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★★☆☆☆

“Hayter Harrier 56 pro lawnmower ”

Written on: 04/11/2017 by AubreeChristian (1 review written)

Just bought a 56 pro and governor spring already broke once. Ridiculous. Show me an English lawn that doesn't have a few overhanging plants. Wish I'd chosen Honda now but too late… Read Full Review

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“Waste of Money”

Written on: 21/04/2017

A Hayter customer for 30 years, but this is a disaster No protection for the rev control spring! It pings off if you even look at an overhanging bush I then need binoculuars or a metal detector to find it. Not easily replaced either DO NOT BUY THIS MOWER HAYTER REALLY HAVE LOST THE PLOT… Read Full Review

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“Glaring Design Faults.”

Written on: 17/05/2016 by LeonStrong (1 review written)

How can Hayter not be able to design a fool proof drive system for their mowers. After a couple of seasons with my Hayter 56 mower, the self drive suddenly packs in, quite disgraceful. Also another annoying design fault is the groove that the grass bag locates into, this gets filled with grass every time you empty the grass bag and you have to clear out the grass cuttings from this groove before you fit the bag back on again. There is a hole in the deck that grass blows through, is it too much… Read Full Review

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“Hayter 56 have gone all china cheap”

Written on: 09/04/2015 by SS2012 (1 review written)

Dont buy this machine. Im in the trade for 25years and the build quality in the last 5 years is dreadful. In the first 3months I had 3 sets of wheels, new casing as it cracked as it is so thin. and as for collection when damp...what collection. Oh and to top it all the plastic liner is in bits under the deck. Sooooooo poorly and cheaply built. Buy Etesia, yes they are expensive but for a reason they last. Amazing machines… Read Full Review

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“Bent crankshaft w/o hitting anything”

Written on: 02/04/2015

Hayter are a disgrace IMHO! As a gardner with over 35 yrs experience I just cannot recommend this machine. I bought it partly cos of the perceived lifetime crankshaft gtee only to find out now in the small print that the BBC model isn't covered, and it cost me the best part of £1,100. The crankshaft is bent despite the fact I didn't hit anything and all that happened was that it got badly clogged up in wet grass. This is my 3rd Hayter 56 and clearly the build quality and performance is way… Read Full Review

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“poor excuse of a lawnmower”

Written on: 29/05/2014 by Tyrell490 (1 review written)

ive had this lawnmower now 2 weeks and what a complete waist of money £1000 for a lawn mower not fit for purpose very very slow under powered small grass box. How hayter have the cheek to call this lawnmower a pro is by far a complete pile of bull. i would have get better buying a £99 pound cheap lawnmower out of b&q. WORD OF WARNING ! DO NOT BUY THE HAYTER HARRIER PRO ! COMPLETE WAIST OF MONEY MAX SPEED OF 2MPH HAS NO POWER AT ALL THE MOWER IS THAT BAD I AM SENDING IT BACK FOR A REFUND… Read Full Review

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“Hayter - not as good as they used to be.....”

Written on: 26/05/2014 by milkjunkie (1 review written)

Having used Hayters for years I hoped that this product would be up to the same standards. However, the increased use of plastics and changes in design now make this a product to avoid. It is also much worse at picking up wet grass than our old 56 and the build quality is inferior. In its first season it has been into the dealers twice - once to have the gear drive replaced under warranty. Can't believe it will improve with age & feel it best to exchange before it causes any more trouble… Read Full Review

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“Hayter 56 pre”

Written on: 24/02/2014

I purchased 3 of these 2 yrs ago and 1 needed a new gearbox after 2 weeks of use which was dealt with under warranty, another I sold to another contractor and the third is now on its second gearbox. The build quality of these machine is awful, they are to slow (tweaked mine up a little), they can't cut anything in the wet ( just ordered some high lift blades to see if they improve collection), the front wheels break very easily as well. My old 2004 56's are battered but still more reliable then… Read Full Review

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“just doesn't do it.......”

Written on: 19/11/2013 by westiebilly11 (1 review written)

oh dear...what have hayter done to their once great mowers?...over 30 years a professional gardener I have used many of their machines....but their hayter 56 (2006 model on) is a travesty. Poor grass collection and retention because of the sharply angle bag and poor airflow....I suspect bag is angled to allow for feet but.....and then there is the drive...variable?..works for a while then loses grip....plastic/metal pulley mechanism gets warm and belt slackens.....not good!...also whereas the… Read Full Review

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“Hayter 56 pro”

Written on: 13/04/2013 by Walsmowing (1 review written)

I've had several of the old Hayter 56 rear roller lawnmowers.....I'm talking of the ones built for years up 'til about 2006 where the drive for the self-propulsion came off a shaft on the side of the engine. Whilst they had problems with the roll pins on the drive-shaft & the split roller drive would give up through dirt getting into the rollers, they were on the whole pretty reliable and well made. I certainly used mine regularly on my grass cutting round and they tolerated a lot of rough… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“I bought on of these (56) 2 years ago. Expensive and I...”

