Is a Lawn Tractor What You Need this Spring?

Deciding If A Lawn Tractor Is Right For You

While it's true that winter is currently in full swing, it's never too early to be thinking about buying a lawn tractor. In fact, if you buy a lawn tractor before the snow melts you can end up with a great deal, and you'll beat the summer rush. Here are some tips to help you shop smart...

Lawn mower versus lawn tractor

While there are many obvious differences between these two pieces of lawn equipment, there are some things you should be thinking about when deciding whether or not a lawn tractor is right for you.

The first thing you need to ask yourself is how much grass do you have to care for? If you only have to cut a small area, like a front lawn on a city lot, you are more than likely better served by your lawn mower. If, however, you find that cutting your lawn with a push mower is taking more time and work than you expected, a lawn tractor may be right for you.

As a general rule, if you have less than 1/4 acre of grass to cut, stick to your push mower. If your lawn is bigger than that, a lawn tractor may be just what the doctor ordered.

Lawn tractor versus garden tractor

Once you have made the decision that a tractor is what you need, there is the question of which size tractor is appropriate for you? Most lawn tractors range from 10 to 20 hp, while their larger cousins, garden tractors, can range from 20 to 28 hp.

The typical lawn tractor is used solely to cut grass, pull small trailers and sometimes remove snow. A garden tractor, on the other hand, can can do all of the things a lawn tractor does, and more. If you have a small hobby farm and you want your tractor to aerate, till and handle a front-end loader, then a garden tractor is going to be a must.

So, before the warm weather hits, decide which type of lawn tools you need. Whether it's a simple push mower, a lawn tractor or a heavy duty garden tractor, now is the time to start shopping for a deal.


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