Tips on Buying Your First Ride-on Lawn Mower

With the amount of garden tech available growing every year, the transition from manual equipment like hedge-cutters and lawn mowers to robotic auto mowers and ride-on mowers can sometimes feel a bit daunting.

Ride-on mowers are perhaps one of the easiest and most versatile pieces of equipment you can own, however there are considerations you need to take into account before you buy one. 

This helpful guide will tell you everything you need to know and some common pitfalls people make when buying a ride-on mower. 

Lawn rider or tractor? 

Not all mowers are built the same, and as such you can choose from a variety of different vehicles. A lawn rider is about the same size as a standard walk-behind mower and has a rear engine whereas a tractor is equipped with a front engine, is larger, and has a variety of cutting widths to choose from.

Front seat mowers like the Weibang iON 76 SD are similar to lawn riders and are designed to help with navigating around tighter angles and sloped ground (tractors can also offer this). 

Be realistic with size

We know how tempting it can be to buy the biggest beast of a mower you can find, but it’s really important to be realistic about what size you actually require for your garden.

You need to have a large area of grass that needs cutting to utilise any kind of ride-on mower, so do your measurements first. If you have a large area of grass with no obstacles, then you’d benefit from a tractor or lawn rider with a wide cutting width.

The Westwood F65-4WD is perfect for large grounds and comes with both a sweeper and four-wheel drive for maximum grip on waterlogged grass.

If there are many intricate spaces to navigate around, we suggest a mower with a shorter cutting width, like a front seat mower, to help get you around those obstacles or any slopes. 

Rear collecting or side mulching?

Another important consideration is whether you want a ride-on mower that collects the grass clippings in the rear of the mower, which requires you to detach the bag and dispose of the grass or a mower that offers side mulching.

A mower that has a side mulcher allows the grass to be continuously cut until it’s so fine that it can be put back onto the lawn to absorb into the soil, giving extra added nutrients. The Mountfield 1538H offers both side discharge or mulch, with the former simply allowing the grass to wilt on the lawn.  

Maintenance and servicing

You will need to maintain and service your mower to ensure its longevity and prevent costly repairs that could have otherwise been avoided if you had taken a few extra steps at the end of each ride.

Regular cleaning of the underside of your mower will prevent the engine clogging and rust from forming on metal components. Refer to your owner’s manual for when to change your oil and how often to charge the battery if your mower has one. 

A yearly service is highly recommended as they can diagnose faulty drive belts or things like blunt cutting blades that will impact efficiency, which can cause environmental pollution.

Our team of fully trained mechanics carry out repairs and servicing on all machines and offer both collection and delivery services as well as drop-offs.

Choose what works for you

Ultimately, the most important thing is that you choose a mower that works for you specifically. That includes how easy it is to get on and off, how comfortable the seat is, whether there are too many controls and dials that can be confusing to operate, and if you’ve got enough storage for larger lawn tractors.

This is an investment of both time and money so it’s important that you consider all the options before you fork out on this piece of kit. Contact us for more information. We’ll be happy to help.