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#1 classic ONLINE  

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Posted November 02, 2014 - 04:55 PM

I took a road trip today to pick up a 1943 PE-75 generator for 100 bucks, and the guy told me he had an old reel mower I could have for 50 bucks. The generator starts and runs like new and makes power just fine. It still has the old Champion 8m plug in it. The Locke mower is a beast, but the thing actually fired right up and I mowed the front lawn with it. It's a smooth running easy to use machine and I like it. I just need to find a blade guard for it. It turned out to be a great afternoon!

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Posted November 02, 2014 - 05:24 PM

Cool scores and they run to boot!


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Posted November 02, 2014 - 05:31 PM

The generator spent most of it's life in a church to power a basement light on occasion. It appears to have had very little use. I never used a reel mower like this before, but man is it nice to operate. It's a bit grungy, but works great.The guy threw away the sulky for it not long ago, unfortunately.

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Posted November 02, 2014 - 05:36 PM

What a great mower !!!   Glad you got it  :thumbs:


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Posted November 02, 2014 - 05:38 PM

Great mower

They sure made some great looking stuff back in the day, love the pin striping on the frame!


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Posted November 02, 2014 - 05:49 PM

Heavy duty mower, dear lord the way they made things back then awesome.
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Posted November 02, 2014 - 05:53 PM

Wow! Those look great! Evidently little use and/or good preservation on both of those items!! Congratulations!!!
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Posted November 02, 2014 - 06:03 PM

Both of these things are HEAVY! The mower gets great traction uphill, and the generator...I wouldn't't want to have to move that around too much. I love the way older machinery was built and that's why I'll always have an interest in it. Luckily the reel mower has the reverse option and it works fine. I've been doing some research on it since we left the sellers place. The pin striping really looks great on some of the restored ones I've seen in pics.
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Posted November 02, 2014 - 06:45 PM

Great finds. That mower should last you a long time and keep your lawn looking great.


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Posted November 02, 2014 - 06:54 PM

That old mower looks like a great find... wow.  I bet that old Briggs sounds great putting across the yard.

 

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Posted November 02, 2014 - 07:25 PM

The mower ran real well and is pretty quiet. The muffler has been cobbed together, but I recently picked up a Nelson muffler just like it. I had to replace the fuel shut off valve packing and the carb drips when you stop the engine. I'll pick up a carb kit for it to get it back in shape. Everything seems to work fine and there are no odd noises, so that's a plus. Eventually I'd like to find an original blade guard for the reel since the makeshift stop sign guard just doesn't cut it.

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Posted November 02, 2014 - 07:43 PM

 "The Locke mower is a beast, but I just need to find a blade guard for it."

 

Your mower is a 30" cut.  .....Somewhere on the 'net is a chart where you can date the Locke by its serial number. 

 

I'm pretty sure I have the reel guard you want.

 

I also have manuals and other info.

 

Send me a PM. 

 

Where in NY are you?  .....If you're close to NJ, you may want to come pick up other spares.  


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Posted November 02, 2014 - 08:19 PM

Thanks Bruce,I appreciate it. I'm 100 miles north of NYC and I picked these up in Chester NJ this afternoon. I sent you a PM.

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Posted November 03, 2014 - 09:00 AM

Cool mower. I have a Locke-Devere walk behind mower at the house. Not sure what I will ever do with it, I offered to store for someone else, been at my place for 3 years, never heard back from the person. It sure is one heavy monster, I know that.



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Posted November 03, 2014 - 10:15 AM

They are heavy Tahoe. I don't know if you tried that one out, but if you did you would like it. I just mowed a little more with this one this morning and it's great to maneuver around the shrubs and other obstacles. The only reason I ended up with it is because I was looking for Briggs engines with coils for my ZZ engines. The PE-75 generator was a good deal and I couldn't leave the 50 dollar mower behind, since it has a good Briggs engine on it. Now that the mower runs and works well, it will stay together and get used around the place. At some point I'll get around to restoring the paint back to original, but for now I want to continue working on the Mighty Might tractor. So much for buying the generator for the coil and other parts. The generator works perfectly fine and is in excellent original condition. The generator will stay together as well and coils for the ZZ are available from other sources.




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