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"Slope Mower" Works By Radio-Control
At $38,000 to $40,000, the Spider Slope Mower isn't meant to be an ordinary backyard lawn mower. But municipalities and professionals doing lawn maintenance on sloped, uneven terrain too dangerous for human operators appreciate the radio-controlled, commercial grade Czechoslovakian mower that's now available in the U.S.
  "It's made for overpasses on interstates, and for dams and water reservoirs," says Stan Wood of Slope Care, LLC, which handles distribution in the Eastern U.S. "Disneyworld in Florida uses it for all the overpasses going into Disneyworld."
  The Spider Mower cuts a 4-ft. swath and remains stable on inclines up to about 40 degrees. On steeper slopes, a cable on a winch fastened to a guardrail, tree or golf cart keeps it upright. The Spider mower can be radio-controlled up to 300 ft. away. When out of range, it automatically shuts off.
  The 4-WD mower has front-wheel steering, independent suspension and four mulching rotary blades. It's powered by a 23 hp Kawasaki gas engine, moves up to 5 mph, and can mow up to two acres/hour using less than one gal. of gas/hour. The Spider weighs 715 lbs. and is designed to last 5,000 hours.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Stan Wood, Slope Care, LLC (ph 407 443-5088; info@slopecare.com; www.slopecare.com).

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #4