The Mountfield 1538M-SD Lawn Tractor is a highly popular tractor lawnmower. With 32 reviews averaging 4.8 out of five, the Mountfield tractor is definitely worth taking a look at. Especially as the Mountfield 1538M-SD Lawn Tractor is currently on special offer for £1499, a saving of £250.
Mountfield had been making lawnmowers for over 50 years, I have seen many of their old rear rotary roller mowers from the 70s still working today. So there has to be something good about the Mountfield brand. The Mountfield 1538M-SD Lawn Tractor comes with a five-year manufacturers warranty, for peace of mind.
The 98 cm cutting width quickly makes large areas seem like small areas of lawn. The manufacturer recommends this lawn tractor is suitable for areas up to 8000 m². It is ideal for mowing long wet grass found in orchards and paddocks and in areas where collecting is not required. The mulching feature helps to keep your grassed areas green in winter and of course, there is no collection box to empty, which is a great time saver.
- Powerful purpose-built four stroke 452 cc engine developing 11.2 hp.
- 36 inch (98 cm) cutting width suitable for areas up to 8000 m².
- Mulching feature keeping your grass greener for longer.
- Side discharge capabilities for longer grass.
- Perfect for mowing orchards and paddocks.
- Five forward and one reverse gear.
- Electronic clutch for easy cutter deck engagement.
- Tow bar included or optional attachments.
- Twin headlights.
- Five-year peace of mind warranty.
The Mountfield 1538M-SD Lawn Tractor
I believe that the most attractive features of the Mountfield 1538M-SD Lawn Tractor are the fact that the lawn tractor has a mulching facility. This can save a huge amount of time due to the fact that there is no collection box to empty. The price is very attractive for a ride on tractor due to the special offer. And finally, the five-year warranty which gives total peace of mind and suggest to me that Mountfield trust that our products.
The only thing that lets this lawn tractor down is the fact that it has a gearbox rather than hydrostatic transmission. We will talk about hydrostatic transmission further down this post. If I was purchasing this machine I would go for the Mountfield 1538H-SD Lawn Tractor which is equipped with hydrostatic transmission.
In the last few years mulching mowers have come a long way. One of the great things about mulching is the fact that there is no grass collector to empty and your grass stays greener for longer in dry weather. The mulching feature acts as a green manure for your lawn. Emptying a grass collector on a lawn tractor can be time-consuming, I appreciate there are times when it is necessary to pick up the grass clippings. However, I actually find it much easier to mow the lawn on a regular basis rather than having to collect the grass clippings and spend time emptying the collector.
The Mountfield 1538M-SD Lawn Tractor has the ability to be used for a mulching machine or a side discharge mower. If your lawn is slightly long then you’re better off to use the side discharge feature and then to come along and mulch the grass a few days later.
Mulching grass does consume quite a bit of engine power due to the fact that the grass is being kept inside the deck and being chopped up into tiny pieces. Regular mowing is the key to successful mulching, with no grass collector, the Mountfield garden tractor can quickly cover the ground.
The 98 cm (3 foot) cutting deck can quickly cover the ground, it is suitable for areas up to 8000 m². The seven-position cutting heights ranging from 25 to 80 mm give a great variety of cutting heights to suit almost every needs.
The mulching deck has an electronic clutch for ease of engagement. There is also a hose lock fitting to attach a hose and wash the inside of the deck out. A great feature for keeping your deck clean underneath.
As I mentioned earlier in this post, the Mountfield 1538M-SD Lawn Tractor has a five forward speed and one reverse speed gearbox. This is okay, however, if I was going for a ride on tractor I would personally go for a hydrostatic drive model.
Hydrostatic drive machines are almost like driving an automatic car. There is no clutch and no gearbox, just simply an oil-driven motor powered by an oil pump. A hydrostatic drive system offers variable speed in forward and reverse speeds. Hydrostatic mowers can outperform gearbox models by a long way. A hydrostatic mower makes it so easy to cut around awkward flower beds and obstacles, by simply just varying the speed on a foot pedal. There is no clutch to depress or no gears to change.
Another great benefit of hydrostatic transmission is the fact that if you’re cutting thick grass you can immediately slow the machine down instantly. There is no stopping to change gear, everything is on one-foot pedal giving you instant variable speed in forward and reverse. Once you have used a hydrostatic drive mower you will not want to revert back to the old gearbox style.
If you would like to purchase a lawn tractor with a hydrostatic drive, it’s definitely worth taking a look at the Mountfield 1538H-SD Lawn Tractor. This is identical to the Mountfield 1538M-SD Lawn Tractor, apart from it was powered by hydrostatic drive.
Four Stroke Petrol Engine
With a powerful 452 cc overhead valve engine the Mountfield 1538M-SD Lawn Tractor has plenty of power to cut grass. The 11.2 hp Stiga engine has been built on 10 years of rigorous testing. The engine has been specially designed for ride-on mowers and offers minimum vibration and excellent economy.
The twin headlights on the Mountfield ride on mower means you can even cut your lawn in the dark. The wide profile tyres help to keep the machine on top of the lawn causing minimum damage even in wet conditions. Another great feature is the towbar that comes with the ride on mower, this is ideal for optional accessories like trailers and towed collectors.
I have used many Mountfield products over the years, as I mentioned earlier, I have seen many roller rotary mowers from the 70s still in use today! Mountfield makes good quality products for the home user. I like the fact that the Mountfield 1538M-SD Lawn Tractor has a five-year warranty, a good warranty is always a massive plus point for me.
I would definitely look at the hydrostatic drive version of this lawn tractor. Although the cost is slightly more, I believe that it is definitely money well spent. It makes your mowing experience much more pleasurable, much easier and the output is also considerably more. You can see the Mountfield 1538H-SD Lawn Tractor here.
|Engine Model||ST 500|
|Engine Type||Petrol 4-stroke|
|Engine Power||11.2hp / 8.4kW @ 2800rpm|
|Engine Starting System||Electric Key Start|
|Engine Fuel Tank Capacity||6 Litres|
|Transmission||Manual – 5 Forward / 1 Reverse|
|Cutting Heights||25-80mm (7 Positions)|
|Height Adjustment||Single Lever – Spring Assisted|
|Blade Engagement (PTO)||Electronic|
|Seat||Highback / Adjustable|
|Deck Washout Port||Yes|
|Anti-Scalp Deck Wheels||Yes|
|Wheels – Front||380mm (15″)|
|Wheels – Rear||460mm (18″)|
|Dimensions (HxWxL)||H 1198mm x W 1068mm x L1647mm|
|Sound Level||100dB (A)|
|Lawn Size||Up to 6000m2|