The three fully floating decks give a 3.5m cutting width. A bonus is that they can be used in any configuration — any deck, any time. When both wings are folded they sit just within the width of the front deck, effectively giving you an out-front machine for the less accessible areas. Each cutter blade is driven by its own hydraulic motor. This gives full power to each blade and dispenses with drive belts and pulleys — reducing service requirements and increasing power.
The operator sits in a high position for an excellent view of the decks, and the high-back suspension seat has an angle adjustment as well as adjusting for weight. Essential controls and warning lights are located close to the operator. It is easy to lift and lower the decks, independently and simultaneously.
Power comes from a Kubota 56hp four-cylinder diesel engine. Transmission is closed loop hydrostatic with an automatic four-wheel drive system. It all combines to give a smooth, jerk-free drive. Our tester, however, finds a delay when changing from forward to reverse. “It slows you down a little, although it is acceptable, and it does cushion any jolts and makes for a smooth transition,” he says. Hayter’s representative is confident this could be tweaked.
Mechanics will be pleased to note that the whole platform tilts forward and is held on a gas strut. The bonnet, with greasing instructions displayed on the inside cover, swings backwards. The front deck lifts well clear of the ground. There is easy access to everything; and that should help minimise downtime.
Hayter has paid close attention to safety features. Each wing deck is equipped with an automatic system to allow them to breakaway in the event of a collision. Also, the wing units fold neatly backwards as they are lifted into the transport position — and they sit just within the width of the front deck. Cutting deck drive is disengaged when the operator leaves the seat and the engine starts only when the forward/reverse pedal is in neutral, the parking brake applied and the decks are disengaged. Safety interlock lights indicate when safety systems are in the correct position for starting.
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