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
Get to the end of a run and you do still have to turn the Cougar the old fashioned way, although the electro-hydraulic four-wheel steer makes for an improbably tiny turning circle. The lightness and accuracy of the wheel also means you can do it with one hand, which just seems wrong, but does leave a hand free for other essentials such as opening more drinks and re-tuning the radio when Ken Bruce comes on.
Another remarkable aspect of the Cougar's design is its ability to crab-steer, meaning that it can maintain those perfect lines even on slopes by essentially driving sideways. Or rather, getting the GPS to do it. Gigantic, automated, slow-motion drifting. We approve of this.