The good news is that, as far as I understand — and bar dotting the “i”s and crossing the “t” — Allen air cushion mowers, including the new XR44, will in future be supplied by Hayter.
Other machines you could consider include the XL500 from Flymo. This advanced petrol hover mower is intended for large-scale domestic use but because it provides the necessary power and freedom, I reckon it could be classified as semi-professional. It has a 50.5cm cutting width.
The other name that comes to mind is Lloyds of Letchworth. Well known for the Leda and Husky gang mowers and the professional Paladin seen on so many greens, the company also offers the HM19H4 hover. This unit has a 5.5hp four-stroke engine and gives a 48cm cut. HW tested it shortly after it was introduced and found it to be a “serious contender” for slopes and beneath overhanging shrubs (HW, 10 March 2005).
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