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Collection, Preservation and Display of Old Lawn Mowers

just a hello and merry christmas from a new member

Hello and a merry christmas to all at the old lawnmower club,i am a new member who has just joined today,i started viewing topics on here about couple of years ago, when i purchased a secondhand qualcast mower, and i looked up on the net to see if there were any collectors and i came across this great site,it was  just before  the site closed for a short spell so the site could be up dated.even though i am not a true collector,i have a passion for collectables and antiques and love to see things restored,i my self have been collecting and restoreing old blowlamps primus stoves and pressure lanterns for over twent years,you may well ask why join up,well as i love anything to do with restoration of vintage collectables and machinary etc,and have taken quite a interest in these wonderfull old mowers.And for such a small subcription, i can from time to time join in and view all the great restorations and finds, and seeing all the different makes and models.i have seen a good few old mowers etc on display at various steam fairs i have visited in the summer,so i thought i join up today i have realy enjoyed looking at the threads in this section and in the events section,who knows may be i will get hooked  

hillsider Thu, 27/12/2012

Hello and welcome to The Old Lawnmower Club forum,

You will find there is a lot of information to be found here (unless you have been exploring already).

You don't say what type of Qualcast mower you have but what ever model you have I am sure that you can get some satisfaction from restoring it or just using it as nature intended.  

The Qualcast Panther below was one that I have recently restored from a rusting wreck, the transfer on the chaincase was sourced from the OLC at the last annual rally. 

Perhaps you can tell us your mower type and post a picture of it.

Ray.

 

 

brian1967 Thu, 27/12/2012

H iRray thank you very much for your welcome,I can not rember off hand what exact model it is,i bought it at a garden centre in epping,which a fellow restores them and has a agreement with the management.It is more modern than your model, some time in the week i will have a look at it and take a few pics

redfernmowers Thu, 27/12/2012

ey up and a merry christmas to you. welcome aboard lol

good to hear you're a restorer. I too am a restorer but dedicate myself purely to vintage mowers and machinery. check out my website on the signature and you'll see what I mean. It sounds like from your vague description you have a ball bearing qualcast panther / super panther which is chain driven, that's if it's a hand mower and not petrol driven. I've restored a number of these in the past few years and they take a few days to get done and get right. worth a bit of care and attention but they won't make much money as they're easy to come by. 

The good thing about the later panthers is they are easier to strip down due to minimum number of parts compared to much older units as the roller is a 1 piece design combining the shaft welded to the roller, directly set to the sprocket and chain drive to the cutting cylinder.

If you would like any help on restoring that mower, drop me a line and I'm happy to offer my advice and time. 

take care, a merry christmas and a joyful new year to you.

ed

brian1967 Fri, 28/12/2012

Hi Ed  thank you very much for your welcome,i have just got home from work and its a bit late and dark to go looking in the shed,i now rember the decal saying super panther,i am going to have a look at your web site which i know i will like and enjoy

brian1967 Fri, 28/12/2012

Hi Ed i have just had a look at your web site,and i was well impressed with the quality of your restorations,of the Web wasp and the suffolk super colt.both machines were restored perfectly,and they looked as though all work was original and done by the maufacturer,and yet not over restored where a restoration looks better than it origionaly did,well done there  

redfernmowers Fri, 28/12/2012

Flattery will get you everywhere lol.

Just popped on to thumb through for any work, etc and heard your comment. thanks. that means a heck of a lot.

the restoration of the super colt for my client required a few changes to the original fittings for ease of service, as well as safety, so the original pz3 screws which were damaged due to corosion were replaced with 1/4" whitworth bolts with 7/16" washers to finish and update it just a little. If original fixings are damaged, I replace with new stainless or cobalt bolts & nuts leaving them clean and coated with a very fine oil to protect them. I don't like painting bolts because they are serviceable areas and should be highlighted as such.

the webb wasp was an absolute sod to do. not in terms of stripping and rebuilding. the next door neighbour's cat walked into my workshop while all parts were drying on the finish coat. the cat walked in and destroyed all the work. a good 3 days hard work plus expensive paints down the pan, so I had to acid strip everything and recoat, advanced dry by turning the other half of the workshop into a baking area for real heat treatment. parts painted and dried in 2 days, then reassembled ready for the client to pick up along with the jp maxees.

I think, I could be wrong but you may have a late 60's model. It's possible. if so, then if you do it right, 3 to 4 days full work and away you go. I can restore one of those for about £100. they're worth £150 fully restored to sell with grass box and decals, etc as they're still good cutters.

ed