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A Guide to Buying a 2 Wheel Tractor  or Motor Mower

1. Introduction

2. Attachments for Mowing and cutting grass etc.

3. Attachments for Cultivating etc.

4. General attachments for Gardens, Estates and Smallholders

5. Confusion between various models, and their applications

6. Purchasing a motor mower or two wheel tractor

Two wheel tractors & Motor Mowers consist of an engine and transmission running a gearbox that drives two wheels.  When discussing both types of machine and their various applications etc, the whole assembly is often referred to as the power unit.  IE. The ‘power unit’ comes in various sizes and horsepowers and can take various implements.  The number of gears and the horsepower of the engine depend on the model number of the machine, there are a wide choice of wheel sizes and types.  The smaller models have what is called a ‘fixed axle’, this means that both wheels are on a solid axle, which makes them a little harder to turn.  For this reason the larger, heavier models have what is called a ‘differential’, this means the two wheels can turn independently of each other making turning far easier.  Models with a differential have what is called a ‘differential lock’.  This does exactly what it says, locks the differential so the two wheels are effectively on a solid axle, this then helps keep the tractor traveling in a straight line.  The smallest models have 1 forward and 1 reverse gear, as the size of power unit increases so does the number of gears available, so the largest machines often have four forward gears and 3 reverse gears.  As a rule most motor mowers or sickle bar mowers are dedicated machines intended for use with front mounted implements, IE pushing the implement.  However some motor mowers can also pull implements and be used for cultivation work etc, it is worth noting that the gearing is slightly different on Motor mowers, so they may not perform cultivation work as efficiently as a 2 wheel tractor.   On 2-wheel tractors the handlebars can be turned through 180º so you can pull or push implements.  On most of both types of power units the handlebars can be adjusted for height and can also be slightly offset to the left or the right of the power unit, this is helpful when working on slopes, against a hedge or when cultivating, IE you are walking on the untouched ground rather than what you have just cut or cultivated.  Most models can be fitted with a brake, the models with a differential can be fitted with a brake on each wheel, this means you can use the breaking effect to help steer the power unit, again very helpful when working across a slope or when working in heavy soil or heavy scrub / long grass.

Attachments for Mowing and cutting grass etc.

Finger bar (sickle bar).  Driven by the PTO of the motor mower / 2-wheel tractor, this attachment varies in width from 80cm to 155cm.  It is attached to the front of the power unit, IE pushed, and consists of a series of blades mounted on a flat bar that runs horizontal on the ground.  It works like a barbers clippers.  It can be used for cutting short grass or long grass for hay, wildflowers, weeds, thistles, bracken etc and will even cut woody material such as reeds and even small saplings.  It will cut brambles but these are often tangled so they just remain in a tangled mass, just no longer attached to the roots!  Finger bar mowers leave the material you have cut in whatever length it stood, they do not chop up / mulch the material.  This can be an advantage if you wish to rake up or collect the cut material.  The cutter bar is bolted to a transmission (dry on the smaller machines and oil bath on the larger and diesel models), which in turn is attached to the power unit.  The transmission incorporates an oscillating coupling that allows the cutter bar to follow the contours of the ground.  This type of mower effectively leaves the cut material the full width of the cutter, however some models can have deflectors mounted at either end to move cut material at either end of the cutter, towards the middle, these are called ‘swath boards’ as they put the cut material into a row which is referred to as a ‘swath’.  A further attachment called a hay / grass rake (see later) can be used to put the cut material into a row. It is worth noting that a trailed seat attachment is available, this makes mowing of large areas far less tiresome!

