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Collection, Preservation and Display of Old Lawn Mowers

Hayter 20?

Hi, 

I've just joined the forum as I picked up an old Hayter mower locally which had not run for 20+ years. After cleaning the points, removing old fuel and completely stripping and cleaning every component of the carb, all of which were gummed up with old varnished fuel, it now runs and idles nicely. Still need to change the oil and give it a good clean up.
Everything seems to work, cutting reel engages and disengages and it has drive to the rollers - I'm really pleased as so far it's cost me just a little time and some new fuel.

I've done a little research and found it has a Villiers F12 engine with Amal 379 carburettor but I'm unsure which model of mower it is.  I think it could be a 'Hayter 20' but am not sure, can anyone with a little more knowledge give me their opinion?

Thank you, Steve. 

hortimech Sun, 30/08/2020

Certainly looks like a 20 inch Hayter Ambassador cylinder mower, but an early one. A few more pictures would help to confirm this.

Steve_Usk Sun, 30/08/2020

Thanks for the reply, here are a few more photos. The chap I got it from said his grandfather had bought it new but he couldn't remember what year...


 

hortimech Sun, 30/08/2020

Definitely a Hayter Ambassador, pre 1970, circa 1968 ??

Steve_Usk Sun, 30/08/2020

Thanks again.

Do these machines have serial numbers? I haven't found one yet, only the motor itself which is F12/06/04 45987 - can that be dated? 

It has obviously been stored in a fairly dry environment as there's just surface rust, no rot. I'll give it a good clean up and use it!

Steve_Usk Sun, 30/08/2020

Thanks again.

Do these machines have serial numbers? I haven't found one yet, only the motor itself which is F12/06/04 45987 - can that be dated? 

It has obviously been stored in a fairly dry environment as there's just surface rust, no rot. I'll give it a good clean up and use it!

Steve_Usk Wed, 02/09/2020

Thank you, the manual will be very useful for setting it up properly.

Maybe I'll find a serial number when I give it a clean up.

Steve.

hillsider Wed, 02/09/2020

Be careful when you clean it up I suspect that the serial number is on the silver stick on label sited on the top of the drive shaft cover.