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After I bought the Lawn King last summer, I was really not planning on looking for another reel mower for a long time. Really. The LK was sort of a thing where I had always dreamed of having one to go along with my LQ for what seemed an aternity, so getting that was an exception there you could say. I live with my Mom, fyi I am 21-(NO, not some guy in his late twenties still living at home as bum lol), so I really didn't/don't want to be taking up a lot of garage space. It's just not right in my mind. Also being that it's simply not practical to have a lot of stuff like this when you're my age for many different reasons, I have not really considered getting another. But I do have to admit though, every once in a while I'll see some old vintage reel that really catches my eye pop up on Ebay or CL and have to restrain a bit.

The other day I made a wise crack and said "you probably hate having this (the LK) in the garage." After a little conversation about it, it turns out that there is actually supportiveness for the little hobby and that it would be alright if I expanded the collection a bit. And I do mean a bit meaning one which is only what I feel comfortable getting at the time. I guess the way I see it is, having three old reel mowers rather than two isn't going to be a life altering ordeal for later on in my life in which case really don't see myself one day saying "man, if I hadn't a bought that third reel mower when I was 21 I'd have it made by now." Besides, I can always thin the heard a bit if I really had to, no the LK under any circumstances is never going though.:)

So anyway, because of that, I thought why not put a few want ads out there describing what I'm looking for and see what turns up. I put one on EngineAds, CL, Ebay and couple of other sites that I can't remember right off hand at the moment. Yes, I'm obviously going to most likely have to ship whatever it is from out of state-*thinks oneself, ahh, sometimes this hobby can be expensive*. Because I'm only going to be getting one, again I only want to be adding one at this time, and being that I will be paying to ship it out of state, it's gotta' be pretty darn unique.;) I do have a little must have list and that consists of, whatever it is, having pneumatic tires and it must be complete and in fair shape for its age. As much as I love vintage Jacobsen mowers, I would kind of like to add a four stroke to the small collection of two 2 cycles. I just think it would be fun to at least have one of the three mowers be a 4 cycle, so that means it's probably not going to be a Jac.

I've had the ads out a couple of weeks now and haven't had any responses until one that I recieved today. It is from somebody who states that they have a big 'ol commercial type reel mower with pneumatic tires, has a rear swivel and is orange. Yes, I *know* what you must be thinking by now, but it very well could be something different like a big 'ol Eclipse as they did paint some of their large commercial models orange for while, so we'll see just exactly what it is. I'm waiting to hear back with more info and pics, so I'll post them up regarding whatever it is.

Kind of fun to be looking for one and will also be interesting nonetheless to see what turns up by the responses that I get. The last thing I'm going to do though is simply get one to get one, so again, because I'm most likely going to be paying for out of state shipping and all, it's gotta be fairly unique in it's own right and match what I'm looking for.

Will keep you all updated.;)
 

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Uh-oh! :eek: Next comes the new pole barn and old school buses parked behind the house filled with spare parts. :D

If you were my son I could think of much worse things you could be doing other then collecting and restoring lawn mowers. Perhaps your mother is thinking along the same lines. ;)

Keep us posted what you come up with! :)
 

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Austen, give your mom a big hug from me. Tell her some guy in Illinois, (that you got interested in old Jakes), thinks she's O.K. because she's good with your hobby, and that she's got a pretty nice son.
 

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Uh-oh! :eek: Next comes the new pole barn and old school buses parked behind the house filled with spare parts. :D
Haha, yeah definitely not ever going to happen.;)

Austen, give your mom a big hug from me. Tell her some guy in Illinois, (that you got interested in old Jakes), thinks she's O.K. because she's good with your hobby, and that she's got a pretty nice son.
:), That is nice Bruce, thanks.

Still waiting to hear back from the fellow with the unknown reel. After reading over his email again, he states that it has pneumatic tires on all three corners leading me to believe that it is an Eclipse (or something else) as the Jake's utilized a steel caster for the swivel unless it's a rider.

I found this on Ebay, but after calculating the shipping, it would be really really high (more than what I'm willing to spend) because it's clear across the country and also has the sulky included as well,

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180656736362&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT
 

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Ok, finally heard back with a few photos.

It is a 1950's 25" Eclipse Rolloway. From my research on these mowers, you cannot however date the exact year of an Eclipse mower, but rather a year range of when it was made. I would need to get the serial # from him the find what year range it would be, but I believe it to be either a 1955 or '56.

My questions that I sent earlier did not however get answered. It appears that the seller does not know much about the machine as he did not know the brand, but I did resend some questions back to him though.

Anyway, from viewing the photos it appears that it's in pretty good original shape. The engine seems to have most of it's paint still intact, just take a look at the decal on the right side for example and from what he states, it is all original. It looks like it's missing more of the yellow paint down around the reel and whatnot versus the engine. I have also seen on a lot of these models, or rather Eclipse reel mowers in general, hubcaps over the rims and this one appears to be missing them.

As I mentioned before, I resent a few questions back this time mainly about how long that he had it etc as it seems he doesn't know a whole lot of specific details about the machine itself. He did state though that it ran great two years ago. From the looks of it, it appears that it's in good original, straight shape and think it would make a nice unit to have next to the LK as they are very similar in size so I sent him an offer as well as the link to the auction listed earlier to compare it to.

Here are the pics,







I'll let you guys know what happens.
 

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I got a reply back from the owner and this is what it is:

Austen,
It is in nice shape, there is still a label of some type on the handle bar but I am not sure what its for. I have had it for 7 years or so. I did cut grass with it one time just messing around and it worked okay, blades might need a sharpen. I have not had it running in 2 years, I think, so you may need to clean the carb and such. I have not done a thing to it since purchasing, just got it spark and clean gas and had it running. I do not think there is anything broken or even welded on it, the tires did hold air, but are down from sitting. I will put air in them for you. I am glad it is going to someone who will enjoy it.
We agreed upon a price, so just need to mail him out a check and find a shipper. I plan to find one on UShip.com, so need to get that set up.
Pretty excited! Looks to be in straight shape and I think that after a good clean up, that it should look pretty good.
 

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After talking with an Eclipse expert, this one is a jalopy.

The engine is not original, and it is also missing the top plate that goes around the engine and covers the reel. Not good!

Gonna' have to pass on this one. Another will come along.
 

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Interesting mower but it is disappointing that it is not fully OE. Here's hoping you have better luck on the next one! :)
 
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