Vintage cylinder mower identification please

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  • #32822

    sherpamog
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    Hi can anyone tell me what this mower is please.
    Thanks
    David

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    #32825

    dorigny
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    Would it be a Valor.??

    Clive.

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    #32827

    sherpamog
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    I’m unsure I don’t know about them
    Thanks
    David

    #32828

    alan
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    It does remind me of the Valor Ironcrete mower from the late 1960’s onwards, called the ‘twelve plus’ or something. I have a photo somewhere, though I recall that my photo shows an orange mower with a Valor decal on the corner of the grassbox. They possibly made a battery version in the 1980/90s which might have been the orange one…?

    Valor Engineering LTD, Birmingham.

    Whether or not it’s a Valor, it’s a pretty standard machine of the time of which others made similar machines, monetary value not massive but a tidy machine if in working order.

    #32829

    dorigny
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    I did not know of them until I saw a couple at, I think, the auction at Carrington Rally one year. Although I seem to recall seeing one earlier, maybe in the trade in shed at my first employment in the garden machinery world.? I can’t remember the colour but if it is a Valor then I suspect the green is a more recent paint job.? I’m tending to think back to some pinky,orangey red with light green, grey buff..?? but memory could be playing tricks…

    Clive.

    #32830

    andyfrost
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    I seem to recall they were a sort of maroon colour , (rather a similar shade to the small Clifford rotavators) and powered by the small 65cc BSA engine.

    Andy.

    #32831

    alan
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    Andy, now that you mention that maroon colour I do recall something about it being that colour.

    I’ve had a look and cannot find my photo, but I did find that there was both petrol and battery models that were about in the late 1960’s and in the 70’s.

    #32832

    alan
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    I have found an image!

    The mower is a Valor Ironcrete.

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    #32834

    dorigny
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    Thank you for finding and pasting the photo. Obviously my memory was playing tricks on the colour 😉 ..at least the handles are a cream/buff 🙂

    Thank you,
    Clive.

    #32835

    alan
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    Clive, Your memory of the colour was far far better than mine originally was! I was thinking orange and it turned out to be maroon!

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    #32837

    andyfrost
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    Mystery solved then , Alan , your collection of photos must be amazing !!!

    Andy.

    #32838

    dorigny
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    It’s set me thinking. I wonder if this Valor mower design was a UK one or if it was sourced in.?

    I am always fascinated to learn the stories behind these sometimes short production runs of machines

    No links to this mower type but I remember going to GLEE exhibition in maybe the late 1980s and there was a range of cast alloy sided cylinder mowers on the Wolf Garten display that were more or less a copy of the Super Colt and Super Punch design, possibly South African.? ( not the pressed steel type sold by many including a time badged Wolf) I don’t think the cast alloy Wolf I saw then ever made it into the catalogue in UK. ? Sorry for the aside, but just me having one of my oft mower ponders.

    Clive.

    #32839

    sherpamog
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    I am genuinely amazed at your knowledge of such obscure machines.
    Im a general trader and wish to sell it, any idea on value?
    I have never bought one before but see similar regularly.
    I can get pictures and post on here to see if there is interest a couple of days before sale, most of the sales I go to are not online.
    If there is a spares machine or something I can buy and just strip the bits needed, post at cost and a drink for me. I’m not greedy but will expect a profit on the good stuff!
    Many thanks
    David

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