Dating my 16" Atco Deluxe
I have recently acquired what I believe to be an Atco Deluxe, from probably the early 1930's, and have looked at similar mowers/topics from within this forum.
I have not yet managed to find any dating protocols relating to the BX (BX 562) stamped into the casing, but from what I can see, this is possibly early 1930's ....based on 16" cut, vertical tool cylindrical case, and handle starter....any pointers here would be very welcome.
Apparently the mower does run, but I have not as yet tried this because the fuel tank valve is blocked with crud, and appears to be a fairly modern replacement of what should be fitted....additionally, the brass fuel filler weldment is failed, and is not currently brazed/soldered to the steel fuel tank. I need to investigate how to effectively repair this, either by silver solder, or by brazing ....obviously purging the tank of petrol/fumes first!
Yes nice example of the 1930's Atco De-Luxe, I believe this model with the vertical tool box followed the 'Tank in box' model & would be probably around 1935, I do have a dealers booklet for 1935 where they picture this model & compare it with the Atco Standard to show the progress made since 1921.
This model doesn't come to light that often. I do have a box on mine if you need a pattern?
You might also be able to date the Villiers engine?
Hope that helps.
I need to check the dating of this machine, because I assumed (wrongly?) that the pre-dated the 'Tank in box' model ..now I'm not sure!
I have seen the dealers ad from 1935 showing the machine with vertical toolbox (probably one of your posts), so maybe the vertical toolbox turns up in 1935.
I do have a box that came with the machine ..lots of surface rust, but good mechanical integrity ...when the rain stops, I'll try and post a photo! ....and see if there's an engine number on the magneto
Just had another quick look at some ad's, the 'Tank in box' was being advertised in 1932, but the first ones i can see for the 'Vertical Toolbox' model is 1934 continuing to 1936.
In 1937 the central kick start appears on the 14,17 & 20in.
So I think its safe to say yours is 1934-1936, although all models may have had a small overlap due to stock levels.
Thanks for that Clive ...definitely looks like 1934-1936 ..which is good!
Not sure now why I thought that 'Tank in box' pre-dated the vertical tool box
This is certainly my heaviest machine ...even with 2 people it is incredibly difficult to lift !
Even my 1948 17" heavyweight (central kick start) weighs less, and is much more handleable.