How to buy - Tractor-mounted mowers

A high-quality finish and attractive stripes have increased roller mowers' popularity, Sally Drury explains.

Opico tractor mounted mower - image: Opico
Opico tractor mounted mower - image: Opico

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Q: Why have roller mowers become so popular?

A: Everyone wants a sports field that looks well cut and nicely striped. Traditionally, gangs of cylinder mowers provided the chief means of first-class turf presentation, but servicing and maintenance costs caused a lot of facility managers to turn to other types of mower. Costing much less to buy and with lower running costs, the roller mower is a popular alternative because it can leave a good-quality finish with striping.

Q: Is there anything new for mowing roadside verges?

A: Opico has introduced a left hand offset model of Maschio's medium-duty flail mower. The Giraffa is suited to roadsides because it enables the driver to travel with the direction of traffic.

"The Giraffa has already proven popular as a right-hand offset machine, available in three working widths of 1.6m, 1.85m and 2.1m," says south-central England territory manager David Day. "With the launch of the left-hand offset model, there's now a far more user-friendly choice for mowing verges and ditches beside roads. By travelling with the flow of traffic, disruption is reduced and safety improved."

Giraffa flail mowers are suited for 40-80hp tractors. Features include Quadruple V-Belt Drive for positive drive in tough conditions, counter blades for a fine chop and an internal or external mounted roller that, combined with a floating head system, allows the machine to follow ground contours. The largest model, the 2.1m 210SI, costs £6,999 + VAT.

Q: Who supplies GreenClipper mowers and parts?

A: When the Parosha Group took over GreenClipper, a new firm was formed - Mowing Solutions. The brand name GreenClipper remains unchanged. Based in the Netherlands, Mowing Solutions continues to supply the 4.1m Sport, 10.7m Green Zizzor and the 10.12m Clipper 5 plus associated parts.

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