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Old 03-30-2011, 06:00 PM
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Antique Mowers

This week, I purchased a small lot of equipment including a 1961 Genoa staggered discharge pusher with a 3 HP Briggs wind-up. I suppose this is the first time that I've purchased a piece of equipment simply because of its age.

There is so little reference material out there on this machine, I can't find a photo of one to match the repaint. The engine fires right up, even though it is of the "unsafe" wind up variety, it runs very solid.

I am wondering, do any of the operators here collect antique mowers?
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:09 PM
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Post some pics!
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:34 PM
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When you say wind up, are you refering to the pull rope starting and not a spring return?
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When you say wind up, are you refering to the pull rope starting and not a spring return?
Yes he is.
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Yes he is.
I remember seeing pictures of those in repair books during shop class many years ago (and they were old then). Seems they would be a PITA to keep up with the rope till you turned it off.
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:28 PM
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I saw a Toro at the Hemmings shop in VT. What a contraption. Thing was big and heavy! I think from it was around 20's-30's.
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I remember seeing pictures of those in repair books during shop class many years ago (and they were old then). Seems they would be a PITA to keep up with the rope till you turned it off.
I've got a mower from the mid '90s that when you take the spring recoil off there is the pulley thing for wind-up starting, never tried it though. My 1966 push mower in my sig line doesn't have one for some reason, and as far as I can tell it never had one. I've had the recoils off some newer mowers and more of them than you think have them.
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When you say wind up, are you refering to the pull rope starting and not a spring return?
It does not have a rope. I will take a before shot tomorrow. It's my understanding this particular Briggs is highly sought after by go cart guys because it is unusual.

I believe the machine is a 1961. I wouldn't use this for anything commercial. It has surface rust, but the steel on the deck is good and thick, so a wire brush should get it pretty cleaned up. The original paint job was gold metallic flake. I believe I'll try to match the original paint as best as I can, but I just might go with flames.
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Get photos please. I always love looking at the old stuff.
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