How to choose the Wright Rider
Before you buy a new Lawn Mower, Rider or any other piece of outdoor power equipment, you should first evaluate the overall layout of your property. This will help to define the maintenance tasks you'll need to perform on a regular basis and the type of power equipment required.
Do I Need a Rider Mower or Lawn Tractor?
Rider Mowers and Lawn Tractors are self-propelled riding vehicles operated by V-belts. Most come in manual and automatic transmissions, and some have very effective friction clutch-drives. Generally, they are all designed for mowing well maintained lawns of up to 15°. Most Rider Mowers are ideal for lawns between 0.1 to 0.5 hectares (1.1 acre) in size, while Lawn Tractors (20hp and above) are ideal for areas larger than 0.5 hectares. Although both may offer options such as a trailer hitch or even a small dozer blade, they are not powerful enough to pull heavy accessories like a plough or rotary hoe.
Front-Deck Riders are ideal for lifestyle lawn areas. These are not your commonplace Rider and are aimed at the more discerning buyer. They have unbeatable maneuverability and visibility with near ‘zero turn’ capabilities – meaning they literally fold around trees and obstacles. These machines are primarily used for straight grass cutting on flat to slight terrain and come with rear discharge or Combo mulch type mowing decks. Please Contact Us about these superb machines as the combination of deck and machine will need some careful thought.
Zero-Turn Front Deck Riders
Zero-Turn Front Deck Riders are ideal for commercial use. This type of mower is fast becoming the mower of choice for commercial contractors, schools, motor camps, parks, reserves and highway verge maintenance. They are mainly hydraulic motor system driven which makes them incredibility reliable. Some have multi belt-drive mower decks. They are operated using hydraulic gate valves to steer through the rear wheel drive system (similar to a bobcat). Their high cutting speed and up to 12 hours non-stop operation makes them perfect for serious high productive work loads. Being an average three to four times the cost of a standard Lawn Tractor has kept them out of reach to the average domestic user.
Lawn Tractors have large 20hp to 35hp engines. Most of the mowing decks are approximately 1200mm wide. They still use the same type of automatic transmission as a Rider and are designed to supply sufficient power for large residential lawns or even some pasture topping. Although a range of attachments are accessible in other countries, most perform poorly in New Zealand conditions, and for that reason are unavailable here. Fifty percent of Lawn Tractors are used for areas larger than 0.8 hectares.
Safety Features for Rider Mowers and Lawn Tractors
Rider Mowers and Lawn Tractors come equipped with important safety devices to help prevent serious accidents. They usually include a key safety start interlock switch to prevent accidental start-up, in addition to an OPC (Operator Presence Control) which automatically stops the engine and powered attachments (rotating blades etc.) when the operator leaves the seat.
Other safety features include controls that are specially shaped and colour-coded so they can be identified by feel or quick glance and safety guards to protect against objects thrown out by the blade.
Riders and Lawn Tractors are equipped with parking brakes and most have headlights.
Owners should always refer to the operator's manual provided by the manufacturer to read about important safeguards and special safety instructions before operating a Rider or Lawn Tractor.
PLEASE REMEMBER: Before operating, make sure all children and pets are out of the work area. Never give anyone a ride on your tractor, especially young children. When backing up, carefully check behind your machine for people, especially young children, or objects before you shift into reverse. Riders can be a lot of fun, they are also a potentially dangerous machine when used incorrectly with lack of common sense.