Spearhead Excel 323

Now here's a machine we're keen to try — the Spearhead Excel 323 compact reach mower. Designed for tractors of between 25hp and 40hp and not weighing less than 1,250kg, the 323 has fully independent systems for the head and the hydraulic rams. It should also result in clean hands after fitting or removing the machine.

One of our reviewers is surprised the machine is already fitted with electric controls. Optional? No. The Excel 323 has electric controls as standard. The switch unit is small enough to be comfortably positioned in the tractor cab. The rotor drive is also controlled electrically. And, yes, the 323 has a parallel linkage system to maintain the same cutting head angle automatically.
The list price is £6,987 ex VAT. It seems good value, but there’s more. The flail head can be interchanged with a 1.5m reciprocating cutter bar. Change-over is said to take only 15 minutes.
The testers are not sure about the flails. Scooped like spoons, the flails revolve at 2,800rpm for a fine finish and will cut and mulch briars and gorse. One tester wonders about their strength. “It looks like an excellent machine,” he concludes. “But we need to test the flails.”

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