Thought i'd introduce myself on here as i'm hoping to post a few restoration projects on here over winter, which i'll no doubt be looking for help - something i've used this forum for for years!
I'm based up in Scotland, i'm turning 30 next year and finally just got my own house with my first garage (which means some additional mower space/workshop!). When I was a kid, I used to scavenge local skips for petrol engined anything. I once found (from memory) a 16" Atco of some sort, a woman had left it on the pavement and I knocked on her door to ask if i could take it. She obliged, so i trundled the 1/2 mile up the pavement to my parents house! I must've been around 14 at that point, maybe even a year or two younger. I got it running and my dad then proceeded to chuck it in the bin when I eventually lost interest. I also pulled a more modern wheeled mower out, got it running and then I think my dad sold it - typical! The final straw of lawnmower enthusiasm when I was a kid was getting my uncle to drive me out to buy a big old ride-on mower that didn't work, I can't remember the make or model but we loaded it into a tiny trailer with the wheels hanging over the edge, got it home - my dad went ballistic but allowed me to get it working before again, taking it to the local dump. Sacrilege!
I gave up then and there on mowers, but now a few years later with my own space I've begun collecting.... Started off with two modern Qualcasts sold as not working, got them running and flipped them for some cash to get some more.
I finally picked up two Atco's, one has had a mild restoration but doesn't run, the other had been sitting outside for god knows how long and needless to say doesn't run and has a rusty tank inside. I've not had time to get investigating but the aim is to just get them running, perhaps touch up some of the rough bits and then sell these as I don't have infinite space and i've got some more on the way!
Now, i've just got 3 other mowers en-route! One is a more modern Honda HC16, i might use this initially but then will probably sell it. More interestingly, i've got a Ransomes 16" MK4 which looks in good condition (no idea if it has a grass box with it or not!), and a Ransomes 12" push mower. I'll likely use the push mower for our garden, as funnily enough we have not a huge amount of grass! The MK4 i would like to take to some local events.