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The Perfect Mower... by 1869 standards

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tonygreek, Jan 27, 2005.

  1. tonygreek

    tonygreek LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,439

    found this out on the library of congress website. not sure if it's a hydro, but the name of the mower is intriguing enough. :blush:

    "the most complete and perfect mower in the world."

  2. PTP

    PTP LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Posts: 1,383

    Actually, I saw someone using something almost exactly like that a while back. It was an Amish guy and he was cutting down the ditch in front of his house.

    It seemed to cut real good but the mulching was terrible. :D
  3. Smithers

    Smithers LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,265

    i like the name....."climax"
  4. TClawn

    TClawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,036

    and even fertilizes while you mow. :)
  5. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Posts: 2,207

    For any of you guys that don't know thats called a sickle bar mower. They don't cut too good. They just ride over a lot of the grass.
  6. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    There is a restored one in front of a house nearby. Maybe I can slow down enough to get a pic one day soon. If my memory is correct, I think its a John Deere.
  7. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,648

    I picked up an old Monta Mower from god knows when. Ill post a pic later. Anyone ever hear of that one?
  8. The C Man

    The C Man LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 527

    Looks like it was designed well - with the cutting section offset to the right, the horses could take a dump and you wouldn't run through it.
  9. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,251

    I reckon 5 Horse power is better than 2hp! :p

    Wonder how it would go with 20hp and up! hmmmm ;)
  10. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,846

    Sickle bar mowers of the old type like that can mow good if the ledger plates are sharp, the sickle sections are sharp, and the hold-downs don't have a lot of slop.

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