Ransomes Parkway 2500 Plus

A municipal mower needs all-round cutting capacity for parks, roadside verges and open spaces, and it needs to be comfortable for long hours of work. But above all, it needs to be tough. The Parkway has it all. This triple mower incorporates some outstanding features.
Just take a look at the engine. The 2250 Plus is powered by a 38hp Kubota engine. It has got plenty of grunt and, being Kubota, it’s going to be easy to service, easy to maintain and easy to source spare parts. What’s more, there is no problem getting to the hydraulics and the power unit. It’s all accessible and looks easy to maintain.
The cutting cylinders are heavy duty, feature individual lift and lower control and have sensible, easy-to-operate latches to hold them in place while racing from one site to the next. We have got the larger, 254mm-diameter fixed units — just right for the longer grass of verges and football pitches — and there is a weight-transfer system so you can match mowing to conditions for the best results. The 2250 mows in four- and travels in two-wheel drive.
The majority of 2250s go out with these 254mm cylinders but 197mm Sportscutter units are also offered for a finer cut. The units feature socket adjustment for height of cut — all calibrated on the rings — and the bed-knife adjustment is on a big hand wheel.
Our tester admits he likes comfort and is keen to try out the seat. He’s not disappointed. “If you have to mow all day, it doesn’t matter how good the mower is, you only get the productivity needed if the operator is comfortable,” he says.
He bounces up and down in the seat. “It’s fantastic,” he declares. The fat tyres mean the mower is not going to sink in wet conditions and should also help with kerb climbing.
Ransomes has looked at the “points of error” and removed them. The 2250 has high/low transmission ranges but will only mow in low range. High range is for transport and only in forward — so there is no chance of the mower setting off in reverse and crunching the car behind it at the traffic lights.

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