The first lawn mower was introduced by Edwin Budding in the 19th century. He came across the idea when he noticed a machine used to shear fabrics while working in a textile factory. The first lawn mower looked very similar to the manual push lawn mowers today. It had a push handle and a number of blades arranged around a reel or cylinder.
In 1870, a lighter weight lawnmower was designed by Elwood McGuire; it had fewer parts and was easy to push. This brought lawnmowers to the masses and by 1885 over 50,000 lawnmowers were built in the United States and sold across the globe. By 1919, the first gasoline powered mowers were manufactured and by the early 1950's lawnmowers were inexpensive, reliable, and in almost every home.
Today, there are many different types of lawn mowers to choose from that come in a variety of sizes and features. Push mowers, self-propelled mowers, riding mowers (garden tractors or zero turn), no matter what type of mower you have follow these simple maintenance tips to extend the life of your mower.
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