Is there a Means of identifying age of machine?
my question is the headline, is there a definitive way to identify the age of a machine? I have three qualcast Suffolk Punch machines, two i know from information available (maintenance manuals etc) belong to the 1965-1970 era. I have one older machine it has a cast engine casing with a serial number visible, and i am wondering is there a database of mower serial numbers that i can access? Or,indeed any other means of identification.
I don’t think that Suffolk did much record keeping and if they did , the records probably disappeared when Bosch disposed of the Suffolk, Qualcast, Atco and Webb brands.
However, if you post a few images , those of us who have been around mowers for a while may be able to relate certain features to approximate production periods.
Hope the images above help!
As Wristpin said there's not info to go on. The pictures you've posted also seem to be c1968 - 1973 ish to me.
Before about 1967 the machine was a Punch mkVII with cast iron side plates, one control lever only and petrol tank on top of the engine .
By 1974 the valve chest cover was attached with 2 screws rather than one nut in the middle - the plastic grassbox in the background came in at the same time but obviously last better and have been recycled with other mowers since .
With mowers of this age there's often a touch of 'Triggers broom' about them but please post photos of each inc front rollers and starters and I ll have a go