Rotary mower.  Driven by the PTO of the motor mower / 2-wheel tractor, this attachment has a single rotating blade, with a cutting width of 80cm and is also attached to the front of the power unit.  The blade is horizontal to the ground, like a normal domestic lawn mower, the body is relatively enclosed and is side discharge.  It has two wheels at the front that adjust in height for varying the length of cut, as the wheels rotate freely this also aids steering.  As the mower is side discharge the grass is not held very long inside the mower and therefore it does not mulch the material very much.  It is ideal for mowing large areas such as parkland where the grass is not overly long and a particularly short cut is not required.  The blade is sandwiched between two clutch plates, this helps protect the transmission and the power unit in the event an obstruction is hit.  The transmission is fitted with an ‘overrun’ clutch so the blade freewheels when you disengage the drive to the mower.  Importantly the transmission is also fitted with an oscillating coupling that enables the mower to follow the counters of the ground. This makes it very easy to handle over undulating ground.  Again the trailed seat attachment can be used.

Scrub mowers.  The scrub mower works in exactly the same manner as the rotary mower and is available in 60cm and 80cm cut widths.   However the body is square and runs on adjustable skids for varying the cut height.  The square shape means it is more open at the front, this allows the grass / material to enter the cutting area more easily where it is held for a while to be well mulched before exiting out of the rear of the mower.  They use the same type of oscillating transmission and the blade is also sandwiched between two clutch plates, this helps protect the transmission and the power unit in the event an obstruction such as a molehill or stump is hit.  The adjustable skids help keep the mower in a straight line when working across slopes.  All these features make it ideal for tackling overgrown areas, and will cut long grass, weeds, thistles, bracken etc, even woody material such as brambles, reeds and even small saplings.  It will also give a surprisingly good short cut, this is often helpful, as once the overgrown area has been tackled the scrub mower can be lowered down and used to give a quick and acceptable finish leaving the area cut like parkland or a playing field.  The trailed seat attachment can be used however it is not recommended when mowing through scrub and rough ground.

Flail mowers.  Driven by the PTO of the motor mower / 2-wheel tractor, these are also front mounted and are the ultimate mower for tackling overgrown areas and rough ground where you are not sure what you may come across and the material being cut needs to be particularly well mulched.  The cutting is carried out by a series of blades that are hung from a rotating shaft that is horizontal to the ground and is situated across the front of the power unit.  They vary in width from 40cm to 90cm (depending on the power unit HP) and will cut short grass or long grass, wildflowers, weeds, thistles, bracken, light gorse and woody material such as reeds and saplings. They are ideal for scrub, as they tend to pull it into the cutting flails where it is well and truly mulched up.  If the right power unit and width flail are used and the correct protective clothing is worn it is possible to cut a path through surprisingly high and tangled scrub, leaving a well-mulched pathway behind you!  Whilst a flail mower will cope with cutting almost any material it has one drawback, flail mowers have a relatively slow forward working speed, therefore even if the material you are cutting is not very long you will not be able to work very fast.  They are fantastic for taking control of well overgrown areas, but once the area is under control and you wish to mow more frequently, to keep it under control, you may find the slower working speed irritating.  The fail mower therefore tends to be used more by contractors or in woodland plantations, vineyards and orchards.  Private users will often find the rotary scrub mower a better option, it will take a little longer to get the overgrown areas under control but will then be quicker for the more frequent mowing. The standard flail attachment is fixed to the front of the power unit, an optional oscillating connection can be specified that will help the flail follow the contours of the ground and make the machine easier to handle.  An overrun drive device is also available that helps control the machine when used in confined spaces or when changing from forward to reverse frequently. Both are recommended for contractors or for heavy use.   It is not practical to use the trailed seat attachment with flail mowers.       

Rotary Lawn mowers.  Once again front mounted and driven by the PTO of the motor mower / 2-wheel tractor, it is like your normal garden mower.  They have two wheels at the front that adjust in height for varying the length of cut, as the wheels rotate freely this also aids steering.  The key feature is they can be used with or without a collector, which is mounted on top of the mower.  The widths available are 56cm with one blade and 100cm with two blades.  The leading edges on the ends of these blades are sharpened with the trailing edge bent upwards, like a propeller.  This helps create an updraft that lifts the material to aid the efficiency of the cutting action, and creates the draft to blow the cut grass into the collector.  The blade of the rotary mower rotates at a very high speed and with the collector removed the grass can be discharged to one side.  This very action means that if the material being cut is very long the cutting deck can effectively become ‘choked up’, this will slow the revolutions and possibly even stall the machines engine.  Therefore rotary lawn mowers are intended for cutting grass on a regular basis.  The trailed seat attachment can again be used with the large rotary Lawn mower.

