Customer Reviews 3 item(s)
- Great Bit of Gear
Great Bit of Gear Great bit of gear, tears up the moss no end! For the money it's great. Not too much of a problem with it not being self driven either. It's very light so easy to push around.Absolute nightmare to assemble,. The instructions are terrible.
It's a shame the bar that engages the rotor blades was bent on arrival. I did ring up for a new one but it never turned up. I've made do and hammered it back to almost straight (works fine now) Getting the height right is a bit hit and miss. The catch basket is a complete waste of time. You will fill it up in about 2 seconds! I have the hopper open at the back and pick up the thatch after.
- First Class Product
First Class Product This purchase was made to replace an electric scarifier which had proved inadequate for my larger lawn. This petrol driven scarifier has proved to be far superior in use and has made scarifying my lawn so much easier and quicker to use.
Reasons for ratings ...
FEATURES: 4 Stars - would be better if machine was allowed to keep running in idle mode with the option to disengage the drive mechanism. This would save on having to restart the engine every time you need to let go of the dead mans handle.
BUILD QUALITY: 5 Stars - Typical Hayter quality construction. I imagine the machine will last many years.
EASE OF USE: 5 Stars - Very easy to push and manoeuvre. Heavy enough to feel stable but light enough to operate and move around quickly.
ASSEMBLY: 1 Star - Let down by broken circuit cable at engine end. Needed time spent to investigate and (easily) repair. Sad to say that Hayter's own Technical Dept proved useless when I called them for advice and help.
PERFORMANCE: 5 Stars - Does exactly as I expected.
My No.1 tip would be to disregard the collection basket (very poor at collecting the waste and requires emptying part-filled far too often). Far better to allow the waste to fall directly to the ground and go over with a mower afterwards to collect all the waste.
- Solid worker with some drawbacks
Solid worker with some drawbacks Assembly instructions could be clearer. To give one example, the clippings bag can fit on its wire frame one of two ways. A phone call established that it should be 'net uppermost and hard side down'.
But all is forgiven when you fire up the Briggs & Stratton engine. It started first time - effortlessly - and is a joy. If you're thinking of buying a cheaper machine, then spend that little more for the Rolls-Royce of engines, it's really great.
Two factors count against this machine getting a higher rating.
1. The handle bar comes in two parts (for ease of delivery and storage), but the two threaded locking nuts holding the bars together come loose and need to be checked, and hand-tightened, frequently during use. This problem could be quickly fixed by Hayter with a couple of locking washers,
2. The clippings collection bag is close to useless. Nothing collects in it. The clippings quickly choke the back of the machine, blocking entry to the collection bag. I persevered with the bag for a day. On day two I gave up and discarded it. In ideal conditions, i.e on a light setting and with very dry - but super dry - soil, the machine may be able to throw the clippings into the collection bag, but I'm doubtful. Without costly suction or some form of mechanical conveying, this issue is probably insurmountable, so buy the machine, throw away the clippings bag and be ready for lots of raking!
I am surprised that a long-established firm like Hayter slightly let the side down with these build problems, plus poor documentation (excluding the Briggs & Stratton engine documentation which is clear and detailed). That said, it's still a good and relatively robust machine and my dealings with MowDirect were very positive.
Bottom line: a solid machine that performs well and one that I expect to get a lot of use from, let down by a couple of factors that, if it wasn't for the Hayter name and associated price tag, one probably wouldn't mention.