Garden Tractors Can Help With Anything
Garden tractors are one of the pinnacles of agricultural engineering. They take the utility and versatility of farming tractors and shrink them down into formats perfect for use around the home. There are many different varieties of garden tractors, each of which is specialized for specific usage. The general term for these smaller garden tractors is CUT or “Compact Utility Tractor.”
The basic principle of a tractor is providing a vehicle that is capable of generating large amounts of traction at low speeds. The name itself derives from this basic function. The traction is generated by large wheels specially designed to dig into the earth and by a powerful motor to drive this assembly. The most common use of garden tractors and their larger farming siblings is that of pulling a large object.
It is this traction and powerful motor that allows even a CUT to draw an object much larger than it behind. For home applications, however, there is usually less chance that you’ll need to tow a massive trailer. You are more likely to require it for towing a small till or planter. Subsoil tools and seeders are also commonly attached for home landscaping.
There are three major types of garden tractors you are likely to be interested in, which we’ve outlined below for your information:
· CUT – The Compact Utility Tractor in its most basic form allows you to take advantage of the functions of a farm tractor for your own yard work. This is perfect for pulling large loads behind you. Wagons or trailers filled with soil or heavy plants are examples of items that might normally be very difficult to tow.
In addition to towing, you can use the powerful motor and traction of your garden tractors to uproot trees you wish to remove from your property. Tying a chain or sturdy rope to the tree and then driving away from it in the tractor can easily pull it down if it isn’t too large. Be sure to tie the chain as high up as you can to produce greater leverage against the roots and to reduce the risk of pulling the tree onto yourself.
· Mower – A riding mower is perhaps the most popular and common of the garden tractors. This is suitable and very convenient for exceptionally large yards with a great deal of lawn space. It is also a wise purchase for senior citizens or people with a disability that makes manual mowing uncomfortable or hazardous. Most standard CUT models will actually come with a built-in or attachable mower.
When using a riding mower it is important to be sure that your yard is first clear of any debris that could prove hazardous to the machine. Rocks, tools, tree branches and stray children’s toys are all potential hazards for garden tractors, and care should be taken not to run them over with the blades.
· Tractor Plow – Using garden tractors for snowplowing can be a very helpful assist in winter months, especially in areas known for heavy snowfall. Most tractor snow blowers come in the form of an attachment that you affix to the front of the tractor, thus allowing you to drive forward into snow banks to clear them. This can be very useful for clearing blocked driveways.
Useful Facts about Owning and Operating Garden Tractors
There are a number of important things to consider when buying, owning and operating garden tractors for home use. The following guides should help you become an aware and safe user:
Buying and Renting
Select a tractor that is suitable for the tasks and size of jobs that you will be undertaking. If you do many different kinds of tasks requiring a tractor, keep in mind that most garden tractors have features such as hydraulics and power take-off, as well as a number of possible attachments similar to those in full-size tractors. Garden tractors are designed to be strong enough for use with plows, tillers, and snow blowers.
Owning and Operating
If mowing lawns is the main task, then riding lawn tractors (which are less powerful than garden tractors) or smaller, rear-engine riding mowers may be more suitable. Look for safety features when purchasing new equipment. For example, some machines cannot be started if the blades are engaged or the mover is in gear.
Be sure to read, understand, and follow instructions in your manufacturer’s operating manual. Know how to operate the equipment and use the attachments safely. Be familiar with the location and function of all the controls. By doing so you can minimize risk to yourself and your family while making gardening tasks that much easier.
With proper and safe use of garden tractors, you’ll find that creating and maintaining gardens and lawns will be much easier. By using them to help you plant and maintain your yard you’ll find it far more enjoyable for daily living.
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