It is a powerful mower with an output that means it could easily be used in place of three walk-behind rotaries, yet it is small enough to be transported in a van or trailer. It can pass through narrow gateways to access sites that larger ride-ons cannot reach.
First impressions are that it is very similar to the Bahia. But look again. This latest model has bigger, wider wheels for bumping up kerbs. Strength has been added to axle and blades and power is now taken from a 15hp twin-cylinder Kawasaki engine. It’s also got maintenance-free hydrostatic transmission and, as on the Hydro 124, an electromagnetic clutch and blade brake are an integral part of the cutting system.
The 80 will also cut and collect without clogging — irrespective of whether the grass is long or short, wet or dry. When it comes to cut and drop applications the base of the grass box is removed to allow distribution of the clippings. This machine can also be used as a side discharge or can be equipped with a mulching kit. A tow bar can be fitted to turn mower into transport vehicle and a snow blade attachment is available for use at the front.
The high-back suspension seat, smooth steering and easy-to-reach controls make operating this mower a joy.