As a professional horticulturalist, I often deal with small machinery, and luckily I have an interest in it.
Although I don't tend to use ride on mowers, or 'lawn tractors', a great deal, I do have an interest in them. Particularly old ones.
So, a couple of years ago a mate offered me an old Westwood mower for £50:
I have more photos, but can't find them at the moment! It's got a little 6hp Tecumseh engine in. Runs, drives and cuts, but throttle doesn't work properly.
I started looking for parts, and then a bigger engine. Although it didn't NEED a bigger engine, well, you know. But I gave up, as a 10hp engine was at least £120.
Then a couple of days ago the wife spotted another one on a Facebook selling page. Up for £75, I was driving at the time so asked the wife what number was on the side, she said '11'. "Offer him £60, I'll get it tonight".
Supposedly a good runner, but various parts are not attached to the engine. Steering needs putting back together. BUT, it is an 11hp Briggs & Stratton engine.
Sorry for the photo quality!
I've got to look at the other one to figure out how that all goes together...
The plan is to fix the 6hp one, tidy it up, then I'm unsure, I might sell it.
The 11hp one will be fixed up, painted Nato green, and used as a yard tug and rough ground mower. I might also make a removable spray tank and boom, so I can use it for pesticide / herbicide application.
I've also got an MTD and a Murray, but they are less fun.
I'd have to have a good measure. Would mean cutting the rear arches and welding the lip back on, cutting the rear axle, from memory the ends of the driveshafts have a slot which you fit a tiny bar in to drive the wheels, so possibly cut the end off and cut a slot further down.
Would probably involve cutting the deck, which would mean fitting a slightly smaller blade.
I'd need to figure out a width and then take many measurements of the Westwood!
So it wouldn't be easy, but might turn it into quite a practical little mower.
Obviously I'd keep the 11hp one as a full size machine.
I've got one of these knocking around somewhere too. But never been a fan of rear engined ones.
I got given it as payment for helping someone move house, it was a non runner. The plastic gear in the starter motor had jammed, I bought a new gear from France (over the internet), and it started up no problem. However, I forgot about all the weight being at the rear, top gear, high revs, foot off the brake, wheelied it down the garden path, luckily the tow hoop smacked the ground and the fuel tank fell off (I had only trial fitted it), otherwise I would have ended up wrapped round a tree.
Come to think of it, a similar thing happened when I used a mate's old Massey tractor...
Yep ! Though shortly after making it ,I pinched the honda engine for a sexy Webb 24"...which also didn't have a grass box ...so i had to another buy one that did, just for the box. The black and gold suffolk is my daily ,still going strong!