A History of Hay Equipment: Evolving from Manual Mowing
Mechanizing the farm: Part 1 of 3 in a series exploring a history of mowers and reapers and their improvements.
Warder, Bushnell & Glessner Co., Springfield, Ohio, and Chicago, scored a public relations coup when the company persuaded U.S. President Benjamin Harrison (1889-93) to appear in promotional materials. "President Harrison is the driver and is as comfortable and as safe on this mower seat and has as complete control of the horses as if he sat in a buggy," reads the caption at the bottom of the image. This lithograph promoted Champion harvesting machinery, including "The Improved Champion Mower."
No. 9 McCormick-Deering mowers were very popular in the northern plains states and are a popular working relic for horse enthusiasts.
An 1825 patent illustration for the mowing machine conceived by Ezra Cope and Thomas Hoopes Jr.
An 1847 William F. Ketchum mower.
Jeremiah Bailey's 1822 mower.
Cyrenus Wheeler Jr.'s 1854 mower.
The 1861 patent illustration for Lewis Miller's mower.
Two-horse Buckeye mower manufactured by Adriance, Platt & Co., 1898.
Patent illustration for Wheeler's improved mowing machine, originally patented in 1854 and updated in this 1860 patent.
Walter A. Wood's tubular steel mower.
When McCormick and Deering first merged, some of the new company's implements continued to carry the New Ideal name as well as the International Harvester logo.
A major improvement to mowers in the early 1900s was the enclosed gearbox, like the one on this McCormick-Deering No. 7 mower. See a No. 7 and a John Deere Big 4 in action on Farm Collector's YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/user/farmcollector. Just click on the first video in the Vintage Mowers playlist.