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Riding Mowers and Accessories

Learn the difference between a riding mower and a lawn tractor and find out which machine is best suited for your landscaping needs.

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width of the cut is important
Photo 3 of 7Consider how the deck width is going to affect the use of the machine.

Deck Width(3 of 7)

The width of the cut is also important. A wide deck is good for large properties, but might not work in other situations. Storage of a larger machine is another thing to keep in mind.

The 54 inch mower deck in this example has anti-scalp wheels that prevent the deck from bottoming out on rough terrain. The anti-scalp wheels will adjust up or down, depending on the terrain. This prevents uneven cuts. A mower deck also has a rolled outer edge that protects the tractor from damage when bumping against obstacles such as trees and driveways.

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