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History of grass mowers?

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Old 05-20-2007, 09:58:12 PM
Delta Dirt Delta Dirt is offline
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Default History of grass mowers?

Had been working in the yard this afternoon and my wife and I got to talking about mowing grass and the advantages of different type mowers. I commented----that I remember my grandparents down in south Mississippi used to keep their yard swept clean to the bare dirt with brooms made out of sage brush.

She asked a real good question: "what did they use to keep up the lawns before the mechanized mowers??"

I am familiar with the old hand sling, the sickle mower, and the old ground driven push style reel mowers (and I would presume there was a horse drawn gang style reel mower).

Wonder when the reel mowers came on the market??

Anybody able to shed more light on this subject----I wuz just wondering. Come in 20 Highwheeler----you ought to be the man with the answers for this---bet there is a little grass that grows up in Montana.

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Old 05-20-2007, 11:16:06 PM
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Default Re: history of grass mowers???

well in the really old days (stone age-before) They would let the neighbor wolly mamouth come and eat some food. But in more reallistic ideas, farmers probibly had their horses, cows and mules eat it off and or they might not of even had yards.
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