Garden tractors are small, light tractors that do exactly what their name suggests: they work in gardens. They are used for small property cultivation, for cutting grass, or for snow removal, and are generally referred to as riding lawn mowers (although front-engined tractors are called lawn tractors). The distinction between a lawn tractor and a garden tractor can be difficult to make. Garden tractors have stronger frames and are usually built more sturdily, with large wheels. This is because they are designed for heavier work.
The most well-known brands of garden tractors are Massey Ferguson, John Deere, and Husqvarna. Husqvarna has several different models of garden tractors available, with different variations of size and horsepower. They also have an extremely helpful buying guide on their website. This buying guide breaks down their various models and offers insight into all the accessories you can add, and which model best suits each accessory. John Deere also has several models of garden tractors, although their website separates them into riding mowers and lawn tractors.
Garden tractors are used primarily for domestic purposes. That is, they can help manage gardens and landscape on small estates and properties. Their main purpose is to cut grass, although they can also be used for property cultivation and snow removal. Garden tractors are more than just lawn tractors, however, because they are capable of mounting a much wider array of attachments, which can help with various tasks around the property. To use the tractor or any of its attachments, make sure you fully understand the operator’s manual and read the instructions carefully. Each attachment should come with its own instruction manual with guidelines on how to attach it to the tractor and the proper way you should use it.
Safety Features & Guidelines
Tractors are a leading cause of accidental deaths on farms and other large properties, so make sure you take the necessary precautions when operating a tractor. Make sure you know where all obstacles or potential hazards are on your property. This includes uneven terrain, other people, even the current weather conditions. Once you have assessed all potential hazards, assess the risk. If the weather is poor or the ground isn’t solid because it has been raining all week, it might be best to wait until another day to do any lawn maintenance. Always drive slow enough to ensure that you are able to stop or move out of the way of potential hazards, and watch out for steep slopes, ditches, rocks, and logs.
Pros & Cons
For people who have large lawns but do not own a farm and do not need a tractor for agricultural purposes, a garden tractor is the perfect match. They are big enough and offer enough performance to cut grass and do other garden work, but can easily fit in your garage and are very easy to maneuver.
Garden tractors are also much cheaper than regular tractors, and can be found at stores for as low as $1500, depending on what brand and model you use. They are also perfect for snow removal. This can help save you from having to buy a snow blower, which can be a lot of money.