How to Buy a Lawn Tractor

The decision to buy a lawn tractor should be based upon the overall size of your yard, the type of terrain and what type of tasks you will be using it for. With additional attachments, lawn tractors have the capability to tackle chores such as general yard maintenance, leaf collection and mulching as well as fertilizing and seeding your lawn. Consider the following helpful hints and suggestions before you purchase a lawn tractor.

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    Determine what your needs are. How much grass do you have to cut? Purchasing a lawn tractor is a good choice if you have a large size yard with more than a 1/2 acre (21,780 sq. ft, or 2,024 m�) of grass to mow.
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    Assess the type of terrain that you will be using a lawn tractor for. Do you have a fairly level yard or does the terrain present a more challenging hilly landscape?
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    Consider a lawn tractor with a more powerful engine to efficiently tackle bigger loads. Lawn tractors offer the option of choosing either a manual or automatic transmission. Select a manual transmission if you want to save money.
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    Decide what features you want for your lawn tractor. If you will be mowing and doing general maintenance in low light conditions then consider a model with headlights.
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    Contemplate including some comfort and support features such as adjustable seats, steering wheels and foot pedals with padding and control levers that can be adjusted. Added special features will make the task of maintaining your yard more enjoyable.
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    Think about purchasing a bagging attachment to collect grass clippings to make cleanup easier while you are mowing the lawn. Grass clippings can be used for compost or simply disposed of.
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    Consider getting a sun canopy for additional comfort to keep cool if you live in an area where the climate tends to be hot and you expect to be spending a lot of time on yard maintenance chores.
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    Educate yourself on lawn tractor safety precautions to safeguard yourself when you are using it. Some lawn tractor models offer additional safety features to prevent accidents such as automatic blade disengagement that stops the spinning blade.
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    Determine how much money you want to invest in a lawn tractor. Expect to pay about $1,000 to $1,500 for a basic model. For additional features and attachments, the cost will be higher.
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    Read reviews for lawn tractors to be informed on the best and most reliable models. Doing some research will help to prevent future problems if you are aware of models that have been recalled or have a low customer service satisfaction index.
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    Do some comparison shopping and visit your local garden centers to look at some models that you are interested in. Watch for sales and discounts to get the best possible price and make sure you get a warranty when you purchase your lawn tractor.

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