Etesia Pro 46PBE and Pro 46PHTS

Thumbs up to Etesia. This French manufacturer has made our job easier. And has given us bags of choice.

The range of professional 46cm rotaries from Etesia is comprehensive. If you want a Briggs & Stratton engine, you can have it. Prefer a Honda engine? No problem. Yet another option is the 4.5hp Kawasaki. Push or self-propelled? The choice is yours. There is a grass box if you need to collect clippings and a mulching kit if you don’t.
We look at just two models in this test. The Pro 46PBE is fitted with a five-horsepower Briggs & Stratton engine while the PHTS has a 5.5hp Honda GCV four-stroke engine. PBE is a push-and-mow unit. The PHTS is self-propelled and offers rear-wheel drive with one forward speed.
Both machines have centrally mounted handlebars that are easy to adjust for operator comfort. All controls, including the recoil start, are centralised on the handlebars and are at your fingertips. Running down the centre of the handlebar support is the cable protector. It’s a simple but brilliant idea that means cables can’t be snagged or caught by low branches or shrubs. A slit in the protector allows easy access to cables for maintenance work.
Both machines have lightweight Xenoy decks. Car bumpers are made of this material and Etesia has so much confidence in it that it offers two-year commercial and 10-year domestic warranties on the deck.
The grassbox will set you back an extra £43 — but it is designed to work with you. Also made of Xenoy, it is tough and it holds a huge amount of clippings. The mowers’ powerful suction and blowing ensure maximum collection and a stop indicator shows when the box needs emptying.
“Etesia has thought about everything,” says our tester. “The chute is more like a wide tunnel so it won’t block with wet grass. Access to the air filter is a doddle — as is the height adjustment — and the engine brake and blade brake systems are really fast and responsive.”
The tester likes Honda engines. “They are so reliable,” he says. “And the mower is so light and manoeuvrable, yet it never struggled. The grassbox is easy to take off from the left or right of the machine and the stop indicator is useful. I like the way the cables are encased so they don’t get snagged when transporting the mower. And the way the machine folds to fit in the boot of a car is terrific.”
Under difficult conditions both machines gave the quality of performance that we have come to expect from Etesia. All the testers were comfortable and confident using these mowers.

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