Written on: 04/06/2013 by Bob15M (1 review written)
Having moved house with a large but unkempt garden I had a lawn laid this spring. My trusty 5 year old mower could no longer cope with the 1500 sq mtr lawn and so I decided it was time to upgrade an invest in a new mower that could cope with a large lawn. 2 friends independently recommended a Hayter (they had both had theirs for 10 years+) so I went to a local dealer who convinced me the Hayter Harrier 48 was the rolls Royce of lawn mowers for larger lawns. Now and again you have to treat.... (read more)
Written on: 18/09/2012 by marycabbage (1 review written)
My old 56 Harrier was the best but finally had to go as deck was worn out and generally falling apart. Paid £970 for 48 pro model and it's a poor replacement.Hates wet grass even if short and drives very slowly. I have tweaked the engine speed up which helps a bit but this is clearly not a satisfactory solution. Certainly would not recommend for pro use. (read more)
Written on: 15/09/2012 by mattbwell
I first got it out the box and wasnt happy with the cheap feel to the plastic under the deck, I feel like it will crack within a month, and the plastic mold comes down as low as the cutter friction plate on one side! My first pull of the drive lever and the cable popped off and found the cheap blob of solder on the floor. Then I came to fold the handles down flat to put it in my car and you have to bend the clutch lever to the side because it hits the air filter. Cuts ok if your grass is... (read more)
Written on: 03/07/2012 by gmlindsay (3 reviews written)
I bought this mower sight unseen as a replacement for my 14 year old Hayter Harrier 48 and it is nothing like its predecessor in quality. The deck is less robust but the main issue is with the poor design of the grass box and deflector. On first use, the grass cuttings spewed forward towards the engine from a gap between the deflector plate and the deck. This continued until a build up of grass eventually sealed the gap. Hayter's first solution involved attaching a strip of foam rubber in... (read more)
Written on: 19/10/2011 by AshteadDave (1 review written)
I have 3 other Hayter mowers for my gardening business, so in June, I paid £880 for the 48 Pro. the first time used, I noticed that it appeared sluggish and the drive cable caught in my trousers and popped off, so took it back to the supplier who re-attached the cable. I used it again but found it un-acceptably slow compared with my other Hayter mowers, so again took it back to the supplier, convinced that the forward drive speed must need adjustment. He increased the engine speed to near... (read more)
Written on: 10/05/2011
had the new harrier 48 pro in march, what a waste of £850, I`ve had £150 mountfields that have performed better. I use this mower 6 hours a day 5 days a week, build quality seems good but its ability to collect grass is pathetic. who ever designed this mower wants a kick up the rear & the sack. The shoot is far to steep as is the grass box so the grass just falls forward all the time even in perfect conditions. DO NOT BUY THIS MOWER. (read more)
Written on: 18/02/2011 by darencreeksea (1 review written)
I've Been using Hayter mowers for best part of 25 years but the last one i got and paid a pretty penny for has been so much of a head ache i may move to other brand's my variable speed 48 has a big problem the belt is for ever coming adrift of the drive pulleys & I'm at a loose of how to solve it even the Internet and all its knowledge has not given my hope! It looks like I may end up Pushing the dam thing!!! ....answer's on a post card please!!!!!!!!!!! (read more)
Written on: 25/05/2010
The new model is a poor imitation of its predecessor which was truly the 'Rolls Royce' of lawn mowers. I have had 8 now but this is the last.
The grassbox connection is insecure and the quality of the cut and grass-lifting is unacceptable (read more)
Written on: 16/05/2010
This is the third similar type Hayter I have bought. It gets a fair amount of use. Hayter Harrier 48, bought 2003. It is a great mower, and will tackle runaway lawns pretty well if asked, but there is a design flaw in the Blade Break Clutch.
I am about to fit the fifth clutch - that's one clutch every two years, and they are over £100 a go + fitting charges if you are getting it done for you. I fit them myself now that the machine is out of warranty.
