This is the exciting new Brilliant 24" mower. It was developed as a result of discussions between me and Shane Cox of Ready Set Mow Ltd. All the working parts of the mower are new, but there is a big cost saving by using a reclaimed Atco Royale chassis which is sand blasted and painted. Thousands of these were made from 1964 to 2011. It was one of their most popular mowers and still exists today as the Allett Buckingham since Allett bought the manufacturing rights. Using a reclaimed frame reduces the cost and the carbon footprint. The cutting width is 24" which is ideal for croquet because it is easy to steer in pedestrian mode and when using a trailing seat. It has a 6.5 hp engine, a 14 blade cylinder and "shaver" blade for mowing down to 3mm. The gearing is machined to spin the cylinder faster providing a superb finish with 207 cuts per metre for a super smooth, fast surface. The clipping box is of large capacity and tailor made in aluminium for the mower. A further advantage is that an autosteer trailing seat can be attached which improves the rolling effect and is often the choice for croquet clubs because it makes mowing much easier.
The mower has a 12 month warranty and annual servicing by manufacturer, Ready Set Mow Ltd. Spare parts are widely available and special parts such as gears will be available from RSM Ltd for years to come.
I now use a Brilliant mower here at the Great Dunham Croquet Club and am delighted with everything about the machine. Speed is adjusted with a control on the handlebar - I like to set it and leave it. This means I get a constant speed without having to fiddle with anything. The clutch is a simple hand lever, after engaging you can take your hand away - there is no need to maintain a constant grip as you do on some machines. The cylinder is engaged using an on/off lever on the side of the machine. Again, no need to faff around with controls on the handle bar. The Brilliant mower is a delight to use, rugged in design and it tows the autosteer seat very easily . The finish at 207 cuts per metre is amazing and equal to any fine turf mower I have come across. The clipping box works well, with a good capacity and the clippings don't fall back . The box is easy to empty, one tip does the trick!