Garden tractors are lightweight and sturdily built. What makes them appealing is their easy operatability and wide range of attachments to help the domestic gardener. One may choose a gas or electric-powered tractor depending on the size of the garden. These vehicles have a horizontally-mounted or a vertically-mounted engine, and consist of a wide range of parts, garden tools, and attachments, such as cultivators, rotators, dozer-blades, disc harrows, rollers, tillers, etc.
Parts and Attachments
This is also known as plow, and as the name suggests, its basic use is to cultivate the soil deeply. This attachment is mounted on the tractor using a three-point linkage to adjust the width and depth of its furrows.
This is used to cultivate the surface of the soil, unlike the plow. It follows the same technique of operation as the cultivator, but the basic purpose of the disc harrow is to prepare the soil. It breaks up the lumps of soil to provide a finer finish and better tillage to the planting operations.
These blades are used for mowing and leveling grass. These can be hydraulically controlled and adjusted to reach the toughest spots. Front blades save time, and give a professional finish to the lawn.
A tiller attachment has wide usage in both open and narrow spaces. Soil can be tilled as per the depth requirement of the seeds or seedlings. It also helps to remove and control weeds, and loosen up the soil between rows of plants during the growing season. It tills the plant remains by chopping and burying them in the soil.
These are heavy metal blades mounted on the front of the tractor, and are generally used to move sand, debris, and heavy objects.
Sickle Bar Mowers
They are heavy-duty mowers, which make cutting of grass easier in difficult areas, like under a fence, around big trees, around ponds or lakes, and even roadsides. The sickle bar mower uses multiple cutting blades that can easily slice through rough or thick grass by moving back and forth.
Chipper and Shredder
This attachment is a heavy gauge steel body that performs two functions: chipping and shredding. The chipper blade chips tree limbs for ground-clearing, and the shredder, which is mounted on the top of the attachment shreds leaves, stalks, and garden waste, while collecting it in a chamber.
This attachment is designed for ground maintenance and cleanliness. It is basically a brush that consists of several bristle sections, and can be angled at any three positions: right, left, and straight. It removes leaves, sticks, and debris from the lawn, sidewalks, driveways, etc.
The snow blower attachment is used for clearing snow from the garden pathway or sidewalk. They are lightweight, easy to maneuver, and can blow out a lot of snow.
The garden tractor is a very useful lawn and garden product. However, people using it are sometimes prone to accidents, simply because safety manuals and measures are not taken seriously. One should understand the mechanics of these attachments to ensure that no untoward incident occurs.
These machines are strong engines on wheels. They perform a number of tedious and back-breaking tasks with ease, which can save a lot of time and energy. Good care and maintenance of the tractor and its attachments will ensure its efficiency and longevity. It is reliable, durable, and a gardener's best friend!