TopGear drives giant lawn mower
For serious, manly grass cutting there’s only one option – the 18.5-tonne Claas Cougar 1400
Posted: 22 Oct 2010
So with a (slightly trembling) right hand, simply engage the drive for the 35 twin-bladed discs and lower all five outriggers at the touch of a button. Then squeeze the throttle forwards a fraction and the Cougar lurches into life, a fully automated harbinger of blood-curdling bio-butchery roaring and bellowing beneath you, great swathes of vegetation vaporising in its wake. It's all excellently German and not a little bit frightening.
Like most monolithic farming machinery these days, the Cougar is up to the hilt in GPS technology, and not only seems to know where it's going before you do, but also has the means to mow with a razor-sharp precision. Make a raggedy excuse for a first cut in manual mode, having been distracted by the Coke vs Fanta dilemma for instance, and the GPS system sorts it all out for you on the next run with the exacting aplomb of an obsessive compulsive.