Is A Ride-on Lawn Mower Worth It
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Is a Ride-on lawn mower worth it? What are the different types and what do I need to consider when purchasing one? In this article we answer all of those questions and more.
Do I Need a Ride-on Lawn Mower?
When deciding whether you require a Ride-on Lawn Mower or not, consider two key factors; the size of the lawn and your budget. If your garden only stretches over half an acre or less, and you don't want to spend over £1,000, consider sticking to a traditional hand pull or push mower.
To upgrade from a standard pull/push electric mower, consider a petrol or cordless mower, as they offer increased power and moveability for a fraction of the price compared to a Riding Lawn Mower. Or maybe decide if it's worth a slightly more expensive Compact Ride-on mower or mini-rider to tackle lawns.
Alternatively, a unique option became available in the late 1990s: The Robotic Lawn Mower. Robotic mowers can maintain the lawn by themselves, remaining within the created 'boundaries' using a straightforward mapping system and reel of low-voltage wire.
Its self-charging system knows when its batteries are low and puts itself on charge. Or, simply pay a neighbour, handyman or garden labourer to cut the lawn, removing the need for your mower altogether.
Different Types of Ride-On Lawn Mower
Various Riding Lawn Mowers are available on the market, ranging in price, make, size and features. The type of riding mower you choose will depend on factors like lawn size, budget, terrain type, gradients, guarantees and available accessories.
Types of mowers can be categorised by where the cutting decks are mounted, with both front-mounted and middle-mounted options available. Front-mounter ride-on lawn mowers are the more traditional options, whilst middle-mounted mowers are generally Garden Tractors.
The front-mounted mowers offer easy manoeuvres and a clear view whilst cutting, helping with corners and strangely shaped lawn patches. Although front-mounted mowers often are only designed to cut grass and offer limited flexibility for other garden jobs.
Contrarily Garden Tractors can be used for a wide selection of garden jobs, from towing attachments to clearing a driveway of snow and obviously mowing the grass. Although flexibility comes with a price, as the quality of the grass cut reduces and difficulty navigating increases owed to the deck mounting position.
Numerous factors will determine the best riding lawn mower for you, so take the time or ask a professional before making a final decision.
Considerations When Purchasing a Ride-On Lawn Mower
How Much Does a Ride-on Lawn Mower Cost?
The various Ride-On Lawn mowers can cost anywhere between £1,500 to several thousand pounds, depending on the mower size and features. A smaller and basic Compact Ride-on mower such as the Mountfield 1530M Ride On Mower with Rear Collector will be significantly cheaper than a bulkier Lawn Tractor, like the Mountfield MTF 84M Petrol Ride-on lawn tractor 352cc.
The value of the ride-on mower can vary depending on lawn size, year-round usability, and the level of flexibility for other jobs, such as towing. A cheaper alternative would be a ride-on mini-mower, although these only reduce prices by a couple of hundred.
Alternatively, if money is no object and you favour maximum efficiency, a clean cut, and an enjoyable experience, a front-mounted ride-on mower is the best option. Front-mounted ride-on mowers are more expensive than rear-mounted mowers, with one of the cheapest options costing more than £2,000.
Always check what is included in the purchase package when comparing the prices of potential ride-on mowers. Some riding mowers may be sold without the cutting deck, so the replacement cost should be included in the purchase price.
Similarly, consider the other jobs completable using the ride-on mower, for instance towing attachments, as this can increase the year-round value of the machine and save money elsewhere.
- Ride-on mowers: around £1,200
- Lawn tractors: around £1,500
- Garden tractors: between £2,000 and £5,000+
If you're lucky, you may find a cheap deal on a second-hand or resale website for less than £1,000, yet these will lack the security of a manufacturer or seller guarantee. It's best to purchase a ride-on mower from a trusted and reputable seller, like us at 'The Mower Shop'.
So contact us today! Call our knowledgeable team on 01788 510453 or forward your enquiry using our contact form, and we will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss your requirements.
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