The DR ATM loaned to us by Rochford Garden Machinery of Wincanton, Somerset, has a 15hp engine and a 66cm cut. It looks like a wheeled brushcutter except that it has tyred wheels instead of the familiar pram type and it has a blade instead of a cord so there’s a heavy-duty deck at the front for safety.
The engine is a Kawasaki — it should be bomb proof. It’s got gallons of power. Our tester has it cutting through inch-thick growth as well as demolishing brambles and thick grass. We reckon it would make a good machine for landscapers and contractors looking to do a first cut or annual cut on rough terrain. And, because the machine is so easy to operate, our tester also believes this would make a great machine for National Trust volunteers. “They would be professional in 20 minutes,” he suggests — but he does squeal a bit at the price.
There’s no denying the DR ATM is rugged and tough. Yet in work this brute seems light and well balanced. There’s little vibration to be felt and the transport speed is really impressive — you need your running shoes for this one.
The only disappointment is that the handlebars don’t offset for working close to walls and fences. It’s a bit of a knuckle grazer if you’re not careful.
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