Said to be the widest mower produced to date by Kuhn, the recently announced FC 13460RA, when used in conjunction with a FC3125DF or FC 3525DF front mower unit, offers a variable working width of 12.4 to 13.4 metres.
The arrival of the latest offering in that sector from CF Moto, the C Force 625, will certainly reinforce this preference, particularly give its $9,900 + GST price tag.
Targeted at the popular 500 to 650 cc sector, the new model encompasses futuristic styling, LED lighting front and rear, a new dual A-arm suspension system and what is said to be the industry's tightest turning circle.
Looking more closely at the detail, the chassis has been strengthened, while relocating and beefing up the swinging arm points optimises travel and durability. Newly designed front and rear A-arm suspension are said to offer increased travel, an improved ride and turning circle of only 7.25 metres.
Power is taken care of by a single-cylinder engine of 580cc that delivers 40hp, with fuelling controlled by a Bosch electronic system. In turn, the motor is mated to the well-known, Canadian-built CV Tech transmission, which incorporates a one-way sprag clutch to deliver engine braking for controlled descents. Selectable 2 or 4WD is engaged at the handlebars, complemented by a selectable locking front differential, plus the ability to 'unlock' the rear differential for incredibly tight turns and the elimination of damage to the sward. Keeping things planted at each corner falls to 12-inch alloy wheel equipment, shod with 25-inch, 6-ply CST tyres.
Newly design front and rear carriers, with multiple tie-down points, are rated to carry 35kg and 70kg respectively, while the all-important towing capacity is rated at 350kg. Included in the standard specification is a 3000lb winch unit up front, with a fresh new instrument binnacle ahead of the rider offering information for all machine statuses, including drive-line configuration and Bluetooth integration for incoming phone call notification.
Riding the machine or a few days in wet and windy conditions, it quickly becomes apparent that the redesign of the suspension has paid dividends. The ride is comfortable and compliant, with predictable handling and a nicely weighted feel to the speed-sensitive power steering. The engine starts easily and settles to a stable tick over, then when the throttle is applied, feeds in the power progressively, while transmission selection to the left of the fuel tank is smooth and positive, while also offering a Park position.
On downhill sections, control is predictable, with the engine retardation coming to the fore, with safety taken care of by wide, deep footwells, with self-cleaning galvanised footplates. A couple of nice touches include stowage bins on the right front fender and under the rear of the machine, bright LED headlights powered by a 600 W magneto and power and USB charging ports on the front left fender.