Grillo BeeFly 700HL

Not many zero-turn machines collect. This one does. What's more, it retains the manoeuvrability you expect of a mower designed to spin on the spot.

But it’s different from other zero-turn machines. Usually, you’d push both levers forwards to drive forwards and pull both backwards to reverse. And the further you push or pull, the faster you travel — but not with this one.
The first obvious difference is that the control levers are so close together that you have to sit with them between your legs. Then you have to get used to the idea that there is a main speed control separate from the directional steering. It takes our testers a few minutes to adjust to the new pattern of controls, but when they do they find the levers very sensitive. Only small movements are necessary and it is possible to operate the controls one-handed.
One says: “It is unusual, but operating this machine is simple when you get used to it. And it’s comfortable.”
Although the BeeFly is nifty on the flat, it doesn’t like slopes. The height of the collector also makes it awkward for use under trees. But we like this machine’s finish. It’s neat and the suction power from the steel fan is awesome.
“The power for cutting and collecting is excellent. It really does suck up all the thick grass and leaves better than anything I’ve seen,” confesses one tester.
The collector on the BeeFly has a capacity of 700 litres — it’s big. And it’s clever. The chute disperses clippings evenly in the collector rather than piling them up. The pto automatically cuts out when the collector is full. A scissor-lift mechanism raises the box for emptying.

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