How to Choose the Tractor Size for a Small Acreage


There are lawn tractors and many different sizes of garden tractors, but the lawn tractor is the ideal choice for small acreages of up to 2 acres without many obstacles. Price is only one consideration when purchasing a lawn tractor. Attachments--such as a cart, an aerator or a sunshade--are also available for your convenience. This type of lawn tractor is preferable for those who do not want to spend much time working the ground or mowing.

Step 1

Determine your budget. It is important to keep in mind your price range when choosing the right tractor for you.

Step 2

Choose a lawn tractor that has the engine in the front with the mowing deck below the engine. This type has a larger engine than normal riding mowers and will have a better turning radius as well.

Step 3

Determine the deck size or the mowing radius that is sufficient for your acreage. For example, a 1/2-to-1-acre area will require a mowing radius of 42 inches; 1-to-2-acre sites will need up to a 46-inch mowing radius, while a 2-to-3-acre area will require a 46-, 50- or 54-inch deck.


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