Efco LR 53

The Efco LR 53 is basic. It's push. And it doesn't have a blade brake.

Efco LR 53 - photo: HW
Efco LR 53 - photo: HW

Nevertheless, we reckon with a price tag of just £323 (ex VAT), this new machine from Emak, located in Burntwood, Staffordshire, might appeal to garden contractors looking for a cost-effective unit and who operate from a small van.

Having a steel deck and no gearbox, this model weighs just 30kg so it is relatively easy to load/unload and the handlebars fold for transport.

We fuel it up, pull the recoil. It starts first time. With a 51cm cutting width, the LR 53 covers the ground well. Height adjustment is via four levers - one on each wheel - but it is simple and tool-less and gives the user the option to raise the front higher for tackling long grass. The ball-bearing wheels make the unit smooth to push.

We find this machine, powered by a Briggs and Stratton engine, gives a neat cut. Rossiter says: "It's really easy and comfortable to use. There's not much that can go wrong."

Underneath the deck, we find this model is fitted with a mulching blade to re-chop the clippings into fine fragments before sending them into the 60-litre grass bag.

It means this one goes that little bit further before work is interrupted and the bag needs emptying. And that's just as well, because there is no blade brake clutch on this model. But there is an optional mulching plug - now that could be useful.

SPECIFICATIONS
Deck: Steel
Engine: 190cc B&S
Cutting width: 51cm
Propulsion: Push
Cutting adjustment: Independent
Cutting height: 75mm to 28mm
Grass box capacity: 60 litres
Weight: 30kg
List price (ex VAT): From £323.40
Contact: Emak UK, 01543 687660

Contact: Emak UK, 01543 687660

The test was carried out on the edges of the golf course and along verges at Cannington Campus, Bridgwater College, Somerset. Conditions were cloudy, with a shower or two.

THE REVIEW PANEL

Andre Gardner, grounds manager, Bridgwater College - Cannington Campus

Ian Phipps, grounds mechanic, Bridgwater College - Cannington Campus

Jayne Alcock, gardener, Bridgwater College - Cannington Campus

Faith Ayrey, gardener, Bridgwater College - Cannington Campus

Leah Rossiter, apprentice gardener, Bridgwater College - Cannington Campus


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