Before you use anything in life to make your life better, you should always take some time to learn about its origin, its true purpose and who blessed you with its original invention. So in that regard, some say that the lawn mower was invented in 1830 by Edwin Beard Budding, an engineer from Stroud, Gloucestershire, England. He obtained the idea after seeing a machine in a local cloth mill which used a cutting cylinder (or bladed reel) mounted on a bench to trim cloth to make a smooth finish after weaving.
And the earliest gas-driven lawn mowers were designed in 1897 by the Benz Company of Germany and the Coldwell Lawn Mower Company of New York. But in 1902 the first commercially produced power mower, designed by James Edward Ransome, was manufactured and sold.
And the basic way a Lawnmower works is as the engine turns, it spins the blade. The blade whirls at 3,000 revolutions per minute, virtually 19,000 feet (5,800 meters) per minute at the tip of the blade where the cutting actually occurs.
The typical gas-powered walk-behind mower may have as many as 270 individual parts, including a technologically advanced two- or four-cycle engine.
The average American spends, on average, 4 hours per week taking care of their lawn. That adds up to an average of 208 hours per year, or over 8 days. All the better of a reason to find more efficient ways to take care of your lawn. Powered lawn mowers cause 68,000 injuries every year – probably the least fun of the fun facts, but an important one to remember any time you’re around a lawn mower.
In the United States, homeowners spend roughly $30 billion dollars per year on their lawns. So trying to save money on lawn care is a big deal – look for a post on the most common money mistakes you’re making in your lawn later this week. One out of every five homeowners rely on a lawn care professional to take care of their lawn care and landscaping needs.
- In 1919, the first gasoline powered lawn mowers were manufactured in the United States by Colonel Edwin George.
- In 1929, the first patent in the United States for a power rotary mower was issued to Benjamin F. Gravely.
- In 1992, the US Lawn Mower Racing Association (USLMRA) was founded. The USLMRA is the oldest and largest national lawn mower racing sanctioning body in the United States.
- In 1997, Ryan Tripp (a 12 year old boy), set a world record by riding a lawn mower 3,116 miles from Salt Lake City, Utah to Washington D.C. Ryan's purpose for this incredible endeavor was to raise money for a baby in his hometown that needed a liver transplant. Ryan raised $15,000.