Ryetec Super Light 420

Ryetec offers three different models, from the Mini Park, which uses the tractor hydraulics for power of the arm and cutting head, to the Super Compact 450 with a maximum horizontal reach of 4.65m.

But the most popular is the mid-range Super Light 420. “It needs 25hp or over, and a weight of 1,200kg, so it would match our tractors, but what is it capable of doing?” asks our reviewer.
The specification for the Super Light 420 details the vertical reach as 4.65m and the horizontal cutting height as 3.4m — now that’s a tall hedge. For verge work the maximum horizontal reach is 3.8m.
Again there is a surprise element with this machine. The oil tank acts as a counter balance and will slide 35cm to one side to increase stability when using full reach. Simply slide the tank back to access narrow entrances.
“It seems an incredibly simple idea but I’ve never come across it before,” admits our man. He is also impressed with the way the unit is mounted on the tractor. The Super Light 420 can be mounted to the front or rear of the tractor. Which will our man choose when we come to test it?
There is a 1.8m cutter bar option — available at no extra cost — for evergreen and ornamental hedge work, while the flail cutter head has a choice of Half-Y-flails or T-flails.
“This looks like a very promising piece of kit,” says the tester. “I like the clever way the oil tank can be moved to act as a counterweight. The design has some original thinking in it and the machine looks strong and well built.”

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