Hayter Harrier 56

Renowned for its robustness and reliability, this rear-roller rotary mower has long been a favourite with professional gardeners and contractors.
Last year, it received a major redesign with 21st-century styling and a focus on operator comfort. As pioneers of the rotary mower, and with more than 50 years’ experience, we are expecting only the best from Hayter.
Inspecting the unit, we find power comes from a 5.5hp B&S engine. The 56cm cutting width extends beyond the wheel base, making it ideal for trimming around beds and borders.
The mower’s housing is corrosion-resistant, die-cast aluminium and has a tough ABS underdeck liner. Fins at the front are intended to improve the unit’s collection performance, especially at low cutting heights.
On the handlebars are the throttle control, with choke position, the ground drive lever and operator presence control. The blade-brake clutch (BBC) version also carries the blade-brake option to allow the operator to leave the engine running with the blades stationary.
Our tester plays with the height adjuster.  Up. Down. Up. Down again. A single lever, counterbalanced for ease of use, slots into any of eight positions on the comb-style gauge.
“Look at this,” the tester exclaims. “I’ve never come across anything as easy as this — it’s effortless.” He does it again, just to prove the point. We all have a go. It’s incredible.
Ground speed is variable and the split rear roller should make turning easy. The mower is pushed on to the lawn, ready for the test.
Unfortunately, almost immediately the heavy sky deposits its snow. We will have to test the Harrier 56 another day.

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