The Tornado 3108H is a sturdy compact tractor with a large 108cm deck, which offers the perfect solution for those who do not wish to collect grass clippings. In tall growth conditions the side discharge mode neatly cuts and spreads the grass so it can be left to wilt naturally. For areas that are being cut on a more regular basis the mulching function cuts and re-cuts the grass into small particles that disappear into the turf, returning valuable nutrients to the soil.
Mulching is a great feature. It saves so much time and cutting the lawn can be more than 30% quicker as there is no need to stop to empty clippings, which also results in a significant fuel saving. You may well ask “Will I see the mulched grass?” and the answer is “No!” Mulched clippings are blown down into the turf and are not noticeable, provided the grass is cut regularly and not on the lowest setting.
Powered by a powerful single cylinder Briggs & Stratton Intek engine, the Tornado has a hydrostatic transmission. Similar to driving an automatic car, instantaneous changes between forward and reverse drive, make it a highly manouverable machine. It is fitted with a 108cm/42" double bladed cutter deck with electronic blade engagment, easy to operate side discharge or mulch options and a tow bar. This model is covered by a 5 year manufacturer's warranty and with 7 heights of cut, from 25-80mm, a great finish is assured. Recommended for lawns of up to 2.5 acres.
For advice on the mower best suited to your requirements please call our Technical Helpline on 0800 669 6326 or contact your local Stiga Dealer who will be happy to advise you.
Delivery Information: This ride on lawnmower will be delivered by our premium White Glove delivery service. Your local Stiga authorised dealer will prepare the machine with a thorough pre delivery inspection and then delivery it ready to use at a time convenient to you. If required they will also demonstrate how to use the machine.
Please allow up to 7 working days for delivery, however if you local dealer has the machine in stock then delivery would normally be much sooner.
This premium delivery service is available free of charge with this machine.
Grass clippings are recycled back into the soil, returning valuable nutrients and saving you time and money!
EngineStarting MethodElectric KeyEngine BrandBriggs & StrattonEngine TypeIntek 5210 AVSEngine Capacity540ccNet Power Output11kW @ 2800rpmFuel Tank Capacity6.0 LitreDrive/SteeringTransmissionHydrostaticDriveRear WheelTurning Circle130cmWheelsFront 15" Rear 18"Max Speed9.7km/hrCuttingBlade EngagementElectronic SwitchCutting Width108cmCutting Heights25-80mm (7 Positions)CollectorN/ACollector Full BuzzerNoGeneralHead LightsYesSafety FeaturesSeat with Safety Contact BreakerParking BrakeYesIncluded AccessoriesTow bar & Mulching KitBattery ChargerYesdB(A) Rating100Weight176kgLawn SizeUp to 2.5 acresDimensions173cm x 132cm x 107cmWarranty5 Years (Terms & Conditions Apply)
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- A Great Choice Review by Darren
Usage: Half acre garden
1 Acre field
2 Acre field - Occasional forays
I have written this review to hopefully help people like myself who have very large gardens and have decided to finally give up the slog of a hand mower and upgrade to a ride on. If like me you have trawled the internet, reading guides, comparing specs and prices until your eyeballs pop out and agonising over whether you are really going to spend at least £1500 simply to cut the grass ! Every manufacturer (and there only about 4 despite the badges) claim their machine to be the best.I also found it difficult trying to find useful reviews. Most were either , Pile of rubbish , constantly throws belts , bits fell off , in and out the repair shop or Fantastically quick delivery , started first time and cut the grass in half the time (Isn't this the bare minimum you would expect from a mower ?)
Firstly I would like to say that I wish that the manufacturers would stop using the term Lawn Tractor , none of the lawn tractors or the heavier duty garden tractors come anywhere near being considered a tractor, they should stick to Ride on Mower, big ones , small ones , powerful ones , tougher ones, but mowers none the less. Manufactures take note please ! Let me be clear you are not purchasing an all terrain vehicle , you cannot go charging full pelt through scrub and nettles or thick waist high grass come thistle etc etc, these machines are designed to cut grass and only grass and even thats not all the same, mature couch grass stems can stop your blades instantly and of course pop your belts ! I'm pretty sure half the problems with the reviews which are bad are due to this fundamental misunderstanding.
I would suggest you assess the area you have to mow , what else other than grass is growing there ? If you have a large flatish well manicured lawn then most ride ons should do the job. As you go up the scale then you get more power , larger cutting decks and the ability to tow carts, though to get anything that tows a reasonably large load will set you back somewhere in the region of £6000 (you could get yourself a decent quad bike and tow behind mower for that price and it would be much more versatile)
So how did I get on with the Tornado ? I have used the Tornado for a whole season (March to nowish , I may get in one more cut or two) I would like the quad / mower option but like most of us I was on a budget. The Tornado is at the budget end of the market and I have found it a good little workhorse. There is enough power to tow 50 kg (more I suspect given the 27 hp engine and I suspect its the limit of the tow bar steel frame which restricts it) I have had no trouble with the mower and it has been used twice weekly for 7 months on the acreage listed at the beginning of this review. It has dealt with most things I have thrown at it. (see general advice below)
Fast and very manoeuvrable
Hydrostatic Drive (Auto, believe me it's much better than messing with gears
Value for money (so far)
Comfortable ( chair is adjustable , but not much, could be problem for some , but same problem would exist for most mowers)
Enough power for uphill climbs and slippy patches
Will tow small loads which are a bit heavy to do manually , especially if it's multiple journeys. I towed logs from a large beech tree I felled in 10 trips.
Hose attachment nozzles for deck clean (works pretty well most of the time)
Mulch facility and attachment
Side discharge – very efficient and munched through most things (see general advice below)
Wheels can feel a little unstable at times on slopes or boggy patches but it has not caused a problem I think this may be the quick release wheels which have some play and this can make going straight on bumpy ground difficult too
Whilst the seat is comfy it's lower spec sister model (mountfield) has a better seat !!)
The Tires are knobbly like a mountain bike and seem to be very good at collecting grass , though whether they provide more grip than normal turf tires is debatable and most likely a marketing ploy.
Battery charger fitted with European plug GRRR Stiga please at least provide an adaptor
Mulching is a bit of an art and to be frank we don't have enough reliable weather to be able to do this in the right way I.E. only the top third of grass removed , and as such the Tornado will leave grass behind at times. I prefer this method myself as it feeds the grass without additional fertiliser but If you like a billiard table finish go for a mower with collector.
It is important to remember what I said earlier , not all grass is the same , if you are hitting a thick patch of tough grass , take it slow and give the machine a fighting chance, listen to the engine , if it sounds like it's straining , STOP , if you smell burning (belts slipping) STOP. Whilst the Tornado tackled high soft grass (18 inch) with ease on side discharge , high very thick patches , thick stemmed, or grassed matted with other plants should be strimmed FIRST.
Have the machine serviced it has a hard life !
Whilst the Tornado is very quick , take it slow at first, get used to the machine and the area your cutting , listen and feel what is going on , you will soon get to know the areas where you have to go a bit slower or carefully or NOT AT ALL. Don't expect to go racing off like Louis Hamilton the first time you use it.
All in all if you want to mulch or tackle higher grass with the side discharge and are not concerned with grass collection then this has done the job for me.
I hope this has helped someone ;)
(Posted on 28/03/2017)
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