This is a four-in-one 53cm machine capable of mulching, cutting with rear discharge, cutting and collecting or cutting and discharging to the side. Whether you are working in garden or park, you should find this unit suits the application.
The machine is steel decked. It is a top-of-the-range product from Efco and offers substantial quality build. The large wheels have ball-bearing centres and a tread profile.
Power comes from a B&S 650 series four-stroke engine, providing high torque at all crank speeds and giving a steady work rate. It's a Ready Start engine so firing it up is a breeze. That's just as well, because this machine has an engine brake but no blade brake clutch. It stops when you leave to empty the catcher.
We like the variable ground speed on this lawnmower. There are four different positions, allowing speeds of between 2.5 and 5kmph at 2,950rpm. Height of cut adjustment is centralised with a side-mounted lever providing six settings from 25mm to 82mm. The handlebars fold for transport.
"The height of the handlebar is good. I am very comfortable using this mower," comments Dowling. "It is also very light to turn and manoeuvre - I'm not fighting or struggling with it - and it's a nice compact length. It does take off a bit suddenly in the faster speeds but that is something you quickly get used to."
Smith finds the fourth speed a bit too quick but thinks this mower would be good in denser vegetation and even in wooded areas where there is a lot of long grass and autumn leaves. "It's very good at mulching," he notes.
All the testers find the LR 55 user-friendly and hard to believe that it is the cheapest of the three Efco machines.
Engine: B&S 650 series (190cc)
Cutting width: 53cm
Cutting height: 25-82mm
Drive: Variable drive
Drive speeds: 2.5-5kmph
Grass catcher textile: 80 litres
Vibration level: 5m/s2
Sound power level: 96dB(A)
List price (ex VAT): £442.55
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