Countryside Maintenance Ranger Alistair Wallis is clearing an important public footpath link to the Cuckoo Trail near Heathfield using a Ferrari Cobram tractor and Seppi offset mulcher both acquired recently by the County Council from nearby Lamberhurst Engineering.
The Ferrari Cobram 4-wheel drive compact tractor was purchased for its manoeuvrability in tight areas and its stability on uneven ground. The low profile vehicle has a tight turning radius and is specifically designed for confined space work like this. This particular model is the Cobram 65RS, powered by a 49hp VM emission controlled engine and with front wheel steering and 12 forward and 12 reverse gears. Also available are 46hp and 56hp along with articulated versions and the option of reverse direction drive.
The one being used in East Sussex is fitted with a fold-down protective roll bar, which meets stringent EU standards. Its chassis, and that of all Cobram models, oscillates front to back about 15 degrees, so work on uncertain terrain like the Heathfield footpath is made all the more easier and maximum traction maintained at all times. The driver’s seat and steering column can be adjusted to suit the operator.
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There are 3200 kilometres of public footpaths and other rights of way in East Sussex which provide access to the beautiful East Sussex countryside. Keeping the paths open and well maintained is one of the jobs of the East Sussex County Council’s Economy Transport and Environment Department.