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Hi Everyone, been a long time since I posted but I was hoping someone could give me some advice please.

I have recently purchased a used Etesia Pro 51K mower from a well known auction site via Buy it now. The seller stated that he had over 10 of these machines with best offer available too.

I e-mailed the seller and asked the year of the machines, he stated 2011, which I need to check somehow as unlike my Pro 46 there is no date plate on the item.

The seller promised to send me the best out of the bunch if I paid his full asking price, which including delivery was around the £500 mark.

Upon receipt I first noticed that the mower was fitted with a 46cm blade and not the correct 51cm blade.

I have used the machine a couple of times and noticed that the machine has got louder and louder every time. More like a metal on metal clutch type of sound, slightly high in pitch but after a few minutes the noise would reduce or stop.

Today I used the mower on a customers lawn and it suddenly cut out. I restarted the engine, which sounds fine but the minute I activated the clutch, there was a high pitched loud squeal and the machine dies. I also noticed that there is no forward drive now either, even when the clutch is not activated.

So I assume that it may well be the clutch that is the issue, so my questions are-

1) Is the clutch unit serviceable and replaceable?

2) Is the work required fairly straightforward on a DIY basis?

3) could it be something else other than the clutch?

4) Will Etesia likely tell me the year of manufacture if I provide the serial number?

Thankyou for taking the time to read my post. I have the mower for just over a month so far and I really do hope it's not a write off.

Regards

Marc 

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  • PRO
    Hello mate, you need to speak to Derek Over at http://www.mowerspareparts.co.uk/, he is very knowledgeable on Etesias and can get spares , hope this helps, many thanks Harry
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    Leigh park garden machinery specialise in spare parts and after sales back up for lawn mowers and garden machinery from manufactures including Alko a…
    • Thanks Harry, Ill shoot an e-mail off to him.

      Great to have a reliable contact too.

      Much Appreciated

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      Leigh park garden machinery specialise in spare parts and after sales back up for lawn mowers and garden machinery from manufactures including Alko a…
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    • Hi Adam, I would be inclined to agree my friend.

      All my other mowers have been new but with the price of the 51k being so high, I took the risk.

      Whilst using the mower and being of a commercial type, I have no idea of the history or hours worked for this unit. So in essence, yes I could easily lose £500+ if I'm landed with a lemon.

      I certainly won't be buying used again and I certainly won't trust any seller of bulk used mowers either, particularly those who try to fob you off with the wrong blade, etc etc.

      Good luck in your search.

  • PRO Supplier
    Hi Marc,

    It is fairly easy to see where the trouble lies. Fold handlebars so machine will tilt back and sit it up so you can remove the blade and the big silver oval dish that sits above blade. This will let you see what is going on. Most likely issues is one or more bearings in the pulleys that tension belts or clutch bearing itself gone. These may have caused belts to chew up as well. All very simple to fix with basic mechanical skills.

    The year of manufacture is largely irrelevant as condition is more important as it reflect useage. The issues suggested can be typical of a machine that has been washed and then put away for a time, so not necessarily fatal.

    Email photos of the machine after removing the covers if it helps. All parts are available in 2/3 days.

    Regards

    Derek
    • Hi Derek, thank you for your information.

      I'm hopeful that it's not a terminal issue, but the running engine sounds fine so I do hope it's something I can fix.

      I've no problem with working on the machine although I don't have much experience with clutches and blade brakes ets. All my other mowers have been standard 46 pros which have been clutchless.

      I'll do as say say tomorrow as I think we have a day of rain here, if not, I will have a look on Saturday and upload images etc.

      It's such a shame this has happened though because once I had fitted the correct blade I was very impressed with the machine overall.

      I was asking about the date because the seller had told me 2011. If that date was found to be incorrect, I would have possibly had a case against the seller.

      Thank you once again for your help and everyone else too.

      Makes me realise how much I have missed the old place.

      • Ok, I've now taken the plate off and straight away I can see a damaged pulley that contains a number of small bearings. It looks like the outer shim or something similar has disintegrated causing the bearings to fall out.

        I'm not entirely sure that's the full extent of the issue but it's a start I think.

        I'm trying to ascertain if the part can be ordered as a one piece, but looking at the parts diagram where it is labelled as 20, I think it may have to be assembled.

        Heres an image.

        • PRO
          I'd give Derek a bell mate before they close today, he will give you prices and options..:-)
  • PRO

    Welcome back Marc:)

    Thanks Derek and Harry for your super service. Great to see LJN members helping each other out.:)

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