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RV602 Ventrac Vacuum Collection System

RV602 Ventrac Vacuum Collection System
             RV602 Ventrac Vacuum Collection                                          System

 

Today we are looking at something a little bit different, which is the RV602 Ventrac vacuum collection system which is an attachment for the Ventrac 4500 series power units.

As you know I like to make life easier in the garden and I like to look at all types of machines for landscapers, gardeners and horticulturalists etc! I know that this machine isn’t suitable for every garden, but I have to say that it fascinates me how the right machine can make life so much easier.

 

 

Collect Mulched Grass And Leaves
       Collect Mulched Grass And Leaves

 

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RV602 Ventrac Vacuum Collection System

The RV602 Ventrac vacuum collection system is an attachment that fits onto the Ventrac 4500 series articulated tractor power unit. It is attached via the traditional three-point linkage that is fitted to most agricultural tractors and compact tractors. I’m not sure if this vacuum collection system can be fitted to other power units or not. Certainly, when fitted on the Ventrac 4500 it looks like the perfect match.

 

When I first watched the video on the Ventrac vacuum collection system I thought that it looked rather cumbersome. However, with the articulated steering and the dual wheels fitted, it becomes a very lightweight and much more compact machine. Traditionally ride-on mowers and compact tractors can lead to tram lining, especially if you are mowing the same way each time. With the dual wheels, I’m sure that this must reduce the pounds per square inch on the soil considerably.

 

Clear Lawns Quickly And Efficiently
     Clear Lawns Quickly And Efficiently

 

A Good Collection System

Looking at the video, it seems like the Ventrac vacuum is making an excellent job vacuuming up the grass and leaves. I didn’t realise to start with that the actual vacuum is powered by an independent 10 hp electric start Briggs & Stratton Vanguard engine. In an ideal world this would be better if the vacuum could be powered from the tractors power take-off or hydraulic system. However, realistically and practically the property is not enough power to carry out both jobs at once.

I appreciate that for many people this system may not be suitable for your garden, however, we have a range of blowers and vacuums and leaf collectors that can help you in your garden.

Of course, the only downside of this is that you have two engines to maintain and to start and stop. However, if this was giving me good results and collecting efficiently, I would not be too concerned about having two engines.

 

High Lift RV602 Ventrac vacuum Collection System
       High Lift RV602 Ventrac vacuum                              Collection System

 

Straightforward Emptying

One of the great things about the RV 602 Ventrac vacuum collection system is that you don’t have to leave the driver seat to empty the collection system. This obviously, increases efficiently considerably and is much more pleasant for the operator, there’s nothing worse to keep jumping off a tractor seat!

Another great feature of the RV 602 Ventrac vacuum collection system, is the ability to be able to load a truck or trailer from the driver’s seat. Traditionally with the majority of ride-on mowers do not have the high lift capacity which is a real benefit with the Ventrac. I have owned an Iseki SXG ride on tractor with a high lift collection system, it’s a good machine. This really is a great system for loading trucks or even just making a heap in your garden for composting, no more forking up, totally effortless!

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I can never understand why some manufacturers make a nice ride on lawnmower, but then they will have three bags in the back of the machine that you will have to empty individually. This is very time consuming and in most cases totally unnecessary. I appreciate that there may be some instances where you’re tipping the grass and you can’t actually get to the compost heap or something similar. However, if this is your situation, I will try my hardest to keep things simple so you can empty from the driver’s seat. I have never purchased a ride-on machine where I cannot empty the bag or collection system from the driver’s seat. I don’t like handling materials twice when potentially when I only need to do the job once!

 

Easy Disconnect Vacuum Pipe
          Easy Disconnect Vacuum Pipe

 

Vacuum Cleaner

Another great feature of this machine is the fact that you can disconnect the vacuum pipe from the cutter deck and literary use as a giant vacuum cleaner. Apparently there is a hose clamp that quickly releases the vacuum hose, so there is no need for any tools to release the hose.

This is perfect for cleaning up in areas where your lawnmower cannot enter into. Or for example, in places like flowerbeds, shrub borders and under hedges, this really can save loads of time and make clearing up leaves very easy.

 

Storage Stand

The RV 602 Ventrac vacuum collection system comes complete with a storage stand on castor wheels. This enables easy fitting and removal of the vacuum to your tractor.

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How To Make A Hayter Harrier Drive Properly!

Hayter Harrier 56 Autodrive VS BBC Rear Roller Lawnmower

In this particular video, I would like to show you how to make a Hayter Harrier drive properly!

