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Collection, Preservation and Display of Old Lawn Mowers

Atco 60th Anniversary 1982 Publication

During the 1980s I was employed as Professional Equipment Sales Manager by Birmid Qualcast at Bristol Garden Machinery Ltd. This was the re-located Chepstow Atco Service Branch. 

I recently came across this leaflet from 1982 in my files celebrating the "60th" anniversary Of the ATCO Motor Mower with the familiar story of the deceased donkey & the need to motorise the old Donkey mower to cut the grass at the factory site etc, Well there was this picture of a Donkey Mower in the publication & I have a few questions & observations that you might wish to pontificate about, as a bit of fun.

The Mower cannot be an ATCO, so what make is it?   Atco did not make any Donkey mowers to my knowledge.

I know that it was taken near Sheffield specifically for this publication & that the two Atco employees were directed to play the parts of Donkey minders & Mowermen, Who are they & are they still around today?

I do know that the Donkeys name was Ben because he was featured in the in-house newsletter at the time.

I would love to know what you all think, particularly what the make of mower is.

More later after you have all had a chance at it, I will then reveal what I know about this celebration leaflet for Atco's 60th,  I was there.

Regards to all  Peter Hampton 


Clive1997 Fri, 09/07/2021

A Barford & Perkins Godiva perhaps as whilst the image is not clear, looks like it has the (Wanbrough's Patent) height adjuster?