New Top of the Range Attila launched at Saltex

Jane Underyin Parks
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At Saltex 2007, Etesia is launching their latest Attila - the AV98. Like its mighty warlord namesake, the Attila ride-on brushcutter cuts its way thorough virtually everything in its path reducing tough, overgrown vegetation to mulch. Designed for clearing the thickest of brambles, bracken, saplings and dense undergrowth, this new ride-on benefits from Etesia's eleven years' experience in the field, since pioneering the very first machine of this type in the UK in 1996.

New design features on Attila AV98 include a flexible dual-drive system which can be operated either via a foot pedal or hand lever - thus ensuring the driver has total control whatever the conditions. Variable forward speed is up to 12km/h and reverse is also variable up to 4km/h. Overall output is a high 12,000 m2/h.

Engine power is essential for top performance in tough vegetation - the well-proven 21hp Briggs & Stratton air-cooled V-twin cylinder engine packs plenty of punch even under load.

In addition to its new extra wide 98cm cutting deck, the long wheelbase of the machine is well proportioned for stability on uneven ground. The 14 litre petrol tank is forward mounted distributing weight over the front wheels for grip. Additional traction is provided through the use of large diameter front wheels and tough agrarian tyres. The machine is safe for use on slopes up to 30 degrees. A differential lock ensures there is plenty of traction on difficult terrain.

Hydrostatic transmission gives instant drive control, so speed can be adjusted according to site conditions and, when necessary, allow the cutting unit time to process large volumes of material, thus reducing the risk of blockages. Attila AV98's low-slung design enables operators to clear undergrowth beneath overhanging branches.

The unit has a welded tubular chassis for extra strength. The heavy-duty steel deck houses a 7mm thick cutterbar with swinging blades. These can be fixed for cutting short grass.

Even with the most careful handling, ride-on brushcutters are prone to accidental damage. For this reason, this new Attila AV98 has fitted a front mounted bull bar to protect the bonnet and framework of the machine when working near trees and other obstacles, or during transporting, loading or storage.

Attila AV98 is designed for high output, with maximum operator comfort and minimum user fatigue. It has an EC compliant decibel rating and low vibration levels. Riding over rough ground for long periods can be very uncomfortable - Etesia have taken this into account with a fully adjustable suspension seat. All controls are within easy reach of the driver, including height of cut, gears and a minimum effort steering system.

As with all Etesia products, Attila AV98 is backed by a nationwide network of specialist dealers who provide sales and after sales service. Etesia's slogan is "seeing is believing" - for a free demonstration on your own site call 01926 403319.
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