A: You should be able to order online from www.centralspares.co.uk. The Allen hover remains a favourite among professional gardeners and groundsmen as a mower for use on slopes, underneath shrubs and plants overhanging from beds and borders and also for mowing across pathways sunk into lawns.
After the demise of Allen Power, the mower was taken on by Hayter. You may be interested to know that the Allen hover range has been updated and rebranded by Hayter. It is now called the Toro Hoverpro. The rebranding has been carried out to target the grounds, golf and consumer businesses around the world using the Toro distribution network.
Powered by four-stroke Honda engines, the new mowers are engineered to hover smoothly and they glide easily on a cushion of air, allowing movement in any direction. This makes them quick and easy to use.
The larger series 500 and 550 machines are fitted with Honda GVC 160 engines and feature a metal-bar blade for heavy-duty applications.
The Series 450 incorporates a flexiblade disc. The compact and lightweight Series 400 weighs just 12.5kg, making it easy to move between sites. It also comes with the GXV 57 engine and has a nylon cutting line.
All models in the Toro Hoverpro range feature pressurised fuel supply to enable mowing at steep angles.
There are three height-of-cut settings. Each mower boasts ergonomically-shaped handlebars and full operator presence control for safety.
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