A hydrostatic ride-on mower with out-front cutting deck, differential lock, high performances and a high quality standard in both cut and collection; these are the FD280's main characteristics:
- The front mounted cutting deck ensures optimal visibility over the area to be cut.
- Control is via a steering wheel, the compact size and very tight turning radius (30cm) makes the FD280 an easy-to-operate machine making it ideal for the professional user operating in tight places.
The Cutting Deck
The innovative cutting system "Grillo Overblow" allows an increased acceleration of the grass/air flow into the duct increasing considerably the collection capability, even under conditions of extreeme high humidity whilst at the same time keeping the noise level of the whole cutting/collecting system very low. During the autumn season, when the grass is covered with leaves, the FD 280 succeeds in collecting them without blocking.
The FD 280's cutting deck features 2 contra-rotating blades (which are not times and therefore do no requrie a toothed timing belt) plus a third smaller and central blade; this blade is positioned at the front and besides cutting the grass between the 2 main blades, it allows a better finish under an circumstances and a more precise and compact grass collection. The cutting deck position ensures perfect cutting under bushes or low-hanging branches, reducing the time spent to finish off. Cutting width is 113cm, cutting height ranges from minumum of 3cm up to maximum 9cm and adjustment is made possible via a lever having 7 positions located next to the drivers seat. The cutting deck with collection can be converted into a mulch deck by using the optional kit which is available.
Maximum collection efficiency
Very capacious 280 L grass catcher, the cut grass is highly compressed. Once the grass catcher is full, thanks to a sensor, the blades will disengage automatically in order to avoid blockages. Emptying the FD 280's grass catcher is easy. An electric ram is operated via a push-button next to the operator's seat and the grass catcher is raised. The grass catcher will be quickly and totally emptied. The opening of the grass-catcher is via a magnetic catch, simple, efficient, wear free and with no need of special adjustments.
Operation of the cutting deck is made via an electromagnetic clutch. The control is by a switch and there is an LED to indicate when it is on. The parking disc brake is controlled by a lever. This allows dismounting from the machine with the engine running; hereto the cutting deck needs to be disengaged (maximum safety).
Handiness and comford at work
This FD 280 is fitted with a vanguard 14HP twin cylinder petrol engine with electric start. The engine with OHV has a 479cc displacement and incorporates the latest technical innovations ensuring reliability, low emissions, reduced consumption, high performance and vibrations reduced to minimum. The FD 280's exhaust "Grillo Super Silent" is densigned by Grillo in order to obtain the highest noise reduction level, emission reduction and minimal exhaust resistance.
The FD 280's cutting deck is easily demountable to be stably positioned vertically on the supports designed for this purpose; just remove the drive belt via a quick lever to make immediately every kind of maintenance or inspections.
The FD 280’s cutter deck features twin contra-rotating blades (which are not timed) plus a third central blade, which is a unique feature on this type of mower. The cutter deck is front mounted therefore ensuring great visibility over the whole work area It allows precise cutting under bushes or low-hanging branches, reducing the time spent finishing off with a strimmer. The deck’s robust double backed drive belt should not be damaged should stones or any obstructions be encountered when mowing. Cutting width is 44" (113 cm), the cutting height ranges from a minimum of 30 mm up to a maximum 90 mm and adjustment is made via a lever having 7 positions which is located next to the operators seat. The cutter deck can be converted into a mulch deck by using the optional kit which can be purchased separately.
The innovative cutting system produces an increased acceleration in the grass/air stream. The three blades force the grass at high speed into the wide chute which leads directly into the grass catcher. By discharging the grass at such high speed it will be compacted more therefore increasing the efficiency of the 280 litre catcher. In demanding situations such as high, wet grass, the performance of Grillo’s system is excellent. During autumn, when the grass is covered with leaves, the FD 280 will collect them quickly.
The Grillo FD 280 is an extremely agile mower and a pleasure to use. The rear wheel steer gives an inner turning radius of just 30 cm The hydrostatic transmission is pedal operated and easy to use, it is also fitted with “dampers” to avoid erratic movements. In tight areas when manoeuvering or if there are obstacles you will find the FD 280 to be extremely agile.
Due mainly to its floating cutter deck the FD 280’s cut quality is exceptional even on undulating ground. The pivoting rear axle and the front drive wheels with their “turf” profile tyres plus the cutter decks support system allows it to follow the contours of the ground and therefore reduces the possibility of scalping the grass. The forward speed ranges from 0 to 9,5 km/h and is continuously variable. Maintenance of your ground will be quick and of a high quality standard. If necessary, the diff -lock, which is operated via a pedal, increases both traction and safety. The cutter decks tyres are solid and therefore puncture-proof.
Once the grass catcher is full the blades will disengage automatically, the blades stop in order to prevent blockage of the discharge chute. Its possible to choose the “buzzer indicator” ( by removing an electrical connection) option which signals when the catcher is full. Emptying the FD280’ s grass catcher is easy. An electric ram is operated via a push-button next to the operator’s seat and the catcher is raised; it will then open automatically and will be completely emptied. The opening of the catcher is via a magnetic latch, simple but efficient.
Engagement of the blades is made via an electro-magnetic clutch. The control is via a switch and there is an LED to indicate when it is on. The parking brake is activated with a lever. This allows you to get off the machine with the engine still running but only when the blades are disengaged.
The FD280 is fitted with a Briggs & Stratton Vanguard, 14 HP twin cylinder petrol engine with electric key start with a fuel tank capacity of 8 ltrs. The engine is 499cc with over head valves and incorporates the latest technical innovations ensuring reliability, low emissions, reduced fuel consumption, high performance and vibrations which are reduced to a minimum. The FD280’s exhaust “Grillo Super Silent” is designed by Grillo themselves in order to obtain the highest possible noise reduction levels for operator comfort. The engine is a professional type with bearings on the crank, an oil pump, oil filter and cast iron cylinder liners.
The FD280’s styling is up to the minute. The bodywork's clean lines, as well as the attention to detail will impress everyone The driving position of the FD280 is ergonomic. The dampened and adjustable seat, together with a height adjustable steering wheel, makes this a lawnmower ideal for any situation.
Once you have finished mowing, the cutter deck can be cleaned quickly and effortlessly by simply connecting a water hose to the coupling. The FD280’s deck can be stood vertically on its feet which are designed for this purpose; just remove the drive belt to effect all maintenance work. There is also the facility to remove the grass chute if required. The engine’s transmission components are accessed by lifting either the grass catcher or the seat. The machine is fitted with lifting hooks for easy transportation.
All components, from the simplest to the most complex, are of a high standard. The chassis, cutting transmission, cutter deck, are all built by Grillo using premium materials and cutting edge technology. All this in order to achieve a constant 100% quality control level. Painting of Grillo machines incorporates a double electrostatic powder coating process. At the first stage are the washing baths and preparation, then a first protective coat is applied which is then baked in a special oven, this has proven to be the best base for the application of the finish. The second coat consists of powder coating and still further baking in an oven at 190°C, this then produces the characteristic hardness and shine. All FD280s are assembled with care in every detail and tested scrupulously by specialized personnel. Final inspection includes running the engine in order to check all its functions to ensure a further and final guarantee of a first class product.
Engine Briggs & Stratton Vanguard V-Twin OHV 16.0HP, Start electric, with 12V Battery Supply fuel Displacement 479cc, 2 Cylinders, Power 14HP (10.3kW), Air Cooled Dry air filter with interchangeable filter cartridges
Fuel Tank Capacity 8 Litres
Drive Hydrostatic transmission with differential
Clutch Electromagnetic for PTO with magnetic blade brake
Cutting Attachment Front mowing deck with collection. Optional mulching kit. Solid wheels. Cutting deck with plug for cleaning.
Cutting Configuration 3 Rotating blades
Cutting Deck Width 1190mm
Cutting Width 44" (113cm)
Cutting Height 30-90mm in 7 positions
Grass Collector Capacity 280Litres
Grass Collector Discharge Electronically Operated
Grass Collector Locking System Magnetic closure system with automatic opening during the discharge
Differential Locking Mechanical with pedal control
Front Tyres Turf 18x9.50-8
Rear Tyres Turf 13x6.50-6
Steering System Driving system with steering wheel and pedal-operated forward and reverse speeds
Speed Variable Speed 0-9.5km/h Pedal-operated
Inner Turning Radius 20cm
Seat Dampened seat, adjustable through lever
Parking Brake Disk Brake
Mowing Capacity Per Hour 6000m2/h
Accessories in Series Tow bar
Warranty 2 years