Freeing A Seized Atco Cone Clutch

This simple cone clutch was used on a variety of Atco products including the “Lightweight” lawnmower and also, as in this case, the Atco Scythe. During restoration work on items which have been left outside or inactive for many years, parts which should me moving – aren’t!

The following instructions are taken from a simple overhaul of a seized clutch without the aid of any specialist tools. We hope they will be of some help to others. These instructions have been written without access to the original manual for this equipment.

Figure 1: The clutch and chain drive to the reciprocating blade of this Atco Scythe.  Exposure to the elements had taken its toll on most aspects of this machine.