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2yrs on Good but with issues
I've had the Sherpa 940 for almost 2 yrs and it has done an amazing job so far but I've have had some repairs required, mainly due to the operator. We have 40ha in Northern NSW, steep, slippery when wet, and rocky. It cuts through grasses with ease, and even lantana as we have a lot. It hates rocks and unfortunately they hide in the under brush or crofton weed. I've lost blades and I've broken the lower blade arm in half due to a boulder I tortoised the mower on. All repairable albeit expensive. I now have a scraping noise when the blades are e...ngaged, and no the blades aren't hitting the deck. It's such a complex machine that it's very hard to self diagnose so it looks like another trip to the shop. If our property had no rocks I don't think I would have had any issues.
Purchased in May 2021.
We purchased our Sherpa from Glen at Steep Terrain mowing and slashing, First of Glens customer service is the best I've experienced in a long time. Secondly this machine is almost unstoppable From thick Green grass over one meter tall to lantana bushes twice the size of the mower it eats it all with out hesitation. Our property is very very step and the Sherpa continues to surprise us in its ability's which we are pushing to the limit! We have rolled the machine twice on incredibly steep areas both times with out a scratch on us or the robust machine all we had to do was roll it upright fire it up and away it goes again.
Purchased in February 2021.
Oh what a feeling
My Sherpa AS 940 XL has only done 27 hours but i am amazed at what it will do. I live on a very undulating 40 acre property that has not been slashed in over 2 years and this machine is doing a unbelieveable job, i keep driving it into thicker and thicker growth and wondering what will stop it, have stalled it a couple of times on very large thick clumps of tall grass but that was me just going too fast. I thing it is an awesome machine.
I live at Delaneys Creek QLD and our local Sherpa dealer Glen Stewart Just lives up the road how convenient, i found Glen to be very Honest and Trustworthly
When the going gets tough - call a Sherpa!
Our Sherpa 940 XL has done about 70 hours of work now, in tough conditions. It is a genuine workhorse, which doesn't take a backwards step. All steel construction - no plastic. The Sherpa feels safe and comfortable on our steep terrain (Mt Mee, Qld). We are very happy to recommend the service, reliability and courtesy of local Sherpa dealer Glen Stewart of Delaneys Creek Qld.
What a workhorse!
I have only had my Sherpa for about 12 hours of mowing time at this point but I am so impressed with it's grunt and ability to handle steep terrain. We have a hilly 5 acre property that my greenfield just wasn't up too. I needed something safer that could handle the extreme contours of the property. I looked at grillo's and razorbacks but feel I have definitely made the right decision with this workhorse. It's a little slower than I expected, rated at 6.2 km/h but feels slower...BUT, I certainly feel very safe heading up a steep slope, not a hiccup in power as it grinds its way forward. It also does a pretty good cutting job on the better couch lawn around the house pad. I can highly recommend this for hilly, steep properties.
- Verified purchase
Too Good to be True
I keep expecting something to go wrong as I cut more and more rough stuff and go steeper and steeper but just no issues. It is an amazing machine. I have cut head-high blackberries and waist-high sags (tussocks) here in Tassie all no problem. Wattle regrowth up to an inch also seems fine. I have stalled it only once when it had a huge cut of sags plus it was over a bump in the ground but that is the only time it has stalled. I did hook the roll bar on a tree and it lifted the front wheels off the ground by 2 feet before the roll bar went under ...the branch - it is so powerful. I have changed the oil and recommend an oil extractor pump rather than trying and get it to run out the sump plug without making a mess or getting on the belt. It does a good job on the lawn as well as the rough stuff and reclaiming bush. The only problem is why didn't we buy one a long time ago :)
Hardyards Allterrain Mowing.
This mower is the ultimate of mowers goes anywhere never had an issue i mow acerage with it in sunshine coast hinterland. Im a contractor get some difficult uards check my facebook page pics. Fuel usasged is good prompt parts from interstate. Goes into areas that you cant walk inn some cases. The machine carves up saspplings best for small areas upto r4 acres.
Safe, reliable and powerful
Used fairly extensively with very few issues and it is so good that I offer mowing services on it (see steepmowing.com.au for photos of the results it can achieve).
After-sales care is superb and I'm confident that if there were any major issues they would be resolved without problems.
The mower will take care of most things from fine lawns to thick scrub and is easy to maintain. It is light and maneuverable and tackles steep terrain. With 4WD and a difflock, it will get itself out of most situations.
Fuel use depends on the work. At ...worst it'll go through around 4 litres per hour in very heavy grass (1.5 metres high and very thick). Generally it consumes around 3 litres per hour. There is a small hitch on the back which is useful for trailer work (shuttling firewood, garden maintenance, etc.). It is rated for pulling 100kg loads, so only relevant for light work.
