I just upgraded to the Honda from a Hayter 56 - No comparison! The Honda picks up long grass in the wet were as the Hayter "sicked up" anything with the slightest bit of dew on it. The Honda is smoother, less vibration, quieter. The only drawback I have found is that manouverability is more difficult, the roller is split, but does not work like a "split differential" like the Hayter did, also the rear roller is smooth instead of ridged which means if you are pushing over stone or concrete and hit a stone; it comes to an abrupt stop! Overall though I love the honda!
Without a doubt they are superb! mine is 12 years old now and is still perfect!!! agreed with all said above too!!highly recommend if you can afford them!
We have one as said above with the roller another point is that it is hard to work on slopes, keeps you fit though. Look at your terrain when choosing as this is not the mower for a hilly area but on the flat it is probably the best on the market.
Previously we used the lawnflite pro equivalant although worked constantly for 4 years problems aplenty - drive cable snapping, drive splines, drive bearings etc all expensive fixes; the Honda's bearings and drive is beefed up on comparison.