I am a careful user. I... (read more)
Written on: 11/05/2010
Never purchase another Hayter mower again, it has a fundamental flaw in its ability to collect grass when its damp/wet and will under no circumstances will it cut on its lowest cut if the grass is anything other than bone dry. I spend more time clearing the area where the grass feeds into the grass box than I do cutting the grass which is really annoying. I reckon for £500 you would expect it to fly through any length of grass and in any condition but the guy that sold it conveniently forgot... (read more)
Written on: 14/03/2010
I have a 2003 hayter 48 pro goes every time i pull the cord engines are bullet proof bought second hand in 2006 and apart from basic wear and tear never gave me a problem I use it 5 time a week 4 - 6 hours a day brilliant machine (read more)
Written on: 24/11/2009
i bought my harrier 48 in october 2006 just before the model change to it is fantastic it get used 6 days a week 7-8 hours a day no real major problems just expected wear and tear always picks up in really wet conditions and dry no mater what the length of grass also has plenty power when the leaves fall. would love to buy another one of these but my friend has 2 of the new models and he says the are a nightmare in any condition but the 2006 model is a rolls royce of the mower world wish the... (read more)
Written on: 13/10/2009
Harrier 48 VS autodrive. Purchased June 09. Within three months returned to dealer three times for drive problems. Hayter are reluctant to honour their guarantee arguing misuse. Had to threaten dealer with Trading standards involvement and small claims court before they conceded. (read more)
Written on: 20/08/2009
DO NOT BUY THE 2007 ONWARDS HARRIER 48. I have 2 of the earlier models which have run perfectly for 7 years, cutting grass every day all year round. The latest model is constantly being repaired, things break all the time. The autodrive is pathetic and always needs some assistance on the smallest incline. I unfortunately will never buy Hayter again after this experience, my next purchase will be a Honda! (read more)
Written on: 14/08/2009 by pauljj33z
Hayter 48 pro do not buy one, new gear box every year,grass collection not good,Hayter know they have a problem, and not willing to help. (read more)
Written on: 22/06/2009 by Cutit (1 review written)
I have a Hayter Harrier 56, I use it comercially 5/6hours a day 5 days a week for the last 4 years this machine is incredible, it starts,cuts wet does long grass, If my machine does not pick up I now the lugs have worn off the blade a new blade and shes away again, so all you having trouble with picking up check your blade, my front wheels have now worn through and think I might change her, I will let you know if I do and report on the new one. (read more)
Written on: 20/05/2009 by irwinroy (2 reviews written)
The Hayter Harrier 48 was totally redesigned about 2007.
The previous models were the best in their class. However the new model has serious deficiencies which were not present before. You can tell this model because the grass box cover does not sit neatly down on top of the grass-box.
Also note that Hayter will not honour the warranty if the machine is bought privately (read more)
Written on: 12/05/2009 by irwinroy (2 reviews written)
I bought the new Hayter Harrier 48 model in 2008. This has replaced the old shape of which I have purchased 5 over the last 20 years. These have given me trouble free use and I have recommended the model to many friends. It really was the 'Rolls Royce'.
The new Hayter Harrier 48 model is an engineering design disaster. This machine has been the big disappointment. By the way Hayter will not support the warranty for second- hand machines, unless bought through a dealer - this is an... (read more)
Written on: 01/07/2008
The new 2008 harrier pro is an excellent machine. Hayter seem to have listened to the complaints about the grass bag not filling and have sorted the problem.
I had an old model that i used commercially for about 8 years and it proved very reliable. I don't know of any mower that does not struggle with long wet grass so if its like that then either wait till its dry or just get on with it! (read more)
Written on: 21/05/2008 by 768guy
Overall great machine. Never let me down. Starts first time every time. Reliable machine. I have had her for 9 years now and she still works and performs as your would expect from a commercial machine. Expensive to buy but worth the money. Heacy but solid. Cloggs up slightly when working with wet grass. (read more)
Written on: 18/05/2008 by Roger Ellis (1 review written)
I am generally satisfied with my Hayter Harrier 48 but feel it was somewhat over priced. In my area difficult to get it serviced and its heavy to transport. Some rust on bar.
Plug hard to get at. (read more)
Written on: 15/05/2008 by xela
I have had mine for 6 years and it has done the job very well. I find that it can cope with even very long grass and wet grass pretty well. The down side is that it is very heavy and expensive, that because its built to last.the roller is one piece for good traction and this does make it harder to turn than a split rear rollers.plus id like the pro 48 to have electric start. (read more)
Written on: 24/02/2008
I also bought a new Hayter 48 two years ago, replacing a 13 year old Hayter. This one is easy to start and runs well. I like the easy to raise and lower adjustment. It will not fill the bag. The angle of the tilt is too high. I tried to trade it in again and was offered only £390. I paid over £600.
If the grass is really dry and you cut it every three/four days it would be an excellent mower. I like a week's rest!I am disappointed in my new mower and the high depreciation. I am told that... (read more)
Written on: 20/11/2006 by simonteague (1 review written)
I bought my six year old Hayter Harrier 48 lawn mower early this year, and I use it commercially. So far it has been fantastic compared with the Atco Viscount I had before. Yes, it does block a bit if the grass is sodden, but they all do. It is very heavy, but this is because it's built to last. Unlike the Atco, it does keep driving the roller even when wet. I have heard the latest model is not as good, but having not used one I cannot comment. (read more)
Written on: 26/03/2005 by Dave Bull
I paid over £650 for my Hayter Harrier pro four seasons ago and I've regretted it ever since. If there's any more than seven days growth you are in real trouble, if I was in the buisness of grass cutting, I would have gone bankrupt after the first season. Unless it is perfect cutting conditions this machine constantly cloggs up and will not fill the bag unless I use my hands to push it to the back of the bag. I'm sure there is a design fault, the bag leans downhill therefore the grass falls... (read more)
Written on: 11/04/2004 by prfrancis (1 review written)
The Hayter Harrier 48 is an excellent all-round machine that suits small - medium sized gardens perfectly. Extremely well-built with power drive and excellent safety features. Excellent grass collection except when grass is wet. (read more)
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