We drop heavy rockery stone and lumps of concrete into it. They literally bounce off the bottom, leaving absolutely no dents or other marks. It’s easy to visualise the unit being loaded from a mini-excavator.
The Super Skub is capable of carrying a hefty 750kg. Once fully laden, its compact dimensions and manoeuvrability mean it can access the places a tractor and loader or excavator can’t reach. It is long but only 85cm wide, so it should go through garden gateways or around garden centre display areas with little problem.
Starting the Super Skub couldn’t be simpler — just turn the key. There is a recoil starting mechanism for back up in the event of battery failure. A recoil-only model is also available for £360 less but we think effortless electric start is worth the extra money.
It takes our testers just a few seconds to master the controls. Drive is gained by lifting the two control bars — the right bar for forward drive and the left reverse. Let go of the bars and the machine stops abruptly.
The engine is a 6.5hp Honda GX200 and gives plenty of power. Transmission is fully hydraulic and the combination gives the unit good speed and remarkable manoeuvrability.
“This is a very solid, really strong bit of kit, though it seems quite noisy,” says one reviewer. “We have plenty of room in our gardens but it would be ideal for work on narrow sites.”
As well as landscape use, we reckon the Super Skub could find work in cemeteries, garden centres and nurseries —anywhere that heavy materials need transporting through confined spaces.
The hydraulic tip, controlled by a lever at the operator’s station, gives a clean lift to vertical for complete load emptying. The body also tips to allow access for servicing. The fuel filler is positioned on the side.
A great deal of thought has gone into the design of this machine. There are even strategically-placed lashing points front and rear, so transporting the Super Skub to site should not be a problem.
Although it is perhaps more designed for the construction and building industries, if the unit is required for indoor work it can be supplied with an easy-fit catalytic converter.
The Super Skub Hydra can be supplied with either cleated or turf tyres.
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