lever design make it easier to mow a lawn with slopping surfaces or uneven terrain.
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