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Ride on mower

At the point now, where I have quite a few large Lawns/ paddocks (and taking on more) , that ideally need cutting with a ride on. One which I already use a customers ride on for. Looking to invest in a machine. However, I don't have a towbar and trailer, as never had the need. Anyone one here recommended something smallish, that would fit in a long wheelbase VW caddy van.  TIA

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    Really depends on the internal width between wheel arches - but you should almost certainly get a 42" ride-on in, or maybe a 48"

    Next question becomes - do you sufficient internal length?, For a SWB van with a ride-on that has a grass collector it is unlikely (except maybe an Etesia Bahia). A Zero Turn Ride-on - easy peasy :)

    For a LWB or XLWB van - much more choice but still typically restricted by width (ie cut)....

    • I can organise all the ride on jobs together, so I shouldn't need any other tools in van except a strimmer and blower, there's around 6ft to 7ft of length 

  • PRO

    Getting it in the van will be fun Dan. We've got one into the back of a Transporter and that wasnt that easy - all the shelves had to come out, and we needed a real heavy duty ramp

    • Seems that could be my biggest issue

  • PRO

    Spec sheet for lwb caddy says 1170mm between arches (less if ply) and 2250mm load length, so a 42" zero turn should just fit, though not much space left for anything else! We've had one of these for about 3 seasons, and it's taken a lot of heavy use despite being a domestic model.

    Toro Timecutter ZS4200S Zero Turn Ride-On Mower 107 cm 74685

  • PRO

    Forgot to say, using ramps and driving in will be troublesome, especially if single handed. Maybe better to use a winch via load hooks.

    • I am thinking loading may be too much hassle, I'll have to look into a winch as a possibility 

  • Thanks for the replies, one extra question is from your experiences how much time does a ride on save compared to a push. As I've seen some of these twin blade push mowers too. Just weighing up options and seeing what is and isn't worth the investment. 

  • PRO

    It saves loads and loads... but I only use my clients ones... it is just such a hassle to move them about in the van, it would mean having a trailer, with all the hassle of storing it, reversing it, worrying if someone has nicked it with the ride on.... all too much hassle for me I'm afraid

    • Yeah, a trailer for me is a no go too. With it being rather hard to park a van at home at times, a trailer would be a nightmare. Unless I was to get a storage unit, which is all extra cost and time. Lots to consider 

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