AS-Motor offers solutions for meadow orchards
Our expertise in rough terrain and slope mowing makes AS-Motor the equipment of choice for use in meadow orchards.
Orchard meadows are typically managed extensively. Since the decline of the use as meadow for hay production and cattle pasture, these areas are often left to their own devices. Due to the lack of maintenance and the increasing overgrowth, the flora and fauna characteristic of this cultural landscape are changing. To preserve orchard meadows, they should be mowed at least once a year.
Mowing of grassland is usually done twice a year, in June and September. In order to maintain grassland in an ecologically meaningful way, a single mowing at the end of the vegetation period, in mid-September, is sufficient.
To give insects and bees enough time to collect nectar and pollinate flowers, the following tips should be considered:
- Allow dandelions and clover to flower out.
- Mow large areas staggered, in two stages. Time interval 3 – 4 weeks.
- Ideal mowing times: Early in the morning or late in the evening.
Learn more about ecologically oriented green space maintenance.
For the maintenance of orchards AS-Motor offers a whole range of suitable machines. Differences of the machines are mainly in the area performance, the mulching result and the comfort for the operator. AS-Motor’s mulching mowers excel at clearing thick growth and high grass, while AS-Motor’s 2-stroke powered machines are ideally suited for maintaining steep areas surrounding the orchards.
High grass mowing
AS-Motor offers several high grass mowing solutions depending on the cutting force required. A high performance engine is recommended for meadow orchards that will only be mowed once per year. AS-Motor’s smaller machines are suitable for meadows that will be mowed several times per year.
Only certain engines are suitable for mowing on slopes. Standard 4-stroke engines can handle inclines below 20 degrees, while specialized 4-stroke engines can work on slightly higher inclines. The best solution for slopes, however, is the AS 165 ES 2-stroke engine which can power a mower safely up inclines that exceed 45 degrees.
High grass mulching
AS-Motor Allmähers and ride-on mowers are often equipped with special cross-blades and closed mulching mower decks that cut grass several times and generate a fine, uniform layer of mulch that then decomposes as natural fertiliser. This process eliminates the risk of rotten areas in the orchard.
Mowing dense growth
Dense growth and fast-growing saplings can quickly encroach onto meadow orchards. AS-Motor’s Allmähers easily tackle dense growth, while AS flail mowers and the AS Sherpa deliver more robust cutting performance.
Use in orchard meadows is also an area where the AS mower can show off its advantages such as manoeuvrability and low overall height. When a tractor with a mulcher can no longer be used due to low branches, the Sherpa 940 4WD RC can easily drive under low-hanging branches without damaging or tearing off branches. Should the situation require it, it is very easy to switch the AS Sherpa 4WD RC to radio operation and carry out dangerous or dusty mowing runs with maximum safety for the equipment operator. Just fold down the safety bar, switch to RC operation and off you go.
Structural change does not stop at the cultivation of our orchard meadows. In order to make it attractive for future generations, we decided to buy a Sherpa. We tested the core competitors in comparison, deciding on an AS 940 Sherpa 4WD due to its handling, equipment and off-road capability as a 4WD model. The limited special model Adventure leaves nothing to be desired.
AS 1040 YAK 4WD effortlessly mows our orchard meadows. It drives up and down steep slopes without any problems, where the bar mower almost went on strike. And it mows three times as fast as the bar mower. In addition, you are well rested afterwards because you sit very comfortably on the YAK. No matter how steep it is, you feel safe because the YAK has a low centre of gravity. All in all, a brilliant machine!
After the first mowing with my AS 63 mower, my chestnut and apricot garden looks top-maintained again. Congratulations on your great products!
They still exist: garden tools with durability from the past paired with the technology of today. More than 20 years ago, my father had bought a second-hand AS 53 2T lawn mower for the regular mowing of an orchard of about 2,000 m², which still performs its services reliably today; before that, the mower had already been in use for more than 10 years at the road administration. In parallel, we had two others AS 53 2Ts that were older and that we could still sell for good money. If you buy an AS mower new and use it privately, it will probably last a lifetime. Basically, of course, as with all machines, you have to look after them and handle them sensibly.
This machine convinced me already during the 1st mowing operation, so that I do not shed a tear for our former tractor with attached mulch mower. Efficient, manoeuvrable, powerful and a excellent mowing result characterise my new AS 800 FreeRider; and on top of that it takes up very little space in the tool shed when not in use.
In addition to my new AS 800 ride-on mower, we own an AS 28 2T ES for several years now, with which we are also very satisfied. My father swears to it. It is used on steep sections and on embankments/ditches. I bought the machine at Hagenlocher in Hbg-Gültstein - Hagelocher is always a competent and trustworthy dealer, also when it comes to service works.
My conclusion: "If there were such great, well thought-out and reliable products for all live situations as AS motorised equipment, the world would be simply perfect!
Even my grandmother had an AS mower, which at the time was still red and white and had a front wheel with spokes that looked like a bicycle. And my parents had orchards and vineyards... which could only be mowed a scythe or an AS mower.
I would have never believed that the AS 63 2T could mow this embankment with a 38 degree incline, but it does.
With our AS 73 4T Allmäher we mow our meadow orchards more than three times faster than we did with a brush-cutter.
A natural environment for bees, flower meadows make an important contribution to biodiversity and preserving our ecosystem. Flower meadows can quickly grow 40 cm high before blossoming and should be mowed 3–4 times per year. Our professional lawn mowers, mulching mowers with side discharge as well as Allmähers and ride-on mowers help care for flower meadows.
High meadow grass
Because mowing of meadow orchards and roadside greenery can occur only once or twice per year, grass, perennials and shrubbery can grow up to 100 cm high. AS-Motor’s walk-behind Allmähers and ride-on Sherpas deliver high performance and outstanding mulching results in these conditions.
Mulching is a process by which grass cuttings are shredded several times into a fine mulch, which then remains on the surface as natural fertiliser. Special mulching blades with a double cutting plane and a circular mulching unit are used on ornamental lawns, while cross-blade systems or flail mowers are primarily used in high grass.
AS-Motor engineers machines with high ground clearance, steep ramp angles, low overall weight, optimal weight distribution and a low centre of gravity to perform on slopes.
Animal burrows, anthills, mole hills and water channels cause uneven terrain. Several AS-Motor machines have high ground clearance, all-wheel drive and limited slip differential, along with appropriately studded field tyres, for uneven terrain.