Dear All, I am about to collect my mower from a repair shop as the price for repair is beyond what I can bring myself to spend on it. So I have decided to take the mower on as a project and try to get it working myself.
The mower dates back to the '80's, I believe. It is complete, but well used, with a Briggs & Stratton engine. The main issue is it's reluctance to reliably engage the cylinder drive.
The repairer claims that wear to the end of the shaft on the cylinder is the culprit, with a new part priced in excess of £300. My thoughts are to get the mower back, dismantle it, see if I can get the most expensive part machined, and restore it to working condition.
I am new to the club and will no doubt be asking for comments and advice as the project proceeds. I am reasonable familiar with old BMW motorbikes, but the peculiarities of mowers are something that I am about to be come accustomed with (with a little help from my friends!).
I am unable to post pictures yet (as I have yet to collect it), but any thoughts/opinions/advice would be most welcome.
I have about 1/2 an acre of lawn that would benefit from being rolled, whilst being cut, with this type of mower. I noticed on a previous post that Wristpin recommended a Webb 24 with belt drive as a weapon of choice. Comments as to it's suitability for my purpose would also be welcomed. The Atco is a beast to manouvre and it appears that the Webb's can be had for reasonable prices.
Many thanks in anticipation of your help.