the new Profihopper PH1500 SmartLine is now out in the field. The Profihopper concept incorporates a clean-cutting, out-front, horizontal SmartCut flail which mows, shreds the grass stalks into manageable pieces, before depositing them into a mechanical auger transfer system. This cut material is then compacted and force fed into the high-tip collection hopper. This well-proven design gives 50% more loading capacity than a conventional mower/collector meaning more mowing time and less time running around emptying.
With the Profihopper concept having been around now for over 20 years, all that end users wanted was that same principle but with a wider cutting width, higher cutting speeds and faster travelling time between jobs – thus making the machine more efficient but still keeping that flexibility of 5 machines in 1: mowing, mulching, scarifying, collecting, rolling: So bring on the new PH1500 SmartLine.
Under the bonnet is a 2.2 litre, 4-cylinder 45.6 hp Yanmar diesel engine which conforms to Stage V exhaust emissions legislation without the need for any Diesel Exhaust Fluid – increasing convenience and decreasing running costs. The system works by power on demand; increasing engine revs only where necessary thus re-ducing fuel consumption and keeping noise levels down. The new hydrostatic 4-wheel drive system is con-trolled by a fly-by-wire pedal propelling the vehicle forwards and giving maximum manoeuvrability with its 0-turning circle. The armrest mounted joystick gives finger-tip control of all the machine functions, such as deck lift and hopper emptying, etc.
The 44 pairs of free-hanging H77 cutting blades, arranged in a V-shape on the rotor for a constant material flow, will handle long or short grass, wet or dry as well as leaves, light scrub and litter. The unique blade mount-ing system gives tool-less change and the standard mowing blades can be interchanged with the H88 fine turf cut option or the H60 blades with the scarifying knives in between. The flexible blade configuration means that the machine can be used year-round from spring bulb clearance, wild flower meadow maintenance, litter collection, horse droppings – in fact, you name it, a Profihopper will take it away.