Thought members maybe interested on our thoughts on the Toro Prostripe after we had one on demo. We are running the new Hayter 56 PRO'S but whilst the wet grass pick up is good the machine has some shortcomings, no handle adjustment, the Toro doesn't either. The Hayter uses sense a speed transmission - further you push the handle the faster the speed, it's neither practical or comfortable to hold it in a fixed position for any length of time so its used in the fully forward position which is quick ! So one of the reasons for trying the Toro which has a 3 speed box and Kawasaki engine but is otherwise identical ( Hayter own Toro) was to see whether a more comfortable speed was available, unfortunately setting 1 is snails pace, 2 is too slow also and 3 too fast. One of the worst faults is regardless of speed chosen, when the drive is engaged the machine snatches making it impossible to manoeuvre around obstacles it's not possible to feather the drive in smoothly, so disappointed on what is a machine which lists at £1800. We won't be buying any and will stick with the Hayter 56 PRO'S which are £500 less.
If you are listening Hayter - put some adjustable handles on the 56 , along with a infinately variable hydrostatic box with a lever adjustment as on the Hondas and a rigid grassbox rather than fabric which needs washing out and you will have a go-to class leading machine as the build quality and wet grass collection is already there.