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We will be starting a substantial new maintenance contract soon, there is a gently sloping rough grass area to be cut 4 times per year, very large area which we are considering buying a walk behind strimmer for rather than hand strimming, it needs to be 2 stroke because of the slope - any recommendations ?

The same site also has a grass embankment at least a quarter of a mile long with one side to steep for a conventional pedestrian mower, this is cut fortnightly, we were considering using hand strimmers but due to the length and finish required are looking for a 2 stroke pedestrian mulching mower with diff lock and or 4 wheel drive, the use of hover mowers on a rope is not acceptable from a H&S point. Any suggestions ? Had looked at AS mowers but not convinced they will grip sufficiently unless anyone knows differently.? Thanks

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  • you need somthing like a spider mower they do one with a winch if the bank is that steep there is quite a lot of banking mowers available also the H&S is a thing to think about working on slopes/banks 

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    a victa is a good bank mower but it's all down to the angle of the bank if it's safe enough to have some someone behind it.

  • PRO

    Different days! Fifty years ago when I was in my early teens one of my granddads had grass cutting contracts for telephone exchanges, parish councils and the like.

    I used to work for him over the school holidays, he had one of the first commercial petrol Flymo's in the UK bought specifically for cutting the banks around one of the telephone exchanges, but used on all the jobs.

     

    Back the Flymo's were very light and low as they had a two stroke engine, we used to tie a piece of rope to it and lower it down the banks as there was enough of a flat area at the top to walk along safely, I don't know how you would write a risk assessment up for that these days.

  • PRO

    a victa is a good bank mower but it's all down to the angle of the bank if it's safe enough to have some someone behind it.

  • I have used the AS63, 2 stroke with twin wheels will handle any slope

  • We use an AS 940 for steep banks that we mow on a fortnightly basis. we hire it as it is very expensive to purchase for one job. we have never  had an issue with the machine slipping. we mow up and down with one section where we mow sideways. angles are over 35 degrees. always carry out a risk assessment first. 

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