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Atco mowers opinion please

Ok, having read about mowers til my eyes bled it's obvious that everyone has their own favorite. So can I please have specific answers only on this thread please.

Who uses or has used Atco mowers for professional work?

How good was it and what model did you use?

If you were choosing two models for domestic and small commercial works which two would you choose?

Any ther Atco related comments welcome please

thanks in advance guys

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  • PRO
    I've got 2 both cylinder both 20 years old and still give a perfect cut. However both heavy and need the right site to be used effectively. Grass also need to be cut weekly as they don't like long grass as the cylinders are small (diameter not width one is 24 inch cut the other is a 30 inch cut. I've also got a 17inch I think but that's a restoration project that has stalled!
    No idea about the new roytary mowers not brilliant is what I've heard, though Colin on here (maybe it was him) bought one last year I think and was quite pleased with it!
    • Yes it was, yes I am and about to use it for a first cut of the year.

      • PRO
        So I have got a few brain cells remaining:)
      • PRO

        Thanks Colin, what more can you tell me about it and which model did you choose please

  • I'm interested in this too, I never even considered Atco as a rotary mower in the wet.

    But, technology and innovation moves so fast these days new and better things come out

  • PRO

    Hi, as you will see from my profile i work for GGP UK, we are the manufactures of Stiga, Atco, Mountfield, Castelgarden and Alpina garden equipment.

    The product that i think your referring to is the Atco Liner 19 & 22, with similar rear roller versions made for our Mountfield brand as well a 4 wheel versions in the Stiga brand.

    It was launched around this time last year and as part of our testing we gave 10 various rear roller models to a mixed bag of commercial users most of which were domestic grass cutting contractors ether working by themselves or in a team of 2. We also placed product with a three team business and a premiership football club.

    The current models are not professional machines but we wanted to understand what changes we needed to make to approach this market.

    If you would like more info please feel free to email me gary.whitney@ggpuk.com. 

    • Hey Gary, why do only some of the mowers have the twin cut blade.
      E.g. 4 wheel stigas do but not the atco even though they look the same?
      • PRO

        Hi Stuart, You will be pleased to know that an Atco 4 wheel model has been launched this year with the Twinclip blade so there are now 3 rear roller models and one 4 wheel. The blade can also be fitted retrospectively to some 4 wheel models launched in Atco last year.

        The blade can only fit within our latest deck design because its much deeper than previous models.

        You are completely correct about the Stiga looking the same (similar to be exact). GGP manufactures mowers and garden tractors for there own brands which are Stiga, Atco, Mountfield, Castelgarden and Alpina as well as for other manufactures like Honda and John Deere.

         

        • PRO

          Gary Are all the different brands you mention made to the same spec as regards engines and parts etc or are some higher spec ?.  The mountfield for instance is a reasonably priced budget mower , Are there commercial and domestic versions available on all machines you manufacture . ? 

          Reason i ask is i am looking to replace my Toro and finding the mower market place confusing as regards brands , the machines have a similar look about them and we are spoilt for choice , I just feel as if i am buying the same spec machine only with a different brand name , my needs as such i don't require a big premium contractors machine but looking for something a notch up from a domestic machine , I like the approach you mention of refining the Atco from domestic to professional user . 

          What's the best way of approaching a new purchase to supply my current needs .

          many thanks

           

          • PRO Supplier
            There are crossover parts in the three brands but the machines have spec differences primarily engine wise from the own brand GGP engine (generally on entry level priced machines) to Briggs or Honda. Plus the more premium models tend to get more horsepower and inclusion of items like mulch plugs on some ranges. It can be confusing but set your budget, and get the best you can afford within that. From a dealers perspective I often ask for a broad budget figure from potential customers and recommend them a couple of choices from different manufacturers within that. Most dealers will steer you in the right direction, and I always aim to sell contractors the machines that not only perform and last but break least and have best back up as well! Most dealers will be similar I am sure.
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