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#1 Bolens800uk OFFLINE  

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Posted January 18, 2016 - 03:52 PM

As I was working at home doing some odd jobs, I decided to have a look at this early 70s Hayter just a few minutes away from me. The old chap had it for years and until recently he had it at his property in Brittany, France. His father owned it prior to him. Also came with the original instructions manual.

The Hayter Hayterette was built in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England. I plan was to use the engine on my Bolens Lawn Keeper but have decided against it as it seem a shame to dismantle it. It's currently has no sparks so I am hoping a clean of the points and armature will sort that out. I think it's either a 3.5 or 5 HP B&S engine. My plan is to give it a thorough clean, service and treat with Owatrol to enhance its patina. I need to get an exhaust as the old one is blown. I got a small job in mind later this year to mow an area of rough grass and nettles at a customer's orchard.

Here are some photos of the Hayterette as bought.



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Edited by Bolens800uk, January 18, 2016 - 03:55 PM.

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Posted January 18, 2016 - 04:15 PM

That looks like a well built machine!


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Posted January 18, 2016 - 04:53 PM

That Briggs engine is likely only 3.0 or 3.5 horsepower, not enough to power your Lawn Keeper.  Lawn keepers had 6hp Briggs, 5hp Lauson/Tecumseh, or 6hp Lauson/Tecumseh and were not overpowered.  I'm pretty sure the crankshaft of the 3,5hp Briggs would bee too small in diameter to work with the original LK pulleys.


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Posted January 18, 2016 - 05:02 PM

That Briggs engine is likely only 3.0 or 3.5 horsepower, not enough to power your Lawn Keeper. Lawn keepers had 6hp Briggs, 5hp Lauson/Tecumseh, or 6hp Lauson/Tecumseh and were not overpowered. I'm pretty sure the crankshaft of the 3,5hp Briggs would bee too small in diameter to work with the original LK pulleys.

I thought that would be the case hence one of the reasons why I won't be parting the mower out.

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Edited by Bolens800uk, January 18, 2016 - 06:09 PM.


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Posted January 18, 2016 - 05:14 PM

looks to be in nice shape-hope you get the spark sparking and a cheap hot dog muffler and your good to go.

I always liked mowers with a cast deck and the 1 handle for setting the height seems a lot easer then fiddling around with 4 levers 


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Posted January 18, 2016 - 05:23 PM

looks to be in nice shape-hope you get the spark sparking and a cheap hot dog muffler and your good to go.
I always liked mowers with a cast deck and the 1 handle for setting the height seems a lot easer then fiddling around with 4 levers


It's a good design having one height adjuster and the cable is tied in securely in the middle so there's a reduced chance of it snagging on branches.
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Posted January 18, 2016 - 09:46 PM

Not gonna lie, im hayten on you right now! nice find.


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Posted January 19, 2016 - 06:06 AM

it is a solid looking unit.


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Posted January 21, 2016 - 05:20 PM

I have been servicing several of my customers' modern lawn mowers today so took the opportunity to loosen the remains of the exhaust/silencer. I sprayed some Loctite freezing agent onto the nut throughout the day. I had to cut off some of the exhaust so I could get my socket onto it. After an audible clicked, it loosened up nicely. I was able to unwind it by hand. Results!

I am now going to get an exhaust for it soon. Next job is to clean the armature and points. Hopefully that will cure the lack of sparks.

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Posted January 25, 2016 - 03:09 PM

Here's an advert of the Hayter Hayterette from the mid 60s. No ear defenders in those days!

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Posted January 25, 2016 - 03:24 PM

I made the pic a little larger for folks to see!


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