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Am I a Luddite ?

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by Nige F, 4 Aug 2017.

  1. Nige F

    Nige F

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    My love/hate relationship with Hayter mowers has seen me get my third one in as many years. All 41's (16"?) self propelled with roller. First one was B+S engine with fuel tank under the carb + a primer bulb. Cold start fine, hot start needed up to 10 pulls- operator presence handle made it stop while emptying bag. Second one would only run with choke half on despite dismantling and cleaning the carb (B+S engine with fuel tank above carb) There was a bang and the drive jockey pulley fell out. Still works OK as a push mower.2 pulls hot or cold. Latest one has a Tecumseh engine, no operator handle, it just keeps running until I stop it. Starts one pull hot or cold, pulls itself along fine. Total cost c.£150 (£50 a year) Gave one to my son who can manage 10 pulls (goes to the gym ) The jockey less one went to daughter in law to push on flat lawn. Now should I buy a brand new one next year ?- I expect to be able to follow behind one for 20 years. ;)
     
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    For sure, not as good as they used to be mate.....I look after a couple of Briggs powered Hayters and there are some dramatic design faults - such as running a front axle directly through aluminium :eek: and crap vario pulley transmissions. These machines have no throttle controls either - just constant speed.
    Still can't beat the Hondas (at a price!)
    John :)
     
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    I use my dad's old Atco from the very early 1960s. It takes anywhere between 5 and 25 pulls to get it started, the choke always has to be out but I love it!

    I've had a bit of experience with more modern stuff but I genuinely believe in getting a second had Atco and keeping that going - plus there's money in them! Mine is 56 years old now and still keeps putting stripes on the lawn.
     
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  5. What's this newfangled engine stuff?! :)
    I have a qualcast push mower, not sure how old it is as got it on ebay for £1. It looked pretty tired but I love it, it never seems to go wrong!
     
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