This Lansing company introduced the world’s first riding mower

How much do you know about the history of lawn mowing? I can’t say I’m an expert on the subject but coming from a country that has been a cornerstone of car production, I can’t say I’m surprised that in Mitten we also had a hand in another gasoline-powered car: the riding mower.

Grass history

The lush green lawns were not in fashion until the latter half of the seventeenth century. Before that, the fields closest to the house were used as vegetable gardens or were used as a deterrent to protect the castle, hence the trenches. Lawns that have been cleaned and maintained have become popular due to sports such as croquet, bowling, and tennis. At the time, there were limited options for grass cutting and maintenance, and the only tools available were either the labor-intensive machete or grass-fed animals!

The invention of the mower

The first lawn mower was patented by Edwin Pudding in Gloucestershire, England in 1820. It was another 20 years before the steam-powered mower and “the first commercially purchasable lawn mower powered by an internal combustion gas engine” was first built in 1902 Thanks to Ransomes from Ipswich.

Lansing mowers

When it comes to lawns in the United States, the REO Olds Transporation Museum says,

Lansing has a long and interesting history in lawn mowers…Firstly, the original Lansing mower was designed and built by RE Olds…The mower dates back to the design patented by RE Olds in 1916 for his company The Perfect Engine

On May 8, 1921, the Ideal Power Mower Company of Lansing introduced the “world’s first lawn mower” in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The product was initially designed for promotional purposes only, but by the late 1930s this company began using their riding mowers to specialize in golf course maintenance with popular mowers such as Bulldogs or Green mowers.

Ideal Power Mower was headquartered in Lansing and continued to produce engines and mowers until 1943 when it was purchased by Rogers Diesel and Aircraft Corporationand again in 1945 when it was purchased by the Indian Motorcycle Company.

Again, I’m not surprised that Michigan played a part in lawn-mower history, but I certainly had no idea. Did you do? REO Museum says,

Lansing mowers are closely related to Lansing’s transportation history

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