Cylinder mowers.  Again PTO driven and front mounted to the motor mower / 2-wheel tractor, these are what tend to be thought of as old-fashioned mowers made by such great British names such as Dennis and Lloyds, or Ransomes.  Cylinder mowers are now more commonly found in use on Cricket pitches, bowling greens, golf courses and ornamental grounds and gardens.  They give the best cut on fine turf and produce the stripes that we all traditionally like to see on a well-manicured lawn area.  The Riko cylinder mowers have an oscillating connection and front and rear rollers that allow the whole cylinder mower to follow the contours of the ground, thus almost eliminating ‘scalping’ even in particularly variable terrain.  We have two sizes 80cm and 120cm, the 120cm can be fitted with a collector box.  These attachments give the ultimate professional fine turf cut and although they may appear expensive, when compared to the same HP and width, dedicated professional machine they are more than competitive.  The trailed seat attachment can again be used with cylinder mowers.

Drum Mowers.  Front mounted to the motor mower / 2-wheel tractor, and PTO driven the drum mower is a special attachment that has blades attached to the base of one or two vertical drums that spin very fast, cutting the grass and leaving it in a row on the ground.  These are predominately used for cutting grass for hay or silage for animals and are therefore used mainly in agricultural applications, however they can be used for cutting wild flowers and light scrub in conservation areas where the material requires removing after mowing.  Other than finger bar (sickle bar) mowers, the drum mower is the only other type of mower that leaves the cut material in long lengths, allowing it to be raked up or bailed.   Riko drum mowers are available in 60 and 80cm cutting widths.  The trailed seat attachment can be used but is not recommended.

Hay Rake.  As the name suggest the Hay rake is for raking cut grass (or other cut vegetation) into rows.  However it can also be used to spread / turn hay.  The Hay rake is front mounted to the motor mower / 2-wheel tractor, and PTO driven.  It has a working width of around 160cm, there are a pair of wheels in front of the rake and these are connected to a lever system with a single handle that comes from the rake, over the top of the power unit to just above the handlebars of the power unit.  This single handle bar is used to control the steering of the power unit and hay rake.  The raking action is created by tines bolted to one or two belts around a pair of pulleys, the power unit drives these belts.  The raking mechanism runs horizontal to the ground, across the front of the power unit, as you drive forward the rake moves the cut material from left to right.  There is an adjustable screen on the right side that the cut material is thrown against, making a row that can be varied in width.  By traveling up one way and back the other you can effectively rake two areas of 160cm width into one row.  The row of cut material can then be baled by a baler, obviously the rows can also be hand forked into a trailer or made into a ‘Hay Rick’, it is also possible to use a light ‘buck rake’ attachment to push the rows of material into heaps.  The trailed seat attachment can be used but is not recommended.

Mini Round baler.  There are various makes of round baler available for motor mower / 2-wheel tractor, they are all powered by the Power units PTO, some are pulled and some are pushed.  Basically the round baler picks up the cut material and rolls it into a tight roll inside the baler, the bale is then wrapped in string, or on some models net.  Once the bale has been made the baler opens up and the finished bale is then ejected or removed.  Round balers can be used for baling all manner of cut material, grass to make hay or silage, bracken, reed etc and even leaves with a net wrapping.  Round bales are usually about 50cm high and 50cm long with a variable weight up to 20/25Kg.  Ideally you should use a minimum power unit of 10HP and it must be fitted with brakes.

Mini Round bale wrapper.   It does what it says on the label, wraps bales and attaches to the motor mower / 2-wheel tractor.  If you are producing silage bales you need to exclude the air to preserve the fodder.  You can put them in a heavy-duty plastic bag and seal them, or preferably you use the mini bale wrapper to wrap the bale in a type of stretch plastic film, a bit like Clingfilm. If you are making hay then the bale can still be wrapped with less material to give better weather protection.

Attachments for Cultivating etc.

