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N1KK0 Offline OP
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Gents,

Just noticed this at a nearby estate auction - any idea what it is and feedback on them? Don't know about it as I think I've got my heart set on a Deutscher but this is unreserved and could go very cheap:
https://www.lloydsonline.com.au/Lot...46&lid=2705059&pgn=1&pgs=100

Thanks in advance.

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Hi N1KK0,
Not sure what it is, looks a bit early Deutscherish but it all depends on how much effort you are prepared to put into it. As you know most of this stuff has worked hard but this one doesn't appear to have lots of bits hanging, broken on it so it might be ok. Then if you got it cheap you can spend a bit of money getting it sorted. It is always a stab in the dark but as long as you don't pay a lot for it you can't loose much.

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G'day N1KK0 and Norm

I would say it's a Rover Slasher, https://www.outdoorking-forum.com.au/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=63382

I've seen them sell for $50 ,I just dumped a big Masport slasher at the tip ,it just needed an engine.


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Max.

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Why didn't you call Max, I would have taken it, I love big slashers. As long as the sun shines and the rains come grass will grow and people have to slash/mow it

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I had it advertised for about 12 months Norm ,couldn't get $10 for it , threw out a complete vintage ride on minus the engine with it.

I didn't think you would want it Norm ,even repaired it would probably be worth $150 ,not worth the effort.

I will let you know next time , I'm throwing out at least 40 4 stroke motors next.

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Thanks Max,
I know pretty much everything I do is not worth the effort but I still do it. I throw the 4 strokes out as well but I have probably only thrown out half a dozen 2 strokes over the years and that was because they had been out in the weather for years and all rusted up solid. I strip any parts I might be able to use before dumping them

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Thanks guys, yes looks like a Rover for sure - I think I'll pass on it as i wasn't that impressed by the lack of a proper deck on it (I'd be using somewhat close to my house) - am sure someone will get a good buy on it.

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Hello all,
Yes, a final-years HD 25 Rover slasher.
This is one from the final years of production in the 1980s.
There was a concerted effort to make an un-safe mower safer!

Thanks to the Western Group for identifying it.
Max knows his stuff.

Note how the belt guard also covers the drive dogs [images above].
This is an hilarious anachronism - an engineering throw-back.
I mean, rotating steel dogs acting directly on pneumatic tyres!

The thing is that the 'Posi-Track' system worked well!

[Rover tried to claim this was Australia's first ride-on in about 1962]
Why? they put a sulky seat behind it blush

[Linked Image]

This machine stayed in production for three decades!
It was simple, but robust and a favourite with municipal bodies.
Brilliant!


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