By SCOTT McCLOSKEY
WHEELING - The size, shape and topography of property are important factors to consider when choosing the type of mower or tractor for your grass cutting needs, according to two local lawn equipment professionals.
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Lashley Store Manager Roger Morrison looks over a variety of Kubota tractors in the St. Clairsville store’s showroom.
Most homeowners consider price, brand, features and sometimes even the dealer when shopping for a new lawn mower; however, the most important factors in buying a mower are the size and type of lawn you have, according to Popular Mechanics.
Kennedy Hardware Sales Manager Chuck Reed said while budget is always an obvious factor, the size and shape of your lawn should be key elements when deciding which type of mower best suits your needs.
"Walk-behind mowers are good for small yards and for people who want the exercise," said Reed.
He said people who own less than half an acre typically will purchase walk-behind mowers and owners of larger lots will purchase riding products for mainly "time saving" reasons.
Additionally, he said the consumer needs to decide if there are other applications they will be using the equipment for, such as plowing snow or hauling lawn and garden supplies. He said larger garden tractors are better designed for hilly terrain and heavier workloads. He said the compact and subcompact tractors can be used for a variety of tasks other than mowing grass.
Located at 3300 McColloch St., Wheeling, Kennedy Hardware carries a wide variety of brand name mowers, tractors and other lawn cutting accessories.
Roger Morrison, manager of Lashley Tractor Sales in St. Clairsville agrees that consumers need to consider the various applications and the size and shape of the terrain when purchasing a tractor. He said for those looking to purchase a heavier tractor with more power should purchase a tractor with a diesel engine.
"You also need to consider whether you need a two or four-wheel drive tractor to make it safe," Morrison said. "Powerwise, your going to get more power out of the diesel than you are the gasoline (tractors)," he added.
"Value-wise the diesel is the best value for the return on your dollar or if you ever decide you want to trade or sell that unit," he added.
He said many customers who find it difficult to push a mower will jump to a smaller conventional or zero radius lawn tractor.
"Zero turn will actually save you time mowing. They will actually go a little bit faster mowing, plus you don't have that time of turning - you just spin those around," he added.
Lashley Tractor Sales is an Ohio Kubota dealer for tractors, riding mowers and other lawn and construction equipment that also has a wide selection of models from other leading equipment manufacturers at three store locations in St. Clairsville, Quaker City and Zanesville.