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US4333302A. Combined A.C./D.C. electric lawn mower. Google Patents

Publication number US4333302A US4333302A US06/243,551 US24355181A US4333302A US 4333302 A US4333302 A US 4333302A US 24355181 A US24355181 A US 24355181A US 4333302 A US4333302 A US 4333302A Authority US United States Prior art keywords motor drive gear clutch lawn mower electric lawn Prior art date 1981-03-13 Legal status (The legal status is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the status listed.) Expired. Fee Related Application number US06/243,551 Inventor Ronald Thomas Donald H. Smith Current Assignee (The listed assignees may be inaccurate. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy of the list.) Individual Original Assignee Individual Priority date (The priority date is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the date listed.) 1981-03-13 Filing date 1981-03-13 Publication date 1982-06-08 1981-03-13 Application filed by Individual filed Critical Individual 1981-03-13 Priority to US06/243,551 priority Critical patent/US4333302A/en 1981-09-28 Assigned to THOMAS, RONALD reassignment THOMAS, RONALD ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST. Assignors: SMITH, DONALD H., THOMAS, RONALD 1982-06-08 Application granted granted Critical 1982-06-08 Publication of US4333302A publication Critical patent/US4333302A/en 2001-03-13 Anticipated expiration legal-status Critical Status Expired. Fee Related legal-status Critical Current



  • A01D69/00 — Driving mechanisms or parts thereof for harvesters or mowers
  • A01D69/06 — Gearings
  • A01D34/00 — Mowers; Mowing apparatus of harvesters
  • A01D34/01 — Mowers; Mowing apparatus of harvesters characterised by features relating to the type of cutting apparatus
  • A01D34/412 — Mowers; Mowing apparatus of harvesters characterised by features relating to the type of cutting apparatus having rotating cutters
  • A01D34/63 — Mowers; Mowing apparatus of harvesters characterised by features relating to the type of cutting apparatus having rotating cutters having cutters rotating about a vertical axis
  • A01D34/76 — Driving mechanisms for the cutters
  • A01D34/78 — Driving mechanisms for the cutters electric
  • A01D69/00 — Driving mechanisms or parts thereof for harvesters or mowers
  • A01D69/02 — Driving mechanisms or parts thereof for harvesters or mowers electric


An electric lawn mower including an A.C. motor and a D.C. motor connected through a gearing and clutch arrangement for operation of either motor separately or concurrently. The gearing arrangement includes a mower blade drive gear acted upon by either of the respective driven gears associated with the A.C. and D.C. motors. The mower may be operated by either the A.C. motor or the D.C. motor separately, or by both motors combined to provide increased power to the cutting blade for mowing of dense areas of vegetation.


This invention relates generally to electric lawn mowers, and more particularly, to an electric lawn mower selectively operable by a D.C. motor, or an A.C. motor, or both motors simultaneously.

It is known in the art to provide electric lawn mowers for operation by a A.C. motor. Such mowers derive their current source for operation through an electric cord which generally is connected to a conventional electric outlet such as a 110 or 220 volt outlet located adjacent the area intended to be mowed. Such A.C. motor operated mowers have the disadvantage in that the distance they may travel from the current source is limited by the length of the cord through which the current source is supplied.

It also is known in the art to provide for operation of electric lawn mowers by a D.C., or battery source. Battery or cordless electric lawn mowers obviate the aforementioned disadvantage of A.C. operated mowers; however, battery operated lawn mowers are limited in the length of time they may continuously be operated because of the amount of energy a battery can retain without having to be recharged. In order to afford battery operated mowers extended length of operation time needed to mow a relatively large size area, an oversize battery which is capable of holding a large charge is required. Such large batteries are impractical for use in mowers because of the weight and increased size which are their characteristics.

The present invention overcomes the disadvantages of separately operated A.C. motor and D.C. motor lawn mowers by combining such motors together in one mower to obtain the benefits of both types in a construction providing for separate or concurrent operation of the motors.

