Our man tests the machine with longer grass. He says: “There’s lots of power. It didn’t die off at all – didn’t even struggle with the long stuff. It’s a very useful and productive mower.”
Two cutting widths are offered at 2.95m and 3.25m. The cutting decks are reinforced and their castor wheels will not let you down either – they are filled with puncture/deflation-resistant foam. A simple clip system hitches and unhitches the decks.
Power is provided from a 2.2-litre, four-cylinder 60hp Perkins 404C turbo-charged diesel engine, with increased torque and power coupled with reduced noise and vibration. More heat efficient than its 51hp Frontline predecessor, this engine has a larger radiator and higher capacity air cleaner. And there’s better access for cleaning between the radiator and the oil cooler. The engine drive coupling is guaranteed for a minimum 3,000 hours.
Featuring parallel series drive – similar to that used on the Highway, Parkway and Commander cylinder mowers – transmission efficiency has been improved by up to 10 per cent. And the new all-wheel-drive feature improves traction whether in forward or reverse.
Mower operators who use a different machine each day will appreciate the way Ransomes is trying to standardise its units. Common operator platforms and similar control layouts make it easier to transfer across the product range. We are impressed with the transmission pedal — it incorporates cutting speed and reverse lock-out in transport mode.
The 6010 has power, rear-wheel steering. One tester finds the machine very manoeuvrable. He says: “For its size, it is very quick and nimble and you can get close round the trees. And it has a very comfortable driving position.”
The engine hood has been re-styled to give the machine an aesthetically pleasing profile and to bring it in line with the large HR-9016 wide-area rotary mower.
If you are a user-mechanic, or are paying the service bills, you will appreciate the fail-safe, oil immersed disc brakes on the 6010, which eliminate the need for maintenance and adjustment.
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