Do Ride On Mowers Work Well On Rough Grounds?
Most of the heavy duty ride on mowers do work on rough grounds. Certainly the ones reviewed here.
There’s something eternally joyful about a ride-on lawnmower. It’s like driving, but slower and safer.
Provided you don’t have hayfever, there’s nothing more lazy than trundling around the grounds on a sunny Summer afternoon. Drink in hand and mower on the go – one of our reviewed mowers does have a drinks holder by the way.
These ride-on lawnmowers cover cutting areas of up to 4,000 square meters, and they can still fit through your garden gate. Don’t expect lightning speeds, but they’ll still move at a steady walking pace. Many ride-on mowers will now mulch the cuttings, making them the perfect addition to an organic garden – cut out those fertilisers!
Castelgarden XE 866
Castelgarden’s XE 866 is a ride-on lawnmower made for medium and large-sized gardens.
Under the hood is a Briggs and Stratton motor, the popular small motor maker who supply many lawnmower manufacturers. The 866 has a 190cc single-cylinder engine, this is started with an electric system.
The transmission is manual, which is worth considering if you’re used to driving an automatic on the road. But as an addendum, what a great motor to start learning to drive on…
The cutting abilities on the Castelgarden are large considering that this is one of the smallest in their range. Though there is only one cutting blade, it still slices a 66cm wide path through the lawn. The cutting heights are segmented into six, and run from 80mm down to 30mm.
You can still hold up to 190 litres of grass in the collector, although you do have to get off the seat to go and empty it.
Being mini doesn’t mean it isn’t mighty though, Castelgarden have a long history of making quality mowers, and their UK import service provide quality aftercare and help with repairs and servicing.
Castelgarden have a dedicated and genuine spares seller on Amazon, which is nice to know, looking at the total cost of the XE866 you’d certainly be happier repairing rather than replacing.
The mower arrives fully assembled and is inspected and checked for proper functionality before it gets sent to you.
The Castelgarden mower has a fantastic level of design, which squeezes in a 66cm cutting width into an small footprint size overall. The cutting height doesn’t go as short as some might like, but it does have the advantage of cutting longer than many other mowers.VIEW PRICE HERE
The 125-85 made by McCulloch is a ride-on lawnmower with peerless design quality. I loved the shape and the cutting procedure on the 125-85, and it even has a built-in mulching function.
The McCulloch has a 344cc engine, which puts out 6.5kW of power at 2,900rpm. It has two blades, and those blades will be spinning fast indeed. This mower does have a manual transmission, with three forward gears and one gear for reverse. Having a manual gearbox means you’ll be able to tackle greater slopes and inclines. This is further aided by the design – which has put the centre of gravity very low down.
A low centre of gravity means this is a superbly stable mower with excellent traction. The cutting area is an expansive 2-2,500 square meters, and the grass is put out the rear in a mulched form – great for improving soil fertility and the quality of your lawn.
The slimline design also means you can easily observe the cutting area as you trundle along. You’re able to choose between five different cutting heights – from 25mm through to 70mm. The cutting width is 85cm, the total width of the mower is 85cm too, the blade system at the front being the widest point.
For its stunning design and rugged abilities, the 125-85 is one of our most well-received ride-on lawnmowers. The cut quality and the ability to mulch grass straight away is a real time saver. The low centre of gravity and manual transmission makes this mower a pleasure to drive too.
The McCulloch 125-85 has a highly desirable design and highly versatile driving range. Although topping out at 2,500 square meters, we found it possible to go further- you just need to bring a little extra fuel for the journey. The mower will mulch by default and can take a grass collector on if needs be is another great choice to have when cutting.VIEW PRICE HERE
Lawn King 196cc
The Lawn King 196cc ride-on has the look and feel of a go-kart. Whilst it isn’t the sleekest and most beautiful of designs, the utilitarian value of the Lawn King is still worth consideration.
Unlike other mowers, the Lawn King does not offer collection of grass cuttings. Instead, the grass is flung out the side. If you’re looking for an incredibly neat cut, the Lawn King is perhaps not for you.
The Lawn King is, however, excellent at dealing with rougher areas of grass. The chunk wheels and powerful engine means you’ll be able to cover areas other mowers might struggle with. As far as driving positions go, the King certainly makes you feel like you’re on a throne.
Unfortunately with the blade being located directly under where you’re sat, this can make it hard to keep track of the cut. However, this is not a motor for the finest jobs imaginable.
The cutting area if 60cm in width, a little bit pokey but still plenty. The driving power of the Lawn King 60 SDE is fantastic. With a turning radius of just 46cm, those with gardens loaded with obstacles will be happy to skirt around flowerbeds and bushes.
The transmission is Transmatic, which is kind of half way between a manual and an automatic. There is no clutch, no pedals at all in fact, and six different drive settings to choose from – including one reverse gear.
With its small footprint, you won’t have any trouble slotting the 60 SDE away once you’ve finished mowing – and it will fit through almost all garden gates.
Lawn King’s mowers come with a 2 year warranty and excellent access to spare parts and repairs. The mower comes assembled and ready to mow – with all Lawn King mowers undergoing a pre-delivery run-through quality is assured.
The 60 SDE is a nimble little go-kart of a cutter. I think it has a loveable if boxy shape, the ride and the drive is decent considering it isn’t a manual. I still prefer a manual for rugged and lively lawns, however, if you’ve got a simple patch to mow the Transmatic transmission won’t trouble you too much.
