Written on: 13/09/2013
I had ha a Hayter harrier 19inch lawnmover circa 1970 something with a solid cast aluminium body and variable speed drive...served me well, built like a tank,thought i"d treat myself to brand new model because of the name I went with a Hayter Spirit 41 16.............Big mistake....muffler bolt snapped due being poor quality steel or bad heat treatment.....the auto drive is not up to the job even on two inch long dry grass, I currently rough cut the grass with a 15 year old McCulloch cheapo... (read more)
Written on: 28/08/2013 by Duffy3034 (1 review written)
Bought this mower because it had a good British brand name only to find it was made in China From new cuts out constantly despite changing oil and petrol As for the warranty try and get some service Hayter blame the engine Briggs and Stratton The retailer says contact Hayter And the local or agent does not want to fix as I did not buy from them. (read more)
Written on: 13/08/2013
I've had my Hayter Spirit 41 autodrive for about 4 years. I have a medium lawn area so the mower isn't under a great deal of stress yet the plastic body has cracked in several places and now the hollow handle has completely split on both sides at the base. To service the machine and replace the handle will cost about £180.00. The engine is still OK hence the 1 star. I will put the £180.00 saving from the repair towards a more expensive Mountfield and hopefully this will give me greater... (read more)
Written on: 15/07/2013
bought the hayter because of there name and because it had the briggs and stratton engine.I had previously had a mower with a chinese engine and assumed the hayter engine was british.The mower has never run properly and cuts out after a couple of minutes with no throttle or choke and no apparent way to adjust it ( it was while looking for adjustment i found the engine was of chinese manufacture),im at the mercy of the local hayter agent who seems to know less than i do. (read more)
Written on: 02/03/2013 by Caborn (1 review written)
I have had my hayter spirit for three years, I have serviced it every year before the cutting season, I have a large back lawn, average front lawn and also cut my aged neighbours, so as you may have gathered my mower does a lot of work, On servicing my mower ready for the fourth season I found the bearings on the roller had worn out and consequently had worn the shaft, I purchased new bearings and made a new shaft in my own workshop, I decided to strip the hydro gearbox to change the oil and... (read more)
Written on: 30/09/2012
Fell into the trap of buying this cheap and nasty mower mid 2011 to replace 20 yr old Mountfield Empress. Just outside the guarantee the rear roller has collapsed, costing £40+ for a replacement, and looks like a nightmare job to fit. Thankfully the old Empress came out of the shed and started 2nd pull after sitting for 12 months. As soon as this contraption is repaired it will be seeking a new owner. Haven't experienced some of the engine problems reported but mine occasionally... (read more)
Written on: 18/08/2012 by hayterhater (1 review written)
Never easy to start, have to have muscles like an Olympian. Carburation gets worse and worse no adjustment and when presented runs poorly and does not pick up. Only works with bone dry grass. The local agents are not interested in solving problems. By far and away the worst mower ever in my experience. It is heavy to manouver and tends to fall over on tight corners. (read more)
Written on: 07/04/2012 by Eckford (1 review written)
It took me years to afford a new mower & after taking advice from other gardener's over this period, I decided to purchase the Hayter Spririt 41. My pride & joy; for the 1st year, with everything working as and when required. Season two, the engine took longer to start, but put up with it. Year three useless. Now the fourth is upon us & the same situation. Stripped Carb;cleaned; new fuel;oil,spark. Primed and splutters into life until the fuel in the chamber burns up, then stops. So I'm going... (read more)
Written on: 19/12/2011 by Mark8112 (1 review written)
After a year or so of average use the drive to the rear roller failed. Now the top bearing has failed and the machine needs a new engine at £250 so its been scrapped. They are trading on the Hayter brand with a piece of junk! (read more)
Written on: 30/10/2011 by Tonyellis101 (1 review written)
Takes 20 minutes to start. My son is 18 and a competitive rower. He says starting it is worse than his rowing training. It's going back to the dealer for a third time and I hope they will offer to take it back (read more)
Written on: 16/03/2011 by dpike (1 review written)
I bought a Hayter Spirit and have had nothing but trouble with it. It has been back to the retailer twice within 4 months of purchase and now i have just paid £103 to have it fixed again (read more)
Written on: 23/08/2010 by ajhighton (1 review written)
I purchased the Hayter Spirit 41 with rear roller to replace an ageing MDT LawnFlite, that has served me well for the last 18 years. Rather than walking behind a Rolls Royce of a machine I seem to be folowing a Trabant as it pops and sputters around the garden. Power from the Briggs and Stratton engine fitted is poor. Handlebar is uncomfortable, cut quality only passable and awkward to manouevre. Plus point effortless starting. Overpriced for what it is. Not to be recommended and does... (read more)
Written on: 20/08/2010
I don't know if I am doing something wrong but the thing just won't start. My previous Hayter was ancient in comparison but it started first time every time. I ony got rid of it because it was falling apart! I can see a trip to my local Honda dealer coming up. (read more)
Written on: 20/07/2010
When I bought it it was to replace a long serving Hayter. At first just thought it lived up to its Hayter branding, then the problems started. By the end of the 1st summer the engine was lumpy and cutting out, the next spring it was serviced by the supplier alleging poor quality petrol whilst handing over a £120 bill (the cost of a cheap mover that works). By the end of that summer it was running lumpy again and now in its 3rd summer it has to be restarted 20-30 times on a small lawn. The... (read more)
Written on: 10/07/2010
An excellent mower which was purchased as a replacement for our cylinder model, which was expensive to service.
I needed another model such as a rotary, because I could maintain & sharpen the blade myself,and the rear roller was the perfect choice as it allowed me to mow the beds & borders by allowing the front wheel to overhang the edge of the beds without a problem.And it cuts as low as the cylinder!!
It does however run at a fairly brisk pace & only has this one speed.
Hoping for a... (read more)
Written on: 16/04/2010
I bought a Hayter Spirit 41 from a local dealer in Ipswich to replace a 10 year old Suffolk Punch whose engine had given up the ghost.
When I fisrt started it the grass box fell off, so I put it back on and went mowing. The grass box kept falling off and wacking me in the shins, which was pretty anonying. The engine seemed a bit rough as well.
I got so fed up with it that the next day I took it back to the dealer looking for a fight. They were brilliant, apologied for the machine and... (read more)
Written on: 15/04/2010
I purchased one to replace my Hayter Sprint which got stolen. The Sprint was an excellent machine, built in Britain and all metal.
I was told that Hayter no longer made the Sprint and had replaced it with the Spirit.
The dealer told me that it wasn't as good but didn't say anything negative about it either.
Within a week a wheel had broken and it no longer self-propelled.
It's under warranty and has gone back to the dealer again.
I bitterly regret buying it. I can't agree with the other... (read more)
Written on: 18/02/2010
I too agree with comments that build quality is very poor. Got mine to replace an old Harrier and they are worlds apart. The Spirit does clog easily if grass damp or long. Mine doesn't even go in a straight line although local dealer can't understand why.
Shame such a great name in this industry has succumbed to cheap labour and is ultimately quickly losing it's reputation. (read more)
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