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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

    I managed to drop onto one on ebay for £450 but it was local so I could go and see it first. It's a 2009 model but in good condition. Awesome machines,so yes definitely worth that money but you'd want to put in a bit of time to locate a good one.

  • thanks for your replies

    I've had the honda hrx537 and the drive on them gives bother had one to replace just over 1 year old and and now at times the back wheels lock when pulling lawnmower back.Lawnmower was back with main dealer a number of times at the mechanic kept telling me that these lawnmowers do this when i new this wasn't the case 

    • PRO

      I've had about 5 of these machines now and I've not experienced anything like what you're describing. I can't think of any significant problems we've had with them until they've come to the end of their service life which in our case is generally 4-5 years.

      I prefer the VY version over the HY.

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