Hayter Spirit 41

Hayter Spirit 41 petrol lawnmower

Hayter Spirit 41 petrol lawnmower

PRO’s: excellent cut, relatively light weight, 7 cutting heights

CON’s: filling with fuel takes a little practice

VERDICT: an excellent alternative to the more expensive models

OUR RATING ★★★★☆ 

The 41 cm (16″) cutting width Hayter Spirit 41 comes in two main versions: either the standard four wheel version or, for those of you that want stripes on your lawn, a rear roller version. You can also pay extra for a self-propelled Autodrive version which’ll pull the lawn mower along if you don’t want to push it yourself. If you’ve got a particularly large lawn or it’s on a slope then this can be a godsend !

No matter which version of the Hayter Spirit 41 you buy they all feature the same aluminium skeleton chassis and tough easy to clean plastic deck. The large amount of aluminium helps to keep the weight of this petrol lawnmower down to a reasonable amount. Although it’s fairly light, it’s not light enough to carry from one end of your garden to the other, you’ll still need to trundle it along. Another advantage of the aluminium construction is that paint chips won’t rust so it’ll stay looking good for longer.

The handle folds down onto the body of the mower for storage and this helps to make quite a compact package – useful if your shed is cramped. We’d like to have seen some height adjustment on the handle but there isn’t any so check before buying if the handle height will suit you if you’re particularly tall or short.

Starting the 4 HP Briggs and Stratton 4-stroke 500 petrol engine is easy. Just prime it a couple of times, squeeze the safety handle and then one or two pulls on the starter cord is all you need even on cold mornings. The pull cord is conveniently located halfway up the handle so that you don’t need to bend down to start it each time. This is a nice touch because as soon as the safety handle is released the engine cuts out for safety whilst you’re emptying the grass box for example. Once warm, the engine restarts on the first pull every time and seems quiter than some other models that we’ve used.

In use the Hayter Spirit 41 is a delight to use. Thanks to the lightweight aluminium chassis it takes relatively little effort to push around the lawn as it’s relatively light at 29 kg and it’s easy to line up with the previous cut thanks to the fact that the wheels are flush with the sides of the mower. It’s not quite as manoeuvrable as some of its competitors though.

The four wheel version tackled rougher sections of grass as well as smoother areas with equal ease and left a neat finish on small and medium sized lawns. It’s also able to cut close to the edge of the lawn thus avoiding any stray tufts. We’ve seen and heard reports that this mower struggles with damp grass but we had no such problems. If the grass is damp and long, give it an initial cut on a higher setting and then a final cut and you should be fine.

Talking of a cutting heights, the cutting height is adjusted by a robust 7 position lever with the individual positions clearly marked. The lowest cutting height is 13 mm which is unusually low. The 55 litre fabric grass box is capacious and is easy to attach and remove from the mower.  If you don’t want to collect the grass cuttings then it can be removed to allow the mower to be used as a rear discharge mower.

The roller version leaves a lovely stripe which is a pleasant surprise given the light weight of the Hayter Spirit 41 compared to other rear roller mowers.

If we had to be critical, and this really is nitpicking, then we’d have to say that filling the fuel tank is slightly fiddly than some other petrol lawnmowers. It’s a (very) minor issue because the 0.9 litre fuel tank, which is located on the side of the engine rather than the top, needs to be kept topped up as the fuel intake is quite high up in the tank. This isn’t a bad thing – on the contrary, it helps to ensure that any gunge in the bottom of the tank doesn’t get pulled into the engine. A bit of practice is all it takes – once you’ve done it a few times it’s easy.

With a 3 year warranty this is an excellent petrol lawnmower for the money and a good alternative to the Honda HRG415PD if your budget won’t stretch that far. We have no hesitation in recommending it.

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