Primarily targeted at the municipal sector, the 4.27m mower is capable of cutting 1ha per hour more than traditional 3.4m wide-area mowers and offers multiple options from a single design platform.
The initial MP Series machines featured three rotary decks. Last year Ransomes introduced the next two models, using the same operator platform but with five cylinder cutting units. The MP653XC, the largest in the series, has the same 65hp Kubota diesel engine, powertrain, hydraulics and platform but with an upgraded rotary cutting system.
Despite its huge cutting width, the MP653XC can still deliver a zero uncut circle. The use of lightweight, high-strength steel helps keep the gross weight down, contributing to fuel savings, reducing ground pressure and simplifying trailer requirements.
Features include the AdaptiCut system, which automatically adjusts mow speed to provide consistent cutting performance, even in thick grass. The outer decks fold for transportation yet still provide sideways visibility for the operator driving on the road. All units are held in place with an electrically operated fail-safe locking system to provide a transport width of 1.67m.
Common with other models in the MP Series, the operator station is fully adjustable to provide comfort whatever the driver's size. Controls are common to other Ransomes ride-on mowers, making it simple for operators to transfer between machines in multiple fleet applications.
On-board diagnostics are provided by the InCommand control system, providing quick and easy troubleshooting and displaying maintenance reminders on-screen. Mowing and transport speeds can be adjusted and set using a password code, providing peace of mind for contract and fleet managers.
Like the other MP Series machines, the new model has SureTrac traction control to automatically transfer power from a slipping front wheel to the opposite rear wheel, assisting control when hill climbing or working on side slopes. It also features four-wheel drive in reverse. TST tilt control can be fitted to emit an audible warning.