Did you know that these seemingly humble machines have a rich history and have evolved significantly over the years? Let's explore the history of lawnmowers.
Replica of Budding's mower
Invention of the First Lawnmower:
The concept of a mechanical lawn mower dates back to the early 19th century. In 1830, an Englishman named Edwin Beard Budding designed the world's first lawnmower in Stroud, Gloucestershire. Budding's mower was initially intended for cutting the nap off cloth, but he soon realized its potential for maintaining lawns.
1830 - 1900
The Manual Era
Early lawnmowers were entirely manual, meaning they required physical effort to push or pull the machine across the lawn. These mowers were a far cry from the powerful motorised ones we have today and were primarily used in large estates and parks.
The invention of the gasoline-powered lawnmower in the late 19th and early 20th centuries marked a significant turning point in lawn care. The first gasoline-powered lawnmower was patented in 1919 by Colonel Edwin George. This innovation allowed homeowners to maintain their lawns more efficiently, contributing to the suburbanization trend.
The Rise of the robot mowers
In 1952 Jim Walker invented the first remote controlled robot. Fast forward to modern times, and we have witnessed the emergence of robot lawnmowers. The first was robot mower was released in 1995. These autonomous machines can now mow your lawn without human intervention, navigating around obstacles and returning to their charging stations when needed.
Believe it or not, there is a sport called lawnmower racing! Started in the 1960s in the UK, lawnmower racing has gained popularity as a quirky and entertaining motorsport. Participants modify their lawnmowers for speed and compete in various events, proving that these machines can be more than just tools for lawn care.
Now some ride-ons have done away with the steering wheel and only have joysticks for control, using the same cutting edge fly by wire technology that fighter jets use.
Tandem Lawn Industries is born:
Since then Tandem has been creating high quality and reliable lawnmowers and gardening equipment including the Grasshopper, Stiga & Wolf range.
Tandem have now grown into the largest lawnmower manufacturer in Africa and their products are available at over 100 outlets thoughout Southern Africa.
With growing environmental concerns, manufacturers have focused on producing more eco-friendly lawnmowers. Electric lawnmowers, both corded and cordless, have become popular options due to their quieter operation and lower emissions compared to their gasoline counterparts.
This will become more mainstream as new battery technology emerges. At some point in the future we might not see combustion engines on lawnmowers at all.
Lawnmowers have come a long way since their humble beginnings, and they continue to be an essential tool for maintaining beautiful lawns around the world. Whether it's the traditional manual models or the futuristic robot mowers, these machines play a significant role in shaping our landscapes and have become an interesting part of modern culture. So, next time you mow your lawn, take a moment to appreciate the remarkable history and innovation behind this seemingly simple yet indispensable tool!
We hope you enjoy the evolution of the lawnmower. 🌱🌼