• There are various online references to P. J. Bryant of Forest Road, Fishponds, Bristol from the 1950s to the 1980s. Some adverts also refer to pond heaters and equipment. I wonder if Bryant were a retailer selling rebranded items rather than a manufacturer?

  • alan replied to the topic RFS roller in the forum Help and information 1 month, 1 week ago

    Excellent that the text helps with your roller.

    The R.F.S. on the roller is probably one of the directors who was R.F.Seymour.

    I also see that Dennis mowers bought the design rights to Seymour sports ground rollers of Derby from the Castwell Foundry.

  • alan replied to the topic RFS roller in the forum Help and information 1 month, 1 week ago

    I found a description of an RFS roller from 1963, does this sound like it might be it?

    “Seymours Castwell Foundry LTD., Raynesway, Spondon, Derby, produce this fully powered roller developed from the ‘Ogle’ hand roller. The cast iron double cylinder, 24-inch diameter by 24-inch wide, has well-rounded edges and front and rear scrapers are standard…[Read more]

  • Research on Gamages a while back showed that the rollers may have been made by a local foundry and possibly some could have come from Thomas Green & Sons – although this irrelevant piece of info doesn’t get your roller apart!

    Can I ask, how it has been dated to circa 1924?

  • alan replied to the topic Atco Ride-On Lawnmower in the forum Help and information 4 months ago

    Re photos size, I’ll add that using the in-built Snipping Tool in Windows is a good way to reduce the data size of photos. It can be found by searching for Snipping Tool through the Windows start menu. Once the cursor has been dragged around the photo or relevant area that you want, then it can be saved with a suitable filename.

  • alan posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    In reply to: wennax posted an update Hi everyone I am a new member and just asking if any has any info on the Ota Monarch co op blue with white wheels with orange toolbar on the back pictured on the VHGMC web site when you […] View

    Excellent!

  • alan posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    In reply to: wennax posted an update Hi everyone I am a new member and just asking if any has any info on the Ota Monarch co op blue with white wheels with orange toolbar on the back pictured on the VHGMC web site when you […] View

    It’s on the archive with a photo of the logsheet:

    http://www.tractorbox.co.uk/forum/printer_friendly_posts.asp?TID=5112

  • alan posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    In reply to: wennax posted an update Hi everyone I am a new member and just asking if any has any info on the Ota Monarch co op blue with white wheels with orange toolbar on the back pictured on the VHGMC web site when you […] View
  • Each December for the last few years the website has had twelve questions relating to vintage garden machinery and tools, we have done the same for 2021.

    They don’t take too long to go through, see how many you can get correct. A few weeks ago I asked three Guinea pigs to go through the questions. Guinea pigs 1 and 2 didn’t do too well and…[Read more]

  • Here are twelve questions for a short Christmas quiz. These questions relate to items from the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s and 1980s. With the 1980s now starting to be 40 plus years ago, many items have now become […]

  • Looking at driving licenses, the minimum age for using a ride-on mower is 16. It comes under Category K: “A mowing machine is a specialist ride-on grass-cutting vehicle with permanent cutting equipment. You must be 16 to use this type of vehicle”. Unfortunately, even if it was road registered you still wouldn’t be able to use it on the road, and…[Read more]

  • I’m not too familiar with the mechanicals of the Gunsmith, but I’d say it would probably be easier and cheaper to repair the gearbox.

    I have an Elec-Trak 36V battery-powered ride-on mower (often referred to as that daft electric tractor). That has a single-speed electric motor yet still requires a gearbox to provide the required drive speeds.…[Read more]

  • There’s also quite a lot of British Pathe films on Youtube.

    Although nothing to do with horticulture, I’ve been watching the 1950s and 1960s British Pathe videos about caravans. The reason is that I’m trying to get Trusty220 to buy a 1959/60 vintage caravan and he’s putting up some resistance at present and I thought the vintage films might…[Read more]

  • What? Actually PURCHASED jars? A good Yorkshireman would have borrowed them and saved some money. I think I need to have words with him as he’s letting the side down!

  • Odd question: In the early 1900s who showed the gardeners how to operate these new machines? Considering that the gardeners at Balmoral had, perhaps, never ventured near or been in control of anything as mechanical, this would be a real challenge for some.

    Did Ransomes send out an operative to train the gardeners how to use these mowers?

    It…[Read more]

  • I was also thinking that the Western tiller was also another machine, but with different paintwork and decals.

    The smaller Western Wizard ride-on mower is also available as a Landmaster and was made by MTD. The larger tractors, also made by MTD, were available in the UK as Wolseley. Was the tiller also an MTD product?

  • Depends on whether it is a MK1 or MK2 model.

    The first ATCOs were American imports from the late 1970s to 1986 and included several model numbers including 11/36 and 11/36E.

    The later ATCOs are the dark green ones with a black front, made in the UK from 1986 until 1992. Again there was an 11/36 model.

    If it’s the later model then any good…[Read more]

  • Having mulled this over, I have decided this is like one of those TV episodes of CSI (or whatever) where they get instant results by spurious methods.

    My answer, based on no factual evidence whatsoever, is that Thomas certainly is in the photo. Based on TV crime-solving theory, Thomas is taking the photo. A nearby glasshouse has reflected his…[Read more]

  • Perhaps Noddy employed Eeyore to pull a mower around the lawns then? Which would’ve been a fantastic photo opportunity for Atco with all the celebrity endorsements that go on.

  • I searched for some grips for the lift handles for a ride-on mower but couldn’t find what I wanted. I then discovered a couple of old bicycle pumps and the grips fitted perfectly – about 28mm size. They are the harder plastic.

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