I have probably owned around 10 to 12 of these particular Hayter Harrier 56 models over the years; unfortunately, this particular model as shown in the video has a very poor and inadequate drive system. I believe that this Hayter Harrier has been superseded by a newer model this year. However, I believe this model is still available, although I wouldn’t recommend it. I would go for the latest Hayter Harrier model or a Weibang which is a slightly heavier mower.

You Can See The Video below On How To Make Your Hayter Harrier Drive Properly!

 

Weibang has a much stronger drive system on their machine and a better collection system. Weibang also offers five years warranty for domestic use and three years warranty for commercial use, which is pretty good. More to come on this subject in a future post!

 

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Search eBay For Hayter Harrier

 

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This Hayter Harrier does not have the best drive system in the world; the previous models had a much better drive system. I believe that Briggs & Stratton stopped making an engine with a power takeoff on, so Hayter had to design a completely new drive system, but in my mind, they have failed miserably.

The grass collection is also very poor. I live in a fairly dry part of the UK in East Anglia, and even with our dry conditions, the grass chute can very easily block even when the grass is dry. I appreciate that it is of great importance to keep the grass bag clean and to either power wash it regularly or to blow the bag out with an airline. If the grass bag is not kept clean then the air cannot flow through the back, which in turn, will not make the collection process effective. This process needs to be carried out regularly to keep the collection process running efficiently. However, even with a very clean bag, it is very unusual to be able to fill the grass box to brimming full as the airflow doesn’t have the power to throw the grass to the back of the box.

On this particular machine, the belts had been replaced just six weeks ago, and already the Hayter Harrier is struggling to pull itself along. It actually starts off driving quite well but almost after half an hour, sometimes more, sometimes less, it will not drive efficiently, and I end up having to push the machine slightly to keep it going, this is not good! I would expect a machine of this size to be able to drive itself for long periods. I don’t know if the belts heat up and then become less effective in their driving capacity, all I know is that Hayter should be able to produce a much better drive system than on this particular model of Hayter Harrier.

Let’s Make The Hayter Harrier Drive!

So now I am going to turn the mower on its side making sure that exhaust is on the bottom side and that the fuel tank and air filter are at the highest point as shown in the video. In turning the lawnmower this way up it stops any fuel and oil running into the air filter. I normally blow the machine down with a leaf blower which gets all the dead grass and debris out from underneath. I do this process every time I use the lawnmower as I don’t want rotting grass and other debris laying inside the lawnmower.

Anti-Slip Belt Dressing

I use an anti-slip belt dressing, as shown in the video to lubricate the belt underneath the machine. It is slightly difficult to see the drive belt and even more difficult to see the drive belt on the video as I’m trying to hold the camera and spray the drive belt at the same time!

I normally turn the blade a fraction of a turn and spray the drive belt covering a few inches or centimetres at a time, after repeating this process approximately five times, the drive belt should be completely lubricated with the anti-slip belt dressing.

Wear And Tear

While the Hayter Harrier is on its side, I would like to show you some of the wear and tear under the cutting deck. As you can see there is like a plastic-type of insert that is broken and ideally needs replacing to stop grass and debris getting into the gearbox et cetera. I would expect something a bit better them this from a manufacturer like Hayter.

Hayter Harrier 56 Autodrive VS Rear Roller Lawnmower
Hayter Harrier 56 Autodrive VS Rear Roller Lawnmower

 

Hayter Products

I believe it was in the 60s when Hayter was making many mowers, and they actually couldn’t sell enough machines as they had been manufactured to a very high standard so that people were not replacing them! Maybe that’s not too good for Hayter, but great for the customer.

I have owned many Hayter products over the years, and I have really liked them. The Hayter Harrier 56 and the other rear roller models do leave a very British striped finish to your lawn, which we all like to see.

I’m hoping the latest models of Hayter Harrier will be much improved, and I am told that the drive system is much better and also the collection system, I will write about this in a future blog post.

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Are Stiga Out Front Deck Lawnmowers The Most Manoeuvrable Mowers?

Stiga Park Pro 740 IOX 4WD Out Front Deck Ride On Lawn mower
Stiga Park Pro 740 IOX 4WD Out Front Deck Ride On Lawn mower

 

My question today is are Stiga out front deck lawnmowers the most manoeuvrable mowers on the market?

