"Etesia has obviously paid a lot of attention to safety as well as ease of use. The reverse means there is less need to physically haul the machine around. It is a very manoeuvrable piece of kit," comments one of the testers.
Power comes from a six-horsepower engine. It gives a terrific performance and provides all the grunt you need to obliterate tough old rose briars and young saplings. The cutterbar is mounted off centre to aid ejection of cut material and reduce the risk of blockages. And for a rough-terrain machine, it cuts neatly. Adjustments to the cutting height are easy to make using levers on either side of the deck.
With its box-sectioned chassis for durability and five-millimetre thick, heavy-duty, solid steel cutterbar, there is no doubt that Etesia intends the machine to stay the course. We particularly like the way all cables are protected in a central sheath so they can't snag on branches or bushes. What's more, it folds neatly for transportation in the back of a van or even in the boot of a car.
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