Rotovator / rotary Hoe.  This is the most common of cultivation attachments, PTO driven it consists of a series of curved blades (tines) that are bolted to a rotating shaft that is horizontal to the ground and is connected to the rear of the 2-wheel tractor (some motor mowers), it is therefore a pulled attachment.  The top of the rotovator is enclosed in a curved body to prevent physical contact with the rotating blades and to contain the soil being cultivated, bolted to the rear of the body is a flap that allows the soil to exit the rotovator, this flap is hinged and drops down when the rotovator is lifted out of the ground, thus preventing the operators feet from contacting with the rotating blades.  An adjustable skid that is situated in the middle and underneath the rotating shaft controls the working depth of the rotovator.  The rotovator works across a wide range of soil conditions, however the harder the soil, or when cultivating through turf, it will be necessary to make a number of passes over the same area to achieve the desired fineness of tilth and / or depth of cultivation.  The rotovator attachment comes in a variety of widths from 46cm up to 90cm, the choice of width is governed by the size and power of the power unit, other than the 46cm size the rotovator attachments are adjustable in width to accommodate differing soil conditions.

Plough.  This is another common attachment and again it is attached to the rear of the 2-wheel tractor (some motor mowers), however it is not powered, it is merely pulled through the ground by the power unit, and for this reason the plough is not suitable for the smallest power unit (there is a choice of a single bodied plough or a reversible plough).  A plough makes a channel in the soil that is called a furrow, the furrow width and depth can be varied, a plough is often used to ‘turn / invert’ the soil.  Some times ploughed land is left fallow over winter, the winter weather then often breaks down the ploughed land prior to seeding the next season.  By placing manure in the bottom of a furrow it is possible to bury the manure with the soil from the next furrow.  The reversible plough has two bodies, but only one is used at a time, it enables you to turn round at the end of a run and by switching over the plough bodies, they turn through 180º, you can ten plough a new furrow down the last run.  With a single plough you have to return to the beginning of the last run or plough in what are called lands.  The effectiveness of the plough relies very much on the grip / traction of the power unit, therefore if you need a plough the choice of suitable power unit and specification will be somewhat governed by soil conditions.  The harder the soil conditions and the deeper you wish to plough then the more grip / traction you will require, therefore the overall weight of the power unit is worth considering.  With all power units there are various wheel size options as well as metal ‘cage’ wheels and wheel weights, all of these can aid grip / traction.

Rotary driven plough.  Although this implement creates a furrow and is called a plough it does not look like one!  It consists of a four blades bolted to a rotating shaft that is vertical to the ground, this makes it look a little like an auger or even a food mixer!  The rotary driven plough is powered by the PTO and usually attaches to the rear of the 2-wheel tractor (some motor mowers), so it is pulled, although some makes can be pushed.  Unlike the rotovator it has a working width and depth of 25-30cm, however the advantage over the normal plough is that, as the PTO powers it, it achieves the desired working depth in one pass.  Although the driven plough creates a furrow its action is more akin to Rotovating and moving the spoil to one side to form a furrow, rather than ‘turning / inverting’ the soil.  The driven plough is particularly good when wishing to cultivate turf or to cultivate deeper than a rotovator.

Chisel plough.  This implement attaches to the rear of the 2-wheel tractor (some motor mowers), and is therefore pulled.  It consists of a frame or bar that is horizontal to the ground, bolted to this are a number of vertical tines that have a curved ‘chisel’ point at the bottom end, to help them penetrate the ground, the number of tines can be altered, normally 1, 2 or 3.  The tines are usually adjustable for depth and when they penetrate the ground they break the soil up without turning it at all.  The chisel plough is therefore used to break up compacted soil.  Once again this implement relies on traction / grip, the harder the soil the more grip and power you will need.  Therefore you will need to consider the overall power and weight of the power unit along with the options of different wheel sizes, cage wheels and / or wheel weights.  

