Hello and thanks for visiting Lawn Tractor Buyers Guide.
I’d like to introduce myself and the Lawn Tractor Buyers Guide website, so you know who and what you’re dealing with.
My name is Martin Cole. That’s me on the right. I’m the editor and publisher of this website, as well as several others under my ‘Garden Publishing’ banner.
The aims of Lawn Tractor Buyers Guide
I could call this section “the Mission Statement”, but that is precisely the kind of corporate speak that I was trying to get away from by creating this website.
So, I’ll just tell you what I’m trying to do with the site.
Since starting Lawn Tractor Buyers Guide, I’ve always tried to to ensure that it is, and will always be, a valuable resource in the lawn and garden arena.
The general approach I try to take is a non-technical one. But, although the approach may be non-technical, it is still thorough.
The core aim of Lawn Tractor Buyers Guide is to present clear, comprehensible and complete information on the subject of lawn tractors, riding mowers and associated topics.
I try to break down the material so that it is presented in a way that is helpful to the reader, but not to over-simplify it so that it loses its value.
I’m acutely aware that anybody who is thinking about buying a lawn tractor or zero turn mower, or is looking for the right attachments or accessories for their existing machine, is contemplating a pretty big purchase
So, that person (you, perhaps) will want to find out as much practical information as they can about the different kinds of machine, the different models and the various tools or attachments available, before parting with any hard earned cash.
… the core aim of the site is to present clear, comprehensible and complete information to help purchasers of lawn tractors and riding lawn mowers …
But I also believe that most (although admittedly not all) readers are not hugely interested in the mechanics of how a technical process, such as a transmission, works. Instead, most want to know:
- What does this machine/tool/attachment do?
- Will it suit my needs?
- Is it likely to provide value for money?
- What do other people who already own it think?
And, fundamentally, that’s the kind of information that I try to provide on this site
Of course, the second of those bullet points depends a lot on you, the reader. You need to have a clear idea about what it is you need your lawn tractor to do before you start thinking about the particular features the machine offers.
To help you with this, I’ve put together a free guide called “How to avoid costly mistakes when selecting your lawn tractor“, which takes you through the process of working out what you are likely to need.
You can get the Guide by signing up for the Lawn Tractor Buyers Guide updates service here (just enter your email address):
When I started this website, it quickly became clear that most of the readers were coming from North America.
That was pretty much the aim all along. The website is hosted in North America, there are lots of people in North America and the North American online market is more mature than more or less anywhere else.
Now the thing is, I’m not from the US or Canada. I’m English and I come from just outside London. These days, however, having married an Australian, I live near Sydney in Australia.
So, why am I telling you this?
For a couple of reasons.
Firstly, because when I started this site I was advised that if my visitors were coming from the US then I should let them think that I was in the US too.
I went along with that for a while, not by saying that I was in the USA, but by not saying that I wasn’t. But I don’t think that’s right. If I’m asking you to look at this website, you should know who it is that’s asking you.
And what’s more, I don’t think it matters. Everybody appreciates that it’s a global world these days. I have people contibuting to my websites from the States, from the Philippines, from Canada, India, the UK and so on.
Also, as far as the subject matter is concerned, lawns are lawns, grass is grass and lawn tractors are lawn tractors, wherever in the world you happen to be. Many of the brands featured here are global brands and many of the individual models are available worldwide.
…lawns are lawns, grass is grass and lawn tractors are lawn tractors, wherever in the world you happen to be. Many of the brands featured here are global brands and many of the individual models are available worldwide …
Of course, there are regional differences, but I make allowances for those and point them out where relevant.
But on the whole, I still try to aim the focus at the US market, because that is where most of my readers are from and it is them that I need to serve. So, mostly the spelling and the references here will be American ones.
The second reason I’m telling you is so you can understand a bit more of my background. I have a background in law, but my interests these days lie outside the four walls of a stuffy courtroom or office.
I come to lawn tractors from the perspective of a gardener and a user of garden tools rather than from the perspective of a mechanic or technician.
I have had a passion for gardening for many years now. In fact I got so involved in it that at one stage, when I still lived in England I took six months off from my legal job, ostensibly to renovate my house, but in truth what I mainly did was build a garden.
The upshot of that was that I was selected from hundreds, maybe thousands, of entrants as one of the 5 finalists of the BBC’s Gardener of the Year competion that year (2006). That’s me, top left, with my fellow competitors.
It was a tough challenge involving building a garden from scratch, on a limited budget, in 5 days, while periodically being asked technical gardening questions. The whole thing was filmed and broadcast nationally.
I started Lawn Tractor Buyers Guide some time after that, when I decided that I wanted to write about garden-related topics and that doing so online was the way to go. If you know anything about the online world, you’ll know that it’s pretty pointless to just dive in to a great big topic like gardening and expect anyone to listen to you.
So, instead, I decided to find an aspect of the topic I could start with and maybe work on from there. I therefore drilled down from gardening via lawns, lawn care and lawn mowers and eventually found myself in the wonderful world of lawn tractors. And, in no time, Lawn Tractor Buyers Guide went live online.
I’ve now widened that outdoor power equipment theme with my other websites Snowblowersandthrowers.com and OutdoorPowerBuddy.com. The first of these speaks for itself. The second covers pretty much the whole range of outdoor power tools and equipment.