Construction of the LT324 is robust and, in Hayter’s dark green livery, there is an air of distinction about this unit. The rear-axle assembly incorporates a steering shockload protection system that, combined with the high specification tyres, gives excellent kerb-climbing ability and smoothes out the bumps on rough terrain. And this mower has a good speed.
One tester takes the mower for a spin. Controls are clear and well laid out so driving it is simple. Easy-to-operate, individual controls for each of the three heads means you can opt to mow with just one cylinder where needed.
On the wetter parts of the ground there is a little marking when the driver makes very tight turns but once the pressure control is set to provide the correct weight to the heads, the LT324 gives a superb performance. Transmission is hydrostatic with four-wheel drive on demand.
“The units float well and the quality of cut is very good,” says another tester.
Inspection of the machine from the mechanic’s viewpoint shows the high level of thought that has gone into this machine. The platform and engine cover can be tilted in a matter of seconds for access to all the major components. We like the idea that, should a hydraulic hose fail, the brakes will engage immediately. The open-core radiator matrix is easy to clean. There is also a five-bar oil cooler and the horn operates in the event of the machine overheating. A rear crash frame protects the radiator.
But it is the comfort factors that most impress one of our testers. The LT324 has a new seating system. Complete with armrests, the seat is mounted on springs that can be adjusted for hardness.
“You need to be comfortable for mowing all day,” he says. “The seat on the LT324 is not only superbly comfortable, but it is also set to give a commanding driving position. The view is excellent so you can see cans and rubbish in the grass.”
One tester likes the new pedal. He says: “You can feel the pedal and it is easy to control the speed, especially when you want to go slowly.” He does, however, find the steering wheel small, but it is adjustable and proves to be surprisingly responsive. For added comfort, a full-weather ROPS cab is available.
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