Written on: 11/02/2011 by lionn (4 reviews written)

I bought on of these (56) 2 years ago. Expensive and I already had a good as new Mountfield SP 550 which I got on the cheap (new) at the end of the B&Q season (about £450). I have a large lawn and I am into my mowers. The Mountfield is a good machine, no problems at all and what's more the leaf pick up in the autumn is terrific. I even ditched the B&D leaf blower. the mower is like a vacuum cleaner for the lawn.Only negative side is NO STRIPES asit has no roller. I bit the bullet and splashed… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“I replaced my long serving Mountfield Emporer (20...”

Written on: 16/02/2010

I replaced my long serving Mountfield Emporer (20 years service) with a Haytor Harrier 56 560E in late summer 2007. It works well on my variable quality lawns (a great deal of moss and clover, all at variable lengths). Being semi-retired, I avoid cutting wet grass at all times. The variable drive ceased to work effectively after only a few months. It now only works at the fastest speed. My only annoying problem has centred around the carburettor. Firstly the throttle cable jammed, and even… Read Full Review

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Written on: 18/10/2017

This is my review. Here is an update. I still have this mower which is now 10 years old. I continue to manage without the choke. Starting is not easy but it eventually gets going. The control springs on the carburettor have continued to give problems but a little patience usually works. This year the drive failed requiring a new gearbox, belts and variator. Apparently the 560E was the last of the good machines. Subsequent models have presented their own particular problems. My local mower shop said that the 560E gear box was underpowered (designed for the 48) and Hayter provided an upgrade requiring changes to belts and the roller mechanisms.
On reflection after 10 years of cutting large lawns (mossy, thick thatch and much weed) nearing one acre usually in dry conditions (hopeless in the wet)., I suppose the mower has done pretty well but judging from the reviews above I will not be getting another one. Currently looking at Honda.

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★★★★☆

“Im a Pro Gardener , Bought a Hayter 56 BBC AUG 2008,...”

Written on: 19/09/2009

Im a Pro Gardener , Bought a Hayter 56 BBC AUG 2008, great machine Rolls royce, but beware the height adjustment settings are dangerous. Lowest cut will cause the blade to hit the ground scalping the lawn and bending crankshaft easily. The lowest you want to set the height adjuster is to No 3, beware !!!!!
Otherwise the BBC is the one to buy , spend a little extra and you will be a happy gardener… Read Full Review

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“Having been a head groundsman for 10 yrs and using...”

Written on: 02/09/2008

Having been a head groundsman for 10 yrs and using hayter 56 mowers we brought 2 new models, what a mistake the new "improved" Hayter Harrier 56 ones are not a patch on the old ones!
They hate wet grass,they do slow down over time,the roller gets jammed with wet grass and will not turn,variable speed is a bit of a gimmick, and I bent the crank in one! Making a joke of their unbendable crank pledge! Listen hayter bring back the old 56 even if its just for the trade as I will now be looking at… Read Full Review

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“I have had new Hayters every year for 20 years, i am...”

Written on: 24/03/2008 by ayliffe (1 review written)

I have had new Hayters every year for 20 years, i am so disappointed with this new 56 model. I am looking on ebay for your old 56s.My business is built around giving my customers a high class wimbledon lawn cut,and useing 56 hayters OLD MODEL has always delivered this.bring back the old models please hayter… Read Full Review

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“New model brought in features such as variable ground...”

Written on: 25/10/2007 by AVC (2 reviews written)

New model brought in features such as variable ground speed. This system worked when mower is new but soon failed. You need to be strong for this mower as it will require a lot of pushing as drive mechanism soon fades with a little use and variable speed becomes worthless. Poor quality metal used with springs especially on blade brake system snapping easily. I have replaced 2 already on my machine.
Overall a great machine in theory but let down by poor quality metal, and design flaw with drive… Read Full Review

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“Hayter Harrier is very poor at picking up damp grass....”

Written on: 16/09/2004 by AVC (2 reviews written)

Hayter Harrier is very poor at picking up damp grass. System clogs and can leave a mess on your lawn. Front wheels easily bend as adjustment system just uses a bent piece of metal rather than any proper linkage. Over time this will mean deck becomes out of true and will leave half moon scalp marks on your lawn. Grass collection bag not strong, with very week plastic base… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Hayter Harrier 56 - Good lawn mower all round, the...”

Written on: 05/06/2004 by 4runner (3 reviews written)

Hayter Harrier 56 - Good lawn mower all round, the only problem I've had with it is that it didn't start easily, it backfired and squeaked in the wet. Cuts the long grass off though… Read Full Review

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