Hayter Spirit 41 Auto-drive Lawnmower Review

Last Updated on October 14, 2023

Is there a perfect lawnmower? Okay, we know perfect doesn’t exist, but what mower would come close? Would the Hayter Spirit 41 count as the ideal lawnmower? Sure, it might have its downsides, but would it qualify as the perfect mower for your lawn?

That’s precisely what we delve into with our Hayter Spirit 41 review. We will go deeper into this lawnmower’s features to tell you whether you would get your money’s worth buying it.

Let’s get started.

Hayter Spirit 41 Rear Roller Petrol Lawnmower

Main Features
  • Petrol driven
  • Aluminium and plastic chassis
  • Fuel tank capacity of one litre
  • Pull start engine
  • Maximum speed of 2.5 miles per hours
  • Weight of 33 Kgs


  • With the ABS plastic, it is easier to collect grass and avoid noisy operation
  • The aluminium skeleton and the ABS underdeck make it more durable
  • The lightweight nature makes it easy to manoeuvre
  • With the rubber, wheel sit is easier to use and will be long-lasting..


  • It doesn’t come with variable speed control
  • Its weight makes it somehow challenging to turn
  • It doesn’t come with a mulching option.


Hayter Petrol Mower Review


Powering this Hayter lawnmower is a powerful Briggs and Stratton 450 E series engine that ensures it will give you top-of-the-grade performance. It comes with an amazing torque to displacement ratio and is relatively easy to start.

The Briggs and Stratton engines tend to be quite long-lasting and won’t have you scrambling to replace them after just a few uses.

You will need petrol to operate this lawnmower bringing into importance the size of the fuel tank. This mower comes with a fuel tank capacity of one litre. The engine is below the fuel tank.

Briggs and Stratton

  • 450 E series TM Engine
  • Pull Start
  • Unleaded
  • 2850rpm
  • 125cc

Grass Bag Capacity

The size of the Hayter’s grass bag is another thing that will impress you. That’s because it has a grass bag capacity of 55 litres. That means you can mow quite a large area without having to empty the bag.

The bag is of a solid plastic base, with the other parts being of mesh with a steel frame for support. You can effortlessly remove the steel frame and collapse the grass bag whenever you want to store the mower.

You will, however, have to make do with no indicator for when the grass box is full. You can, however, rely on the mesh being transparent to tell whenever you need to empty it.

Height Adjustment

With the adjustable height, you won’t tire that fast when using it since you can adjust the height to your level. It has seven positions in which you can adjust the deck. You can change the height with the single lever that is at the back of the machine.


The Spirit 41’s deck is of aluminium and plastic. The aluminium used is non-corrosive and resistant to rust as well. It serves as a robust base on which the handlebars, wheels, and engine are mounted on.

The plastic helps make the whole machine lighter and easier to clean with water. It is worth noting that the plastic won’t rust even when you wash it with water.

The deck is also quite wide, which means you would have issues when trimming grass that’s next to a wall.

Self-Propelled Drive

The Spirit 41 comes in two versions, the self-propelled version, and the push version. They all run on the same engine. You can achieve a maximum speed of 2.5 mph with the auto-drive version of this mower.

Self-propulsion will come in handy when you are mowing uphill and have trouble pushing the mower.


It comes with a roller that is integrated into the machine. Thanks to the grooves, the roller will be able to roll grass better when in self-propelled mode.


Finally, a mower is only as good as its blades. If the mower’s blades can’t cut the grass, then you’d as well throw the mower away or replace them. This mower comes with a forty-one-centimetre blade that easily cuts grass while lifting it.

The blade has a clever design that ensures a high setting will have the mower shred and collect autumn leaves rather effortlessly. This blade also ensures the grass clippings stick less onto the law surface and easily get into the grass box.


  • Maintenance

For any tool, the ease of maintenance must rank high in whether someone purchases it or not. You don’t want to buy a machine that will give you a hard time maintaining.

That isn’t any different with the mowers. The Hayter Spirit 41 auto-drive mower is a fairly easy to maintain machine due to its simple functioning requirements.

