Thursday, April 3, 2008

Vintage Push Lawn Mower

Manual push lawn mowers were invented back in the 19th century. Originally a big cumbersome looking monstrosity they were quickly improved upon. Basically it looks the same now as it has for over a hundred and fifty years. These push mowers were extremely popular in the first half of the twentieth century. I vaguely remember seeing my brother push one of these when I was really little, however, gasoline motorized lawn mowers came of age in the early 1960's and we must have upgraded with the rest of America.
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In the past few years these push lawn mowers have made a comeback. Gas has gotten so expensive and people have become environmentally conscience. For small yards this is a perfect solution for a number of issues. Exercise, go green and saving a buck are very good reasons to go out and buy one of these push mowers.
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They actually do make new model push lawn mowers, that not only cut the grass well but makes your lawn look like the greens on a golf course. The pictured push mower is a vintage lawn mower, I purchased it at an auction for $17. Hubby thought he was going to put in a mini-golf course on our property and this little gem has been sitting in our shop for 5 years waiting for that to happen.
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I've seen these in flea markets and antique shops priced anywhere from $35 to $135. My old vintage mower has a wood handle and a heavy iron shaft and blades. It is heavy pushing and seems to get heavier the longer you push. It was once a green color but now has a fine coating of rust on it. The newer models are much lighter and easier to push, they cost on an average $150 - $200. They are brightly painted but they do the same job as my old vintage one.
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I think hubby has had enough time to use this treasure so it's going into my flea market booth this spring. It's probably a good thing it has sat so long, many times if you hold onto a unwanted item long enough it becomes hot again. I think this summer both the weather and the push lawn mowers will be hot.

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