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Tow-Behind Lawn Mower Buying Guide: How to Pick the Perfect Tow-Behind Mower. Tow-behind mowers are perfect for people who need to cut a lot of grass at once. Attached to riding mowers, tractors or ATVs, tow-behind mowers can cut over 11 feet of grass at once.

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Tow-Behind Mower Buyer's Guide

How to Pick the Perfect Tow-Behind Mower

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Tow-Behind Mower Buyer's Guide

If your backyard is more like a golf course, a garden tractor isn’t always your best option.

Take a cue from the pros – golf course landscapers – and shave hours off your mowing time by attaching a tow-behind lawn mower to your tractor or ATV.

You can now focus more time on shaving strokes off your golf game instead.

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Gang Reel Mowers
7 Reel Gang Mower
You'll often see golf course landscapers towing gang mowers over fairways, cutting just grass.

Unlike most lawn mowers, gang reel mowers don't have an engine. Instead, they're towed behind an ATV or tractor at speeds up to 4 miles per hour.

These ultra-wide mowers contain 3, 5, or 7 reels, stretching up to 11 feet wide. Gang mowers cut like scissors, providing a precise finish. However, they have difficulty cutting twigs and branches that can jam the blades.

Trail Mowers
Trail Mower
Trail mowers, on the other hand, are built more like modern day lawn mowers with a high-powered engine mounted on top of a large cutting deck.

If your yard contains lots of trees shedding twigs and pine cones, you'll need the extra engine strength to split them into smithereens.

With cutting widths up to 5˝ feet, trail mowers aren't as wide as gang mowers. However, they mow just as quickly because they can be towed faster. They can reasonably cut 30-32 acres per day.

Trail mowers are basically built to cut between fairways. Just don't expect them to blaze a trail out of bounds.

Trail Cutters
Trail Cutter
If you've got some over-grown, wild property that you'd like to tame, you'll need the machete-like cutting action of a trail cutter.

Tow-behind trail cutters - also known as rough cut mowers - use a series of steel cutting bars that swing back and forth to cut vegetation up to 3” in diameter.

Trail cutters feature powerful engines designed to thresh thick brush off the beaten path with no problem.

They will help you find your lost ball in the rough, but trail cutters are not built to actually mow grass.

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