Recently I had the chance to pick up a Ransomes Marquis 18 Mk4a mower (probably from between 1978 and 1980).
It's looking in ok condition, some touch ups are needed here and there, but these will be done in a later stadium.
The one thing which is really essential at this time is to get the cutting cylinder and bottom blade sharpened. When I put a piece of paper between the blades, it just folds them, even though the space between the cylinder and the blade is actually good.
I've read there are several ways to get the cutting cylinder out, but I'm looking for the best and easiest way. I can then bring the cylinder and blade to a local Ransomes/Jacobsen dealer and get them sharpened (that alone seems to be quite expensive).
I can easily see that I need to undo the 2 bolts on each side, but then the cylinder will still be stuck with the chain on the other side. Do I have to remove the chain wheel attached to it? If so, how do I remove this? Or do I really need to loosen the chain at the clutch (with the special Ransomes tool)?
Thanks for the help with this :)