Hi, my first time on here and I'm after views and a bit of advice please. I've got 2 mowers, both inherited from my Dad. Neither particularly old, both work (although both could do with some work on the cutting cylinders). I can only keep one, but which...? Any views appreciated, here goes:
Suffolk Colt 12" with centrifugal clutch and tank on the side of the engine cowling. Dog clutch to drive the roller. Think it's about 1963/4 as I was born Dec 1960 and I can't remember my Dad using anything else. Cylinder and bottom blade worn, and been re ground several times. Needs a new exhaust (holed silencer, which looks like a big sausage).
Atco Deluxe 14" with 2 separate clutches operated by handlebar levers. One engages the roller and blades, the other disengages the roller drive when squeezed. Think it's from about 1974. Blade could do with setting/sharpening. And the base plate, on which the engine sits, is cracked from one of the corners to about an inch in. From engine vibration I guess.
Both leave 'crinkle cut' effect on the grass so blades need sorting. I don't have a big lawn area and the Suffolk is big enough but I am not sure spares (eg cylinder and bottom blade) are still available for it. Both have good grass boxes, and start and run fine. I tend to use the Suffolk with the roller drive off so I can push it slowly enough to get a good cut!
But although both are of sentimental value I can't keep both - so any thoughts appreciated. Thanks.