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I have a 15 year old mountfield sp535 lawnmower (4 wheeled rotary with self drive) and I have been very happy with the way it has performed, but I'm thinking about a replacement.  My lawn is generally flat, is divided in 2 parts (upper and lower) with a steep slope connecting the 2 parts.  This slope drops around 2 meters at an angle of approximately 40 degrees and is around 8 meters wide.  I cut across the slope using the mountfield without any issues.  I'm now thinking about getting a rotary mower with a rear roller and wondered how these cope with the slopes - I was thinking about the Hayter Harrier 41, until I read in the Hayter manual that a 20 degree slope is the maximum - is that particular to the Hayter as the mountfield equivalent doesn't have any slope restrictions?  


  • ColinAColinA Posts: 374
    The 20 degree angle is not so much for the mower but for the engine oil moving away from internal parts, a rear roller machine may have a tendancy to slide on wet grass on the slope
  • DevonianDevonian Posts: 176
    Not a roller machine but I have a Hayter Osprey 46 self-drive and it is an excellent machine (also comes with a mulching plug). Copes with slopes no problem, but yes I think the roller might be the issue on a steep slope...
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,053
    When I used to do contract mowing, I always bought Honda. Never had any problems, lasted donkey's years even  with pretty rough treatment and started first time every time. 
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