Trimax, a New Zealand company with UK offices in Kettering, has been developing productive solutions for grass care professionals for over 25 years.
The original Stealth mower dates from 1991. It was good then. But the updated version, launched at Saltex 2004, is even better.
Taking all the strengths of the first machine, the Stealth S2 has a host of improvements. It’s still linkage-mounted and it still has a 3.4m cutting width — folding to tuck in behind the tractor for road-legal, 2.13m-wide inter-site travel. New features include down-wing flotation, a full-width roller and easier, more user-friendly adjustments.
The down-wing flotation of the Stealth S2 allows some movement of the two outer decks to levels below the horizontal. This combines with up-wing flotation for better contour hugging on uneven ground. The Claws system — designed to prevent the wing-bounce that can cause scalloped ripple patterns when mowing at high speeds — is retained.
The most noticeable improvement, however, comes from the new full-width rollers. These overlap at the rear and greatly improve safety by trapping debris within the cutting chamber. They also eliminate scalping and make for easier mowing along the edge of drives and pathways.
The Stealth S2 can be used in two formats. First, our tester uses the mower with all decks down to give the full 3.4m cut. He also tries it with the two outside units vertical and mows with just the 2.13m centre section, finding it small enough to mow between the trees.
For transport, the decks are secured. There are three blades in the main deck and one in each of the wings. Each spindle is driven by its own belt from a central gearbox.
With the outer decks in the upright position, we are able to inspect the LazerBladez. Developed specifically for Trimax’s multi-spindled rotary mowers, these long-life blade tips have an offset mounting hole that alters the centre of gravity of the blade, causing it to tilt forward as it is cutting to ensure all the grass is cut. Turned up at the trailing edge, the steel alloy tips also help lift the grass and improve discharge.
The Stealth S2 offers a range of infinitely variable cutting heights from 12mm — low for a tractor-mounted rotary mower — to 112mm. Altering the height of the rollers is done quickly and easily with a spanner, and a gauge indicates the setting. It’s uncomplicated and there is nothing to lose. We like that.
We reckon workshop personnel should also be impressed with the Stealth S2. Maintenance work on the new machine should be a breeze as all the grease points are accessible with the mower wings up and automatic belt tensioners come as standard.
The Stealth S2 needs a tractor of 65hp or more to run but we reckon that for sites that need a well-manicured finish with striping, this mower should be on the shortlist for inspection. And it offers great productivity for a price of £8,250 ex VAT.
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