All you need to run is petrol, and although petrol doesn’t come cheap, you won’t find too exorbitant a price to pay for a machine.

The rigid ABS polymer it comes with ensures you won’t have to repair it whenever you hit a rock or any other obstacles as you mow. That’s because of the commendable impact resistance it comes with.

Also, the engine’s crankshaft has a lifetime guarantee with the manufacturer against bending. That means you can have it repaired or replaced by the manufacturer in case it bends when mowing.

  • Speed

If you’re to mow fast, you will need a machine that is efficient and fast. That means a machine that can allow higher speeds but still guarantee you efficient grass-cutting performance.

With the Hayter Spirit auto-drive rear roller mower, you can hit speeds of up to 2.5 miles per hour in auto-drive. That means you can mow faster and have work sessions done in no time. You, however, won’t get to enjoy variable speed as it only comes with single-speed or push options.

The speed, though modest, will require you to be adept at mowing, however. Your lawn should also have no significant obstacles in the way of the mower. Otherwise, you might end up damaging some parts of the mower.

  • Storage

It is only logical that you get a machine that will be easy to store. The Hayter Spirit 41 petrol auto-drive rear roller lawnmower has features that make it easier to store. For instance, you can fold the handlebars to fit the machine into the space you want.

Also, the Hayter Spirit 41 push comes with wheels means moving it to and from the storage room is easier.  The wheels, of course, come in handy when mowing, but that is far from their only advantage.

  • Mulching

While many lawnmowers have started coming with an option to mulch, this one, unfortunately, doesn’t have that option. All you have is the grass collection bag that will fill up on 5 litres.

  • Safety Features

The Hayter Spirit mower comes with two significant controls: the throttle and the clutch. If you simultaneously use these controls while mowing will halt the engine. You can therefore stop t whenever approaching a significant obstacle in the path of the mower.

To protect the engine is the friction blade that ensures the engine survives each time you hit a large rock. The engine stop will also help you immediately stop the engine in case of an emergency.

What’s Included in the Box?

  • Hayter Spirit 41 Lawnmower
  • User’s Manual
  • Grass collection bag & frame
  • Polymer lawn roller (Single Piece)


The three-year warranty the Hayter Spirit 41 petrol push rear roller lawnmower comes with is relatively impressive when comparing it to other brands of mowers on the market. However, to maintain the warranty, you will have to be taking the mower to an authorized dealer for regular maintenance.

The crankshaft, on the other hand, has a lifetime guarantee. It protects the blade whenever you hit substantial obstructions such as huge rocks with the rear roller petrol lawnmower.

 Should I Buy this Model?

If you own a medium-sized or small lawn, then the Hayter Spirit 41 rear roller would be quite the purchase for you. That’s especially so if you own a square lawn where the mower will give you a striping finish to be proud of.

Although you might hate the weight at first, it must be that heavy for a reason. That’s because the weight needs to press the grass under the roller for you to achieve an excellent striping typical of traditional British lawns.

So, we’d say yes. You should buy this model.

Final Talk

If you’re conversant with Hayter lawn mowers, you must know that their mowers are usually quite expensive. That, however, doesn’t mean that they don’t deserve the price they come at. Sure, there are cheaper brands out there, but they won’t perform even close to the level Hayter mowers will work for you.

Do you want to try out the Hayter mowers? How about you start by trying out Spirit 41. Yes, it won’t pack the features that its elder bothers pack, but it will be a capable enough mower for you.

The Hayter Spirit 41 self-propelled mower might be relatively cheap compared to sister Hayter petrol mowers, but that doesn’t mean it sacrifices quality performance. Hayter is revered for their quality, and that applies even to their low-end machines like this one.

Mustafizur Rahman

Hi there! I'm Mustafizur Rahman, a real dirt-under-the-nails gardener with over 09 years spent in nurseries. After flexing my green thumb for years, I decided to share my knowledge and love for gardening with everyone. That's how Gardengrower.co.uk was born! Here, I put my City & Guilds Horticultural qualifications to good use, writing reliable guides and giving honest reviews of the best gardening tools and products. So, you can skip the research rabbit hole - I've done the digging for you!

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