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The product experts at Mowers Direct discuss the differences and similarities between lawn tractors and garden tractors to help you pick the perfect tractor for your needs. Expert advice on attachments, engine size, deck size and maneuverability.

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Lawn & Garden Tractor Buyer's Guide

How to Pick the Perfect Lawn & Garden Tractor

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Lawn & Garden Tractor Buyer's Guide

Lawn tractors and garden tractors both cut grass. Duh!

The ultimate decision isn't about the grass, it's actually about all the other chores around your yard.

If you just want to cut your grass, a lawn tractor will serve you well.

If you also want to use your tractor for serious-duty, earth-moving chores like tilling and cultivating, you'll need a garden tractor.

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Lawn Tractors
Toro LX423 Lawn Tractor
Lawn tractors feature two-blade cutting systems, ranging from 30- to 54-inches wide. Since they are smaller than garden tractors, lawn tractors have less powerful - and less expensive - engines.

Lawn tractors pack enough punch to tow light carts and spreaders. Plus, they can be converted into snow plows or snow blowers in the winter. Just don't expect them to cultivate soil or pull out bushes.

Husqvarna Garden Tractor
Garden Tractors
Garden tractors feature wider, 3-blade decks, ranging from 45- to 54-inches wide. The wider deck requires additional power.

Garden tractor come equipped with powerful 20-29 horsepower engines capable of towing heavy-duty attachments. They also include larger back tires for extra ground clearance. These larger wheels also provide enhanced stability on slopes and inclines.

How To Pick the Perfect Garden Tractor

Mulch vs. Bag?
Tractor Mulching Kit
A popular option is a mulching kit that plugs the discharge chute, keeping grass under the deck and cutting it into fine, nutrient-rich clippings.

Mulching kits come in a variety of size. Compatibility is the key. Just make sure your kit is the same size and brand as your tractor.

Another option for disposing of grass clippings is a bagger. Rear-mounted baggers suck cut grass from the blades, through a chute to the collection bags.
Tractor Baggers

Baggers come in either double-bag or triple-bag styles, depending on the tractor size. Stick with the same brand to ensure compatibility.

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