Keep Suffolk or Atco?
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.
To my knowledge the Atco Deluxe and the Suffolk Colt share the same engine, so parts are interchangable.
If you look on eBay, you will probably find a replacement exhaust, a friend who is a club member here told me companies tend to reproduce parts for Suffolk mowers because they are even today popular and people like to use them because they are a usable machine.
I would keep the Atco Deluxe with no shadow of a doubt, it's a very nice machine, decent engine and with a little work it should be running just about right.