Off-season job lists always include hedgetrimming, and if you’re in the market for a new one then Shelbourne Reynolds’ latest blue-liveried hedgecutter may well be one to consider.

The variable forward-reach telescopic (VFRT) might be a bit of a mouthful, but it should save too much operator neck ache by combining a telescopic arm with a variable forward-reach arrangement.

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The design builds on Shelbourne’s existing VFR range, which was introduced in 2007 and uses a pivot between the first and second arms to allow the cutter head to be moved from directly behind the tractor to right up alongside the cab without the need from a cranked arm design.

Adding the central telescopic section of the arm takes it a step further, allowing operators to reach longer distances where necessary but also keeping the cutter head tucked snug against the tractor’s side when trimming tight farm tracks.

The new VFRT set-up will initially be available on one machine, the HD775, which has a maximum total reach of 7.5m and forward reach of 2.5m.