Have just started to restore this machine and stripped it down today, I have a couple of questions. Before stripping it I noticed that the rear roller is two piece does this roller come apart? It is the steel roller and the join is quite tight but I also have another Atco (5 in total) that has a 2 piece aluminium roller which has quite a large gap and is all loose therefore I thought that there must be some way the roller can be dismantled.
The other question I have is to do with the axle shaft of the front wooden rollers, this shaft is quite worn and has the appearance of brass but is magnetic, so the question is what metal is the shaft made of? I do have to make some new rollers therefore I could clean up the wear in the shaft in the lathe and make the rollers to suit, whilst I realise this makes for a slightly weaker shaft the mower will never be used in anger, my restorations are only for display, even though they could be used as I recondition all parts including the engines.
My rotary mowers have no blades fitted to their cutting discs, this removes the temptation of anyone trying to cut with any of them it is also a safety thing when at rallies and one gets started.