Like its high-tipping brother, the 124DS is powered by a 22hp water-cooled three-cylinder Lombardini diesel engine. A new 124 mower with 25hp engine is expected soon.
We know the Hydro is well built. Close-up inspection reveals the framework is based on two tubular chassis bolted together. Beneath the 124cm deck, two synchronised contra-rotating blades are angled to create a vacuum to lift the grass before it is cut. It is powerful and ensures a quality finish. But what we like is the comfort.
There is a well-sprung, adjustable seat plus power steering and adjustable console. All controls are within easy reach. Etesia certainly knows a thing or two about ergonomics.
“It’s very comfortable and there’s no vibration. I could sit on that all day — and it gives a brilliant finish,” says one tester.
Another tester also likes this mower. “It’s a fantastic machine,” he enthuses. “It’s so comfortable. And because the clippings are collected, it is a nice finish. I can’t fault it,” he says. Our tester adds: “Etesia’s machines are quiet. We start work on the housing estates at 7am so it does help if the machines are not noisy.”
Driving the mower is simple. It’s hydrostatic so there are forward and reverse pedals to provide variable speed in both directions. And this one has a good turn of speed — up to 16km/h on the flat — to get the job done efficiently. The compactness of the machine, along with the tight turning radius of 125cm, makes for great manoeuvrability.
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