I have recently purchased a JP Minor MK2 apparently from 1961.
I sought after such a mower as I have a small garden which is a little tricky to get electricity to and I wanted something that I could learn about and be able to maintain myself. After a bit of research it was clear that the old ones appear to be built much better and I quite like the whole heritage angle.
At first I was interested in a mower like the Qualcast model E and Ransome Ace as I'm pretty sure my grandad used one of that design and from appearances I figured they looked simpler to maintain. Unfortunately I was outbid (on ebay) for these 2 and have been unable to find any others locally. Sadly the majority of these manual push mowers appear to be up north.
Then I discovered this JP minor on the marketplace app Shpock for only £30 and it was only 10 minutes from me. So earlier today I picked it up. The collection box has been long lost.
My first impressions are good, it runs very easily and 'appears' to be in good working order. The paintwork is a little dull and there are a few patches of light rust and grime. I have not given it a clean yet.
So a few questions.
1. Are there any basic things that I should do to before using it?
2. How easy are these systems to understand?
I would appreciate your feedback and guidance.