Etesia Attila AV51

This Attila can take on overgrown grass, thistles, brambles or scrub. And, as you would expect from Etesia, the Attila shows itself to be a tough unit with loads of high-spec features. But, what we really like about this powerful little machine is its simplicity.

A special feature of the AV51 is the gearbox. This has built-in strength for harsh conditions and a device that ensures the unit is locked in gear once the machine is in drive. There are three forward speeds and one reverse. We find the reverse comes in really handy when working in woodland conditions and saves no end of effort. A lever has to be held when you want to reverse so there is no chance of the Attila trapping you against an obstacle.
"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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