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Collection, Preservation and Display of Old Lawn Mowers

1747 Atco Roller replacement

I have had to replace the front roller on my recently aquired Kick start atco which had been stored in the previous owners "outside shed" The original is made of metal with a diameter of 100mm. A metal one being too expensive I approached ProKraft Which have managed to turn one for me which for £54.00 posted to me is just superb it is a great job done in 3 sections of 2 @7 an 1/8th of an inch and a middle one of 4 an1/8th is great value I think. I totally recommend them if any members need any woodwork doing. if I can I will put a picture up.


gtc Tue, 09/02/2016

I know some restorers make rollers from kitchen dough rollers.

Are those new rollers lined with metal (brass/steel), or is it wood against the steel shaft?

wristpin Tue, 09/02/2016

The majority of UK manufacturers who used wooden rollers ran wood on steel.  It's amazing how durable they were with the wood absorbing some oil or grease and in effect becoming self lubricating. It was not unusual to see the steel shafts worn oval due to grit becoming embedded in the wood  and acting as a file.