New joiner here - this seems to be the go-to place for these types of questions and advice.
I've recently bought a used Qualcast 35S from someone local to mow my ~100m^2 garden - a longer-term project to improve the lawn quality and something for me to tinker with...
It looks to be in good working order and I managed to complete the year's 1st cut last weekend. However, there are a few niggles I'd like to work through and, given the state of the weather, I think there'll be plenty of time to work on it in the shed!
- Left side (viewed from behind) plastic cover is missing a portion at the front, so grass clippings are getting in. Replacement ordered.
- Height adjustment knob broken if you turn it to 2mm or lower - again, replacement ordered.
- Cylinder (QX one) looks well used and the previous owner says he used a self-sharpener on it. The advice here seems to be that these are useless so I'm taking the cassette to a local grinding specialist to get that sorted.
That leaves general tuning etc.
I've noticed the blades sometimes don't start turning when the clutch is closed. Similarly, the mower is either racing forward or stationary, with the slightest squeeze on the lever. Both suggest the cables need adjusting. Indeed, one was all the way tightened, the other all the way out.
Would anyone have a service manual for this model and / or engine? ie, clearances, initial setting of clutch cables, regular maintenance checks etc? I have the 'Operating Instructions' one from justlawnmowers.co.uk, but this is light on the detail beyond filling with oil.