Whilst it may not be the oldest mower in the group (far from it!) I have recently acquired a Qualast Sulffolk Punch 43S with a need for renovation, I feel that this qualifies as old in comparison to most of the Poly propylene bodied things now on the market now-a-days.
upon test run I noticed the following issues that need addressing
1)The handle fell off. This was caused by the aluminium casting at either end of the roller having been very badly MIG'd together after having performed a similar stunt pre-acquisition. this made for an interesting moment when heading towards the flowerbed with no control over it's drive owing to the below problem
2) Wouldn't dis-engage drive properly. This seems to be an issue relating to the belt tension as irrespectve of whether one pulls the "clutch" lever in or lets go. It certainly made for an interesting test run.
Upon disassenbly of the mower to facilitate the repair of issue #1, I noticed what appeared to be significant play in the rod connecting the outer drum of the centrifugal clutch to the upper drive sprocket I'm currently unsure whether this is a design feature of the mower, or if it is in fact "correct"
I won't be making this a top flight restoration, I just want a good quality, functional mower, which is something that's missing from the UK market as most seem to be plastic bodied chinese "clones"
That's all for now and any thoughtsor comments welcomed :)