Tine cultivator.  Once again this implement attaches to the rear and is pulled by the 2-wheel tractor (some motor mowers), it is very similar to the ‘chisel plough’, and works in the same way, however the tines are lighter and there are usually more of them.  Again the depth and quantity of tines is a variable.  The tine cultivator breaks the soil up more than the Chisel plough and can be used when you wish to loosen and aerate the soil without penetrating to far.  The tine cultivator does not ‘turn / invert’ the soil

Spring tine cultivator.  This implement works just like the tine cultivator and also has a number of rows of curved tines that, as the name suggests, are springy.  The bottom of each tine is curved forward, to aid penetration of the soil and some makes have replaceable tips.   Due to the ‘spring’ effect of the tines they tend to break the soil up even more than the plain tine cultivator, therefore they do not penetrate very deep.  Some models have a cage roller mounted behind the tines to ‘firm’ the top of the soil and push any stones into the soil, they are often used after a plough or when the soil is light enough to enable minimal cultivation before seeding.

Tine weeder.  This implement again attaches to the rear of the 2-wheel tractor (some motor mowers), and is pulled.  It consists of five tines, adjustable in depth, that have a flat arrow shaped foot at the bottom.  The tines are mounted on three bars that also form the shape of an arrow, these three bars are adjustable to enable the width of the attachment to be altered.  At the rear of the middle bar is a wheel that controls the depth of penetration, the arrow shaped feet skim along just under the surface of the soil cutting though weeds, leaving them to die on the surface.  The tine weeder is not for cultivating.

Ridging plough.  As the name suggests this implement is for forming ridges in soil that has already been cultivated / rotovated.  When pulled through the soil it pushes the soil to the left and right side, leaving a furrow in the middle, by coming back down the opposite direction alongside the first run you form a ridge along one side, against the soil from the previous run.  A typical use would be for ridging when planting potatoes.  The implement attaches to the rear of the power unit and both the working depth and the width of the furrow can be adjusted, therefore adjusting the size of ridge formed.

Power Harrow.  Attaching to the rear of the 2-wheel tractor (some motor mowers), this implement is powered by the PTO of the power unit and is pulled through the soil.  Various widths are available to suit different size power units.  The implement consists of a transmission and a body that is horizontal to the ground.  Inside the body are a number of gears that drive vertically mounted pairs of tines that protrude down under the implement into the ground.  These tines rotate round and round as the power unit pulls the implement forward, this action breaks up the soil, especially clods of soil, and also levels the soil.  Mounted at the back of the implement is a roller that is adjustable in height, therefore controlling the working depth.  This rear roller is available in various styles, round and flat, spiral bars, or mesh.  The rear roller firms the top of soil and pushes any stones down into the soil, the choice of rear roller tends to be governed by the soil conditions, IE sticky clay soon coats the cage roller.  They are usually used for seedbed preparation, or prior to turfing, a seeder attachment can be added in front of the roller.      

Stone burrier.  Again attached to the rear of the 2-wheel tractor (some motor mowers), and are powered by the PTO.  The stone burrier looks like a rotovator with a row of vertically mounted tines behind the rotor and then a cage roller, and effectively that is what it is, however the rotor turns in the opposite way to the rotovator.  As the implement moves forward the soil is lifted and thrown against the vertical tines, the soil passes through and the stones drop down below the tines.  Therefore as you progressively move forward the soil that passes through the vertical tines drops down on top of the stones burying them.  The stone burrier is used mainly in landscaping work and in some horticultural applications.  On some models a seeder can be fitted in front of the roller.

General attachments for Gardens, Estates and Smallholders.

Tipping trailer.  This is one of the most useful, yet underrated attachments and is obviously towed by the 2-wheel tractor (some motor mowers).  Rather than the power unit lying idle when not being used, the trailer turns your power unit into a general runaround transporter.  It is fitted with a seat and brakes and the tipping body has a removable tailgate, so you can move manure, topsoil, logs, bricks, plants, fencing materials etc.  You can also fit mesh extension sides for moving light bulky material such as hay and leaves.   Every time you are wobbling along pushing a half filled wheelbarrow think how much quicker and easier it is with a trailer.

