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Collection, Preservation and Display of Old Lawn Mowers

Big boys mower

Hello all


I have been asked to find the manufacturer etc & any other info on this mower, It has Briggs & Stratton motor



Over to you guys

I only have photo's, but owner may be willing to sell




wristpin Sat, 02/11/2013

Wolseley Self Propelled Rotary Grasscutter - was available in both 23 and 27" versions.

Clive1997 Sat, 02/11/2013

Thanks Angus, assume it would be mid 1970's?

wristpin Sat, 02/11/2013

In reply to by Clive1997

The parts books that I have are dated May 1969, so 69 or there abouts. As your contact's machine has a Briggs the  engine it is fairly easily dated from the Model, type and code numbers stamped into the blower housing. First two digits of the code are the year. Assuming of course that it has its original engine! It's reasonable to assume that the machine would have been made within a couple of months of the engine.

Code 690501**  = Manufactured on the first of May 1969. the last one or two digits identify the shift or production line.

hortimech Sat, 02/11/2013

In reply to by wristpin

That's a 27" version and it's not a big boys toy (maybe medium boy) and it is not the biggest wolseley did, that would be the Clearway, From the colour, I would imagine it to be early to mid 70s, they all changed to a yellow colour when the hydrostatic Clearway came out

martinw Tue, 31/05/2016

I have owned a 23" little boy's version since 1983, purchased from a Fen farmer who used it for getting under low hanging branches of apple trees. It has been fantastic ever since for similar use in my garden and cutting long grass - very simple belt driven forward and reverse,original Briggs and Stratton engine and 3 cutting heights. Joined forum to seek advice on how to cure problem of forward drive not taking up but discovered the fault was a sticking forward / reverse lever and cured with a squirt or two of WD40! Despite the 23" model I have always called it Big Bertha.