We are using a reel of double-cut, 1.5mm thick blades. The top edge of each blade is strengthened but the back edge wears to maintain the shape of the blade.
When the blades have lost some of their size, they should retain the sharp edge and all that is needed is to adjust the wheels to bring the reel closer to the ground. This provides 100 hours of use from one set of blades. It sounds great in theory.
With the examination over, it’s on with the work. The machine is easy to start and operate. A collector is available. The 401 cuts and lifts out a lot of debris and because it is not tearing at the thatch, the lawn is left looking good after one pass with a vacuum.
“It’s a neat and compact machine, strongly built, and it’s a joy to use,” declares our tester. “With fold-down handles making it simple to transport, this model is suitable for semi-professional use by small contractors and garden maintenance teams.”
The Eliet scarifier is also available in a commercial size with a working width of 50cm and a choice of Honda or Briggs & Stratton 5.5hp engine.
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