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How To Choose a Lawn/Garden Tractor - Engines
vertical shaft engine

One of the factors that most affects both the capability of a lawn/garden tractor, and the price, is the engine.

Safe Operation of Riding Mowers and Lawn/Garden Tractors
mower discharge chute

Riding mowers, lawn tractors, lawn and garden tractors, and garden tractors are large and powerful. They can be dangerous if not used safely.

How To Choose a Lawn/Garden Tractor - Power To Implements
belt drive to mower deck

A mower deck can’t cut grass unless it is connected to the tractor engine. This is usually done in one of two ways, with some possible permutations.

Adjusting Mid-Mount Tractor Mowers

Mid-mount mowers for lawn, garden, and compact tractors typically have (two or) three blades and are designed for quality mowing of turfgrass. They are not designed to cut tall, weedy grass. They have multiple gage wheels and rollers that allow a relatively low cutting height with minimal scalping.

Self-Propelled Spreaders And Sprayers For Turfgrass
self-propelled spreader
A relatively new class of products in the commercial grounds maintenance industry is the self-propelled spreader and/or sprayer. This kind of equipment can potentially reduce the effort required to apply fertilizer or pesticides to lawns, but it comes at a substantial cost and will require some trade-offs in operating mode.
Granular Spreaders: Selection, Calibration, Testing and Use (1999)
Granular Spreaders: Selection, Calibration, Testing, and Use (1999)
The information should make it easier for anyone using a fertilizer spreader to select an appropriate type of spreader and to obtain optimum performance from the selected spreader. This bulletin summarizes 24 years of design, study, research and teaching about fertilizer spreaders. (PDF format only)