McConnel first introduced the ROBOCUT RC56 and RC75 remote control mower at Saltex 2018 with more power, wider cutting widths and marketing leading stability. They were the perfect choice for maintaining steep slopes and hard to reach, hazardous areas. For Winter 2020, the two models have received a host of significant changes that include lower emission Stage V engines, increased durability and added versatility.
Power comes from a 56hp three-cylinder or 75hp four-cylinder turbo diesel Hatz engines that meet the latest Stage V emission regulations by using a DPF system without the need for AdBlue. Developed in partnership with Hatz GmbH, the engines can work on slopes of 55 degrees and deliver market leading power-to-weight ratio.
Development has also focused on increased durability and versatility. The twin roll-over protection bars have been increased in size to stand proud of the body panels for greater protection and now feature eight dedicated accessory mounting points. The larger design enables the new, higher IP-rated e-stops to be recessed within the roll-over bars to reduce the risk of accidental activation.
The number of body panels has been reduced to minimise unnecessary joints and allowing for sturdier fitment and improved sealing that prevents ingress of debris. Thickness of the GRP panels has been increased by 50% for added strength and rigidity. Steel fabricated fuel and hydraulic tanks with extended under-tank protection plates further enhance durability.
Servicing of the ROBOCUT2 is more convenient thanks to the relocation of the air filter, fuel filter, oil filler cap and the introduction of one-piece, removable side panels.
Hydrostatic drive features two speed range, with speeds up to 3.5 kph in range one and up to 7kph in range two. Track tensioning springs have been uprated for improved track retention in challenging environments. Track options of standard rubber, supper rubber, studded and spiked remain unchanged and allow ROBOCUT2 to work on slopes up to 55 degrees in any direction.
The ROBOCUT2 handheld remote-control unit has also been updated and now features the ability to control electronic switches and functions of attachments directly from the remote control. Improved screen graphics, faster refresh rates and backlit LCD display have also been introduced for improved visibility in low light conditions.
A Trimble GPS autosteer is now available as a plug-and-play option and significantly boosts output by allowing the operators to accurately control ROBOCUT2 to within 25mm over its 150m range, eliminating wasteful overlap with each pass.
The second generation of ROBOCUT2 is in full production at McConnel’s manufacturing facility in Ludlow, Shropshire and are immediately available through the company’s extensive distribution network.