Ransomes Frontline 728

It may be the smallest machine in Ransomes' Frontline range, but the 728 is capable of mowing at speed. It's also very practical. Overall, we reckon the 728 is a good investment for contractors and local authorities alike.

Power comes from a 28hp three-cylinder, liquid-cooled diesel engine. It’s Kubota, so it’s unlikely there will be any trouble. And with four-wheel drive hydrostatic transmission, driving the 728 couldn’t be easier.
The unit has a top speed of just under 10km/h when cutting, which is impressive for such a small machine — in fact, you feel as though you are flying.
But it’s the manoeuvrability that is the talking point. Yes, this machine will belt across parkland, but with power steering to the rear wheels, it zips round trees and climb up and down kerbs with ease – it bounces rather than bumps.
The controls are easy to use and are mostly located within easy reach. Our tester found the foot pedal a bit of stretch and needed a bit more adjustment on the seat to be comfortable, but she had no trouble operating the machine. The seat is high-backed and has armrests. The three-bladed cutting deck is made of heavy-duty welded 11-gauge steel with seven-gauge skirts.
Perhaps what makes this machine so useful and such good value for money is that it comes with choices. There are three cutting widths: 1.5m with rear discharge, 1.6m with side discharge or 1.8m with the option of side or rear discharge. Contractors can also extend work opportunities with the mulching deck or the grass collection system available for the 728 — just match the Frontline’s spec to the job.

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