A professional gardener seeking a striped effect from a rotary mower should be sure to take a closer look at the Legacy. The price makes it particularly attractive.
Powered by the same Kawasaki engine as the Virtue Pro, it also benefits from a heavy-duty, corrosion-resistant aluminium cutter deck, but it has a blade brake clutch and the gearbox features three speeds as well as solid aluminium case construction. It comes with a three-year warranty.
Cutting height adjustment is provided by a single lever and gives a generous 11 positions (13-67mm).
"It's well built, a little heavy, but the handlebar is adjustable so you find the right height and balance to counter the extra weight," says Ekin. "It will cut low and I am impressed with the finish it gives."
Cutter deck: Aluminium
Engine: Kawasaki FJ 180V-AM74
Cutting width: 48cm
Power drive: Three-speed
Cutting height adjustment: Single lever, 11 positions, from 67mm down to
Cutting system: Cut and collect
Roller: Heavy-duty double ratchet
Price: £1,099 including VAT
Tel: Rochford Garden Machinery - 01963 828000
Tested This Issue
- Weibang Virtue 53 Pro
- Weibang Legacy 48 Pro BBC
- Weibang Virtue 53 SV
- Lawnflite 448S JW
- Makita and Cobra cordless models
- EGO Power+ cordless lawnmower
Mike Baldwin, director of horticulture, Broomfield Campus, Derby College
Mark Ekin, lecturer, Broomfield Campus, Derby College
Walk-behind rotary mowers are used by contractors, groundsmen and professional gardeners. The huge variety makes them indispensable. Most are wheeled, but there are models with rear rollers. Most provide rear collection, but there are ones that give side discharge or will mulch. With models available that can handle the rough, present stripes on a lawn, nip in and out of obstacles or clip off young growth on an establishing sward, this is one of the most versatile mowers.
We wanted to look at a broad range. Rochford Garden Machinery, Henton & Chattell, EP Barrus, Toro, Hayter and Makita provided us with 14 mowers. In this, the first of two reports looking at pedestrian mowers, we test the Weibang, Lawnflite, Cobra, EGO and Makita brands, covering a range of styles including roller, three-in-one and even battery models.
The testers were joined by horticulture students charged with an assignment looking at mower specifications for different tasks. Test conditions were less than perfect. Heavy rain on day one was followed by more rain on days two and three. A brief lull provided difficult conditions on day four so it was necessary to look at some mowers several weeks later in drier but much colder conditions.