An electric lawn mower including both A.C. and D.C. motors connected to a gearing and clutch arrangement whereby either motor may be operated separately or concurrently, as desired. In one mode of operation, the A.C. motor drives an associated gear and powers a centrally operating cutting blade. During this mode, a gear associated with the D.C. motor is permitted to free-wheel by its associated clutch assembly. When desired, the operator can switch to operation by the D.C. motor only, during which mode the gear associated with the A.C. motor is permitted to free-wheel by its associated clutch assembly. In a third mode, both motors can be energized by operation of both clutch assemblies to provide increased power to the cutting blade by supplying simultaneous driving power to the cutting blade for mowing dense areas of vegitation growth.

Other objects and advantages of the invention will become evident from the following description when read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings which illustrate the invention in its preferred embodiment.

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the electric lawn mower of the present invention, portions of which are shown in phantom outline;

FIG. 2 is a sectional view taken along the line 22 of FIG. 1, in the direction indicated generally;

FIG. 3 is a sectional view taken along the line 33 of FIG. 2, in the direction indicated generally;

FIG. 4 is a sectional view taken along the line 44 of FIG. 2, in the direction indicated generally;

FIG. 5 is an enlarged perspective view of the motors and associated gears and clutch assemblies of the electric lawn mower;

FIG. 7 is a fragmentary perspective view of the control panel for the electric lawn mower, portions of which are shown in phantom outline; and

Referring to the figures, there is illustrated a lawn mower 10 comprising a conventional stamped housing 12 within which is enclosed an A.C. electric motor 14, a D.C. electric motor 16, and a battery 18. The motors 14, 16 are secured to a horizontally disposed support plate 19 and are separated from the compartment 21 for retaining battery 18 by bulkhead 23. An electric cord 20 is provided for supplying power to A.C. motor 14 through plug 27 which is connected to cord 20 beyond its connection to control panel 38 as described hereafter.

A.C. motor 14 drives gear 24 connected thereto through its associated clutch assembly 22. Similarly, a D.C. motor 16 drives gear 28 through an associated clutch assembly 26. Each of the driven gears 24, 28 is mounted and arranged with a drive gear 30 disposed therebetween so that gears 24, 28 may operate separately or concurrently to rotate gear 30 as seen in FIG. 4. Drive gear 30 is connected through shaft 31 to mowing blade 32 mounted beneath a protective covering pan 44.

The mower 10 includes the usual conventional elements such as four wheel assemblies 34 and a positionable handle 36 through which electric cord 20 and the other control cables for operation of the mower are disposed and terminate at control panel 38 mounted on the mower handgrip bar 40.

Looking at FIG. 5, the various elements of the mower drive motors, clutch assemblies and gears are shown in detail. Each motor 14, 16 has associated therewith a respective clutch assembly 22, 26. Each clutch assembly 22, 26 is identical in construction to the other and, therefore, only assembly 22 associated with A.C. motor 14 will be described in detail. Since the clutch assembly 22 associated with A.C. motor 14 is the same as clutch assembly 26, the latter will not be separately described. However, like reference numbers are used in the figures for like elements of each assembly, but the numbers for the elements of assembly 26 have primes (‘) associated therewith.

As best seen in FIG. 6, clutch assembly 22 includes respective, oppositely facing, clutch plates 60, 62. Since the three gears 24, 28 and 30 are always in contact, the driven clutch plates 62, 62′ are in motion at all times. In order to effect movement of mower blade 32, the driving clutch plates 60, 60′ are moved into contact either alternately or simultaneously (or singularly) with driven clutch plates 62, 62′ so as to effect the combined power action which may be desired as described below.

A frictional clutch facing 61 is secured to the underside of clutch plate 60 and is brought into contact with clutch plate 62 by operation of sliding vertical motion of clutch plate 60. This latter operation is accomplished by movement of control cables 46 (for clutch assembly 22), 48 (for assembly 26), to move bell crank assembly 59 mounted for operation of the clutches. Bell crank assembly 59, 59′ is provided with rollers 63 which ride in grooves 64 of the clutch assembly. Rollers 63 permit solid mounting of the bell crank to the housings of the clutch assemblies 22 and 26 by means of mounting bracket 65.

