Economic and green mowing

"Mowing for less" and "going green" are two major themes repeated by companies attending this year's IoG Saltex Exhibition at Windsor Racecourse in September.

Recognising the pressure on contractors and other professionals to reduce costs year on year, JCB Groundcare is unveiling the FM30 for mowing areas as diverse as verges and sports pitches.

The FM30 is JCB’s first out-front mower and is powered by a low vibration, low noise and low emissions diesel engine and is offered with a choice of cutting decks. There are 1.5m and 1.8m rotaries; but it is the 1.4m twin-flail likely to attract most attention.  This deck is designed so that the front flails cut the grass and the rear ones re-process it to a fine mulch to eliminate the need for clipping collection.

Helping end users combat rising high prices when buying new grass-cutting kit, Etesia is launching an ‘economy’ version of its 1.24m-wide ride-on rotary mower.  The 124DH is priced at £16,779 ex VAT, is fitted with a 25hp Lombardini diesel engine and provides emptying of the 600-litre collector at a height of 1.8m.  With hydraulic drive, and anti-clog system, this mower has a top speed of 16km/hr and is able to cut and collect in forward or reverse, in wet or dry conditions.

Several companies are showing ‘green credentials’ with new low emissions engines now fitted to their mowers.  Amazone Groundcare takes the environmental factor one step further as it launches a bio-diesel variant of its Profihopper ride-on flail mower.

A favourite addition to the fleet of grass cutting kit run by UK councils and contractors, the Profihopper is now offered with a bio-ethanol engine and bio-hydraulic oil system.

We are responding to customer requests for more environmentally-friendly equipment, says Amazone Groundcare product manager Joe Weston. The impetus for many customers, especially local councils, is a means of reducing their carbon emissions target – but with rising diesel prices and uncertainity over supply, the economic arguments are increasingly coming to a fore.

The 1.25m-wide Profihopper, with flail cutting mechanism combined with an auger collection system, cuts and collects in wet or dry conditions and copes with foreign objects to leave a good finish.  It will even stripe lawns.

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