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  1. If I ever get one I will let you know. Why £20? Because its £20 more than I get now. Its just not worth the time to try to do anything with them, and I only sell top notch used stuff. My skip costs me nothing, but the guy who empties it gives me nothing either. Works for me. Its different on this side of the game.
  2. If you establish a market for these type of mowers as spares I can supply you with dozens each year for £20 each. You would have to collect them though. At present they just get skipped and most are in much better condition than yours with perfect engines.
  3. To be honest there is no way on earth of repairing that rust in a safe manner in a professional workshop. The risk of a repair letting go when hit by a stone is quite high, and if that were to happen and there was damage to people or property the repairer could be sued, or even face the courts. The integral strength of the deck has been lost, and by the time you descale the rust there will be little left. And as for making money, I guarantee that at my £50hr labour rate I would make far, far more by repairing that pile of rust than by selling an equivalent new replacement, but I would never contemplate it. Carry on by all means and use it yourself, but not near people or property, and please never consider selling it.
  4. HDAV, I admire you for wanting a project to keep yourself from being bored. BUT, that mower is severely rusted and is in a dangerous to use state. Using it yourself is one thing, but selling it might NOT be a good idea. Any that we get in in that condition go straight in the skip!
  5. Have had issues in the past with loose lumps of carbon in the muffler getting jammed over the exhaust hole, then dropping away when the revs fall off.
  6. It's worth checking that the pump diaphragm and gasket have been assembled the right way round before getting too carried away.
  7. If you bought it a few years ago it would have been the old GCV engine. The new one has only been out for a couple of years and was only on Mountfield for the first season
  8. Just saw one in the village, you know the type. All lycra, gnarly leg muscles. Pointy Airodynamic hat, snug fitting pointy shades and, no doubt, a hidden budgie. Barreling through the country village and WEARING A FACE MASK. WTF!
  9. Not trying to be funny, but is there really such a thing as McCulloch Alpina? There is McCulloch, then there is Alpina. D ifferent manufacturers. And what is so difficult about the word McCulloch that it need to be made even more difficult by putting a G in it?
  10. Hi i see you  are  a stiga mower man. Hope you  dont mind i was wondering if i can ask a couple of questions first ive got a park president and it turns over really fast but wont fire. Second when i did get it running and drove it forward it seam to try and stop the engine but ok running in neutral.

    1. GardenKit


      Sorry Paul, way too big a subject to discuss remotely.

      Service history? Compression? Ignition? Valves? Fuel?

      Maybe best to take it to someone who knows their stuff, but not yet of course. STAY HOME, SAVE LIVES.



  11. Stiga Mountfield (Stiga own Mountfield) entered the market a few years ago with the Freedom 48 system aimed at domestic users. They then introduced the 80V system, which consisted of heavier duty machines and used a heavy 80V battery. Not strictly classed as Pro user stuff, but pretty good. There is a Pro mulching mower in the range. Next came the lightweight 24v kit, all supplied in a box with a battery and charger, specifically aimed at domestic market. Now we have the 500 series (also 48V), which is the latest technology and will I think slowly replace the older 80V and 48V ranges. The 500 series batteries come in 2.0ah, 4.0ah and 5.0ah varieties. All exactly the same size, but different weights. The 500 series mowers generally use 2 batteries. The 80V saw is big and heavy. It uses a 2.5 ah 80 v battery providing 200w/h of power. The 500 series saw is much more compact, and a topper to boot. Using just one 4.ah battery which provides 172w/h of power.
  12. GardenKit

    Medium size 4x4

    Plus one for the Subaru Forester. Incredibly reliable, and the amazing permanent all wheel drive will take it anywhere. A little thirsty, but not disastrous.
  13. We were contacted on 1st April, as promised, by the local council in respect of the grant to rateable business. It took only a few minutes to fill in the on line application and the money should be on its way to our account. £10k does seem a lot of dosh, but it is a one off grant (gift, as it does not need repaying). It will go along way towards paying the business overheads of rent, insurance, utilities etc for 3 or 4 months. But we are a Ltd Company and there is no provision for company directors in the current aid package, unlike the 80% income that that the self employed have. If I was running as a "sole trader" rather than a Ltd Company I would have the £10k to keep the business afloat AND a wage based on the average of 3 years profits. As it stands we will be living off our savings. One bonus though, living frugally for two weeks has let me lose 1/2 stone!!
  14. Almost right, but not quite. Saw £149 (bare) 4.0a/h battery £129 each. (takes one, but you may want a spare too) Standard charge £34 Fast charger £79 In stock at present (no std chargers though)
  15. 4 to 8 thou clearance on both valves, but TBH they seldom need adjustment. 25thou on the plug. Not much else to say really, pretty bombproof engines.


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