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So I recently bought this more out of curiosity than anything. I also wondered if it might fit one of my old Rover mowers. I am still trying to make "head or tail" of it. Can anyone tell me which models this was designed to fit? It came with only vague instructions "Fits selected models" but does not actually state which models. It is a "new old stock" item once made by ByNorm. Can anyone help?

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I got it to fit, but not on my old Rover 18" models. Instead it fit like a glove on the later model red 18-20" models with rear catcher. Not to worry I really needed one.

Turns out some blighter had at some time chopped off the top of the wire rod, probably in an attempt to make it fit something else. I have no way to weld anything at present, so I pushed some narrow copper pipe over it to form a sleeve and screwed a bolt into the top of that. Then I could keep adjusting it up and down until I got the right length for a snug fit.

First time I have ever come across one of these. A whacky design that works really well. Was it an original Rover patent or did someone at ByNorm HQ come up with this idea? Sad that ByNorm are not still making them. I could do with a couple more of them.

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Nice chute Vint_mow, but I am more interested in how I see a snorkel pipe on what appears to be a new OHV briggs???

Do tell how you did that one

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Originally Posted by Tyler
Nice chute Vint_mow, but I am more interested in how I see a snorkel pipe on what appears to be a new OHV briggs???

Do tell how you did that one

My uncle showed me how to do that. Basically you need to do a lot of sealing up. I used rubber and fibre furniture protector sheets, cut them to the sizes and stuck them on, Then added extra glues and silicon until it formed a perfect seal. You have to really look close to get all of the gaps because there are a lot of spaces to fill up. So many in fact that I really doubt those original filters kept all of the dust and dirt out. I keep the old filter in place as well as using the one on the snorkel too. Every now and then I clean both filters.

Oh and you will need one of these and something to drill out a large hole in the outer part of the canister, making sure to leave enough room for the primer bulb. Then I simply cut a small piece of flat steel and threaded it through the middle so it could be placed in behind the hole to tighten the snorkel adaptor. You will need some kind of soft rubber washer or similar to form a leak-proof seal against the outer plastic of the filter canister.

The photo below shows the newer type of snorkel adaptor. These will work okay but you might have to cut off some of the surrounding plastic. The older type that was round and fit on the top of the B&S carby were the best ones for this task.

Edit: I just remembered that in order to get a snug fit without any leaks for the snorkel adaptor, I cut the top off an old B&S carby and pushed it through the hole I made in the canister. You have to cut the hole the right diameter for a snug fit. The old metal type carby is probably superior to the newer plastic ones, but both should do the job. Then you just add a standard carby-snorkel washer and tighten it down and that's it.

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Very interesting. I always find written instructions to mix up things in my mind. I think I get what you mean, but a picture tells a thousand words.

It would be easier on the readystart models as they have a round 'spigot' where the filter fits on. would just need a 20mm rubber coupling, then an elbow and potentially a reducer to fit the corrugated pipe on.

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Hi vint_mow,
A while ago I made up a rear door flap that was a sidechute for the Victa mowers. You took the rod out of the existing door and put the rod and spring back in place through the new flap and you had a sidechute mower. Put them on Gumtree for $10/15 can't remember and didn't get one inquiry. No reason you couldn't use the same idea on a Rover

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Hi Tyler, I'll try to get some photos and post up in another thead to show how I did it.

Norm, Have you still got any Victa chutes available and what models do they suit? Are they for the newer models? The problem with the internet marketplace is it's vast, so not everybody sees everything.

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Thanks Vintmow. Interested to see how its done.

Norms victa chute fitted regular 18in decks 1981 onwards

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Hi Tyler, Didn't find the time today to take any photos but it is on my "to do" list. I'll get round to it. :-)

I haven't got any Victas as late as those unfortunately, but do know someone who has several and would love those rear chutes.

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No worries vint_mow. I don't even have a ohv briggs on a mower, but I have a spare one tucked away so will be handy to know how its done.

Thanks again


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