Climb Every Mountain
The Sherpa is versatile and resilient and is still behaving like a beast after two years of hard labour on steep terrain. This machine continues to be an indispensable asset in the maintenance of a property with difficult to access areas. Will go places no tractor would dare. Excellent after sale service provided by Reg from Valley Pumps and Irrigation Systems.
If it's steep you want this
We have 140 acres, 25 of which is a hardwood plantation on steep country up to 30 degrees. There are places I simply can't go on a tractor and plenty that make me very nervous. I was sceptical that a 'mower' could cope with the rough terrain, thick understory and do the job.
I was very wrong. If you are game it will drive on it and if cut it.
There's almost nothing that makes me nervous now. It goes under or around a lot of things that make a full size slasher hard or dangerous. The control is great. Even wet or crumbly grounds is a lot...better when you weigh a few hundred kg all up rather than several tons. The only real limitation is that even on the highest cutting you don't have a lot of clearance so you can only cut on country you know there's nothing there to get stuck on or in. Even then you can usually manhandle of off an get on with the job. The tractors have their uses but they are going rusty now. My only criticism is that the big powerful engine will drink more fuel than you think - more than 2L hour for hard going but its well worth it. It's also quite noisy so wear ear protection.
Sherpa 940 - 2 years on
Have owned a Sherpa 940 since Feb 2012 - one of the first 4 into Aust. It's performance on steep slippery ground (Dandenong Ranges) is A1. Excellent design and built like a tank to be non stoppable.
Have had no major issues --- have had to replace 1 belt (to hydraulic pump).
Each person to their preference, but have fitted the 'spinner knob' accessory to steering wheel & I find maneuvering easier with it.
On some sites the new larger wheel diam may offer advantages as it increases the ground clearance & max cut height by about 20mm and also...
AS is A1!
Just had the first 50-hour service from Brad Fox at Fox1 Machinery at Samford in Queensland. Very impressed with the "Sherpa" and so too is my wife who would not let me buy 4WD tractor or any other ride-on we looked at - all of them! While our 12 acre block in western suburbs of Brisbane is no steeper than many others around here, we do have lots of lantana (less now) and some slopes not for the faint hearted. The orange beast, though compact in appearance, makes light work of everything. Brad and Kelly are also fantastic - nothing is too much trouble.
Compact, colour (orange), safety features, operation (ease of use), mulching (even palm fronds), German engineering, great design!
Excellent on steep terrain and cutting tall grass.
I live on acreage with includes some steep slopes and purchased the machine to maintain trails and firebreaks. I still haven't clocked up a lot of hours but I've but really impressed so far with its ability to handle the steep terrain (although one always needs to maintain caution with any machine) and cut tall grass. I was particularly impressed with its ability to cut trails though sections of very tall grass which hadn't been cut in years (if ever), and it did so without appearing to overly burden the engine.
Prior to purchasing this ...machine I was accustomed setting forward and reverse with my foot. It took a little while to get accustomed to using my right hand for this purpose but it's not a significant issue. Overall I'm very happy with the purchase. Great on steep terrain and cutting tall grass. Needed to adjust to using my right hand for forward/reverse.
Made for the job.
After mowing my steep 5 acre block with a variety of self propelled walk behind mowers for 28 years, i was stoked to find the AS 940 Sherpa. It climbs, descends and handles long grass with ease, safety and comfort. I couldn't be happier. I almost look forward to the grass growing! It's the machine i was hoping someone would make.
100% suitable for the task.
If you have a steep, rough yard or really long thick grass then this mower is for you!
I have 5 acres of steep hills, wombat holes, black berries, gum trees and bracken fern. I needed something that could safely mow all of this with no hassles.
I purchased a AS-MOTOR 940 SHERPA German made rough terrain 27 hp four wheel drive ride on lawn mower and it just eats anything i throw at it.
It mows up and down 35 deg slopes and sideways across 17 degree slopes. it can push through thick scrub and long grass like its not there.
i can pretty much mow every where with no problems the machine is made with a super strong construction.... The deck is 3mm thick galvanised steel with a huge strong cutting blade and a mulcher blade that smashes all long scrub into small pieces. German inovation and enginneering are second to none, it really is a fantastic machine.
Questions & Answers
Hi. I have the chance of buying a 4 year old 940 with 180 hours on the clock. Looks in good condition but probably needs new belts and blades. Other than that it looks fine. Would anyone have doubts about buying a 4 year old machine? Thanks.
Hi john It’s hard to say without seeing machine I would get in contact with the nearest dealer to you to get an idea on service schedule and what cost you would be up for on a machine with the hours I know the first 50hr service is a big one. My blades have already copped absolute abuse and they still cut the lawn around my house beautifully
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