VIDEO: Etesia Duocut 41 N-ERGY NACTS and 46 N-ERGY PACS

Etesia Duocut 41 N-ERGY NACTS and 46 N-ERGY PACS

Etesia is famous for giving commercial users plenty of choice so the Duocut N-ERGY family includes 16in (41cm) and 18in (46cm) mowers, both in push and self-drive options and both with grass box and mulch plug. We look at the 16in 3kph self-drive and the 18in push.

The Duocut concept provides a Xenoy deck that mulches as good as it collects, resulting in a quality finish from either function. Now available powered by a 36V 21Ah lithium polymer accumulator, the same quality can be achieved quietly and responsibly.

Like the Pellenc, there is a significant saving in petrol and maintenance costs. In all other respects these mowers are typical Etesia walk-behinds. They are robust yet lightweight and feel stable. The rigid 50-litre grass boxes made of reinforced polypropylene pack in the clippings. Switching from mulch to collect is as simple as inserting a plug into the discharge chute.

Comfort is provided by three-position handlebars, low vibration levels and centralised cutting height adjustment. The self-cleaning wheels are a nice touch, but what does Griffiths think?

"I like the Pellenc for the feeling of robustness but these Etesias are extremely simple to use and they give a good-quality cut. The self-propelled version is a comfortable walking speed, helping you to get the job done without causing fatigue."

Specifications

Models Duocut 41 E-NRGY NACTS/Duocut 46 N-ERGY PACS
Width of cut 16in (41cm)/18in (46cm)
Drive Self-propelled, 3kph/push
Cutting height 28-85mm
Battery 36V, 21Ah lithium polymer accumulator
Runtime 1hr 30mins depending on conditions
Catcher Polypropylene, 50 litres
Weight 35kg/37kg — plus battery
Guaranteed noise level 82dB(A)
Warranty Commercial, three-year
List price £790 + VAT/£790 + VAT
Tel Etesia UK — 01295 680120

Reviewed

Allett Liberty 43
EGO LM2102E-SP
Makita Twin 18V LXT
Pellenc Rasion Basic and Smart
Cobra MX46S40V and RM4140V
Etesia Duocut 41 N-ERGY NACTS and 46 N-ERGY PACS
Wolf 72V Li-ion Power 40

Review Panel

Phil Griffiths, head gardener, Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall

Trengwainton Garden, a National Trust property just outside Penzance, is world-famous for its tender exotic species grown outdoors in woodland and five walled gardens, taking advantage of the mild Cornish climate. When we heard that head gardener Phil Griffiths was keen to try out battery mowers, HW turned up with 12 from seven manufacturers.

There is currently great interest in battery powered garden tools and rising demand is driving development. Such equipment has many advantages over petrol models — no need to store petrol, no mess or spills when fuelling up, no fumes, quieter operation and reduced vibration. When a visitor approaches to ask questions, stopping and restarting is as simple as pressing a button. Say bye-bye to those bothersome recoil starts.

On the downside, there is the battery life — although engines have a life too. A greater concern tends to be runtime and the need to recharge. While most brands offer a variety of tools to work off the same battery system, if you have a team of gardeners all needing to use powered kit at the same time, you need to ensure you have enough batteries and chargers, and sufficient access to mains sockets.

On the day of the review the weather was typically Cornish — warm with broken cloud, sunny intervals, threatening showers and more sun.


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