was powered by the British Tor 49 engine
, as used on other Australian makes such as
and Atom Mofast
. The mower used ball-bearings
throughout (including the steel front roller),
and the chain-driven
transmission was fully enclosed.
was a twin clutch
machine: a centrifugal
(automatic) clutch drove the blades,
but a 'hair-trigger' friction plate clutch
drove the landroll. A weakness in the design was that
the landroll was a single roller (without differential).
Interesting features included a 'built-in' toolbox
accessible via a flip-up lid and a 'floating handle'
for operator comfort and storage. I guess that feature was the inspiration for the name 'Cruiser'.
The Cruiser would have looked stunning in its yellow baked enamel
finish, brass triangle nameplate on the
toolbox lid, and fanciful royal crest decal emblazoned on the grass catcher. This was a pimp-your-ride mower!