I think we all like the idea of having a ride on lawnmower to cut our lawns, but for the majority of us can’t really justify a ride-on lawnmower. Not only because our lawns are not large enough but often a ride-on lawnmower can be very cumbersome, and not very efficient to use in small areas. The good news is that the range of Stiga articulated mulching mowers are exceptionally manoeuvrable and can go around flower beds and trees and obstacles at total ease!

In many cases, it is much easier to use a quality walk-behind mower than to have a cumbersome ride-on lawnmower as you can spend most of your time when manoeuvring around obstacles. However, the Stiga range of articulated mulching mowers changes this totally as the video shows.

Out Front Deck Or Zero Turn Mower?

Another type of lawnmower, which is highly manoeuvrable and probably my favourite is the zero-turn range of lawnmowers, however, care needs to be taken with these machines when turning as you can tear the turf. The Stiga eradicates this problem totally, however, I could probably achieve slightly more with a zero-turn mower, but it would be a very fine line. I actually think for most home users an articulated lawnmower is a very good option.

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Search for Stiga Out Front Mulching Mower

 

No Grass Clippings To Collect!

One of the many benefits of an articulated out front deck lawnmower is the fact that they do not collect the grass they actually mulch the grass, so in other words, they chop the grass so that it almost disappears. One thing I would like to mention when mulching is that it works much more effectively when you cut the grass on a regular basis. It is unfair to leave your grass for three or four weeks and then to expect a perfect mulch.

One of the most time-consuming jobs when cutting the lawn is having to empty the grass collection box, it’s a very time-consuming business, especially if you’re compost heap is some distance away from the main lawn. With a mulching mower, this puts an end to the time-consuming job of emptying a grass box. I appreciate that some of the ride on mowers can be emptied from the driver’s seat, however, you are still losing time from carrying out this process.

Another benefit from mulching is that it is almost adding natural fertiliser to your lawn, this is especially beneficial in dry weather, it definitely helps to keep your lawn looking green and healthy throughout the year.

Some people say that when you mulch and don’t collect the grass that you can get a build-up of moss, I would say that this can happen but at the end of the day if you’re looking after your lawn properly this can be taken out with lawn feed and moss killer or scarifying your lawn once a year. Incidentally, scarifying and feeding your lawn on a regular basis is highly recommended if you want a healthy lawn.

So How Much Does An Out Front Mulching Lawnmower Cost?

The Stiga range of lawnmowers starts at £2330 for the smallest model which has an 85 cm deck (approximately 3 feet) and go up to £8999 for the largest model which has 120 cm deck (approximately 4 feet) and comes with four-wheel-drive. These models come with a three-year warranty.

Engine Sizes

Just remember that with a mulching mower it takes a little bit more power to cut the grass as traditionally with a lawnmower you are trying to remove the grass out of the deck to reserve power and fuel efficiency. However, with a mulching mower it actually tries to keep the grass inside the deck for as long as possible as this is where the mulching process takes place, it obviously takes power to do this process.

Once again, I would always go for the most powerful machine that you can afford as it speeds up the cutting process and if the grass is long you have the extra power to keep going.

There Are Many Models Available

Stiga offers many various models of out-front deck machines, below is just a small selection. For the full range of Stiga out front deck mowers please click here.

Stiga Villa 14 HST Out Front Deck Lawn Rider
Stiga Villa 14 HST Out Front Deck Lawn Rider

 

Stiga Villa 14 HST Out Front Deck Lawn Rider

This is the smallest model of the Stiga out front deck rider mowers, having said this, there is the option for a 85 cm or 95 cm deck which with this size deck you can actually soon cover the ground. Also, remember that there is no box to empty so you are literally cutting grass continuously!

This machine is powered by a Briggs & Stratton 344 cc engine which develops 10.5 hp. There are 10 different cutting heights which vary from 25 to 85 mm and the transmission is hydrostatic transmission which gives you instant forward and reverse speeds on a foot pedal, a very efficient way of powering a lawnmower.

Stiga Park 520 P 2WD Out Front Deck Ride On Lawnmower
Stiga Park 520 P 2WD Out Front Deck Ride On Lawnmower

Stiga Park 520 P 2WD Out Front Deck Ride On Lawnmower

If you’re looking for a mid-range lawnmower the Stiga Park 520 2WD could be a good option, it comes with a selection of cutting deck options which range from 95 cm to 105 cm with an option of two or three-bladed decks. There’s also an option for an electric lift, in other words, the cutting height is adjusted electronically, which is great for the operator. My personal choice would be to go for the three-blade deck with electronic lift, the three blades will help to make the mulching process much more efficient.

