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Independent tests & reviews of equipment and machinery used by horticultural business and professionals, including grass cutting, hedge cutting, tree care, turf care, grounds maintenance equipment.

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Latest Machinery Tests

Viking MB 4 RTP

Viking MB 4 RTP

21 February 2014

Look out, the Vikings are coming. Stihl calls this latest model a "mulching expert", and we can see why. This is an efficient performer that gives a nice clean cut, with the finely mulched grass clippings evenly deposited even when conditions are les...

 
 
Etesia DuoCut 46 RMHB

Etesia DuoCut 46 RMHB

21 February 2014

With its white and green livery and clean lines, this 46cm mower looks modern and stylish, while the controls might even be described as futuristic. But looks are not everything. The company rep produces a mallet and thumps the Xenoy deck, hard, firs...

 
 
Etesia PRO 53 LKX

Etesia PRO 53 LKX

21 February 2014

"This is more like it," Braund enthuses as he tests the second Etesia mower. "It's a well-built machine, a lot wider and there's plenty more power. It cuts dense grass down low." He clearly likes to get the job done. This model has a cast-aluminium ...

 
 
Hyundai HYM43P and HYM51SP

Hyundai HYM43P and HYM51SP

21 February 2014

A well-known name in cars and generators, Hyundai is now offering lawn and garden care equipment. Launched at IoG Saltex (September 2013), the range includes hedge trimmers, brushcutters, chainsaws and blowers as well as lawnmowers. It has sold well...

 
 

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Weibang WB536SK ALV PRO BBC

Weibang WB536SK ALV PRO BBC

21 February 2014

That is a lot of initials, but we can instantly recognise that this has a blade brake clutch (BBC), gives a 53cm cutting width (536), has a Kawasaki engine (K) and is aimed at the professional market (PRO). Inspect this Chinese-built machine and you...

 
 
FSI D67-720 4WD

FSI D67-720 4WD

07 February 2014

With four-wheel drive, diff lock and radio control, this go-anywhere machine is designed to get to work in those intensely awkward situations and allows the operator to stand in a safe and convenient position. It also has a massive 2m sweep, which w...

 
 
FSI ST 20B Petrol

FSI ST 20B Petrol

07 February 2014

If you hate the jiggling required by some small pedestrian stump grinders, then you have to try this one. It is well built but, crucially, it has a turntable that makes sweeping the stump a breeze. No operator force is required - and it's got agility...

 
 

How to buy...

Buyers' guide - Brushcutters The terrain and nature of the job will dictate which machine you should be using, Sally Drury explains.

Buyers' guide - Woodchippers Arborists, landscapers and grounds-maintenance teams can put chippers to good use, says, Sally Drury.

Buyers' Guide - Horticultural fabrics From crop protection to insulation, there is a material to meet every horticultural need, says Sally Drury.

Buyers' Guide - Blowers and sweepers Sally Drury looks at blowers and sweepers that can be handheld, pushed, vehicle-mounted or towed.

How to buy - Chainsaws The latest models will cover a wide variety of different professional tasks, Sally Drury finds.

How to buy - Paving, walling & fencing There are important factors to consider when selecting landscape materials, Sally Drury advises.


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