Commando Hoe

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    charlie
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    Recently added to my collection is a Commando Power Hoe, made by Power Hoes, Ixworth House, Ixworth, London, SW3. It is powered by a JAP2A engine with engine number 2A W 12499 45, the W dates it to 1950. The only information I have is that which is Brian Bell’s book 70 Years of Garden Machinery; any additional information would be most welcome.

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    #29331

    busman
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    There is a picture of one on page 35 of Mechanical Aids to Gardening by J G Wallace. It also features in the Appendix, which gives an ex-works price of £75!!

    #29339

    charlie
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    busman, thanks for the extra information, that is one book I dont have (yet).

    #29341

    busman
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    Until you have managed to track down a copy of the book, attached are a couple of scans. The original picture in the book is very small, so the scan isn’t the clearest.

    Sean

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    #29344

    charlie
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    Sean, many thanks for copying the photo etc. The machine in the photo is the same as mine except for slightly different wheels.

    #29345

    charlie
    Keymaster

    After giving carb and magneto a good clean and replacing perished HT lead the engine now runs. New throttle cable made. Now to checkout gearbox and how clutches are supposed to work. Clutch to disengage hoe drive does not seem to work.

    #29346

    charlie
    Keymaster

    A search of British newspaper archive revealed an article dated December 1949 that shows the Commando Hoe exhibited at Smithfield Show. Associated photo shows a machine the same as mine.

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 3 weeks ago by  charlie.
    #29349

    charlie
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    An online search of MERL archive has revealed they have a leaflet for the Commando Hoe, something to look at and copy next time I visit.

    #29350

    charlie
    Keymaster

    Gearbox was tight, so I stripped it down and found one bearing was tight from lack of use, now all turns nice and easily. Below are a couple of photos of final drive to wheels and associated clutch, looks to be some good solid engineering.

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    #29354

    charlie
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    Everything is back together, time for a test run/hoe.

    #29355

    trusty220
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    It looks like a very expensive way to rake the allotment- I can see why it didn’t catch on! Well done to Charlie for saving it. These must be so rare these days, it has been difficult even finding a photograph of one.

    #29363

    will-haggle
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    Ixworth House, Ixworth, London, SW3. was also the address for Tarpen throughout the’50’s.

    #29364

    charlie
    Keymaster

    That is an interesting fact, I wonder what the connection was, or it could simply be the registered address.

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