Lawn mowers and a use for grass clippingsPosted: February 11, 2011
Today’s snippets – a dangerous pre-cursor to the whipper-snipper, the ‘first’ electric mower, and a handy household hint for the use of lawn clippings.
A NEW LAWN MOWER – The Examiner – 24 July 1907 (text reproduced due to poor legibility of original scan)
“One of the drawbacks to the ordinary lawn mower is that it cannot operate close to a fence, and will not reach into the corners, so that after a lane has been mowed it is necessary to trim by hand the fringe of grass left at these inaccesssible places. This trimming is common ly done with a sickle or with shears, and is a very tedious process. In order to expedite this work there has been invented the grass-cutter which we illustrate herewith. It will be observed that the mechanism is carried in a frame supported on wheels. The cutters rotate in opposite directions, so that they act like shears to cut the grass. In case a twig is caught between the cutters, a spring prevents breakage of the mechanism.”