• That’s a good question!

    Anything that’s a snapshot in time, so an item with box (small hand tools etc), with instructions, with an advert from the time and with price or receipt or some history.

    I’d suggest anything unusual or anything from a small factory rather than a generic re-badged item from a massive churn-them-out factory. This is…[Read more]

  • alan replied to the topic Flymo in the forum Pedestrian operated machines 6 days, 6 hours ago

    I don’t know much about Flymo’s but I’ve had a search and found an advert from 1980. It looks very similar and based on that I’d say it is a GL 19 inch. They were advertised from the late-ish 1970’s into the 1980’s and maybe beyond that.

  • I’m not sure how many of the 600 series tractors are in the UK. I’ve done some research on the Case range of garden and lawn tractors as we have quite a few in the collection but not a 600.

    Research has thrown up a lot of newspaper adverts from independent machinery dealers advertising the Case range of tractors.

    I have a Case brochure and…[Read more]

  • The Fairlawn instructions can be downloaded from the members section:


    I’m re-doing the download pages bit at present.

  • Thanks for that Charlie.

    In 2014 I made a short video walking through the horticultural exhibits at Newby Hall, North Yorkshire. Video is on Youtube, I haven’t yet shared it on FB.

    One day we will all get back to wandering through machinery again.

  • alan replied to the topic Ginge Prisma 12" in the forum Garden implements 4 weeks, 1 day ago

    When I researched the Ginge article for the VHGMC I struggled to find a great deal about Ginge. However, it did appear that the push cylinder mowers were very popular at the time but my guess is that many will have ended up in the back of sheds, got corroded and then ended up at the tip. Newer versions are available today which shows how good the…[Read more]

  • The brochures show a red and silver colour scheme as well.

    Mountfield 25

  • alan replied to the topic Batric in the forum General talk and discussion 1 month, 1 week ago

    Thanks for the replies and useful info.

    I’ve had another look. Batric adverts indicate that they were making electric powered machines back in the 1960’s and were still selling them into the 1980’s. Indeed it does appears mobility scooters etc became a main avenue in the 1970’s and beyond and were a great success.

    Thanks for the info on Braune…[Read more]

  • I’ve had a query regarding Batric of Stroud and their 12V machines. Does anyone recall them?

    @nemode these images may help you, they are both from 1970.

  • Sam, There’s little else I know about the model you are looking for. Newspaper and magazine adverts seem to be a good place to look or even trade reports in magazines. Any photos to aid future researchers can be […]

  • Hello Ian

    The only image I can find is of a 1905 advert. At the bottom is mentioned the Excelsior and Improved Excelsior. ‘The Excelsior was awarded first prize, Royal Horticultural Society, 1886; also first prize, Paris Int. Ex. 1889. Many additional advantages are included in the 1905 pattern of the Improved Excelsior’

  • Just for info, there are handbooks and parts lists to download on the Hayter website;


  • I’ve found many references in various online archives referring to home made garden machinery. But interestingly there’s many plans for garden tractors including both the two and four wheel variety. This is no […]

  • In 1977 the Horwool business was purchased by Nickerson Bros. of Lincolnshire.

  • I have been doing research on Lawnflite mowers, this is no easy task I can tell you, but it reminded me of a machine I saw years ago that I should have bought at a sale, although I did take photos, one attached.

    It was a Lawnflite 8 made by MTD and imported by Barrus in the 70’s. This ride-on-mower was complete and had all the elements of a…[Read more]

  • Over the years the VHGMC website has grown to include many things other than the forum.

    We have put together a list of links to various pages within the website such as the gallery, ploughing, shop, downloads and the Cultivator magazine etc. This link can be found in the right side column as ‘Things To Do’.

    The link is also here – Things To Do…[Read more]

  • alan replied to the topic Westwood W6 in the forum Ride-on machines 2 months, 1 week ago

    The only thing I can think of is that the shaft size may be different depending on engine and (from experience) require a pulley with a larger/smaller centre hole to fit on to the engine. I swapped a Tecumseh engine (cannot remember what machine)) for a much better Briggs and it required a new double pulley as the Tecumseh-sized one wouldn’t fit…[Read more]

  • alan replied to the topic Westwood W6 in the forum Ride-on machines 2 months, 1 week ago

    I have the brochure, it says the W6 has a 222cc, 6hp, Tecumseh 4 stroke engine. The W6 was recoil start and the W6E was electric start.

    The W8 model had a 314cc, 8hp, Briggs and Stratton 4 stroke engine with electric start.

    However, this isn’t to say that the W6 was never available with a Briggs engine at some point. I’d be tempted to install…[Read more]

  • At the other end of the scale, I bought some brochures last week with free postage. Made an offer that was accepted by the seller, when they turned up the seller had paid more for the postage than I had for the brochures. They’d made a loss after taking into account the postage, listing fees and Paypal. I wonder if they were aware?

  • I was just reading on the forum about road registering a garden tractor, then saw a mention of a P.C.V. license (Pedestrian Controlled Vehicle).
    This reminded me of when I first I did my initial horticultural training via the Government YTS Scheme in the late 1980’s. I worked at a public school and the grounds were amalgamated with the local…[Read more]

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