Garden tractors can be a great advantage when it comes to preparing a garden for planting and for maintaining a garden, but a garden tractor should be capable of more than just cutting grass or preparing a garden. Choosing the best garden tractor is often a matter of considering the size of the jobs you need to perform and how much of your yard, home and garden maintenance you will be doing with your tractor. Knowing the best garden tractors on the market and what each is capable of can help you choose the right tractor for your job.
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Rated by Galt home reviews as one of the most versatile garden tractors, the Kubota (one of the highest-rated tractor brands on a regular basis) is good for basic grass cutting in summer, but it works well as a yard maintenance tool in the other months, capable of hauling, clearing leaves and debris, and even paving driveways. This model is expensive (around £5,460 as of September 2010), but comes with a 21 HP engine and a 54-inch mowing deck, as well as power steering and reverse-mow capability.
Galt Home reviews rates the Toro LX420 high as an entry-level garden tractor. Also rated highly by Consumer Reports, the Toro LX420 has an automatic drive, cruise control and an 18 HP single cylinder Kohler engine. Great for yard work, even with tall grass, light hauling and mulching. As of September 2010, the Toro LX420 is priced around £845.
Craftsman offers a variety of mowers that regularly get top ratings from Consumer Reports. Craftsman garden tractors fall into a range of prices and options. According to Popular Mechanics, Craftsman Craftsman 917.276380 is "the top dog in the price to power category." With its 26-hp V-twin Kohler Pro engine and £1,690 price tag, it has the capability to perform any job other garden tractors in its class can perform.
Popular mechanics rates the Husqvarna YTH1848XP as one of the best combinations of lawn and garden tractor for the money. This garden tractor features an 18-hp Kawasaki engine that powers this tractor for basic lawn care as well as light to medium hauling. Priced at around £1,495 as of September 2010, the Husqvarna offers a good combination of price and flexibility.
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