Hello all. Just wanted to introduce myself and my mower. I'm based in SE Derbyshire and grew up with a range of petrol mowers that my Dad collected (picture attached -- old image, poor colours, grass never that yellow!). I wasn't really interested at the time and they're all gone now but now I have a large lawn of my own to maintain and a lack of vintage petrol engines to fettle with, I acquired (what I believe is) an Atco De Luxe B14. I've posted a second picture of this. I also have an Admiral 16SE rotary which is okay.
The B14 seems to have been looked after... it's had a new fuel tap, a new air filter, the petrol tank is clean and rust free and the drive chain seems to be well-oiled. It runs nicely and the clutch is nice and smooth. My only job at the moment is to sort the rather poor cutting ability as the cylinder and bottom blade seem blunt. I've tested cutting a piece of paper and it only bends it. Adjusting the seating of the cylinder does obviously close the gap between bottom blade and cylinder, but this still isn't enough to produce a decent cut.
I have bought a sharpening kit which involves a clip on strip and length of 80 grit sandpaper which I hope will be enough. Not got around to assessing its use yet, but it seems fairly straightforward. After this, long term plan is regular maintenance and an eventual repsray and restoration of the motifs.
Site looks great -- learnt lots already. Another generation interested in the preservation of grass cutting machinery.