Early Push Reel Lawn Mower Technology (DOC)

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					Early Push Reel Lawn Mower Technology
Ever since man has had grass on the front lawn, man has looked for ways
to keep it trim and neat. In the early days, landowners would till the
grass with scythes. Later on, many landowners realized that relying on
nature was far easier than spending hours outside trying to cut grass, so
they would allow their livestock to go out and graze. Over time, this
grazing would give the yard a trimmed, even look that homeowners have
been trying to emulate ever since.
The first lawn mower was invented in 1827, although it is debatable as to
who was the man who originally conceived the idea. Some say it was an
English engineer named Edwin Beard Budding, while others claim it to be
another Englishman, an inventor named Richard Me leady. However, while the
lawn mower was patented in 1930, they did not begin to go into widespread
production until sometime in the 1860s. The longest-lasting design for
the lawnmower is the push mower. While push mowers of today almost
exclusively run on gas or electricity, push mowers of the 1860s were far
simpler devices that are still used to this day.
The basic push mower design was a simple one: a wooden push handle
attached to a long wooden stick. At the other end of the stick were two
rods that connected to the wheels. As the mower was pushed and the wheels
rotated, the blades would rotate as well. Early mowers had upwards of six
rotating blades that would cut the grass at an even height. The drawback
to these mowers, which is still a problem today, is that the blades would
dull rather quickly and require frequent maintenance to sharpen. Another
drawback was that you would still have to exert lots of energy to push
the mower across your whole lawn. However, as technology evolved, so too
would the lawn mower.
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