Toro Reelmaster 3100-D Sidewinder

The Reelmaster is a different machine altogether. It is primarily a golf course mower — but that doesn’t mean it is only for cutting golf courses. This is a precision cutting machine, so if you need a first-class finish it could be worth taking a look at the 3100. It has got some very smart features.
Again powered by a Kubota engine, the Reelmaster has three-wheel drive. And this system should let you climb just about anything — anything safe, that is — because as a wheel starts to slip, so more hydraulic oil is pumped to the other wheels. The low centre of gravity should help with stability but there is also an angle gauge, so the operator knows when the slope is excessive.
The Reelmaster is also equipped with adjustable variable cylinder speed and on-board backlapping. But don’t worry, the bored operator isn’t going to fiddle with the speed and alter the cut half-way through the job — speed and backlapping adjustments lie under a cover, so it’s a conscious decision.
Then there’s the Sidewinder. This is a really nifty trick. The front cutting units can be shifted over to the left or the right by 60cm — making them ideal for running around bunkers on the course but equally excellent when you want to mow under trees or alongside borders and even ponds and lakes. It means the operator can stay a safe distance from the hazard but cut right to the edge.
Our tester also likes the adjustments on the cylinders. There is single-point adjustment of the bottom blade to the cylinder. “That’s a good idea,” he says. “Just one spanner and it moves the blade up or down. And being single-point adjustment means you are not going to make a mistake that affects the quality of cut.”
The two-range transmission gives mowing speeds and transport speed. But it’s the seating position on the Reelmaster that differs most from those on other triples. The tester has been eyeing it up and at the first opportunity leaps on board. “It’s very comfortable,” he says. “You sit more into the machine, rather than on top of it. It feels more like a racing car.”
Whether it drives like a racing car, we will have to wait and see. Here comes the snow.

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