I spotted this 20” Atco mower on eBay last week, and bought it. Principle reason, the 5hp B&S should fit one of my many enginless Merry Tillers. Anyway, a trawl of Google turned up no results for this machine which, I assume, would make it as rare as rocking horse droppings. So have I bought a rare and important piece of Atco’s history, which deserves full restoration as a museum piece, or a load of old junk?
The vendor told me he was parting with it as the blade is at it’s last regrind, so it isn’t going to be doing much more mowing. I suspect few people use these cylinder “mulcher mowers” these days anyway. It must have been a useful machine, for him to have worn it out. What age is it, and would it have had a 5hp B & S engine when new? I suspect this 1998 engine will be a replacement.
I doubt if I will ever get round to doing anything with it, other than removing the engine, as my Merry Tiller collection never gets less. Anyone fancy restoring the “missing link” between Atco lawnmowers and their “thee gang mowers”?