Background on Ride on Mowers

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Background on Ride on Mowers

Ride on mowers usually expel the cut grass from the side or the rear. A lot of mowers also have the ability to attach a grass catcher allowing the user to gather all the cutting and remove it from the lawn area. Others have a mulching blade which basically cuts the grass again and again within the mechanics of the mower. This happens until the grass is quite fine and then the fine clippings are deposited back onto the lawn. The advantage for this is that it is a good natural fertiliser for the lawn and adds back into the soil a lot of nitrogen. It’s also convenient as the user doesn’t have to worry about removing the cut grass from the lawn, which can create problems.

The blades on a ride on mower can spin at up to 3600 rpm.


There are several types of ride on mower available on the market. A lot of basic ride on mowers have additional kit that can be purchased (called mulching plates) that covers the opening that the grass cuttings come out of. This means the grass is left in the cutting area for longer, therefore transforming the mower into a mulching mower.

2 in 1 ride on mowers have grass collection/side discharge and mulching and 3 in 1 ride on mowers have grass collection, mulching and side discharge. These mulching and bagging mowers are better suited to lawns that don’t have long grass or thick weeds.

Ride on mowers usually have a deck made of steel, and the thicker the steel the more durable (and expensive) the model will be. The most expensive is aluminium which doesn’t rust and most electric mowers have usually made of thick plastic.

Over the years mowers have become more advanced and now rear-sweeper mowers exist. These have been specifically designed for the conditions found within the UK, i.e. wetter grass! These try to solve the problem of side-mounted collection tubes being blocked by wet grass.

Most ride on mowers have two main drives. The commonest drive is standard (manual) transmission in which the operator uses a clutch to change gears. The more expensive transmission type is the hydrostatic transmission where the operator can change easily through an infinite number of gear ratios. These are typically easier to use and can transmit more power to the wheels of the mower. Because of the expense the manufacturers of ride on mowers have invested a fair amount of money to find a cheaper alternative to the hydrostatic transmission (using things like variable belt types) but so far nobody has found an alternative that has made it in the market. A third and less common type of drive is electric, and this is more expensive still.

Additional Accessories

Because of the nature of ride on mowers manufacturers have been keen to up-sell various accessories that can be fitted – these include rotary tillers, snow ploughs, vacuums or forklift tines.


Sometimes a ride on mower still isn’t enough – professional groundsmen looking after huge areas of grass will normally need to use a tractor with an attachment being pulled behind. These can either have rotating blades (like that of a rotary mower) or cylindrical blades. For a cleaner cut you will need the cylinder blades as these cut like scissors, unlike rotary blades that simply cut like a sythe. Some of these mowers can mow up to 70 acres in an 8-hour day and can reach almost 4m in width.

Background on Ride on Mowers

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