FAQ

Climber

FD280/FD220R


Trimmer Mower

General



Climber FAQ's


Is the Climber 4WD?
No. All Grillo Climbers are 2WD. This ensures very good manoeuvrability, tight turning circles due to a lightweight rack and pinion steering system. Grip retention and hill climbing ability come from lugged tractor tyres, most of the weight located above the driving wheels and from the ability to lock the rear differential.

Can the Climber safely handle steep slopes of 25 degrees or more?
Yes, the Climber can in fact handle slopes of up to 30 degrees when driving straight up a hill - which is steeper than you would imagine – but coming down the slope much steeper gradients are possible.

What prevents the Climber from sledging out of control coming down steep slopes?
Coming down a slope less than say 20 deg the hydrostatic transmission prevents the machine from getting away. On steeper slopes, the force of gravity causes normal tractor type mowers to sledge out of control but this does not happen with the Climber. The differential lock enables both wheels to stay connected with the ground. On even steeper slopes, judicious use of the front brake pedal enables the operator to maintain complete control and even bring the machine to a complete halt instantly.

Is the Climber robust enough to handle operating on tough terrain day in day out?

9 series Climbers are designed to handle conditions that are heavy duty. They will handle consistent use in thick, heavy, rough grass that is damp or even with high moisture content. Even thin saplings up to 25mm can be mown down. Naturally, obstacles such as tree trunks, rocks and other solid objects should be avoided.  7 series Climbers are for use on smaller properties where the conditions are more moderate and less extreme but like all machines hitting solid objects can cause damage to the machine.

Can I achieve a lawn finish on definitely not lawn steep slopes?
The Climber are designed with rear grass discharge. What type of grass you are cutting and how long it is will affect the finish. For a lawn finish, mulch kits are available and can be fitted on 9 series machines.  If you are looking for a permanent 'nice finish" on your lawn, the Grillo MD22 comes with a purpose built 'lawn finish' deck that's 110cm (43") wide.

Will the Climber handle kikuyu grass?
Yes. To date the grasses that the Climber handles with ease include kikuyu, thick clover, rye, high coarse lantana, mustard grass, marshmallow, wild oats and even giant rats tail.

Is the Climber easy to service?
The Climber is designed to be serviced by an authorised Grillo service agent. Servicing and maintenance you can do yourself includes cleaning of the machine during and after use. Oil changes and tyre pressure maintenance can usually be done by the owner.  It is important to work with your Grillo authorised dealer who can provide pre delivery advice on cleaning and maintenance.  These machines often work in hazardous environments where the grass/bush can be high as well as dry.  The dealer will advise you on the best way to keep the machine free from grass buildup during use to minimise the risk of fire.

What is the best way to minimise back pain when using a ride on mower? 
Essentially - don't overdo it!  Have a break every 20 minutes.  Park the machine safely, get off it and have a walk around for a few minutes.  Even do some back exercises or stretches. Mowing for three hours or more at a time can lead to back strain so it's important to have a regular break.
Grillo commercial machines such as CL9.22 and MD22 have an upgraded seat with armrests which is more comfortable for professional users who spend many hours mowing.  This is helpful but resting up and having a regular break is still very important and necessary to prevent back strain.

What is the warranty on Climbers?
There is a three year limited warranty on Climbers. Warranty claims are  handled by the authorised Grillo Dealer who sold the original machine.
Please click here to read the terms and conditions of the Grillo Climber 3 Year Limited Product Warranty terms and conditions.

FD280/FD220R FAQ's


Do Grillo grass collection machines collect as well as you say?
There are two main reasons they collect grass very well. 1)  Highly efficient cutting deck design and 2) aerodynamic blade design. Grillo spend a lot of time and money studying ways in which to maximise efficient cutting deck operation while using the lowest engine horsepower possible. As a result, the grass is cut in long lengths and delivered to the collection bin without the need for fans or turbines. The finished result is excellent with no debris left on the lawn.  For more information on blocking you can read one of our blog posts called Are you experiencing blocking on your collection ride on mower?  We have also written an article about the important elements of collection ride on mowing.

Trimmer Mower


Why would I buy a Trimmer Mower over a hand held brush cutter?
Trimmer Mowers are designed so the user can walk behind, not carry their brush cutter.  There's always going to be grass, untidy areas or hard to reach places on your property that can't be reached by ride on mowers, are too steep or just too tall to be cut conventionally.  Trimmer Mowers take the strain and aggressive movements associated with swinging a hand held brush cutter away.  They are designed to be well balanced, on high stability wide diameter wheels.  Also their powerful 5.5HP engines are more powerful than standard smaller hand held units meaning you can cut more grass, taller grass and thicker grass faster and easier.

General


Can I buy Direct?
Not generally. We require Grillo dealers to provide after sales service as well as warranty support. We also consider it very important that machines are demonstrated and sold with the proper health and safety as well as maintenance precautions explained and shown. This is so Grillo machines have the appropriate conditions to ensure their long life and excellent operation. In areas where there are no stocking dealers, we may be able to supply you directly as well as provide operator training with down stream servicing and warranty set up with your local outdoor power equipment dealer.