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    Newest member of Ransomes MP Series adds new dimension to wide-area mowing

    Ransomes Jacobsen, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, has launched the latest machine in its MP Series of wide-area mowers.

    The Ransomes MP653 XC is the world’s first and only wide area rotary mower with a 4.27m cutting width, increasing productivity by up to 25% (up to 1 hectare per hour more) over traditional 3.4m mowers. Designed and manufactured at Ransomes Jacobsen’s European headquarters in Ipswich, the MP Series is primarily targeted at the municipal sector, and provides multiple options from a single design platform.

    The Ransomes MP653 XC is the largest in the MP Series of wide area rotary mowers and is powered by a 65hp Kubota diesel engine. Using the same proven powertrain, hydraulics, and platform, the decks and cutting systems have been upgraded to achieve this new 4.27 cutting width. It will deliver a zero uncut circle for effortless back-and-forth mowing and manoeuvring around tight obstacles.

    The use of lightweight, high-strength steel results in a significant reduction in gross weight , which contributes to greater fuel savings, a reduction in trailer weight requirements and reduced ground pressure.

    Lee Kristensen, Ransomes Jacobsen’s product manager said: “The MP series, first launched in 2014, has been hugely successful, both here in the UK and especially in Europe. Now, with the latest addition to the MP series, we have continued to provide both productivity and practicality. The Ransomes brand is synonymous with quality and innovation, so we are delighted to produce another ‘world’s first’ in the form of the MP653 XC.

    “The engineering teams really pushed the boundaries with smart weight savings and efficient systems that have allowed us to move this platform up to the next level of productivity. All this has been done while maintaining a very agile platform. It’s created a unique mower – the likes of which hasn’t been seen before; a mower that is equally at home trimming around park furniture or mowing vast open spaces with equal efficiency.”

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