Riding mowers are versatile power tools that can be used to do more than just cut the grass. With a variety of available attachments, riding mowers can help with yard work year-round.
Mower Attachment Selection
To get the most out of a front-engine riding mower, select from the many task attachments available. With a properly selected attachment, riding mowers can rake, spread, aerate, haul, plow and perform numerous other yard-care jobs throughout the year. Following are popular attachments available for many front-engine riding mowers.
- Lawn Sweeper or Grass Catcher -Two of the most common riding-mower attachments are a lawn sweeper and grass catcher. They not only collect lawn clippings during mowing, they’re also ideal for picking up leaves in the fall.
- Tow-Behind Spreader -Another practical attachment is a tow-behind spreader that can efficiently and evenly spread seed and fertilizer over your lawn in the spring and fall.
- Aerators -To make sure that fertilizer gets to the roots where it’s needed, consider a tow-behind aerator. It punches holes in the turf to help your lawn get the nutrients and water it needs.
- Dethatchers -A dethatcher can help remove dead grass that can block oxygen and nutrients from getting to your lawn’s root system.
- Dump Cart -If you have a large garden or yard, a dump cart can be a big help. Dump carts can transport landscaping tools and yard materials, such as seedlings, fertilizer and other supplies without making multiple trips.
- Dozer Blade -A dozer blade is a useful tool to help make snow removal easier.
- Snow Thrower -If you get a lot of snow, you can upgrade to a front-mounted snow thrower.
- Snow Cab -For operation during the winter, consider installing a snow cab to protect you from the elements.
- Canopy-During the summer, protect yourself from the sun with a canopy. Lawnmower manufacturers typically offer canopies designed for specific model riding mowers.
- Front Bumper -To protect the riding mower from damage, consider a front bumper. This also can help minimize accidental damage to your landscaping, home, garage and vehicles.
- Other Mower Attachments -Other useful riding-mower attachments include sprayers, blowers, sweepers, mulchers, lawn vacuums and trail cutters / mowers.
When you use front-mounted attachments, you need some extra traction. It’s a good idea to use tire chains and suitcase weights as suggested by the mower manufacturer.
Assembly and Mounting of Mower Attachments
Riding-mower attachments often require some assembly or mounting to operate. To ensure proper and safe operation:
1. Read the instruction manual for the riding mower and the selected attachment before installing. Some mowers make attachment mounting easier than others. In addition, some attachments require power from the mower through a belt or a power take-off (PTO) drive. Others are simply pushed or pulled by the riding mower.
2. Make sure you follow all safety guidelines during the assembly, mounting, and operation of the riding mower attachment(s). Improper operation can cause injuries or damage.
With a few attachments, you can transform your riding lawn mower into a multipurpose yardwork tool that you can use all year.