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#1 diesel nut ONLINE  

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Posted October 21, 2017 - 09:30 PM

Hi all,  Found this push mower a couple weeks ago at a semi local antique shop when I was looking for a birthday gift for my mom.  

 

When I first saw it he had taken the engine off and had it sitting on a shelf in the corner and I didn't notice it until he mentioned he had it when I asked about the Maytag engines he had in one of the other rooms.  I didn't buy it at the time but I've been thinking about it and looking for info on it since.  This morning I decided to go see if he still had it and what I could get it for.  I came home a little lighter in the wallet but happy.

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 It's a twin cylinder Maytag vertical shaft and the tag says Velva-Cut made by Turpinorr MFG out of Kansas City, MO.  

 

It's in decent shape for its age but isn't perfect.  The 2 front wheels are missing pieces and theres 2 spots where the aluminium deck has chunks missing and a crack coming from one of them, and its missing the blade which is probably going to be impossible to replace. I spent a few minuets tonight tinkering on it to see if it would start.  It doesn't have any spark so I need to check the points.  Hopefully its that and its not because the engine is like the new push mowers that need a blade on them to spin fast enough to spark and start.

 

The blade would be nice to replace so I can at least try it but once I get it running I plan on just cleaning it up a little and  taking it to the shows as I've never seen another one like it before.           Stewart


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Posted October 21, 2017 - 10:59 PM

Very cool!  I love antique stores.....you never know what you'll find there.


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Posted October 22, 2017 - 12:24 AM

That is very unique Stewart, it looks like it landed here or something the Jetsons would have owned very cool. Good eye.

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Posted October 22, 2017 - 07:09 AM

​Really?     Your Mom wanted a Maytag engine?    You give some creative gifts.


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Posted October 22, 2017 - 08:57 AM

Even just cleaned up , that would look great at a show. Nice find.


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Posted October 22, 2017 - 05:46 PM

Never seen one until today and now I've seen two lol, Kenny just posted some show pics and in them is a two wheel'd version, cool mower for sure
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Posted October 22, 2017 - 08:51 PM

Neat looking engine!


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Posted October 23, 2017 - 08:59 PM

Thanks all.  I like it and when things calm down a little at work I'll bring it in and put it on the bench so I can pull the flywheel and see if cleaning the points will make it run.  It needs a piece of rubber hose for the air mixture screw and its missing most of the blade setup.  The piece of it I do have looks like it might have been a centrifugal cone clutch?  Wasn't too concerned about it because I didn't plan on using it much or at all for actual mowing, just have it so it runs when I take it to the shows to display. 

 

 

​Really?     Your Mom wanted a Maytag engine?    You give some creative gifts.

I do try to find unique or creative gifts but I ended up getting her whats called a Betty lamp for if she starts going to Civil War reenactments again.  It looks almost like this one except not as fancy. Just a tarnished brass colorbetty lamp.jpg

Originally it would have used like whale or fish oil and you put some sort of wick in the end of the spout.  I think it holds maybe 1/4-1/3 of a cup of oil.  From what I read about them now people use vegetable or olive oil in them


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Posted October 23, 2017 - 09:56 PM

I think I've seen a couple Maytag engine on a mower like that didn't catch the names though. say were is that exhaust going!?! I wouldn't  want to mow dry grass with it if it goes strait down!! yeah seriously though I've herd hundreds of accounts of people getting there newly restored Maytag running but it will never run again due to week magnets (or something spark related) unless you have a magnet charger of some sort its going to be pretty hard to get running. I've herd some people stick a thin rare earth magnet on top of the existing magnet but your going to have to ask someone who knows a little more about Maytags than me to answer that question!!


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Posted October 23, 2017 - 10:24 PM

The exhaust does dump straight down at the back of the deck.  I didn't think about weak magnets.  I'll have to look into that when I have the flywheel off.  Fortunately I have a magnet charger I borrowed years ago from my great uncle before he passed, when I was working on my Farmall F-12 magneto and when I was done and told him I could bring it back he told me to keep it so he would know where it was.  Worst case I'll have to get a couple adapter blocks made to go from the flat squares of the charger to the curved flywheel.



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Posted October 23, 2017 - 10:32 PM

The exhaust does dump straight down at the back of the deck.  I didn't think about weak magnets.  I'll have to look into that when I have the flywheel off.  Fortunately I have a magnet charger I borrowed years ago from my great uncle before he passed, when I was working on my Farmall F-12 magneto and when I was done and told him I could bring it back he told me to keep it so he would know where it was.  Worst case I'll have to get a couple adapter blocks made to go from the flat squares of the charger to the curved flywheel.

well as long as you got good magnets good coils i don't see a reason why it won't run!! please do a video of it running it looks like its going to be great!



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Posted October 25, 2017 - 11:22 AM

Found this advertisement for it last night on yesterdays tractor

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Posted October 25, 2017 - 11:26 PM

Found this advertisement for it last night on yesterdays tractor

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So they had an electric option I would defiantly take the Maytag one but I wonder if there are many electric ones still around 


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Posted October 26, 2017 - 06:49 AM

I got a two cylinder Maytag from a fellow some years ago with no spark.  All it took was a good cleaning of the points and it runs great.


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Posted October 26, 2017 - 12:31 PM

So they had an electric option I would defiantly take the Maytag one but I wonder if there are many electric ones still around 

I'd take the Maytag too but wouldn't say no to an electric one cause you just don't see those of any brand very often.   There's probably even fewer of the electric ones left than the gas ones.  

 

I got a two cylinder Maytag from a fellow some years ago with no spark.  All it took was a good cleaning of the points and it runs great.

That's what I'm hoping is all that's wrong with it.  I've had more than a few of mine that were running great when I put them away for the winter and had no spark when I got them out in the spring, and all but a couple just needed the points cleaned.  Hopefully I'll get a chance to go over it and see in the next couple weeks.


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