There are other “four-in-one” flail mowers but the ZME, available in a working width of 1.25m as well as 1.55m, is the only offset/in-line verge mower specifically for compact tractors and is ideally suited to tractors of 18hp to 40hp and weighing over 700kg.
Fitting it to the college’s tractor means using the optional spool block. The machine is fitted with articulated “Y” flails. These are the same as on the Ferri hedgecutters, so they should smash through brambles and tough reeds. They have no problem at all reducing docks, thistles and long, thick grass.
Using the mower is not difficult. The ram nearest to the tractor powers the machine either parallel with the back of the tractor or offset for verge mowing. The second ram powers the head down to a maximum of 50? from vertical for mowing slopes and banks or up to 90? for hedgecutting.
The heavy-duty PTO shaft is designed to operate the machine at any working angle. Lifting and lowering the unit is done on the tractor hydraulics.
The testers find operating the ZME easy. One of them tries it in both offset and in-line positions. Reco’s rep demonstrates the unit as a hedgecutter.
Our tester comments: “It is certainly a very versatile mower and would be useful for estates and nature reserves, where there is a lot of different cutting to do, including banks and verges.”
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