Choosing A Tractor For Your Garden
Garden tractors are small and easy to use, designed mainly for domestic gardens. The first thing to consider when selecting a garden tractor is the power of the engine and the width of the mowing deck. All else being equal, the cost of the machine will be proportional to these two numbers. If you’re mowing more than two acres, a 54 inch deck (the maximum deck size for garden tractors) is in order to make the process less time-consuming. Under two acres, and the 45-inch size is probably sufficient. But if speed of mowing is important, always go with a wider deck. The bigger the tractor’s blade, the more power it needs to turn it. Garden tractors range from 20 to 30 horsepower. The higher end will make mowing faster and will give you the feel of a professional’s machine, rather than a toy, when using it for pulling heavy loads, digging, tilling, etc. If you mainly want it because you have acres of grass to cut – and you’re the type of person that doesn’t let the grass get too tall – the lower horsepower models will probably suit you.
To a lesser extent, size comes into play with the wheels of the garden tractor. Sizes from 20 to 23 inches are common. The bigger the tire, the more stable it will be on rough or steep terrain; it will also be easier to navigate in muddy conditions. Finally, you also want to make sure the tractor is sized to get where it needs to go. Measure the wifth of gate openings, shed doors and any other tight spaces it will need to pass through and make sure the overall size of the machine is consistent with these constraints.
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