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.