My name is Andy, I live in Cornwall and I have long been interested in getting an old mower to put back in action. This all dates back to the 1960's when as a family we acquired a secondhand Suffolk Punch to cut our lawns with. This was the 17" early version with square tank, round cowl and a rope you wound round a pulley to start it with. It was the slightly more upmarket version with the split aluminium rear roller. However it was a real beast to work with as you kicked the clutch in and set off at pace trying to remember to roll back the throttle in time to not massacre the flower beds. The story was that it had been employed previously in cutting the grass round a BBC radio mast.
Anyway moving on, I do have some professional mowing experience as I was employed in the 1980's by Peterborough Development Corporation Forestry & Landscape department. I was in the chemical gang where we sprayed vast amounts of weedkiller into the local housing estates, planted millions of trees and did pruning and other landscape tasks. However in the summer we also helped to cut the grass particularly around and about the parkways. We used a variety of mowers and were often supported by a tractor driver. For the rough grass, we had flail mowers which were gnarly beasts to control, particularly on the steep embankments. They were also prone to getting entangled with whatever wire was lying about in the grass. Happy days. I also recall riding on one of the big mowers used to cut playing fields and not enjoying it much due to the amount of dog poo flying past my ear. Driving a tractor was quite fun though.
However in the present day, I have just acquired a Qualcast Commodore to restore. It's an early 60's model with cone clutch which although it has a nice 'patina' aka rust is in complete condition and doesn't look too badly abused. The grass box is also present and in good nick. It's a non-runner at present and that is where I will need the help initially. I have already made some progress, but more on that in the technical section where I will put a more specific post. I will also add a picture, but as I am at work presently, it is not currently possible. The plan in brief is to get it running, then decide whether to do a full resto or not. Oh, and cut grass with it! I'm also hoping at some point to inherit my father's newer Atco when he eventually passes away.
Thanks for reading this long tract