On exceptionally sloping ground, the foot-operated diff-lock can be engaged to give more traction, and a pivoting front axle keeps all four wheels on the ground. “With the diff-lock engaged, it goes on the steepest ground we’ve got. It doesn’t run away with you,” notes one of our testers.
The stability comes from a very low centre of gravity, even weight distribution and wide tyres. But the cutter does scalp on some of the undulations. “I’d like to see a bit more ground clearance, as I think it would drive a lot faster,” says a tester. “And I’m not keen on the petrol tank being on the front. I know it has to go somewhere and it helps with weight distribution – but why on the front?”
There is nothing complicated about driving the Climber 910. It has hydrostatic transmission, so almost drives itself. There are very few controls on the machine and it’s fun to drive. Another tester finds it easy to use and manoeuvrable, but he complains about the smell of petrol and exhaust fumes. This is definitely not one of the quietest cutters we tested, but it must rate as one of the toughest. The machine’s structure is simple, but extremely strong. Power comes from an 18hp twin cylinder Briggs & Stratton engine. Blade engagement is via an electromagnetic clutch and the blade is fitted with swing tips, so in the event of an obstruction being hit, the tips move backwards to prevent damage to the drive mechanism. The cutter deck has four height positions, plus one for transport mode.
One tester drives it at thick brambles that are 4ft tall, but the machine cuts straight through them. “It has power and will cut some really thick stuff. I just wish there was some protection when cutting brambles” he says, untangling briars from his legs.
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