Sprayer.  There are various sprayer attachments available for both front mounting and for towing by power units.  The simplest is pushed by the power unit and has a spray boom and hand held lance, this is ideal for spot spraying or for spraying areas of lawn.  The next has a larger capacity and is for mounting in the trailer, and has a boom and hand help spray lance.  The largest is a trailed sprayer with the seat molded into the tank, it comes with a 2-piece boom that can be positioned to spray down or to both sides for use in vineyards etc.

Fertilizer / salt spinner (trailed).  This attachment attaches to the rear of the 2-wheel tractor (some motor mowers), and is pulled.  It consists of a hopper, to contain the fertilizer granules, which drop down onto a rotating spreading disc immediately below the hopper that is driven by the axle between the two wheels.  The operator is seated between the hopper and the power unit.  The fertilizer spinner requires a minimum power unit of 10hp.

Lawn scarifier (powered).  This attachment is attached to the rear of the motor mower / 2-wheel tractor, and is powered by the power units PTO.  It looks like a flail mower but has straight blades bolted to a rotating shaft that is horizontal to the ground.  The blades are position in rows and are lowered into the ground cutting a narrow slit,  the working depth is controlled by a rear mounted roller.  At the same time as aerating the lawn it also lifts out the thatched material, leaving it laying on top of the lawn, so it can be collected by rake or by sweeper.  There are various working width available to suit different size power units.

Lawn Scarifier (trailed).  This is a simple attachment that is attached to the rear of the motor mower / 2-wheel tractor, is towed and designed to lift thatch and dead moss.  It consists of a 100cm wide row of spring tines that contact with the lawn. The angle of the tines is adjustable so as to increase or decrease the harshness of the raking effect.  Behind the row of tines is a small platform that the operator stands on, behind the platform are a set of wheels to support the weight of the operator.  

Chain Harrow.  To use the chain harrow the 2-wheel tractor (some motor mowers) must be fitted with the carriage and seat or with a trailer.  The chain harrow is like a carpet / mat of chains that have spikes that protrude down towards the ground, the mat is fixed to a bar, the width of the mat, and this bar is in turn pulled by the 2 wheel tractor.  As the spikes pass over the grass they ‘rake up / pull out’ the dead grass and thatch that accumulates at the base of the grass growth.  The chain harrow can also be used for leveling areas of sand, soil or artificial surfaces such as in riding arenas.  

Sweeper.    The sweeper attachment is powered by the PTO and is attached in front of the motor mower / 2-wheel tractor.  It consists of a gearbox that drives a rotating shaft that is horizontal to the ground.  Mounted onto the shaft are rows of brushes, the sweeper can be angled to the left or right, as the shaft rotates the brushes sweep the material on the ground forward and the material is swept left or right.  Various widths of brush are available to suit different size power units.

Sweeper collector.   As the name suggests this sweeper collects the material, the motor mower / 2-wheel tractor, therefore pulls it however the rotating brush is powered by the wheels of the sweeper that are situated at either end of the rotating shaft, not directly by the power unit.  The operator sits above the sweeper brush and the material is swept into a hopper behind the brush and below the operator.  The hopper manually tips to empty out the contents.  The sweeper collector requires a power unit of a minimum of 10HP.

Roller.  The roller is again attached to the rear of the 2-wheel tractor (some motor mowers), and is pulled.  The roller can be filled with water to increase the weight and therefore the effectiveness of the roller.  The operator sits above the roller.  Various size rollers are available to suit different size power units.

Chipper / shredder.  This attachment is powered by the PTO of the motor mower / 2-wheel tractor, it consists of a frame containing a drum, inside which are mounted swinging blades, the drum rotates at very high speed, above this drum is a hopper that material can be fed into.  As the material falls into the drum the rotating hammers shred the material.  Underneath the drum is a screen with holes punched in it, the material is shredded until it is fine enough to pass out of the drum through the screen.  Various size screens are available to enable the size of the shredded material to be controlled and therefore the output.  The drum is intended for garden waste such as vegetable waste, prunings / clippings up to 35mm can be fed in.  On the side of the drum are mounted a pair of blades, a small chute is mounted inline with these blades on the side of the frame.  Larger material such as branches up to 70mm can be feed into this chute.  The blades chip the branches before the chippings enter the drum where they are shredded.  This attachment requires a power unit of a minimum 9hp.

