Is it me or are all Hayter 48 and 56 mowers just pants at cutting grass in the wet?
We have a variety of different mowers and all seem to cope fine at cutting grass in the wet apart from our Hayters. We use a couple of Hayter 48 pro mowers for our domestic garden maintenance work and they both seem to not be of much use at all when the lawns get slightly wet.
We keep both mowers well maintained and blades are reasonably sharp. Our lawns are either cut every week or fortnightly. I just have a feeling that they are of poor design and am quite tempted to replace them with a different model. We end up having to raise the cutting height sometimes to the max just to get the lawns cut.
Would be interested to hear if other people have the same problem.
GS Grounds Maintenance
Hi Gary - if these are the 'newer model', with the half width discharge into the grass bag, then yes, they don't collect in the wet - or in my experience all that well in the dry!
Non genuine blades have a larger 'wing' area and can help - as will power washing grassboxes regularly.
I use older Harrier 48's and 56's with full width discharge, these will fill the box to about half full in the wet before clogging - if is soaking wet, the Honda HR216 comes out because it will collect virtually anytihng - but then customers ask where the stripes are.....
I assume you are referring the latest generations of Hayters, powered by non-side shaft B&S engines and have the half width rear chutes ?
If so, that's what most experience, hence the high second values of the older full width chute Hayter's - we do anything to repair them :-)
Two possible options - 1/ see if you can source non-oem high lift blades and/or tweek engine speed. Both options have downsides - warranties, noise & potential higher engine wear.
Just my views and should be attempted unless you know what you are doing and understand consequences...
its great spinning and sliding uphill :0)
I hate plugging etesias as I feel like a broken record - But they are my survival line for cutting grass in the wet, even today, in Driving rain, I was emptying full grass boxs. They really do just pack the grass into the box, and the box construction seems to help, as the air holes do not seem to get layered with slimey wet grass so quick, so the box can still fill. (bit like loosing suction on a vacum cleaner).
(Even if the carb on mine is perpetually breaking).
For stripes, I use abit of old rubber car mat, cut to width, attached to the underside front lip of the grass box - voila!
My Viking roller mower brims the grass box no matter how wet the grass is.
I have a Honda HR194 roller drive which works well in the wet (and leaves good stripes with it's heavy metal roller) The grass does tend to stick to the deck after a while in really wet conditions, but a quick scoop out and it's fine,
It's bigger brother the HR214 chomps through anything wet or dry and rarely clogs up.
Old machines but worth their weight in gold!!
Duncan, there is possible workaround which we use. Find a friendly Hayter/Parts dealer and ask them to source you a very early model 56 blade. They were discontinued as original equipment due to noise regs.This has larger blade fly tips and create more lift, hence ability to clear cut wet grass.
We have them and they make a difference between the mower being mediorce and being useful.
Pants indeed. The harrier 56 I use is about nine years old, full width shute, pants. It's because of the fat roller, the shute has to go up and over it, if you know what I mean. Too steep an angle for the low vacuum created to work effectively in the wet. I'll say it again, pants, because I've only been cutting wet grass for two days and I've had enough already. Take me to your Etesia dealer..
This may help/explain:
Genuine current blade : http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HAYTER-HARRIER-56-BLADE-GENUINE-PART-No-3...
Older style blade (but this is non-oem) : http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/22-ROTARY-BLADE-COMPATIBLE-WITH-HAYTER-HA...
Can you see the difference in the tips, the blades are more substaintial as well ?
Also believe the same applies to 48's, but not gone down that route.
we have had hayter mowers on are fleet for 10 years till 2 years ago when we brought a vary speed hayter worse thing we did what a load of rubbish. when toro brought hayter ther worst this they did was change the 56 i know they had to as briggs change the engines. we have just brought 2 honda and they are more money but so much better...