Ask any gardener or grounds maintenance person what they think about Etesia mowers and to those that haven’t used them before will either tell you that they are not suitable for the their clients lawns or aren’t they just used on council grass verges , round-abouts and other public spaces.
So it seems that Etesia have been servicing a niche market predominately selling to the Ground maintenance contractors.
I must confess that I am a big fan of Hayter and to a lesser degree Honda – nothing can match a well cut, striped lawn. My mowers will cut anything from 10 to 40 lawns every day ranging from the average size domestic back garden , luxury large lawns to commercial properties, in fact pretty much the complete range other than golf courses and bowling greens. My mowers will cut more lawns in a day than the average householder will cut in a year, they have to be reliable and earn their keep!
I make my living cutting lawns and I am known for my striped lush lawns so maybe it was fear or snobbery that stopped me in the past from using the Etesia on most of my clients lawns. However this year I decided that the Etesia mower will be used on every lawn (well at least once). I tried to pre-empty any problems from the clients by explaining that at the start of the season and in damp conditions the non-roller mowers would be a better option.
The fear was totally unfounded, the Etesia delivered a crisp quality cut and handled everything that was thrown at it. If you use a Hayter on fairly long damp grass you will be well versed in making “pea soup” and spending countless minutes unclogging the roller and discharge chute. Not once did I encounter this with the Etesia Pro 46 and what a joy to have clean hands after each cut and made every cut a pleasure.
The Etesia Pro 46 collection ability is second to none, it even picked up the few stray cuttings from the previous visit done with the Hayter’s. The quality of every cut was impeccable and as an added bonus increased efficiency with less time being spent on mowing and tidying up afterwards.
I even smiled to myself when cutting a large HA block which is over looked by the Honda HQ as I walked up and down mowing the lawns and verges.
At the end of the day it is the clients’ verdict that matters and not one complained about the lack of stripes. To be honest, the Etesia reinforced the stripes on most of the lawns that were previously cut with the Hayter. I even had quite a few clients insisting that we use the Etesia when going back for their second or third cut.
So will I be putting the roller mowers out for retirement ? Not just yet but I can foresee the Etesia being used 50% of the time. It isn’t the total answer to all my lawn cutting requirements but one that will be used a lot more and will be loaded into the vans every day alongside the Hayters.
With a steady roll out of new Etesia dealer networks being planned, professional grass cutters will be better serviced.
Whilst they will in the foreseeable future never mass product equipment along the lines of Hayter and John Deere you can be sure that support and backup will be readily available. However with their build quality, solidity and durability I can’t see the mowers being in the workshops too many times.
Etesia unlike many of the major manufactures / importers have set a high standard in listening, talking to and looking after their professional users that other suppliers will have trouble surpassing.
I fear Etesia will no longer be one of the best kept secrets and just servicing the niche market, it will only be a question of time before an Etesia mower will be seen in a garden near you.
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