Garden tractors are small, light tractors produced for use in home gardens and small farms. Garden tractors are designed for snow removal, cutting grass and small property cultivation.
Garden tractors from Wheel Horse, Economy (Power King), Cub Cadet, John Deere, Case Ingersoll, and Massey Ferguson are built in this manner.
In the United States, the term riding lawn mower today usually is used to refer to mid- or rear-engine small farming machines.
Front-engine tractor layout machines produced primarily for light towing and cutting grass are called lawn tractors.
Garden tractors are able to mount a wider array of attachments than lawn tractors.
Garden tractors are designed by horizontal-crankshaft engines with a belt-drive to transaxle-type transmissions (usually of 4 or 5 speeds, although some may also have 2-speed reduction gearboxes, hydrostatic, drive-shafts, or hydraulic drives).
The garden tractors engines are commonly 1 or 2 cylinder petrol (gasoline) engines, although diesel engine models are also available, it is especially in Europe.