Machinery Tests

Independent tests & reviews of horticulture and gardening equipment and machinery used by horticultural businesses and professionals, including grass cutting, hedge cutting, tree care, turf care, grounds maintenance equipment.

Latest Machinery Tests

Reviewed: ride-on mowers

Reviewed: ride-on mowers

With mowing one of the key tasks at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, the team are ideally placed to try out the latest machines. Sally Drury reports.

VIDEO: Reviewed: Battery pedestrian mowers

VIDEO: Reviewed: Battery pedestrian mowers

With rising demand driving development, Sally Drury reviews a selection of the latest models at Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall.

Reviewed: Brushcutters

Reviewed: Brushcutters

New machines from Echo, Makita, Stihl, Tanaka and Canycom Samurai reflect the huge variety of models but how do our reviewers rate them? Sally Drury reports.

Tested and reviewed - Arboriculture kit

Tested and reviewed - Arboriculture kit

These battery and petrol pole saws help arborists keep their feet on the ground but which will the students at Bridgwater College prefer? Sally Drury finds out.

Reviewed - Woodchippers

Reviewed - Woodchippers

Piles of material at Bridgwater College presented a perfect opportunity to test a selection of new and updated machines, writes Sally Drury.

Review - Utility vehicles

Review - Utility vehicles

Testers from three different disciplines assess the merits of two models with contrasting specifications at Bridgwater College.

Review - Chainsaws

Review - Chainsaws

With such a wide choice on offer everyone should be able to find a model that meets their professional needs, says Sally Drury

Review - Trimmers and brushcutters

Review - Trimmers and brushcutters

These indispensable tools fall under the spotlight as our reviewers try out the latest handheld and wheeled units under the watchful eye of Sally Drury.

Review - Pedestrian mowers

Review - Pedestrian mowers

The wide variety of walk-behind rotary mowers ensured plenty for our review panel to test in difficult conditions at Derby College, Sally Drury reports.

Review - Blowers

Review - Blowers

Two of the latest battery models take on petrol-powered counterparts at Derby College, but which will our reviewers prefer? Sally Drury finds out.

Review - Woodchippers

Review - Woodchippers

Sally Drury tests the Timberwolf TW 230VTR and Forst 8 woodchippers.

Review - Hedge trimmers

Review - Hedge trimmers

Grounds staff at Bridgwater College try out a selection of the latest battery and petrol models on a cherry laurel hedge, but which will they like best? Sally Drury finds out

Review - Utility vehicle

Review - Utility vehicle

Taking the broader view is key when selecting a utility vehicle for tougher challenges, writes Sally Drury.

Review - Chainsaws

Review - Chainsaws

Sally Drury leads the testing of a wide range of the latest models aimed at different sectors.

Review - Compact tractors

Review - Compact tractors

How does the 3045R shape up on performance, productivity and comfort criteria? Sally Drury finds out.

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