Ryetec JBM 2913BD stump grinder

"The hedgetrimmer we tested from this company was a good piece of kit," recalls our tester. If the same attention has been paid to the company's stump grinders, we should find something special here.

Ryetec offers seven models of stump grinder with engines from 13hp to 75hp. The larger models are hydrostatic and have a low-slung engine. All the machines are self-propelled, except one — and that’s the one that interests us.
Model 2913BD is a 13hp, petrol-engined stump grinder. It has a slim profile for accessing gardens and other awkward sites, while the low centre of gravity is intended to aid stability. We inspect the large-diameter wheel and count the teeth. There are 18 — that’s plenty to share the load of the grinding operation and hopefully the high number will increase their life as well as performance and productivity.
This machine also has distinct, well-labelled controls. The operator presence control looks comfortable to use.
“It looks simpler to use than some we have seen but it is robust and looks as though it would cover a good range in the swing — it’s quite lengthy,” observes a tester.
It looks manoeuvrable, and it should be. This stump grinder, like the bigger 18hp and 25hp models in the line-up, is fitted with what Ryetec calls the “Easygrind” turntable.
We are told the patented turntable allows the head/engine and control handle bars to rotate from side to side independently of the transport wheels, giving the cutting head a full one metre of swing while the undercarriage remains stationary. This should reduce the effort needed to use the machine, but we will have to put it to the test.

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