RECO SGG Magic finishing mower

It has good looks and boasts some nice touches but it is the in-built strength of this finishing mower that impresses us most. Combine it with a compact tractor and it should prove suitable for a wide range of situations from parks, gardens and estates to sports grounds and even golf courses.

The 1.8m wide Magic is one of two families of finishing mowers built in Italy by SGG (it stands for sports, garden and golf) and imported into the UK by RECO. The Jets are pressed; the Magics are fabricated — giving them a greater variety of cutting widths plus inherent strength. With 1.2m and 1.5m models also available, the 1.8m Magic is the biggest.  But that’s not the end of the choices. Options include side or rear discharge, standard or heavy-duty construction and front or rear mounting.
Putting the heavy-duty 1.8m Magic through its paces, it is obvious this mower will stand up to considerable abuse. The box-section headstock, deck support and castor wheel arms are all tough. You would be unlucky to damage this mower with stones, bottles, cans and other debris lying hidden in the grass. The finish is dry powder paint and we are also impressed with the strength of the reinforced wheel forks. Pirelli makes the belts. Tensioning is simple.
“It’s a very smartly presented machine and the quality of construction is exceptional,” says the tester. He takes it for a run across some fairly uneven ground. The wide pneumatic tyres and extra anti-scalp rollers cope well with the bumps and hollows. There is no damage or marking to the turf and the cut is accurate and of good quality.
“I think estate managers are going to like this — it copes with the rough and it’s very affordable,” says our tester.
To avoid the need for collection, RECO offers a mulching-kit option for the Magic. It comprises rotor enclosures, a fixed rear panel plus extra blades.

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