I have just joined the club, and from my user name you may detect that when I entered the world of employment in 1965 I worked for Qualcast Lawn Mowers Ltd in Derby. I completed a five year Design Office apprenticeship and then worked for a further three years before moving to other employment in 1973.
During this time I worked on a number of new products, including the move to more plastic injection mouldings and aluminium castings (following the merger of BIRMID and QUALCAST). I designed, single handed, the original Qualcast Concorde at the end of my apprenticeship, and when I left they had two permanent production lines turning our 500,000 per annum.
I have a small collection of lawn mowers, having increased this after discovering some of the models that I worked on. I have the following:
2 x Ransomes Ajax Mk5
Qualcast Model EM Concorde E30 (purchased new in 1980)
Qualcast Model SPB 12" Battery Electric Super Panther (c. 1970)
Qualcast Model EP 12" Electric Panther (1972)
Qualcast Model EP 14" Punch EP35 (1980)