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Advice on Buying a Ride-on Mower or Garden Tractor Part 2

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Collecting Grass and Mulching

Both ride-on and garden tractors have the function to collect grass and mulch, so below we will explain the benefits of both.

A large lawn will create a mass of grass cuttings.  where you put these cuttings will have an effect on how well the lawn will look.  You can either dispose of these clippings in your compost heap / composter  or recycle them onto your garden.

A ride-on mower or garden tractor with rear collection have an air flow system on cheaper models that push the cuttings in the collection box or bag, where as, the more expensive models use a powered sweeper to physically push them into the bag.  Be mindful of the size of the collection bag in relation to the size of your lawn as you don’t want to emptying it too many times during each mow.

In situations where you do not wish to collect the clippings then you can purchase a deflector which will evenly distribute them over the lawn as you mow.

A garden tractor with mid mount decks usually give you the option to spray the clippings from the sides if you want to recycle them back into the lawn.  In hot conditions like we are having right now, it is a good idea to spread your grass cuttings over the lawn to prevent scorching.

As an alternative to collecting and spreading, your ride-on mower or garden tractor could opt for a mulching feature.  With this option, the cutting blade cuts the grass extremely fine and blows them onto the lawn.  The cuttings then decompose over time and feed the lawn.

Advice on Buying a Ride-on Mower or Garden Tractor Part 1

Ride-on Mower

The primary job for a ride-on mower is to cut grass only.  Usually with the seat at the front the motor at the back they are the smaller of the 2 machines and usually have smaller cutting widths.  They are also cheaper to buy than garden tractors.

A garden tractor usually has a heavy duty engine, usually 11kw and higher.  whilst their cutting widths tend to be wider, they usually have others uses to just cutting grass like, towing, snow clearing and tilling to mention a few.  Due to their multi functions, larger engine sizes and robust build, they tend to be more expensive than the ride-on mower alternative.

Mowing on uneven lawns

If you have a steep or an uneven lawn it may be worth considering a ride-on mower or garden tractor with all wheel drive.  These mowers offer much better traction without destroying your lawn when the mowers wheels spin to gain traction.

It is worth looking at the most powerful engine that your budget allows and look for engines that have pump lubrication as this ensures that the engine receives oil all of the time during the most tasking gardens.

At Cutting Edge Machinery we will advise you on the best mowers based on your garden size and terrain and of course your budget.

A lawn with trees, bushes and other obstacles

In cases where your lawn has several obstacles including trees, bushes and ponds etc then we would suggest a model with zero turn.  These mowers are specifically designed to be able to turn on the spot to make it easier to go around anything that stands in your way on your lawn.  These types of mowers also make it easier to get you perfect striped lawn when you have to turn at each end.

Petrol Chainsaws for Professional Gardeners

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Petrol chainsaws are aimed at the commercial market generally i.e. the professional gardener and landscaper.  A petrol chainsaw offers extra strong cutting performance allowing professionals to tackle the most demanding of jobs that an electric chainsaw would normally struggle with.

The most obvious advantage of a petrol chainsaw is the flexibility to use it anywhere without being tethered to a power cable.  Working at height and in remote locations is where they come into their own.

Understanding the basic workings of a petrol chainsaw will give you a better chance of determining faults as and when they arise.  That little bit of extra knowledge will give you a good head start when there are unexpected breakdowns.  With a regular service with Cutting Edge Machinery, this will help keep your petrol chainsaw in tip top condition throughout the season.

Knowing how to maintain and fit replacement parts is a necessary part of owning a petrol chainsaw or any other petrol machinery.  Most replacement parts like the chain only take a few minutes to replace, but it is also important to seek help and advice if you are unsure with any maintenance work.  Here at Cutting Edge Machinery we are only too happy to help and offer essential basic operation and maintenance advice when buying a chainsaw from us.

Petrol machinery, especially chainsaws, often operate in messy, damp and cold environments, so dust, dirt and water will get in.  Keeping the parts clean and clear is essential for the efficient and safe running of the chainsaw.  The petrol motor draws in a lot of air during operation and with that, it will inevitably suck in dirt, dust and water.  You filter can clog up very quickly, so knowing how to change your filter is essential to avoid potential lengthy down time.

For any advice or trianing on basic operation of your petrol chainsaw then please do not hesitate to contact Cutting Edge Machinery

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