Investing in a mower means more than cutting grass. Whether leaves are falling or snow is flying, attachments are a driving force behind the popularity of tractors and facilitate getting tasks done — any day of the week.
“No matter the season, attachments help you do your chores easier,” says turf equipment and compact tractors specialist at AKRS Equipment Nick Wessel, who points to time-consuming tasks — like raking leaves and shoveling snow — made infinitely more efficient with the help of an attachment.
When considering your options, remember this: “Attachments are based on the size and model of the base machine,” says Wessel, pointing to a range that begins with the S-Series and goes on to include the X300, X500 and X700-Series traditional lawn tractors.
A good rule of thumb is to let your chores lead the way when building an inventory of attachments for your tractor. Popular, hardworking attachment options include:
Bagger: When connected to the mower deck discharge, a bagger attachment collects everything from clippings to chopped leaves that would otherwise be left on the lawn in clumps and need to be raked.
Mulch kit: Ideal for homeowners keen on cultivating lush lawns, this attachment grinds grass clippings and leaf debris extra fine for instant, nutrient-dense fertilizer.
Snow blade: Front blades with reversible cutting edges push snow out of the way and require ample space for piles to accumulate, especially in areas with significant snowfall. Large riding mowers come with the option of a rear blade attachment.
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Snow blower: This attachment, which allows for seated steering, requires far less work than a standard push snowblower. Manual controls make blowers easy to maneuver — especially in tight spaces like driveways and footpaths.
Cart: Available in poly and steel, with manual and hands-free dump release (boasting box capacity ranging from 7 to 21 cubic feet), a utility cart is both versatile and hardworking.
Tiller: For growers, the rotary tiller attachment (available with forward or reverse rotating tines) is another all-star that’s more powerful than a cultivator and perfect for weeding and composting in backyard gardens.
Spreader: Equally useful for fertilizer and seed, the pull-behind broadcast spreader attachment is perennially handy — whether redoing significant portions of your lawn come spring or salting your driveway after a winter storm.
Next to chores, Wessel considers geographic location the most important factor when choosing attachments — especially for snow removal and lawn care.
“In regions with heavy snows, I would recommend a snow blower over a snow blade because you risk running out of room to push the snow. Similarly, a mulching kit makes more sense than a bagger in metro areas where homeowners have to pay to haul grass and leaves off their property,” he says.
There’s no time like the present to give yourself a hand getting day-to-day chores done quickly and efficiently. Start your search for a new attachment or two today at AKRS Equipment — one of the nation’s largest John Deere dealerships — with 27 locations across Nebraska and Kansas. You won’t regret it.