Taunton-based contractors Ecology Works had pretty compelling reasons for adding a Shibaura SG280 Slope Mower to their fleet, as owner Drew Harris explained.

'Much of our work is governed by the Reservoir Act and we needed a lighter machine capable of cutting safely on slopes of up to 30o. No other machine cuts as fast or as efficiently on slopes,' said owner Drew Harris.

Paul Butterly, MD of FGM Claymore, UK Distributor for the Shibaura Slope Mower range, added: 'With low noise and vibration levels, a fully adjustable horizontal rolling seat to compensate for working angle and a 26 litre fuel tank for more efficient working, the SG280 is a very operator-friendly machine.

'The 28HP 3 cylinder diesel engine complies with current emission regulations while the SG280's solid 50-50 weight distribution, together with a 1500mm wheel base and low centre of gravity, delivers the stability and safety of operation required when at work on steep inclines, making it one of the most cost effective solutions for difficult terrain.

'The Shibaura compact professional brand is recognised for offering added value and we are seeing sustained tractor sales growth in the UK. If I could describe the Shibaura in a few words it would be reliability and performance. The feed-back we get from end users is extremely positive'