Atco allotment mower

  29 March 2016

Somewhow Frank has managed to rustle up yet another 'new' mower. I have stripped the carburretor several times and cleaned the main jet and I think that it is now operational although there may still be little bits of dirt lurking in there somewhere ready to clog up the jet again.

Use at your own risk.

Please note that the design of this mower pre-dates proper EU health and safety legislation and needs to be treated with care. [If we leave the EU it will probably be perfectly adequate again as new UK, reduced red tape, health and safety regulations will soon be brought into place.]

If you make a mistake, what's left of the National Health Service may be able to stitch your fingers back on or not. Please see G4S website for more details.

Kindly note that you use it at your own risk.

The main problem is that the cutter cylinder rotates at all times when the engine is running and there is no 'dead man's' switch. Used properly, it is safe but please read the notes below to ensure safe working.

Guidelines for use

This is a quality machine, designed to produce a fine cut on a well maintained lawn. ie not to cut long coarse grass on our rough allotment field. Having said that it has been effective in cutting the grass though you must resist the temptation to push it into rough areas.

There is an apochryphal tale, lets say from St John's College, Oxford, founded 1555, of visitors from one of her majesties former colonies, enquiring of a groundsman, 'How do you get your lawns to look so wonderful?' 'Oh its easy your ladyship, we just cuts them every day for 400 years'. That is what this mower is expecting to do so go easy on it!!

To start

  • Remove from the shed, do a visual check and clear any obvious obstructions from the blade.

Take it out of the shed.

The grim teeth! Front roller height adjuster to the right.

Put on the grass catcher.

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