The humble lawn mower is a British invention and the brainchild of engineer Edwin Budding in 1830. Budding was from a village called Thrupp near Stroud in Gloucestershire, England. Budding invented the lawn mower for use on a local sport's ground. The original lawn mower was heavy and made from cast iron using a bladed reel.
He patented his invention on 31st August 1830 and it soon became such a great success that he was able to sell two to the prestigious Regent's Park Zoological Gardens in London and some of the Oxford Colleges
Budding soon teamed up with a business partner by the name of John Ferrabee. Because the invention was protected by patent, no other companies were allowed to make lawn mowers but Budding and Ferrabee were astute businessmen, they licensed the invention to other business owners.
One of the first companies to take the opportunity was Ransomes of Ipswich who in 1832 starting producing lawn mowers. However, unfortunately for the business partners, by the 1850s, the patent had lapsed which allowed many for manufacturers to start making their own products.
This included 'Thomas Green and Sons' - Silens Messor (Silent Cutter), 'Alexander Shanks' - Caledonian Mowers, 'Ransomes' - Automation. In 1902, Ransomes, Sims and Jeffries all introduced petrol engine mowers and Lawn mowers continued to become lighter and smaller as the years past. In the 1920s Qualcast appeared with their E sidewheel and Panther rollers.
In 1921 Charles H Pugh' developed the Atco (Atlas Chain Company) which was the first mass produced lawn mower. It wasn't until the 1960s that the rotary mower appeared invented by Flymo.
Mowers come in five different types Firstly there are hand rollers which are cheap and environmentally friendly although hard work. Secondly, electric lawn mowers with electric cable which are small and light and useful for small gardens and lawns. Another type of electric lawn mower are the cordless lawn mowers which avoid the persistent difficulties encountered when trying to avoid the power cable. These mowers are also useful small gardens and the obvious drawback is that the powerpack has a limited amount of time before power runs out and needs recharging. The fourth type of lawn mower is the petrol mower, which is powerful and good fro large lawns. Obviously this is less environmentally friendly. Lastly are the riding lawn mowers which are also known as ride on lawn mowers. Riding lawn mowers normally use petrol also and are comfortable, powerful and particularly good for large lawns.