Stihl MM55 Multisystem

If you are looking for a scarifier, you are likely to be better off with a dedicated machine. But if you seek versatility, the solution may be Stihl's MM55 Multisystem. With this system, you buy options.

The engine is a 27cc two-stroke, as used in Stihl’s brushcutters. It makes the machine sound like a brushcutter, even when scarifying or aerating, but it has plenty of lugging power, is easy to start and boasts a carburettor compensator to monitor and adjust the fuel/air mix. The air filter is self-cleaning.
The tools are remarkably easy to fit. Two R-clips hold the scarifier on to a spindle. When you have finished scarifying, just remove the clips, slide off the reels and replace with another attachment — it takes 20 seconds at the most.
There are six others to choose from: aerator; edger; two sets of cultivation tines; and sweep and bristle brushes.
We test the scarifying reel and the aerator. We prefer the latter. It actually makes a better job of thatch removal but only has a 20cm working width. The 60cm scarifier is the “wire-comb” type.
The tester finds the rubber guard provides little protection from flying debris.
“It’s extremely lightweight, easy to use and the engine should be simple to service, but this is really basic, entry-level lawncare,” he says, brushing the debris from his clothes.

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