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The History of the Lawn Mower

The History of the Lawn Mower

Lawn mower started its lawn and garden invasion in early 19th century when an English engineer named Edwin Budding.  Budding was working on a textile factory when he observed the movement of the machine cutting the cloth.  This served as the inspiration for creating the lawn mower.

When Budding’s lawn mower was made is was for sports grounds and expensive gardens as a replacement to the scythe.  The lawn mower that he made was cylinder or reel-type mower.  It almost looks like the classic reel, current, environmental friendly lawn mower that we have right now.

After 10 years, this simple machine  finally was able to be worked with a horse or a donkey.  And then it took another 60 years before a steam-powered lawn mower was built.

When lawn tennis, croquet, cricket, football and rugby started to became popular, the use of  lawn mower also started to become popular.  Using lawn mower became more efficient that using the scythe. This prompted people to start discovering ways to make lawn mowers efficient.  The first steam-powered lawn mower was patented in 1893 by James Summer of Lancashire. There were also experiments to use petrol and gas to power the mowers.

During the 1870, Elwood McGuire of Richmond, Indiana designed a lawn mower which is lighter and easier to push.  Because of this, by 1885, 50,000 lawnmowers were being manufactured every year and sent out to different parts of the globe.  Mowers with multiple sets of blades was first made in the United States by a Mister Worthington.

At the end of the 19th century, in the same year when the multiple blades was built in the United States, they also made their first gasoline powered mowers.  However, these discoveries on the lawn mower had to stop because of World War II.  The United States economy experienced economic downfall that made people prioritize food other than equipment.

Prior to the war, many people have experimented with rotary blades, especially during the late 1920s and the early 1930s.  A farmer in the Midwest region of the United States had a concept of using a toothed circular saw blade mounted horizontally on a vertical shaft.  This would be suspended and would cut the grass in the lawn in the same height.

This man’s name is Stacy, although he did not patent his discoveries on the mower,  he asserted and claimed that the rotary moving blades of the mower was his idea.  As a matter of fact, his family still has the prints and illustrations which are authentically dated during this period.  Stacy died in 1993.

After the World War II, the lawn mowers became such a demand.  As a matter of fact, by the early 1960s, there were some people who would say that if all the lawn mowers would start at the same time, it could be heard worldwide.

Today, there are limitless possibilities for the lawn mower and other garden maintenance equipment.  For gasoline-run lawn mowers, there are low emission gasoline engines.  These engines lessen air pollution.  Battery operated lawn mowers are also starting to be used by more and more people.  Currently, you can also experience sitting and standing riding lawn mowers.

Lawn mowers are continually evolving.  For some people, mowing your lawn not only reflects how healthy and how attractive your lawn could be.  It also gives a feeling of order, and for some the smell of  freshly cut grass is relaxing.

How to Fix a Lawn Mower Motor

How to Fix a Lawn Mower Motor

If your lawn mower is not working like it used to, this means that there is something wrong. Since this is powered by electricity or gas, chances are there is source of the problem is the motor. Here are some steps to help you assess what is wrong and then fix the problem.

First, before you get yourself down and dirty, put on some gloves and wear some eye protection. You don’t want anything to get on your hands or eye so it is better to be safe than sorry.

Next, disconnect the spark plug so the engine will not accidentally start on its own when you are trying to find out what is wrong.

Before you take apart the motor, examine the spark plug because the problem could be right there in your hand. Spark plugs will conk out due to wear and tear. If this is the case, you simply have to buy a new one and then replace it. Should the lawn mower start and work like it used to then your problem has been resolved.

If that didn’t work, examine the ignition system. The best way to check is by touching the end of the spark plug with a grounded piece of metal. If there is a spark, then this is not the problem.

Sometimes there is already wear in the wiring and this is what causes the problem. If this is the case, you better bring it to the service center rather than working on it yourself.

The carburetor just like in a car is the number one cause of engine trouble. To make your lawn mower work again, all you have to do is clean it especially if this is covered with gunk. You can clean it using some water and leaving it to dry. Another option is to run a wire through it especially in those hard to reach places.

If the situation has not improved, you better check on the fuel tank and gas lines. Should there be a clog, try using either a thin wire or a light brush. It is also possible that using some push primer will do the trick as this helps create the right air fuel mix for the motor.

The problem may also originate from your intake and exhaust valves. This can happen if you don’t change the oil regularly. Unlike the other parts, you can’t clean it and put it back where it is located. You have to buy new ones and although this will cost you some money, it is still cheaper than buying a new lawn mower.

One part in the lawn mower which is not that significant is the spark arrestor. This part is commonly found in outdoor motors and sometimes it catches sparks. This should also be cleaned because if no action is taken, your lawn mower could catch fire and the best way to do that is with a wire brush.

The lawn mower is made up of many small parts and if you do not take care of it properly, it may conk out on you when you least expect it. To prevent that from happening, do some preventive maintenance work every three or six months. If there is a problem and you don’t know what to do, better get help rather than making things worse.

Lawn Mower Maintenance – Top Tips

Lawn Mower Maintenance

If you are new to gardening and have made the bold step of investing in an electrically powered lawn mower, you now need to know how to care for it! Buying the machine is only the first step towards success; you need to keep your machine well maintained to ensure it lasts you for years to come. Whilst lawn mowers need not be difficult to maintain, they do require consistent care and attention to run effectively.

Here are some easy-to-follow steps to help you keep your lawn mower in good condition. If followed correctly, these tips can help keep your mower running for over a decade, as well as avoid costly visits to the mechanic!

Fueling Your Machine

  • First of all, determine what gas your mower needs. Two-cycle gas cannot be put into a four-cycle machine and vice-a-versa.
  • Good quality lawn mowers will have a  higher fuel octane rating, so try choose a machine with a rating no lower than 87.
  • It is important to keep the air screen and the cylinder fins of your engine clean at all times.
  • Don’t attempt to share your lawn mower gas with your weed whacker, as they have different gas requirements. Whilst your weed whacker may start and even run on gas for awhile, pure gasoline is too lean for the machine, and will cause it to stop. If you have already made this mistake, adding oil to your gas should repair any damage.
  • Always make sure the siphoning device you use to fuel your lawn mower is clean.
  • Only keep a few gallons of fuel at a time. Fuel that stands for long periods of time loses its octane, and can have a negative effect on your machine – clogging up the carburetor with fuel deposits.

 The Body of Your Machine

  • The external body of your machine can easily be cleaned with soapy water all over.
  • For tough areas on the underside of the mower, use a strong rubber or plastic scraper.
  • Cleaning your machine regularly is important to prevent grime build up.
  • Don’t forget to disconnect the spark plug from the wire before you clean.
  • Check the belts of your mower systematically, and replace any worn or damaged ones. These belts are made from rubber and are critical in the functioning of your mower.
  • You need to clean the cover of your drive once you have utilised your machine for 15 hours. A good way to gauge this is to simply clean it at least twice a season.

If you are really stuck with a particular issue, consider contacting a lawn mower service. It may be that it is worth paying a service fee to correct a lawn mower problem rather than accidentally worsening any existing problems. All lawn mowers should come with a users manual, so make good use of this in familiarising yourself with your machine.