It has been stated that as a result of expense of growing a brand new machine to compete with the Massive M, Krone is prone to have the self-propelled mower market to itself for the foreseeable future.

This view has now been challenged by the swiss firm, ARB-Tec which has simply launched an 11m machine it has referred to as the Cutaro which has been present process trials this yr.

Mercedes powers the Cutaro

11m is 36ft, and when conditioning is required, the demand for energy is substantial – the Massive M packs 450hp, the Cutara 100hp much less at 350hp.

This is likely to be thought an instantaneous drawback, but the Swiss machine is sort of half the burden of its German competitor at 8.5t in opposition to the Massive M’s 15.5t.

Cutaro mower nature
Compact in measurement and nimble within the discipline, but it boasts an 11m reduce

Certainly, its gentle weight is the chief promoting level with the corporate making a lot of this advantage and the ensuing preservation of the soil construction, in addition to being extra agile within the discipline.

It’s, ARB-Tech factors out, designed for “cautious safety of nature”. The dearth of mass will save gasoline, and so power effectivity is one other claimed benefit.

But it doesn’t cease there. Being accustomed, as we’re, to think about solely pesticides as a menace to insect life, it’s a little stunning to see that the disengagement of the conditioning tines is highlighted as being insect-friendly slightly than gasoline environment friendly.

Different options embody always adjustable cutter disc pace and hydraulically adjustable swath former. The mower beds fold again alongside the physique, wasp-like, slightly than butterfly.

The mower additionally boasts hydropneumatic suspension with electronically managed steering, which is alleged to enhance efficiency on uneven floor. Being from the Alpine area, stability can be a part of its DNA.

mower Swiss alpine compact
A powerful machine in a small bundle, but it stays unchallenged by an Irish first reduce

Nonetheless, the dearth of weight comes at a value, with one main disadvantage for Irish situations being the obvious lack of 4WD.