So you have decided that you need a lawn tractor...now you need to know how to
buy a lawn tractor that has all the features you need at the best possible
This article will help you determine how much tractor you need and how to save
money when you buy it.
How do I determine how much lawn tractor I really need?
Lawn tractors are a lot like cars - there are basic, no-frills models and there
are feature-laden, power-packed high end models - and everything in between.
The first thing you need to consider is size - both in horsepower and cutting
width. How much of each of these you really need is determined primarily by the
size of the area to be mowed.
If you have a small lot - say 1/3 acre to 1 acre, a smaller lawn tractor should
do just fine. For larger areas, you would be better served by a larger, more
powerful model. I have approximately 3 acres to mow on a regular basis so I
opted for a 24 horsepower Husqvarna with a 48" cut. I can mow my 3 acres in about
4 hours where it could easily take all day with a smaller tractor.
The next thing you need to consider are attachments such as a leaf catcher,
dozer blade, garden plow or snow thrower. If you will need one or more of these
now or in the future, you need to buy a lawn tractor that can accommodate them.
How can I get the best deal when I buy my lawn tractor?
Getting the lawn tractor you need at the best price is a fairly simple process
if you follow a few simple rules:
- Buy during the off-season. Most lawn tractors are used in the spring and
summer so they don't sell all that well in the fall and winter - making these
the best seasons for buying one!
- Shop around. The prices of lawn tractors often vary by hundreds of dollars from
one store to another, even for the exact same model! Comparing prices at three
or four stores can easily save you $100 or more.
- Look for close-outs on "last year's models". Again, just like cars, lawn
tractor styles and models change from year to year and stores must move their
old inventory to make space for the new. This usually means deep discounts.
- Haggle. The "sticker price" doesn't have to be the price you pay. Bring
along a pad with competing stores' prices jotted down and ask them to beat them.
They usually will. If not, ask to speak to a manager.
And be sure to point out the fact that you're a repeat customer - which you are
if you have ever purchased at least one item in that particular store before!
Buying the right lawn tractor for your needs is essential if you want to be a
happy homeowner, and getting the best price for it sweetens the deal. Hopefully,
this article has armed you with the information you need to succeed at both.
About the Author:
Rick Rouse is the owner of RLROUSE Directory & Informational Resources.
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