Shear Perfection

The first lawn mower was invented by Edwin Beard Budding in 1830; he came up with the idea while observing a cloth mill, which used a cutting cylinder (or bladed reel), mounted on a bench to trim cloth. Budding’s first production mower was made from cast iron; it was so heavy that it took two people to operate it–one person to push and the other to pull. Naturally, these first mowers were known as reel mowers because the blades rotated …

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