Etesia UK has announced the launch of the Bahia Joyride – a unique ride-on mower controlled by a joystick or via GPS for autonomous operation.
Working in partnership with FeBroLift GmbH, the Bahia Joyride is operated exclusively by a joystick: some of its features, such as automatic emptying of the grass box (optional) or start/stop of the machine and cutting deck controls are all controlled from the central joystick control unit.
Les Malin, operations director of Etesia UK explains: "We started from a standard Bahia with a Briggs & Stratton, Kawasaki or Honda engine on which we installed a joystick control as well as a servo motor for the steering and another servomotor for the forward drive, which enables users to control the machine with a simple joystick with all the controls within easy reach: blade clutch, initialisation to start and authorisation of mowing in reverse.”
The functions are simple:
- A steering control to go left or right;
- A steering control to go forward or backward;
- Starting the blades is located at the front of the joystick with a short press to turn on or off;
- An initialization button to calibrate the joystick when the machine is started;
- Mowing permission in reverse, to force the blades into operation when moving backwards with the machine.
The Etesia Joyride retains all of the features of a standard Bahia model. The compact design is ideal for multi-tasking and easily adapts to every terrain, every grass cutting situation and every task. The pocket-size cut and collect mower, at just 0.82m wide and 1.98 m long, features an incredibly tight turning circle and is able to nip into every nook and cranny as well as being able to be easily transported in the back of a van or on the back of a trailer.
All engine variants of the Etesia Bahia are available for the modular specification.
For further information, please contact Etesia UK on 01295 680120 or visit www.etesia.co.uk