RECO Ferri TA26

Another model designed specifically for compacts, the TA26 is delivered to us ready-mounted to a Kioti 30hp hydrostat tractor. With no cab on the tractor and no guard or safety screen supplied with the flail arm, we are in a quandary as to how and where to test this unit. With the testers dressed in the necessary protective clothing — and any extra we can muster — we settle on using the machine on soft shrubs.

The TA26 is the smallest machine in the Italian-made Ferri range and has a reach of just 2.6m. UK distributor RECO targets this unit at estates and sites such as college campuses, where compact machinery is required. To test its usefulness in tight spaces our tester puts the TA26 to work in the narrowest gap he can find. Between the shrubs and the boundary fence separating the course from the agricultural fields beyond, there is just sufficient room for tractor and hedgecutter.
Electronic controls are available but we test the cable version. The testers soon get to grips with the levers. Three levers control movement. The first gives the arm up and down movement and is single action — power takes the arm up but it is the weight that brings it down. The second lever pushes the arm in and out while the third operates the flail head. A short lever gives control of the rotor’s cutting direction and pushing this lever forward gives forward rotation. To engage reverse requires the simultaneous use of a second lever — a feature that places the onus on the operator to make a conscious decision to select reverse.
“It’s really lightweight and is easy enough to operate. It makes a good job of cutting,” says our tester. “It’s constructed well and matches the tractor well to give a good combination for work in those situations demanding a compact.” Rotor speed is 3,000rpm.
This Ferri has a 1.6m horizontal cutting height, three-metre vertical cut and 2.6m horizontal reach. The machine can operate tight against the tractor to do a good job in awkward or confined spaces. Protection of the machine is afforded by mechanical breakback on the right-hand side. But we would like to see the operator protected too.

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