The Stiga Park 520 is powered by a Briggs & Stratton single-cylinder engine which develops just over 13 hp. The cutting height is from 25 mm to 95 mm, this can be adjusted manually or electronically depending on deck choice.

Stiga Park Pro 740 IOX 4WD Out Front Deck Ride On Lawn mower
Stiga Park Pro 740 IOX 4WD Out Front Deck Ride On Lawn mower

 

Stiga Park Pro 740 IOX 4WD Out Front Deck Ride On Lawn mower

Now we are moving up to the top of the range machine, the Stiga Park Pro 740 IOX 4WD Out Front Deck Ride On Lawnmower is priced at £8999 which offers a saving of £1380 currently. You could say this is the singing and dancing model which has everything on it including four-wheel-drive which is a great asset.

This machine will comfortably cut a 4 to 5-acre lawn which is more than enough for most gardens. This machine is ideal for the keen garden or contractor who has a large lawn to manage and wants a machine that will cover the ground quickly.

The Stiga Park Pro it’s powered by a Briggs & Stratton two-cylinder 724cc engine which develops 18.7 hp, I have had experience with this engine as it has been fitted to various machines that I have owned. It is a very efficient two-cylinder petrol engine that takes work in its stride.

The cutting deck comes in five different sizes ranging from 95 cm to 125 cm, once again there is a two or three-bladed option, I would personally go for the three-bladed version for more efficient mulching.

The cutting height is controlled electronically and ranges from 25 mm to 95 mm cutting height, which offers plenty of flexibility. Just a quick tip, never cut your lawn too short, for a healthy lawn regular cutting pays off, nothing looks worse than a lawn that has been scalped and cut too short, regular cutting is the key.

Like all Stiga out front mowers, this machine is powered with hydrostatic transmission which offers instant forward and reverse and variable speed, a very efficient way to power a lawnmower.

To conclude

A Stiga out front deck mower is one of the most efficient ways, if not the most efficient way to cut your lawn. Combined with its mulching abilities and the need of no grass collection can make your lawn cutting extremely pleasurable. I think it’s a much less daunting task to jump on a ride on lawnmower knowing that all you have to do is is to sit on your mower and let the machine do the work, no grass collector to empty just mowing!

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Special Offers On Mountfield Ride On Lawnmowers

Mountfield 2248H Rear Collection (Hydrostatic) Ride On Lawnmower
Mountfield 2248H Rear Collection (Hydrostatic) Ride On Lawnmower

 

Mountfield is offering up to £400 discount on their large range of ride-on lawnmowers. Already we are halfway through August and the summer is rushing by, it may seem a bit late to buy a lawnmower, but with these discounts, this may be an excellent time to purchase a new Mountfield ride on mower. Incidentally, there have been many times when I’m cutting lawns on Christmas Eve, however, the conditions do have to be right! It’s always good to have a well-manicured lawn for Christmas day!

Mountfield has been making lawnmowers for over 50 years and has built up a good reputation for good machines that are reliable and will be good workhorses for many years especially if you are prepared to take care of your machine and service it regularly.

Not every garden is suitable for a ride on mower if you have lots of obstacles and trees and shrubs etc to go round you may be better off with a good roller rotary lawnmower or even a wheeled mower. However, if your garden is half an acre plus, then in normal terms I would recommend purchasing a ride-on mower.

Mountfield 827M Compact Ride On Lawnmower

Mountfield 827M Compact Ride On Lawnmower
Mountfield 827M Compact Ride On Lawnmower

 

The Mountfield range of lawnmowers starts with the Mountfield 827M compact lawn rider which is just 26 inches (66 cm) wide, this is very narrow indeed, perfect for getting into a small tight space. I would like to add that this machine is an entry-level ride on mower and comes with manual transmission, so, in other words, a gearbox. I would recommend in most cases if your budget allows going for a machine with hydrostatic transmission as these machines are far quicker and easier to use than a manual gearbox.

You can find out more about the Mountfield 827M compact lawn rider here, the price for this machine is just £1299 it is actually very good value for a ride-on lawnmower, it comes with two years warranty.

