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How to Choose the Tractor Size for a Small Acreage

By Cathy Conrad ; Updated September 21, 2017

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.

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

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.

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.



  • The larger the mowing radius, the faster you can mow the grass. A 54-inch deck 24 percent faster than a 42-inch deck, because you are mowing more grass at once.

About the Author


Cathy Conrad has more than five years of newsprint experience as an assistant editor and is a professional writer. She has worked as a virtual assistant and email support specialist, and has more than 20 years of experience working in the medical field. Conrad is currently licensed as a Texas insurance representative and has many years in home improvement and gardening.