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  • Any old mower specialists in?
  • Premier Icon stevied
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    I bought an old Atco Deluxe 14 a couple of years ago which I did up and got running nicely.
    Used it last year on the lawn at the new house and the clutch seemed to overheat and ruined the rubber coupling on the flexidrive.
    Any ideas on what may have caused the issue? Think I’ll look to replace the clutch (if I can find one) and the cables too, thinking bad cables may have caused the clutch to stick?
    She looks great but not much use if she doesn’t work…
    atco

    sharkbait
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    No help in afraid but that pic takes me back nearly 50 years.
    Looks fab 👍

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    It was a joy to use whilst it worked..cut so well. Just want to get it running right as there’s something about an old mower.

    JAG
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    An overheating clutch is a slipping clutch. Input shaft and output shaft MUST turn at the same speed, when they don’t you’ve got slip. That will cause the clutch to overheat and heat has probably damaged the rubber coupling.

    It could be worn out or badly adjusted – either will create/allow slippage.

    Check the friction material (in the clutch) hasn’t worn out – replace it if it has.
    Check the clutch cable adjustment – Adjust if there is any tension in the cable when drive is engaged.

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    Thanks JAG. Nice, simple explanation 👍🏼
    Looks like I may have not set the cable up properly and replacing the clutch pads sounds like a good (and cheap) way to go.

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