Mountfield 1328H Compact Ride On Lawnmower

Mountfield 1328H Compact Ride On Lawnmower
Mountfield 1328H Compact Ride On Lawnmower

 

The Mountfield 1328H compact ride-on lawnmower is a slightly larger mower than the above machine, although still very compact at 28 inches (71 cm) and still large enough to fit through most garden gates. Although this machine is slightly more expensive at £1599 it does come with hydrostatic transmission which to me is a huge benefit and much better than a manual gearbox model. You can find out more about the Mountfield 1328H compact ride on lawn mower here. This ride-on lawnmower comes with two years warranty

Hydrostatic Transmission

Hydrostatic transmission is the most common way to power a modern lawnmower, it is more expensive than a manual gearbox, however, it really does make your lawnmower much more versatile and efficient and the whole mowing experience much more pleasurable, I would always choose hydrostatic transmission over a manual gearbox providing your budget allows. Hydrostatic transmission enables you to have instant variable forward and reverse speeds either through a foot pedal or lever.

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Mountfield 2248H Rear Collection (Hydrostatic) Ride On Lawnmower

Now we come to the other end of the scale, if you’re looking for a large ride-on we have the Mountfield 2248H Rear Collection (Hydrostatic) Ride On Lawnmower this machine can cut up to 5 acres. It is currently selling for £3999 with a £400 discount while stocks last. Mountfield also give a five-year warranty, so they are obviously confident that there machine is built to last!

Mountfield 2248H Rear Collection (Hydrostatic) Ride On Lawnmower
Mountfield 2248H Rear Collection (Hydrostatic) Ride On Lawnmower

 

This particular machine is powered by a 656 cc twin cylinder Briggs and Stratton engine I have actually had personal experience with these engines and they really are very good. The transmission is hydrostatic which means you have total control over the machine whether you are cutting lush spring grass or collecting leaves. The machine has seven different height settings and a mulch plug should you require to mulch the grass, this is a great option to have especially in dry weather.

The cutting deck width is 48 inches (122 cm) which with a deck this size will produce excellent work rates. This particular model comes with a 320 L capacity grass collection box which is released from the driver’s seat. There is also a towbar which is a great asset for those jobs in the garden.

Mountfield 1636H Rear Collection Ride on Lawnmower

Mountfield 1636H Rear Collection Ride on Lawnmower
Mountfield 1636H Rear Collection Ride on Lawnmower

 

If you’re looking for a mid-range ride-on lawnmower, maybe the Mountfield 1636H Rear Collection Ride on Lawnmower could be a good option for you. This machine is priced at £2199 and currently has a £300 discount on the price.

The machine is powered by a Mountfield 452 cc engine and has a cutting width of 92 cm which I believe is around 36 inches which makes this machine reasonably compact but at the same time, you can cut reasonably sized areas of lawn.

There are seven cutting height positions on this particular machine and the grass box capacity is 260 L which gives plenty of room for leaves and grass clippings. You can find out more about the Mountfield 1636H Rear Collection Ride on Lawnmower and other machines here.

To Conclude

As always, I would try and purchase the best machine that you can afford, a ride on lawnmower can last you many years if you respect them and service it regularly.

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Hayter Heritage M10/30 Ride-On Lawn Mower

Hayter Heritage
Hayter Heritage

This compact and highly-manoeuvrable entry-level ride-on from esteemed British manufacturers Hayter Heritage M10/30 Ride-On Lawn Mower is the perfect choice for those with larger lawns who are looking to step-up from their old walk-behind mower.

At the heart of the machine is a very high-performance commercial-grade Briggs & Stratton engine with an impressive power-output of 10.5hp. The engine drives a hand-controlled infinitely-variable hydrostatic transmission for smooth, intuitive speed control; flexibility-of-use; and effortless manoeuvrability. Also, there is no need to stop to change gear with a hydro drive, so you’ll be able to get the job done far more quickly than you would with a manual ride-on.

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The cutter-deck on the Hayter Heritage M10/30 Ride-On Lawn Mower is fully floating for a consistent cut on undulating ground and has been offset so you can cut right up to lawn edges and therefore consign your strimmer to the shed. The deck can be raised and lowered through six-stages (38 – 101mm) to suit the grass-type and the nature of the terrain you are working on.

The Hayter Heritage M10/30 has three cutting-modes (collect; mulch; rear-discharge), so you can choose the one that will be most effective for any given grass conditions, for example, mulching comes into its own on short, dry grass; while direct discharge is ideal if you’ve let the grass get a bit too long for bagging. Thanks to its super-tight turning-circle of just 60cm and reverse-gear, the Heritage M10/30 will cope easily with tight-spots and awkward corners. The hugely capacious grass-collector can be emptied from the driver’s seat; and the engine is fully enclosed for greatly reduced noise.

Search eBay For Hayter Heritage
Search eBay For Hayter Heritage

 

You Can Find The Hayter Heritage Ride On Lawn Mower On EBay