I have been offered an Oxford Allen Scythe for £125. Apparently it is a 4 stroke machine and it has not been running for a couple of years.One of the tyres is a bit damaged. I had a brief look and the pulley would not turn by hand.
I was going to use it for removing the grass on a half acre wild meadow which I only cut once a year. At the moment it takes me about a week with a strimmer. I just wanted to know if this is about the right price for this item before I take another close look and try to see if it will start.
Assume you have checked e.bay to see what figure they are going for, this will give a good indication of value, at least one on at present in good order bidding at £50 so far.
Other than that its not really something I can advise on, although I do remember using one on my dads farm in the 60's!!!
Seen posts on other sites saying that the summer's weather has boosted Allen scythe prices particularly amongst the horse and pony fraternity! However I would consider £125 a bit ambitious for a non runner with a dodgy tyre and Allen scythes are not exactly rare. However, a 4-stroke is probably more user friendly that a worn 2-stroke with hot starting problems!!
The 4 stroke engine is possibly a Villiers F15 - a good robust unit with parts still available. The fact that "the pulley" won't turn need not be an engine problem but just the blades rusted/seized.
I have just bought an allen oxford scythe mower. The engine has had it, but the machine is still in very good condition. The engine is a 4-stroke and I was wondering if someone could help me with the restoration of the engine, or if someone knows about a company that can recondition my engine to its original state so I can use the machine again.
Hope to hear