Etesia Hydro 124DS

Etesia has mastered cutting, collecting and high-lift emptying. But supposing you don't want to empty into trailers? There is money to be saved by opting for the DS version, and you still get that Etesia-quality cut.

The Hydro 124DS comes with a 600-litre soft grassbox that empties at ground level — without the driver having to leave the seat. For non-collection applications or longer grass there is an optional grass deflector. A mulching deck is also offered and, increasing the versatility still further, a range of front-mounted equipment that includes a scarifier, sweeper and snow blade — all with tool-free fitting.
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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