LAMMA: McConnel Robocut

Further extending its range of remote-controlled mowers, McConnel had two new Robocut models on display on its stand. The smaller – the RC28 – has a twin rotor deck straddled by rubber tracks.

by Nick Fone

8 Jan 2019

Rather than hydrostatic drives, these are powered by electric motors as is the deck height control. This arrangement means that the machine can work in either direction travelling across steep slopes without needing to turn at each end.

Power is provided by a 25hp Vanguard petrol engine which has a direct mechanical drive to the rotors and an oversize alternator to provide the electrical power. The larger model uses either a 56hp or 75hp Hatz diesel engine and an out-front flail to deal with vegetation.

As an option it can be fitted with Trimble GPS guidance that includes an auto-turn feature and in the future may well incorporate load-dependent speed control. Prices for the bigger model start from £51,000 and the smaller £25,500.