Choosing the Best Mower & Lawn Tires for Hills

July 8th, 2013 by lawnadmin Leave a reply »

If you have a large lawn with plenty of hills, you will want to invest in the right lawn mower and turf tires to get the job done. Not all riding and push mowers are fully equipped to tackle hills – which means you may be putting in more effort than required, resulting in a poorly mowed lawn. Fortunately, there are lawn tires and mowers that can minimize your work and maximize your lawn’s beauty.

Riding mower by jeffharbert, FlickrSelf Propelled Mowers and Riding Mowers

These two are your best option for mowing hills. Push mowers can work, but their design is intended for flat, smooth surfaces. Push mowers are the cheaper option, but by far the worst option.

Self propelled mowers can tackle a hill if you’re willing to spend the extra cash. While push mowers cost around $90-$300 (the latter being less likely), self propelled mowers start at around $300, and can go up to $900. But they’re designed to glide the contours of a hill as it moves forward with you walking behind it. These mowers do most of the hard work while you walk and steer. Self propelled mowers come with better engines and are designed with excellent maneuverability.

Riding mowers are your single best option for large yards and troublesome hills. It goes without saying that riding mowers are also more expensive, generally costing no less than $1,000. A few popular name brand riding mowers can hit the five digits. But they’re worth the investment, as riding mowers are fully equipped for large hills. Their heavy duty engines move the mower for you and, hence the name, there’s no walking involved. Just ride, control where the mower goes and let its performance and durability do the work for you. Better than self propelled mowers, riding mowers have greater maneuverability. Naturally, it also gives you less work.

Hilly lawn by Nimages DR, FlickrLawn Tires for Hills

Now let’s talk tires, since turf tires are an important part in lawn care. Some may say the tire is more important than the lawn mower itself. So choosing the best for your large, hilly yard is fairly important.

You have many options to choose from, but one of the most popular commercial turf tires in the industry are the Carlisle Turf Master tires. It’s one of the best-known Carlisle lawn tires to date. The Turf Master has a long tire life due to its exceptional puncture resistance and great traction due to a deep tread pattern. But it’s superior turf traction won’t damage your lawn. They come in a variety of sizes and can fit just about any lawn mower.

Ventrac tires are another favorite among the tire industry. The only problem here is price. However, these tires are good for just about any tractor and are serviceable for hilly terrain.

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