Just one look at this machine and you know it is intended for life in the contracting lane.

The MR 55 HXF is characterised by toughness. It has an aluminium deck with alloy underneath and protected by large metal side guards and a front bull bar. This is a professional 53cm machine designed for continuous or intensive use and we like it.

"It is a solid and durable-looking mower. It's heavy and I think that is a sign of the quality, but manoeuvrability is still good. It's easy to start and it cuts nicely. I am impressed with it," says Creber. And guess what? This lawnmower even has a cup holder.

The mulching configuration is standard on this unit - simply insert the plug. Special attention has been paid to performance for cut and collect mode, with the double-edged blade designed to give a clean and precise cut. "That blade picks up the bigger leaves and debris as well as the clippings. That's a very handy feature for us," notes Smith.

There's plenty of power. This mower is equipped with a Honda engine and has three ground speeds by virtue of new professional-grade aluminium transmission with oil-immersed gears.

"The flexible speed ranges are a benefit when cutting different sized areas. I reckon second speed is adequate for most areas. Top speed is a bit a grabby when you engage the clutch after turning, but it would be fine on the long runs," says Creber. The height of cut is adjusted from a centralised, side-mounted lever.


Engine: Honda GXV 160 (163cc)
Cutting width: 53cm
Cutting height: 20-75mm
Deck: Aluminium
Drive: Three-speed with blade brake clutch
Drive speeds: 2.8/3.9/4.9 kmph
Grass catcher: Textile 80 litres
Vibration level: 5.7m/s2
Sound level: 98dB(A)
Weight: 51kg
List price (ex VAT): £957.45
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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