You may want to be out with this mower for some time. This is the Efco top-of-the-range mower. And it's good.
The MR55 is a professional machine that you might choose for intensive and continuous duties. It has large-diameter wheels for smooth travel and the three-speed transmission gives a good selection of ground speeds. There's ample power from the Honda engine.
The big filler means this one can be fuelled quickly and with confidence. The deck is aluminium and is protected to the sides. There is a bull bar at the front. The whole thing looks robust and practical. Cutting height adjustment is central and extremely quick and easy to set.
"They've been listening to users," said Phipps. "Look at the flap of material over the grass box to indicate when the catcher is full."
It's the price that impresses most. This one will set you back £860 plus VAT. One tester whispers: "I thought it would be much more expensive than it is.'
Engine: 163cc Honda
Cutting width: 53cm
Propulsion: Self-propelled, three speeds
Cutting adjustment: Central
Cutting height: 75mm to 20mm
Grass box capacity: 80 litres
List price (ex VAT): From £860
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