Nottingham City Council has a new tool in its tool-shed which is a cut above the rest – a ‘Spider Mower’ which is to keeping grassy banks neat and tidy across Nottingham.

Hundreds of grass banks in neighbourhoods around the city are difficult to cut, because normal ride-on mowers can’t get up them as they are liable to tip over – risking the safety of the operator.

The remote-controlled ‘Spider Mower’ is designed for the maintenance of sloping banks with tall or short grass. It moves up and down banks of up to 55 degrees via remote control and cuts anything from grass to thick vegetation such as nettles. It has many safety aspects including an alarm warning if the bank is too steep. The climbing ability and safety of operations can also be increased by the installation of a winch. The winch works automatically as it is synchronised with the wheel drive, which ensures high comfort of operation.

Councillor Nicola Heaton, Portfolio Holder for Community Services at Nottingham City Council, said: “It’s important to the council that neighbourhoods are places residents can feel proud to live in.

“The new spider mower will make it possible for us to safely tackle grassy and overgrown banks, and helping improve the look of our neighbourhoods and parks.”

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