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Hello All,

New here to the site and have embarked on quite a challenge....And new to lawnmower repair...

I picked up a HUGE Groundsman tonight which is in need of a lot of work at first glance....

All rollers/blades/wheels are moving which is a good thing and the mower has been kept garaged for the past 2/3 years.

Where do I start apart from oil/air/fuel clean?

I can see some bits of the wiring missing for the electric start so I suppose any wiring/servicing manuals would be useful if anyone knows where to get these?

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Hi Guys,

Thanks for the replies....

Sorry for not providing more information - the Mower is an Atco Groundsman B34E, its identical to the mower at the top of this page:

MowforBritain! Blog by Miles Ruffcutter, loving mowers all the way. Servicing and repairs of mowers in Hampshire and Atco/Westwood Restorations

I've given the mower a good clean and things are looking good;
They flywheel is turning over well and all insides looking very clean.
The main problem I have is that a just about all of the wiring has been removed, some of it very rough (Spark plug connector completely cut off???!)

I really am struggling with the wiring, but would like to just try jump start the mower before doing a complete re-wire. The cable has been removed from the starter motor too.

At the back there is a loom which has 3 points which will go to the block near the solenoid but not sure which goes where and cannot see any wiring diagrams anywhere.

There is a start button and an on/off switch, both are not cabled...

Any help with this wiring would be greatly appreciated.

Many Thanks
 

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Neat looking mower! :cool

That wiring is going to be a problem unless you can find a diagram or someone with the same model to take some photos. You could jump the starter easy enough but knowing what if any dependices the ignition system has on the battery and the other box with the heat sink to fire the plug is where it gets a little more tricky.

So far I have not had any luck finding a diagram searching the internet.

Couple of thoughts, one you might try contacting the company by phone or email using the contact page on their website. Maybe when you explain to them your situation and that you trying to bring an old mower back to life they would send you a service manual (or maybe the cost of one would be reasonable) or at a minimum email a wiring diagram. Second thought would be to see if you could find an engine service manual for it assuming the engine is made by another company. The engine service manual might not match exactly how Atco had it wired but it would possibly show enough of the ignition circuit connections that from there you could wire it up enough to get it running even if it was not exactly as it came out of the factory.
 

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Looks like a plan that could work! :cool

I would keep something handy to short out the spark plug first time just to be safe if the engine takes off but the kill circuit does not work for some reason. (I don't see why it would not work but just to be safe. ;))
 
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