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
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)
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