It also has a crank guard and, knowing that contractors are always rushing from one site to another, Makita has fitted handle braces to cope with lifting and movement in the back of a truck. The loop handlebar folds for storage and transport.
Power for the PLM5113 comes from a Honda engine. It has an automatic choke, so there is no worry about flooding the carb. Considering this is a commercial unit, the noise level is low.
"It's very easy to start and easy to manoeuvre," says Dowling. "The three speeds are good, with the top speed giving a nice walking pace that will get the job done where you have long runs." Being left-handed, she has a problem with the drive bar. But in all other respects she finds the 5113 comfortable to use.
As on the PLM4612, we find this Makita machine has a simple-to-use, single-lever height adjuster, but this one gives a greater range of positions. The six settings from 100mm down to 25mm should suit the majority of contractors. The three operating speeds should also match contracting needs.
A neat cut is produced by this machine, with clippings being tidied into the generous-sized textile bag. There is no mulch kit available for this model.
It is a commercial lawnmower but the price tag of £1,214 causes a skyward glance from one of our testers. It may be possible to get a discount if you shop around and haggle.
Engine: Honda GCV 160 (160cc)
Cutting width: 53cm
Cutting height: 25-100mm
Deck: Aluminium with steel liner
Grass catcher: Textile 80 litres
List price (ex VAT): £1,214
Contact: Makita UK on 01908 211678
- Mark Creber, senior head gardener, CWGC Brookwood Cemetery
- Rebecca Dowling, gardener/caretaker first class, CWGC Brookwood Cemetery
- Bryan Smith, gardener/caretaker first class, CWGC Brookwood Cemetery