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10 Vintage Lawn Mowers You Just Have to See

Take a trip down memory lane as you look at these 10 vintage lawnmowers.

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Big Wheels

Did you know that, according to Briggs and Stratton, formal lawns with neatly kept grass started appearing in France in the 1700s? While this vintage lawnmower came much later, it’s still not a model you’re likely to see today. Hopefully, your lawnmower works better than this old model. However, if you’re experiencing mechanical difficulties, try these fixes when your lawnmower won’t start.

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Mega Blade

An early version of the riding lawn mower, this vintage model has a wide blade in front to cut grass. According to Popular Mechanics, in 1921 Knud and Oscar Jacobsen introduced a mower with a purpose-built gas engine that was used to maintain lawns on golf courses, parks, and cemeteries.

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Give it Some Gas

Imagine using this walk behind lawn mower to mow your lawn this weekend. In 1919, according to Bradley Mowers, Colonel Edwin George developed the first lawnmower powered by gasoline. While lawnmowers don’t always use gasoline today, many still use the walk-behind model. Keep these tips for buying a walk-behind lawnmower in mind before updating your vintage mower.

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The Reel Deal

While push mowers like this one offered users a chance to get some exercise, that started to change in 1956. According to Bradley Mowers, that’s the year Cecil Pond created the first ride-on lawnmower.

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What’s Ergonomics?

While it’s still common to see push mowers, this vintage lawn mower model is very out-of-date. The reel-type spiral-blade cutter made its debut in the United States in 1868, according to Popular Mechanics. Today, lawnmowers with reel-type spiral-blade cutters are no longer recommended—just like it is not advisable to mow your lawn every week!

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Back to the Future

Imagine using this walk behind mower to mow an acre or more of lawn. While these mowers are better for the environment (no gas fumes!), they are best for small lawns. Today’s models look much different, such as this version 16-inch mower with grass catcher from GreenWorks. Although bigger lawns may require different models, this efficient way to mow the grass works for every type of lawnmower.

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More Power, Please

When it comes to vintage lawnmowers, it’s interesting to see how quickly styles progressed. In 1924, Toro introduced its first power mower, the 30-inch Park Special. It was a leading seller through 1961 when it was displaced by demand for rotary mowers. After retiring your Park Special for a more modern lawnmower, you should also retire these 13 other things you should never do to your lawn.

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Riding the Wave

Here’s a look at an early version of the riding mower that we often see today. In 1987, the lawnmower took a starring role in the film, Can’t Buy Me Love. You may remember the nerdy character Ronald woos the popular girl, Cindy, and the two rode off on his riding lawnmower. You can see the famous ending featuring a lawnmower on YouTube. Considering buying a riding lawn mower (for home maintenance reasons in addition to impressing a love interest)? Here’s our favorite roundup to help you decide which one is best for you.

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Blast from the Past

This vintage lawnmower will take you on a trip down memory lane. In 1982, lawnmower safety standards were established, including a safety label, Bradley Mowers notes. We don’t think this model would pass the test. Didn’t know that lawnmowers had to meet safety standards? You’ll be shocked by these 13 other things your landscaper won’t tell you.

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The Mow Ya Know

Imagine using this vintage lawn mower model today. Here’s a fun fact: According to Popular Mechanics, the world record for fastest speed on a mower was set in 2010 at 87.83-miles per hour. If you’re planning a lawnmower joy-ride to try and beat this world record, just make sure to do it when the grass is dry. Here’s why you shouldn’t mow the lawn when it’s wet.

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