It costs nearly twice as much as the Efco yet has the same engine and is only 6cm wider. So why does the DT22 have a price tag of £1,361 ex VAT? The answer is found in its versatility. With its modular design, this machine will give you choices as well as productivity.

This is a simple scarifier. It has got four wheels and it is a push unit. The reel is supported by heavy-duty greasable bearings within a cast iron housing and welded 10-gauge chassis with ball-bearing supported wheels. It's rugged. This is a good machine for the hire market as well as the contractor.

The DT22 is also compact. The adjustable handlebar can be set to three levels for different heights of operator, it is foam-padded for comfort and it folds for easy transport or storage. We like the safety feature of the handle-mounted bail having an automatic declutch to stop the blade when released by the operator. Height adjustment has been simplified to a central screw.

"It's very easy to use and control," confirms Pinion. "All you have to do is use the lever to lower the reel and away you go. It's light and easy to push. It's also easy to turn - you don't have to disconnect the reel. You can spin this one on the back wheels."

But on the test we reckon the best feature is the fact that the base platform can be combined with optional reels (and a bagger) to cope with every application. In the test we use the spring-tine reel. Effectively a rotor with 52 tines, this is the one to use for removing moss and thatch from the surface layer of sensitive grass areas.

Another option is a flail blade that features four rows of free-swinging, hardened-steel, flail blades (52 in all) to beat matted thatch and moss out of the lawn. Then there is the delta-blade reel. This is a rotor with angled, fixed blades of steel that cut into the surface, removing thatch and moss but at the same time leaving slits 25.5mm in the surface. Fix Husqvarna's 14-litre seedbox on the back and you can overseed in the same pass.

Working width: 56cm
Engine: Honda GX160 5.5hp
Reels: Spring tine (£144.67), flail reel (£144.67), Delta
reel (£161.69)
Cutting depth: 25.5mm
Deck: Steel
Wheels: Metal with bearings
Dimensions: 117x78x99cm
Weight: 63kg ex reel
List price (ex VAT): £1,361
Contact: Husqvarna on 0800 010520

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