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Collection, Preservation and Display of Old Lawn Mowers

Restoration of a Dennis Z mower

I bought my current house in 1996.  With came a Denniz Z Type mower which was still in regular use.  I made sure that it was included with the house and I continued to use it for a few more years.  I can't remember now why I stopped using it but it has been out of commission for around 20 years.  I now want to get it back into service and it needs quite a rebuild.  Sadly I don't have the time to do it myself so I am trying to find someone who specialises in restoring or at least reinstating such mowers.  A few years ago I am sure that I found on the web a company that specialised in Dennis restorations, but they never answered my email and I can't find them now so I presume that they have gone out of business.  Could anyone out there point me to a company or person who could do this work?

I also wonder if someone could help me date the machine, it's serial number is 11,326.

Many thanks


villiers98 Fri, 25/09/2020

I m surprised you have not had a reply . I thought someone here had details of ageing Dennis mowers, though a photo always helps. Restoring one I d imagine would be prohibitively expensive but depending on condition ( photos again ) it should be possible to get it up and running . Much depends on how its been stored, ie in the dry , rodent free , valves closed, petrol drained or empty etc

Whereabouts in the country are you?

tim_stubbs Wed, 28/10/2020

Hi Stephen,

I have a 1925 Dennis and have never done a complete restoration but if you could post a picture I will see whether I can offer any thoughts.From the number it seems to precede the Z type so it is probably early 1930s. Good luck! Tim

tim_stubbs Mon, 11/01/2021

Hi Stephen. I have made enquiries and machine 11326 was new on 13th March 1935 and was sold to Worthmores. It would be interesting to see a photo of the mower. Could you post? Take care, cheers, Tim.