But one of the first things we notice about this hedgecutter is the smooth ride down the lane to the test site. A cushion top link absorbs the shock loads on the tractor and machine, eliminating the bumping and jolting you might expect at fast speeds. Inter-site travel is also easy — at the touch of a button the arms and cutting head slew through 90? to give a transport width of just 2.6m.
The Excel 565 is a high-spec machine. It combines proven hedgecutter design with the latest technology.
What you see is what you get. And that’s a lot. “It should be a favourite with contractors or anyone who has a lot of hedgecutting,” says our tester.
Normally when we test attachments with hydraulic controls there is a trial of the levers and a few jerky movements while we discover which lever does what. Not with this machine. The Excel 565 has single lever oil-over-oil proportional control and our testers found using the joystick a breeze. It gives very precise control and allows three services to be operated simultaneously. Parallel arm geometry enables variation in reach using the joystick — there is no need to make constant adjustments to the height of the head. As we expect it is a twin-pump machine.
Another feature that impresses our team is the selectable auto-reset break-back system. This lifts the head out of danger as it falls back. And, although we have no need to use it, we also like the remote roller-height adjustment. Simply press a switch to move the roller between the two preset positions for hedgecutting or groundwork.
Spearhead knows side-arm flail machines are put to work in tough conditions and we are pleased to see the 565 so robustly constructed. Our tester is particularly impressed with protection given to the hydraulic motor and the way all the piping is tucked in tidily and secured so it cannot get caught in the branches.
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