It looks like a straightforward lawnmower, but the AR 48 TBX has a trick or two that could make this one worth closer inspection.

For starters, this aluminium-decked machine gives you the option of cut and collect, cut and drop or mulch - and it's got what Efco calls PlusCut. This is designed to deliver maximum performance in both collecting and mulching models.

Superior grass collection is assured by the aerodynamically moulded deck optimising the flow of air to the bag. Clippings are finely fragmented by the mulching blade - fitted as standard and giving excellent results when the mulching plug is inserted but also reducing the volume going into the bag. You get more runs to the full bag on this one.

It's a clean machine. The grass bag has a plastic top designed to shield the user from flying dust. Free space under the dashboard means removal and fitting can be through the handlebar.

It is also a tough machine, having metal wheels with ball-bearing centres for greater resistance to wear. The engine is a 5.5hp B&S Quantum, so there shouldn't be a problem there. It complies with the latest exhaust and emissions standards

Height adjustment is simple and is via a knob rather than a lever. The controls on the dashboard are reversible and within easy reach of the operator. We also like the height-adjustable handlebar, ensuring that you can always be comfortable. We do find, however, that using the machine with the handles in highest position means you are liable to kick the grass bag when walking.


Engine: B&S Quantum XLS 55 5.5hp
Cutting width: 46cm
Cutting height: 26-65mm, single-lever
Deck: die-cast aluminium
Drive: self-propelled
Drive speeds: 3.5 km/h
Grass catcher textile: 75 litres
Vibration level: 4.8m/s2
Sound power level: 96dB(A)
Weight: 35.7kg
List price (ex VAT): £553.19
Contact: Emak on 01543 687660


  • Mark Creber, senior head gardener, CWGC Brookwood Cemetery
  • Rebecca Dowling, gardener/caretaker first class, CWGC Brookwood Cemetery
  • Bryan Smith, gardener/caretaker first class, CWGC Brookwood Cemetery


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