The Stihl RT 4097 SX ride-on mower is perfect for lawns up to 6000m². With easy reach controls, minimal control functions and fantastic manoeuvrability – navigating your lawn and obstacles is both comfortable and simple. Additionally, the side-discharge means you can mow without interruption whilst using the small turning circle to create your choice of lawn patterns.
- Side discharge for ejecting cut grass,
- Easy to reach controls,
- Robust frame built from years of expertise,
- 2 blade operating system (95cm cutting width)
- A comfortable driving system with tow bar hitch.
- 5-year manufacturers warranty (domestic use)
Easy to control and manoeuvre, ideal mower for large gardens.
This Stihl RT4097SX is the ideal entry-level ride-on lawnmower as it is the cheapest of the RT range. It’s super easy as a beginner to operate, yet delivers professional results. All the controls are easily within reach, with the forward-reverse switch, cutting height adjuster and blade clutch all near the steering controls.
As with most things Stihl, design plays a key role in ensuring it’s a simple operation. You’ll find the pedals laid out in a conventional manner, the drive pedal to the right with the brake on the left. Additionally, selecting forward or reverse is simple with the no-fuss drive switch lever, ideal to get on mowing. To control the speed, the RT 4097 SX comes with a hydrostatic gearbox which is controlled through the driver’s pedal, the further down the faster you will go.
Fortunately, the 197kg tractor mower is very easy to manoeuvre too, a straight forward steering wheel attached to nice big turf tyres offer plenty of grip without damaging your lawn. Designed with rounded shoulder, they reduce drag and limits driving tracks ruining your freshly cut green.
Riding with comfort wouldn’t be the same without a well-supporting spring-loaded seat, which can be adjusted to suit your driving position. This is ideal when you are using the integrated hitch to tow any other tools you require around with you.
Guides grass in to cut perfectly as you mow
Another impressive feature fo the Stihl RT 4097 SX is the 2 blade cutting system. With a generous 95cm cutting width, the blades are inclined to perfect clean cutting action. Additionally, the ride on mower features a “Grass Guide System” which feeds grass inwards to the blades. The purpose of this is to allow a wider cut but also to lift the grass for a neater finish.
Achieving this creative lawn lines we all love is simple, with the central cutting height adjuster. Choose from 8 levels via the easy to reach the lever, cut as low as 35mm to a maximum height of 90mm.
Activating the mowing deck blades is done by a pressing a single button on the control panel, with Stihl’s highly rated electromagnetic system.
The electromagnetic blade engagement activates the mowing deck blades at the touch of a button on the control panel.
Whilst you mow away with ease, your grass cuttings are discharged through the side vents. As there is no huge grass catcher box, you can cover a much larger mowing area without the need to stop. The added benefit also is no heavy grass to carry around, saving you petrol use and increasing efficiency. You can even buy a mulching insert to recycle your turn your grass clippings into a fine recyclable mulch for your lawn.
Features We Like
The large turf tyres of the STIHL ride-on mower help to protect the lawn. Thanks to their rounded tyre design, they reduce the formation of driving tracks.
The integral trailer hitch enables easy mounting of attachments such as the convenient PICK UP 300 tilting trailer, which can also be used as a wheel barrow.
Central cutting height adjustment
The lever to adjust the deck cutting height is located directly next to the driver’s seat. It enables individual adjustment of the cutting height in up to eight steps.
Mowing deck with side discharge
Mowing with side discharge allows large lawns to be mown in a short time. This is due to the clippings being ejected directly onto the lawn and not having to empty a grass catcher box.
The robust frame construction gives the mower a high level of stability and driving comfort. The STIHL ride-on mowers compact design is great for using attachments such as the AGW 098 garden roller or PICK 300 tilting trailer.
Spring-loaded and adjustable seat
The most comfortable seat position can be set without the use of tools. This allows individual adjustment of the driver’s seat to almost any body size.
The low step on the STIHL ride-on mowers provides ample legroom and allows for comfortable access to the seat.
Catching management system
The catching system guides the grass blades across the entire working width of the mowing deck. It helps to guide the grass towards the mowing blades for a more efficient cut.
Single pedal drive
With the STIHL single pedal drive, the direction of travel can be conveniently switched between forward and reverse gear using a hand lever for quick manoeuvring. The pressure-sensitive pedal allows for precise control of the speed between top speed and standstill. The separate brake pedal ensures immediate stopping.
Electromagnetic blade clutch (EBC)
The mowing deck can be easily engaged and disengaged by a switch situated on the control panel.
With the mulch insert, the STIHL ride-on mowers can be converted into mulching mowers. The grass catcher box is simply removed and the mulch insert pushed into the grass catcher chute. This allows the grass to be shredded into fine particles inside the closed housing before they fall back into the turf, returning vital nutrients and moisture to the soil. Through this natural form of fertilising, there is no need to dispose of the grass.
|Turning radius cm 1)||0|
|Lawns m²||up to 6.000|
|Cutting width cm||95|
|Cutting height mm||35-90|
|Tank capacity l||9|
|Engine type||B& S 3.130 Series PowerBuilt OHV|
|Nominal output||7.2 kW / 9.8 PS|
|working speed rpm||3.100|
|Machine Length cm||187|
|Machine Width cm||116|
|Machine Height cm||116|
|Guaranteed sound power level LWAd [dB(A)] dB(A)||100|
|Sound pressure level dB(A)||86|
|Uncertainty factor, sound pressure level KpA dB(A)||1|
|Vibration value ahw m/s²||2.4|
|Uncertainty factor K Wheel m/s²||1.2|
|Vibration value ahw Seat m/s²||0.5|
|Uncertainty factor K Seat m/s²||0.25|
1) Radius for unmown terrains with a 360°-curve