Q. I am looking for a Baroness ride-on triple mower that can also have the option of grass boxes. Is the LM184 available in the UK? Are there any other options in the Baroness range? How much do they cost?
A. The Baroness LM184 ride-on triple mower was a good machine. It had three 16.2cm-diameter reels, each 66cm long and having seven blades (five blades was an option). Overall cutting width was 184cm and cutting height adjusted from 2.5cm to 10cm. All three units were raised and lowered via a single lever.
With three speeds up to a maximum of 11kmph, the LM184 was quick on the flat and competent on the slopes. The rear-wheel steer - this was a three-wheeler - meant that it was quick turning and sufficiently manoeuvrable that it could mow in small spaces. Powered by an 8.1kW Robin engine, it was belt-driven and had a six-litre fuel tank.
A problem I noticed with the LM184 was the oversensitivity of the operator presence control on some units. If you left the seat, the engine cut out. That is fine, because it was safe. But if you bounced a little over uneven ground, the switch could be triggered enough to kill the power.
This mower has been discontinued, but you can still find 2004 and 2005 models on the second-hand market and they occasionally come up on internet auction sites. If you want a new Baroness I suggest you contact the importer Kyoeisha at its Basingstoke offices or via www.baroness uk.com.
Sally Drury has been reporting on product developments and testing kit for 29 years. The advice given in this helpline is independent.
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