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Spotted this from the side of my eye under a rubbish pile on the side of the road. It is intact except for missing air cleaner. It has a Briggs I/C. I presume this means a commercial grade with iron cylinder liner.

It has good slasher blades and the deck seems ok.
Wheels wobbly but otherwise good enough.
It's a beast of a mower to look at and I can't wait to do some recreational nature strip mowing for fun.

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Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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Looks very nice MF

Seems someone has already welded the RHS handle

Think you are right - an 11 ci briggs with plain bearings and cast iron liner is what I would be expecting if you were to decode the engine (though it might have the nicer needle bearings some came with)

Would have originally had a round pleated paper filter

Do you plan on having a play with the vacujet carb first or just throw on a pulsaprime?

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Hey Tyler,
I have a pair of spare pulsaprime set ups I can attach if this doesn't work. Can you attach a regular foam element from a pulsaprime to this vacujet set up?

I'm glad you think it's a good one. This would be pure joy to use on the challenging stuff. I do notice the blade disc is the same as my domestic rear catcher SS but with bigger blades attached to make up the width. The deck design plays a major part in it's performance as it can handle copious cuttings as they are chopped up, much like a high arch rear catcher base.

I'm glad you pointed out the weld on the RH handle. The left side has a patch in the same position. Should make it sturdier.

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Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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Originally Posted by Mowerfreak
I have a pair of spare pulsaprime set ups I can attach if this doesn't work. Can you attach a regular foam element from a pulsaprime to this vacujet set up?


Was going to ask you the same question haha

Maybe - I say no probs on the element fitting; but what stud to use?



I run 2x slasher blades and 2x victa 19in tornado blades; makes it throw a good distance out the side


Handle is a known failure point. See https://www.outdoorking-forum.com.au/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=54559

First they had nothing, then they had the semicircle 'force distributors' (like yours), then they added the retaining straps (like mine). Gadge informed me that my one has home made ones, which are marvelously done. Mines split and welded both sides

Would have liked to have talked to the guy who owned it, but he was in hospice by the time he gave is wife permission to put a few out for free (Big bob, SPFC corvette Briggs VP monaro and Stihl Viking I got, plus a couple Rovers and a SB huntsman which another few guys got).

By the time curbside collections came around next (and I grabbed a few thumblatch catchers and a SPFC Charger) I was told he was gone.


They aren't a light mower to pull the cord on (though that could be to the cast iron flywheel on mine (gxv120 honda)

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Also, I know you probably have your own procedure for this, but anyway what I would personally do is work out the oiled foam air filter - install stud only (carby won't work right without it.

Check spark. Drain engine oil (if very bad), then tip/siphon old fuel out. refill the oil with cheap 15w40 Remove plug and squirt some oil in toward piston.

Remove cowl and put 3 drops of oil in the starter clutch top hole, carefully lift up the starter cord and add another few winds (there probably wont be a notch like hondas but its possible anyway.) Reinstall

Check blades

Fill with petrol and pull the cord a few times and it should hopefully start. Run 30 minutes, change oil again. Then again a few hours later

As an aside:

If you are having running problems, buy some of this https://www.bunnings.com.au/120ml-mechanic-in-a-bottle-fuel-treatment_p0169259

As I have said before - it sounds like a scam but often isn't. I was given an original Black and decker 'whipper snipper' (another deceased estate) with a broken pull cord.

This afternoon I fished the broken cord out (half crank), saw it was only broke below the handle, so filed the sharp bit off the brass eyelet, passed it back through and put on a 10c Bynorm victa handle.

Fuel line were old but there (though he reversed them so there was no filter on the inlet) tank full of congealed oil (which wouldn't come off). Put in 1/2 tank of 25:1 and started attempting to start it. Ran with fuel down the carby but after 5 goes it showed no signs of a good carby (wouldn't even fill the bulb).

Put in 10ml of the Mech in Bottle into tank. After 3 lots of fuel down the throat it kept running on full choke. Ran full choke 2 minutes then it rich stalled.

Left 5 minutes and it fired up no choke, the primer even worked a bit. Wasn't happy for another 10, but after that I could have quite easily gone out and used it to cut the verge.

Of course I will rebuild the carby, but it was just an experiment.

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Ahh you mad scientist you!
Doesn't sound like snake oil then.
I shall follow your tips and hopefully we'll have another eastern counterpart to yours. I would never have grabbed it if it wasn't for remembering how you told us you love yours. Big Bob is a great sounding name that sticks in your mind. SupaSwift. What a winner.


Let's hope the engine's got some life left in it.


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Good score there MF

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Cheers NormK. I did alright. smile


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