To choose a good garden tractor, first think about your lawn's size, terrain type, lawn obstacles, additional gardening needs, and preferred convenience features in the tractor. It is also important to consider lawn entry, tractor storage, and the tractor's reviews. Prioritize these factors to help you choose the best garden tractor for your needs.
Lawn tractors with 30- to 42-inch decks and Zero-Turn-Radius (ZTR) mowers with 42-inch decks are suitable for areas up to 1 acre. Lawn tractors with 46- to 48-inch decks and ZTR mowers with 42- to 48-inch decks are suitable for areas up to 2 acres. Lawn tractors with 48- to 54-inch decks, garden tractors with 46- to 54-inch decks, and ZTR mowers with 48- to 54-inch decks are suitable for areas of more than 2 acres.
For uneven terrain, choose lawn and garden tractors that are equipped with deck wheels. If the area has a lot of obstacles, such as trees, rocks and walkways, it is a good idea to choose a tractor with a small turning radius. Some tractors have additional features, such as mulching and snow removal, so consider your needs for these additional features before buying. It is also important to make sure that the tractor is going to fit though the gates and doorways.