Being able to turn on a penny is another fantastic trait, mowing around trees and alongside windy paths is always easier when you can not only reverse but do it in a sharp and precise fashion.VIEW PRICE HERE
One of the most competitively priced ride-on lawnmowers to come our way, the Racing 62PR has a name reminiscent of a continental football club, in reality, the glamour is certainly missing. This is a very simplistic and rather ugly looking ride-on – think about your worst pair of school shoes and double it.
Looks aside, we’re not that vain really, the 62PR is one of smallest and most mobile ride-on lawnmowers available today. The width is designed to get through most garden gates, and the cutting width is 61cm.
You can expect to cut around 2 square kilometers on the 62PR before it needs a rest, the grass collector comes with it, and will hold 150 L of the green stuff. The cutting height is adjustable through five different settings – 30mm at the shortest and 70mm at the longest.
The 196cc engine can reach dizzying speeds of 4.6km/h, that’s 2.8mph, and will stroke through four forward gears and one reverse gear. This mower is slow, let’s face that fact head-on.
Though the motor be slow, the blades spin fast and cut well. 3,600 rpm is incredibly quick for the price, a quick cut being beneficial for the lawn in that it helps promote stable growth of grass – preventing moss from taking hold somehow.
It isn’t the biggest, the smallest, the fastest or the best looking. But it is the cheapest and comes fully assembled and pre-serviced. There is also access to bountiful spares and repairs, not quite as good as Lawn King, but still, you won’t be searching the ends of the British Isles to find them.
The Racing 62PR is a very slow mower, but it is very cost effective. However, we’d recommend several other mowers before we’d recommend this one, the price bracket might seem appealing but the power and stamina of some of the other mowers in this review best the 62PR most days of the week – sorry Racing!VIEW PRICE HERE
The Feider is another bulky and boisterous ride-on mower, with a slightly modified go-kart design and a steering wheel borrowed from a fork-lift truck by the looks of things.
With the engine at the back, you might think you’re driving a Mustang. However, put your foot down and you won’t be reaching 200mph, you’ll get up to a rather more sedate 5mph. Which is still pretty nippy for a ride-on.
The motor is 432cc and the engine has 15 horsepower tucked away, waiting to gallop across the garden. The engine is designed and built by Feider themselves – often lawnmower manufacturers outsource this job. The 4-stroke engine has plenty of life and power in it.
Getting going does mean using manual transmission, the Feider has five gears for forward drive and one for reverse. This choice is perfect for dealing with the job you’ve got in front of you. Automatic transmission mowers can feel a little flat after you’ve tried a manual.
That rear-wheel drive, by the way, makes tackling inclines that little bit easier.
For cutting the Feider has a width of 76cm, a bit larger than other mowers we’ve given a going over, and that’s because the Feider is for larger areas. The cut capacity is comfortable for going up to 4,000 meters squared. There’s a single blade, and it has a manual engagement which you must drop to get mowing.
The Feider’s massive capacity for cutting, 4 square kilometres, and its manual transmission make it ideal for large gardens with some ups and downs. Although it looks like a bulky mess, the footprint is still compact enough to fit in a garage or shed.
Those who need a mower for large areas should consider this Feider, with its in-house built engine, or the Alpina BT84, which we cover next.VIEW PRICE HERE
The Alpina lawnmower is a tractor style ride-on with a 344cc petrol motor. Built by Alpina, a company whose processes are affiliated with the BMW workshop, you’re assured of quality. This ride-on is ideal for gardens sized up to 3,200 square meters.
The BT84 has a hydrostatic, automatic transmission for stall-free driving. The motor is built by Briggs and Stratton – specialists in small motors for mowers, generators and alike. Under the hood of the BT84 is a 344cc motor which will clock up 2,400 rpm thanks to its beefy 5.5kW power output.
Cutting heights are divided into seven categories, ranging from a lush 80mm, down to a fine 25mm. These blades are put into action through a clutch which is electromagnetic in design.
The cutting area is 84cm wide, with the whole mower itself measuring 88cm. This is narrow enough to fit through many front doors, nevermind garden gates.
The length is 233cm, and it stands just over a metre tall at 110cm. You won’t be lifting it anywhere though, the mower weighs a hefty 162kg.
To ensure your lawn is protected even over bumps, the Alpina is fitted with anti-scalping wheels. These prevent the cutting deck from coming into contact with the ground.
The grass collector is 200 litres in size, and you can empty it without getting out of the drivers seat. A mulching kit is available for separate purchase if you want to create a more ecologically friendly garden – mulch is also great for stopping weeds and improving all-round soil fertility.
Driving and mowing in the gloom is made safer by the inclusion of headlights and you’ve got a front bumper to take the sting out of any crashes. The top speed, by the way, is 8.8 kilometres per hour, 5.4mph.
For maximum comfort, there is a cup holder too! We do not, however, encourage drinking and mowing.
The Alpina is one of the most professional and powerful ride-on mowers we’ve covered. I think the combination of speed and power would make it a great purchase for those with a lot of mowing to do. The anti-scalping wheels mean this is perfect for tackling undulating fields – golf courses for instance – and the BMW association can only be a good thing for those looking at a quality motor to work with.VIEW PRICE HERE
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