BILLY GOAT MV

This multi-purpose wheeled vacuum is described as "setting new standards in outdoor vacuum machines by which all competitors will be measured". That means we really do have to test this one as soon as possible.



The MV comes in two versions - one push and the other self-propelled with three speeds - but both are powered by 6.5hp Honda engines and have a 29in (74cm) working width.

Pinion is concerned about the plastic mouldings. "How much impact will that take?" he asks. "With metal you can always hammer out the dents."

What the plastic does do, however, is to reduce the weight. And that should help with manoeuvrability, whether it is the push or the self-propelled unit.

Jellis and Pinion are impressed with the re-styled handles and controls. They look odd - a bit like a cockpit - but they feel nice and we find they provide a natural grip. Being height-adjustable, they should also be comfortable.

The MV is a top-fill machine. We are told the air is forced downwards and away from the operator. The bag is one of the new "zipless" varieties. We wonder how much it weighs when full.

The push MV is listed at £1,450 ex VAT but as the self-propelled model is only £1,750 we reckon that is the one to opt for - as long as the drive is not at the expense of blowing performance.

-    Call Pinnacle Power on 01932 784487 for details.

THE REVIEW PANEL

Dennis Blake, groundsman, Hampshire

Tim Jellis, head groundsman, College of West Anglia

Robert Pinion, groundsman, College of West Anglia


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