Cant believe people throw this fine equipment out, this is a 70's Toro Guardian push mower, only thing its missing is the decorative plastic hood that went on top to cover the engine, Only needed the points filed, new condenser and a carb clean
These always fascinated me , my grandparents had the lesser version (not self propelled) and as a kid I was always fascinated with the oil fill/ drain setup these had.
My uncle had one that looked almost identical to that one but a bit older.After the engine wore out he found a place that sold replacement engines for them and ordered one.Can't get them for under $150 and if you want electric start your paying big bucks.I think he spend around $170 for the new engine,blade set,belt and pulley.
New engine is a 4.5hp briggs engine.Plenty of power and still a light weight engine much like the original but no electric start.
Battery box that hung under the controls was removed and gutted.
I ended up with it after he passed away.I used it a couple times and gave it to my neighbor.They needed a good mower and I had 4 push mowers here so I just gave it to them.They use it weekly and they keep it clean and stored indoors when not in use so it ended up at a better home than I could give it.I have no storage shed or garage.All I have is a little 8x10 shop that's filled with tools and lots of spare parts.
Love the self propelled unit on them.Push the leaver forward and away it does.
Only thing I hated about Toro back in the day was they used alot of there own parts.Parts were very expensive.Like the drive wheels with the metal gear.I think they were around $40-$50 each.
Those prism gas gauges would get cloudy and crazed from the gasoline.
Those oil fill reservoirs were too confusing for most owners. ....They thought that as long as they could see oil in the cup it was good, but many engines were ruined from being run without enough oil.
Oh cool that's a bit different than my uncles.Drive runs off of the Cam on it.Chute is slightly different (square shaped) with spring loaded flapper on it and the control panel/battery box is more squared off.Rest looks identical.
There a good mower.Heavy body for the size of it which makes the drive wheels track very well when mowing.Not to heavy to push around but I wouldn't use it without the drive engaged for very long lol.
You can walk beside them without having to touch the handle other than steering it with the drive engaged.New tires on these make a HUGE difference on how they perform.
The Toro I used growing up had the cone reservoir with the push button on the bottom to fill (see pic I found on the interwebs). Neat machine built like a tank. The rod was knocking when dad got it. He filed the ears down on the rod cap to close the gap. Ran it forever with a slight knock. It still ran with that knock when we retired it.
I have 2, NOS Tecumseh LAV35 engines here neither has had gas or oil in it from new, they are 1 digit from each other, the serial is the old style where there were 4 numbers then another series of numbers further down and offset "1 line down" from the first 4 numbers.... I think they're from '69 and '70. neither has ever had gas or oil in them/ they have the old school "toro bull" on the decal on the ID plate...