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Joined: Jan 2010
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I need to clean out the shed and sell some of my mowers as i just dont have room and they need someone who can give them the time to look after them.

I initially posted on FB but you get allsorts on there.


Im in Moorebank, Sydney.

If the price is right I will sell, otherwise they will go back in the shed.. make a serious offer on any item (or the whole lot).

1. Victa supreme with catcher. Mower starts and runs. I don't think Air filter cover is original.

2. Early victa VC 160. I don't think its meant to be zip start (I think its meant to be wind up). Also, air filter is not matching. Last time I started it was 5 years ago.

3. Cortina, the base is in hood condition, the catcher is pretty busted up. Again, haven't started in +5 years.

4. Assorted parts. I took the high compression head off a power plus (if I remember right) about a decade ago.

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no interest?
Would it help if i set a price?

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Hi Johno,
a price idea might help as long as you realise that most here are always on the lookout for a bargain

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Does $500 for the lot sound fair?

Thanks.

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Hi,
I don't buy old mowers much, get a few going well, sell for $50 $60....bit more if they are good.....
Chain them to the front fence and put a price tag on them, I've done that. good luck
speedy


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Hi Johno,
Way out of my price range but maybe a collector of these old mowers may have a bit of interest, but I doubt on here,

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I would Ebay them separately, rather than joblot them for a larger outlay. Most collectors would likely only be interested in one of those machines for $100 odd rather than all for several hundred.

Personally I'd be all over that VC if it was the VC-125.


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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thanks everyone.

Ebay might be the way to go (for the supreme anyways). happy to let the VC and Cortina go for $45 each if anyone is interested.

I might keep the high compression head and retrofit it to my gear start edger for some additional power.

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just an update on this thread.

I have started pulling apart the VC thinking it may be the condenser (no spark)... With two young kids, i just dont have the time.

The Cortiona and the VC (Half dismantled but all the parts are there) are free (along with a tray of various spares from ethe shed cleanout).

Let me know if you want them, first person who can pickup can have em, i need to clear out the garage.

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Regarding the Supreme twin cylinder mower, I would clean the dirt off before posting it up on EBay. Presentation is important whether people realise it or not and may influence whether someone places a bid. It doesn't look attractive all dirty and even if it doesn't run, cleaning it up will make it look closer to unboxed condition which is what collectors envisage them as.


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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thanks mowerfreak.

Yeah, i gave the supreme a wash down this weekend. certainly looks better! And she started first go to after the wash! ill post some photos before she goes up on ebay.

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My opinion, but I wouldn't list it for less than $300 to start with as it's in running condition and looks in good shape, although the rear cylinder it's prone to failure and can sound like it's running properly. A way to tell is to listen for irregular pops coming from the motor, indicating a failure from one of the cylinders, most likely the rear.
The other way is to feel the handles for excess vibration that causes discomfort to the hands when running. They are renowned for their smooth running, so if it's feels as rough or rougher then an average two stroke, it's not running on both cylinders.
As a guide, one just like yours with the one owner and it's 1981 purchase papers from new at Waltons fetched $650 on the bay of fleas a few years ago. It had it's original dark brown catcher. Not sure if yours is a black replacement catcher you've got there.
Anyway, I'll be interested to hear how you went with the online auction.


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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Thanks mowerfreak.

I mowed the lawn with it a while back (late last year with the catcher) and then i noticed the catcher was getting brittle so i just packed it away. MY catcher is dark brown but it has seen better days (took me a long time to find the original catcher, its the same colour as the cowl). I have attached a video of it running. Does it sound like it has the ""irregular pops"?

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Hi Johno and all,

As far as I can see the 500 is running smooth.


If no one here wants the left over parts you could eBay them or put them on Gumtree ,someone will want them.

I had about 20 of the early VC models but only one with the original small green plastic shroud around the impulse
starter so that mower sold well but the others I just scrapped for alloy as no one was interested in them and they all
only cost me $10. each.The catchers for the VC are hard to find so people pay $30 for a catcher even if it's had a repair.

Cheers
Max.

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It was a very short clip but upon a couple of replays, all sounded well.
Looks much better after it's bath.


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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Thanks Max,

The VC catcher is in very good condition (no cracks, still has the éye' indicator). I think i have the impulse starter for it, but like you said, its really hard to find the plastic shroud.

Sorry about the short clip, the max file size is something like 3 mb so i had to edit it a fair bit. SUprised noone want the parts.. Back in the day, bumbly (if anyone here remembers him) drove 6 hours to pic up a VC self propelled from me.. (he did like the VC's though..)

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The Supreme has 29 bidders with a price of $460 so far.
I hope the winner honours the deal and doesn't change his mind and abscond after realising what a frenzied buffoon he was.
Greed -Bay is is known for bidding wars getting out of control and the winner refusing to pay.


Ahh, if only victa had kept producing the thumblatch catcher series, they would be in better shape today!
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For anyone interested, the mower was sold via ebay for the price stated. The buyer drove from a fair way away to pick it up. It goes to show that there is a bit of a following with the twins.

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Interesting to know. Glad you moved it on without drama and got a good amount.


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

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