FOCUS ON: Reel Mowers
Knowing your options for trim and surrounds mowers will help you choose the right equipment for your needs. Take a look at what manufacturers are offering. If you need more information about any of these reel mowers, use the circle numbers provided at the end of each product description.
The Tri-King Mower from Jacobsen is designed for use as a trim mower or to deliver a fine cut to sports fields. Users have the choice of a 19-hp Kubota diesel engine or an 18-hp Briggs & Stratton Vanguard V-Twin gas engine. Both models can be equipped with reels to provide either a 72- or 84-inch cutting width. Each reel floats independently over fine turf to deliver a fine cut. Standard features include automatic 3-wheel drive and power steering. Height adjustment from ⅜ to 2¼ inches is quick and easy. All units feature environmentally friendly Greens Care biodegradable hydraulic fluid.
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The 2653A Professional Utility Mower from John Deere is designed to meet the needs of golf course superintendents and other turf grass professionals. The 2653A includes an 18-hp, liquid-cooled diesel engine, power steering and hydraulic weight transfer. Available with 5- or 8-blade reels and grooved, spiraled or smooth front rollers, the 2653A's cutting heads can be operated in a fixed or floating position. This mower has a two-section reel drive pump that provides power for the cutting unit drive, hydraulic weight transfer, power steering and lift system. This subframe mounting system also improves serviceability by providing unitized components that can be removed if service is required.
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Locke's series of Flex Reel Mowers have a range of heights from ⅜ to 3¼ inches. These units are PTO belt driven and are available with a selection of four to nine blades. The cutting units use an E-Z adjustment for conventional reels or the optional patented self-adjusting “V” reel that ensures a consistent cut. These mowers have a heavy-duty gearbox, plated jackshafts to reduce rust and cast hubs on tires and wheels. Tires can be changed without removing reel units and the V-belt guard can be removed without removing the head.
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The 8400 Hydrostatic Triplex Mower from National Mower is designed with a low center of gravity and a heavy-duty front end to tackle the most difficult hills, slopes, banks and edgings with ease. The mower's hydrostatic drive provides independent reel and ground speeds while electric reel clutches turn on and off all three cutting reels simultaneously for added safety. The 8400 includes power steering for extra control while trimming difficult areas or negotiating tight corners. It is powered by a 16-hp Briggs & Stratton Vanguard engine and has an 84-inch width of cut that covers 3.5 acres per hour.
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ProMow introduces the Flex 58 reel mower system that can be pulled with an ATV, lawn tractor or golf cart. The system has 3- to 21-inch sealed bearing reels and has a 58-inch cutting path. The large 2½-inch × 10-inch wheels allow for easy maneuverability and full flex and reverse capabilities. The cutting height ranges from ½ inch to 3 inches and a sharpening kit is available. The patented 1½-inch tubular steel frame has a durable powder coat finish for extra protection.
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The Reelmaster 2000-D from Toro can be used for a wide variety of precision mowing applications. A 19 net HP Briggs & Stratton/Daihatsu liquid-cooled diesel engine supplies power. A 72-inch width of cut is available with the option of five or eight blade reels, with an additional option of an 11-blade reel. With the manually variable reel speed and a height of cut range from ¼ inch up to 1¾ inches, these mowers can meet the cutting requirements of any application. The Reelmaster 2000-D is available in 2WD and 3WD models. The 3WD configuration provides the additional traction assistance needed to climb more undulating terrain, while the 2WD models work great in less challenging terrain.
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The H20R-3-7 self-propelled reel mower from Tru-Cut has a 20-inch cut width and comes equipped with a 3.5 hp Briggs & Stratton engine. The maximum ground speed is approximately 200 feet per minute and the machine has a wheel drive system. The H20R features a 7-blade reel system, a high impact plastic catcher, and a 1-piece bed knife assembly. The cutting height can be adjusted from ⅜ inch up to 1⅞ inches.
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