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H7629 'Pilot' hand lawn mower, cylinder push type, timber/cast iron/steel, made by Mast Foos and Co., Springfield, Ohio, USA, c. 1927. Click to enlarge.

‘Pilot’ hand-powered lawn mower made by Mast Foos & Co., Springfield, Ohio, USA, c.1927

This is a hand-powered cylinder type lawn mower, the ‘Pilot’, made in the USA by Mast Foos and Co. of Springfield, Ohio, in the 1920s. It is called a cylinder mower or reel mower and comprises a fixed, horizontal cutting blade at the required height to cut the grass. Over this is a fast-spinning reel of blades which forced the grass past the cutter bar. It is said that cylinder mowers, if correctly adjusted made, the cleanest cut of grass. However in the 1920s these mowers were heavy to push and...

Summary

Object No.

H7629

Object Statement

'Pilot' hand lawn mower, cylinder push type, timber/cast iron/steel, made by Mast Foos and Co., Springfield, Ohio, USA, c. 1927

Physical Description

'Pilot' hand lawn mower, cylinder push type, timber/cast iron/steel, made by Mast Foos and Co., Springfield, Ohio, USA, c. 1927

Production

Notes

Mast, Foos and Co. was established in 1856 in Springfield, Ohio, by Phineas P. Mast and John Thomas as Thomas & Mast. They made Buckeye seed drills, cultivators and cider presses. The firm was dissolved in 1871 and became P.P. Mast and Co. and then Mast, Foos & Co. in 1875. Merged in 1903 with the Hoosier Drill Co. of Springfield, Ohio; the A.C. Evans Manufacturing Co. of Springfield, Ohio; the Superior Drill Co. of Springfield, Ohio, (which operated as the Superior Drill Co,. a division of the American Seeding Machine Co.); Brennan & Co. of Louisville, Kentucky; and Bickford & Huffman Co. of Macedon, New York, to form The American Seeding Machine Co. of Springfield, Ohio, and Richmond, Indiana.

Mast Foos were manufacturers of wind engines, agricultural machinery and domestic lawn mowers.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Mr L J Williams, 1964

Acquisition Date

26 November 1964

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Pilot' hand-powered lawn mower made by Mast Foos & Co., Springfield, Ohio, USA, c.1927 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 October 2019, <https://ma.as/248904>

Wikipedia

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This object is currently on display in Store 5 at the Museums Discovery Centre.

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