Bomford B315

He's not familiar with our tractor, yet it takes the Bomford representative less than 30 minutes to fit the B315 to our John Deere compact. This flail has a rigid universal hitch frame and for ease of fitting and removal, the machine is equipped with its own built-in parking stand.

This is a twin-pump machine — fully independent — with one pump driving the flail head and the other operating the arm movements. There is a reverse valve to enable the rotor to be run in either direction but it’s irrelevant here as the machine provided in the test has a one-side flail. Cutting width is 90cm. It is a good piece of kit capable of annual and two-year growth. The flails are guaranteed unbreakable — ideal when there are concrete fence posts buried in the hedge or manhole covers in the grass.
Electronic controls can be supplied on request but being a small unit, the B315 is sold in its standard form with low-friction cables. Although the levers are easy to use, they do seem a little heavy and cumbersome straight after the electronic controls of the Spearhead machine. Nevertheless, our testers quickly adapt.
There are four levers in all. Three operate the ram action and the fourth — coloured red for instant recognition — operates the on/off to the flail head. One tester settles down to some serious, extremely accurate cutting of a hawthorn hedge. The result is perfect.
“I thoroughly enjoyed using this machine,” says a tester. “It’s substantial but compact — ideal for groundsmen.”
As we expect of the Bomford brand, the B315 benefits from mechanical parallel-arm geometry to allow changes to the reach without constantly adjusting height.
The constant leverage safety breakaway is located in the second arm and also ensures the machine folds in tightly for transport when travelling through confined areas. It’s not necessary for our work today but would be important for travel through a town centre or some public garden situations.
There are other excellent points worth mentioning, such as the wire trap.
That’s standard on all Bomford (and McConnel) machines and is handy when cutting hedges initially trained on wire supports. A cab guard also comes as standard. A cutter bar is optional if you require a non-flail finish.

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