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New member saying hello and looking for information

Hello all my name is Paul o'Brien and i am new to your sight.I was down at my local tip today dropping off my grass cuttings when this caught my eye. I paid the man at the tip £8 for it . I was wondering if any body could give me some information on it . It is a Qualcast petrol mower it has an ident label saying it is a model no 22A type 75G14. There is also another plate telling me about the oil that has      DR23953m on it . I would be most interested if some body could point me in the direction of a parts manual and user manual aswell as any information you may have on this mower . Thanks Paul O'Brien

 

stonethemows Tue, 18/10/2011

Hello Paul,

It looks to me as though what you have is a Qualcast Commodore. It will date from the early 1960's and Qualcast claimed at the time that it was designed for fine cutting. Well I suppose it's all relative.  I have three examples, one of which I have recently started using for work. Not having used one for jolly nearly 50 years ( I started very young by the way ) I had forgotten just how good they are. In my view it's a well designed and built machine and is a joy to use. Do you have a grassbox for yours ?

One of the machines features is the ' Dual Drive ' which means that the cutting cylinder  can still be powered without the forward drive, useful round obstacles and confined spaces. Qualcast also claimed that running the machine at the correct speed of 3 mph, a tennis court could be cut in less than 15 minutes. This seems something of a tall order to me; sometime I shall have to try it for myself. Interesting though that a cutting width of 14" was considered historically to be about the optimum for a tennis court.

The ident plate DR****** is the chassis serial number, there should be an engine serial number on the front of the cylinder block. I have an original Operating Manual and Spare Parts List with exploded diagrams of everything and when I get time I will make up a copy for you, but please don't hold your breath ! If you need any spares I might just be able to help, the control cables are likely to be the most difficult bits to find.

Regards,

Colin Stone

 

hillsider Tue, 18/10/2011

Hello Paul,

I agree with Colin your mower does look very like a Qualcast Commodore, if you explore the Mowers/Profiles section of this site I think you may find a Commodore listed along with a description. I have a pair of them in my collection in the work pending section. 

Ray.

 

 

paulobrien1974 Tue, 18/10/2011

Thanks for the information i now know what i have in the garage. As for the manual I have just bought one from the British Lawnmower Museum . Unfortunately the mower did not come with a collection box and i guess they are few and far between . 

paulobrien1974 Tue, 18/10/2011

Thanks for the information i now know what i have in the garage. As for the manual I have just bought one from the British Lawnmower Museum . Unfortunately the mower did not come with a collection box and i guess they are few and far between .