Saw Bench.  The PTO of the motor mower / 2-wheel tractor, powers the saw bench.  The power unit drives a pulley and belt system that in turn drives a 500mm diameter saw blade.  The top of the blade protrudes through a slot in a flat table, where a sprung loaded safety guard covers the blade.  Lengths of timber can be slid along the flat table into the blade, where there is an adjustable stop to the side of the blade that can be set to achieve different widths of cut. It is also possible to cut logs on the saw bench.  Safety goggles, mask and gloves must be worn when using the saw bench.

Water pump.  The PTO of the motor mower / 2-wheel tractor, powers the water pump.  The water pump can be supplied with various lengths of suction and delivery hose, and is ideal for irrigating areas of land or for emptying swimming pools and ponds etc.  The water pump can also be supplied with a hand held lance for washing off machinery or cleaning animal pens, paths etc.   

Carriage & Seat.  The carriage and seat is pulled by the 2-wheel tractor (some motor mowers) and is used for towing implements such as the chain harrows. It can also be used with various mowing attachments so the operator can be seated when mowing large area’s.

Special attachments.   By using the correct connection the motor mower / 2-wheel tractor, can be used to power practically anything that you would usually expect to find with its own engine of between 5hp and 12hp.  If you have an attachments that you would like to power with one of our power units contact your local franchise.  

Confusion between various models, and their applications, is easy.  Here are some pointers to assist you;

1) Two-wheel tractor should be treated as just that, like a normal tractor they take numerous tools that enable them to carry out many varied tasks.   Motor Mowers are called this because they are predominately used for mowing applications, the only exception being the HB50.  Whilst the HB50 is foremost a motor mower it is really a bit of a hybrid and can be used with all the attachments used on the two-wheel tractors, however the HB50’s top gear is for using only when mowing with a seat.  Unlike the 2-wheel tractor the top gear cannot be used for towing a trailer.

2)  With either machine the most relevant factor to remember is Horse Power, it is the HP that tends to govern the size of the machine that will perform the tasks required.  In basic terms this simply means the higher the HP the more varied the choice of attachments, obviously a high HP machine can also work quicker due to the use of larger attachments.  The only exception to this rule is the finger bar mower, sometimes known as a sickle bar.  These attachments have a relatively low power requirement for there given working width, this is easiest illustrated by a 3.75HP machine comes with an 80cm cutter bar, whilst an 8HP machine has a choice of 115cm up to 155cm cutter bar. With both machines it is rarely necessary to use maximum engine revolutions.  The reason for this being that the cutter bar has a series of blades all cutting like scissors and they cut the material at a given height, this being set buy adjusting the skids found towards the end of the cutter bar on either side.   So whether the material is 5cm high or 50cm high the cutter bar blades only cut it once, at the predetermined height, whereas a rotary mower or a flail mower


Which is right for you      If there is one mistake people make it is not considering potential future work you may wish to do and, as a consequence, not buying a model with enough horsepower.  There is nothing worse than 3-6 months down the line wishing to buy a certain implement and finding out you don’t have enough horsepower!  Here are some pointers to help guide you:

1) Make a list of work / implements you need and might need in the future.

2) Petrol engines cost less than Diesel engines, so you get more horsepower for your money.

3) Diesel engines use red diesel (much cheaper) and have lower fuel consumption, they generally have longer service intervals and a longer life span.  However if you do not use the machine sufficiently it can take a long time to recover the additional purchase cost against the fuel saving.

4) Re-wind petrol engines, large or small, are easy to start, however an electric start is a nice luxury.  Small diesel engines are re-wind and take more effort to start.  Large diesel engines can be re-wind or electric start. If you choose one then you need to be used to starting this type of engine or better still, chose one with electric start.

5) If you are working to a budget, then aim for a machine with a higher horsepower petrol engine in place of a diesel engine.



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