The different naming of often similar if not identical ride on lawn mowers can sometimes be confusing so here we break down the terms into a straight forward reference guide for anyone thinking of buying a larger sit on mower/tractor.
Often the variation in terms for these types of garden machinery can simply be dependent on marketing or the seller themselves but for easy explanatio we shall break these down into more trade-like terms:
Ride on Mower
- Although this term can cover most any model which you sit or ride upon, typically ride on mowers are rear engine driven and suitable for parcels of land up to 2 acres in size. A natural “step-up” from traditional walk-behind petrol mowers, these are often considered as the entry level option for easy to maintain but larger lawns.
- A heavier duty ride-on mower usually with more robust wheels/chassis suitable for gardens and lawns up to 5 acres. These are going to be better at handling rougher and more uneven land. Because of their nature you will not be able to intricately detail your lawn with these , for that you will need to either finish off edges or hard to reach area with other garden machinery or opt for an out-front mower.
Heavy Duty Garden Tractors
- These machines are for large acreage and parks 3-5 acres including parks or estates so high end serious lawn mowers often with mulching decks and more capable of using towed machinery. Sometimes also called Yard Tractors these machines are capable of coping with the UK’s inclement weather and year round “wet use” more comfortably than the entry level sit on mowers which are suited better to large gardens.
Sit-on Mowers with Out-Front Decks
- For gardens and land up to 4 acres where visibility and more controlled cutting is key. If you need to closely see where you are mowing and have a lot of overhanging vegetation or more intricate gardens and borders with less of a field outlook then these models provide the accuracy. Naturally due to being able to can see where you are mowing you have much more control. Therefor these type of sit-on mowers are ideal for more landscaped areas, whereas a lawn tractor will be more efficient for expanses of plain paddocks and fields. Also the grass is recycled out the front rather than you needing an on-board collection system.