A first glance, the Sentar looks like a walk-behind rotary. But take a look round the back. A footplate, doubling as the operator presence control, gives it away that this is a stand-on machine. There is also a small, fold-down padded seat — a bit like the seat from an old-fashioned moped. There are no armrests. There is no back support. But most of our testers love it.
“You can stand or sit as you like. And the seat is comfortable — it’s natural, like riding a bike, and you move your weight with it,” says one of the testers. Although one tester finds it comfortable, he has difficulty keeping his feet flat on the footplate to maintain the OPC. Lifting his toes just a little causes the cutters to disengage. However, this season’s models have a modified footplate with a slight angle for improved comfort.
Construction is sound. The mower deck has the engine mounted to it for a low centre of gravity and to maintain belt alignment. The deck is seven-gauge steel. It comes with a lifetime guarantee and is offered in five widths from 91cm to 155cm. Height adjustment is using a “Rapid-Hite” lever system.
The only disappointment is the noise levels. They seem good for the operator but are quite loud for the bystander.
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