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Machinery Tests

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

Gianni Turbograss 992

Gianni Turbograss 992

12 June 2014

Not the speediest machines in the test, but these Italian-built zero-turners nevertheless prove their worth in other ways. Both, for instance, offer outstanding agility. They are compact and nimble, and capable of seriously accurate mowing, especi...

 
 
Toro Z Master 152

Toro Z Master 152

12 June 2014

"Wow, that was fast." Ekin dismounts from Toro's latest-generation 6000 Series Z Master zero-turn mower. "But look, the cutting is fine - no problem at all". He was mowing like greased lightning but the blades provided a first-class finish. Smoo...

 
 
Amazone Profihopper iDrive

Amazone Profihopper iDrive

12 June 2014

Our tests do not always go quite to plan. We wanted to try Amazone's Profihopper - the well-known zero-turner with flail and collector - but we wanted it with SmartCut. This is a brand new cutting rotor. It's so new that when we enquired about it ...

 
 
Amazone Profihopper 4WDi

Amazone Profihopper 4WDi

12 June 2014

Our tests do not always go quite to plan. We wanted to try Amazone's Profihopper - the well-known zero-turner with flail and collector - but we wanted it with SmartCut. This is a brand new cutting rotor. It's so new that when we enquired about it ...

 
 

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Gianni Ferrari Turbo Z230

Gianni Ferrari Turbo Z230

12 June 2014

Not the speediest machines in the test, but these Italian-built zero-turners nevertheless prove their worth in other ways. Both, for instance, offer outstanding agility. They are compact and nimble, and capable of seriously accurate mowing, especi...

 
 
John Deere 997

John Deere 997

12 June 2014

When you see green and yellow streak past at high speed, it has to be a John Deere. This machine is JD's solution to cutting down mowing time and costs. It's fast and has terrific manoeuvrability. Equipped with a direct-injection Yanmar diesel en...

 
 
Kubota ZD326

Kubota ZD326

11 June 2014

If you have never driven a ZD326, you have to try one. It's a blast. While it may not be the fastest machine in our test, it still zips down the straights at great speed and is more than nippy round the trees. Furthermore, we cannot fault the qual...

 
 

How to buy...

Buyers' guide - tractors Vibration levels, implements and working conditions are key considerations, Sally Drury explains.

Buyers' guide - Chainsaws Your experience and training are key factors when it comes to choosing a chainsaw, Sally Drury explains.

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.


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In This Issue

Horticulture Week - 11 July 2014 NEWS: Industry co-working sparks engagement with Government

SARGENT'S SOLUTIONS: Offering clients a glimpse behind the scenes of your work builds satisfaction and PR

KIT TESTS: Tractors

PLANT FOCUS: Leucanthemum

SHOW PREVIEW: Sector prepares for Fruit Focus