Clutch plates 60 are splined, as shown at 66, to motor shafts 67. This arrangement facilitates solid interconnection between the respective motor shaft and the driving clutch plate 60, but allows the clutch plate to be moved vertically for engagement and disengagement of the clutch facing 61 with plate 62.

Clutch assembly 22 is operable by pulling on cable 46; assembly 26 is operable by pulling on cable 48. As shown in FIG. 6, pulling on cable 46 operates bell crank assembly 59 by moving arm 73 thereof to an over-center position until it abuts stop member 68 associated therewith. This condition is shown in dotted outline. Arm 72 of the bell crank assembly thereby is moved counter-clockwise so that roller 63 engages in groove 64 against the surface 70 of the clutch plate to move plate 60 downwardly; this is accomplished as roller 63 moves in groove 64 in an arcuate plane relative to pivot point 69 where assembly 59 is mounted to bracket 65. While riding in groove 64 of the clutch plate assembly, roller 63 can spin with the rotation of the clutch plate assembly and supply downward pressure on surface 70, or upward (release) pressure on oppositely-facing surface 71. This permits vertical apply-release action of the clutch plate 60 as it travels vertically while locked into rotation with motor shaft 67 by means of splines 66. When the bell crank is moved into its apply action condition when cable 46 is pulled, the arm 72 of assembly 59 is moved to a position just past vertical (shown in dotted outline), controlled by the position of arm 73 which is stopped by stop member 68. The bell crank thereby is locked slightly over-center to maintain clutch pressure and rotation of the associated gear 24 or 28 which are connected by respective shafts 24′, 28′ to clutch plates 62, 62′.

The control cables 46, 48 are activated by operation of actuating members 100, 102 located in control panel 38 on handgrip bar 40. To commence operation of the D.C. motor 16, actuating member 100 is withdrawn from the control panel 38. Cable 48 thereupon is pulled upwardly and passes a catch member 104 mounted thereto over a switch trip lever 106 mounted on switch assembly 108 within the control panel. Closing of switch assembly 108 connects the battery source 18 through cables 17 to motor 16 through electrical leads 15 between the motor and the switch assembly. Thus, D.C. (battery) power is delivered to D.C. motor 16 to start its operation. Further, withdrawal of actuating member 100 to move cable 48 causes clutch assembly 26 for the D.C. motor to engage and thereby rotate driven gear 28 and drive gear 30 to drive the mower blade 32 connected thereto. The A.C. motor 14 and associated clutch assembly 22 and driven gear 24 similarly are operable through cable 46, actuating member 102, associated catch member 112, switch trip lever 114 and switch assembly 116.

Brake member 120 is provided for effecting braking of blade 32 when discontinued operation of the lawn mower 10 is desired. As best illustrated in FIG. 8, brake member 120 is mounted in association with drive gear 30 positioned between driven gears 24, 28. Gear 30 includes a central hub bearing 74 and upper and lower gear struts 76, 78. Gear shaft 80 extends from struts 76 upwardly and passes through bearing 82 secured within support plate 19 by screws 84. Brake disc 86 is formed on the end of brake actuator shaft 88 which passes through bearings 74 and 82 and terminates at brake support plate 52 mounted to the mower frame. A pair of ears 90 is formed on the end of brake shaft 88 for mating engagement in grooves 92 provided in bearing block 93 secured to support plate 52. The ears 90 on the shaft 88 prevent the shaft from rotating by reason of their engagement in grooves 92. An actuating cable 50 is attached to brake shaft 88 and extends to brake actuating member 200 in control panel 38.

Brake 120 is operable when both A.C. and D.C. power is shut off by operation of actuating members 100, 102. Brake actuating member 200 then may be pulled to withdraw cable 50 and move brake shaft 88 upwardly to engage a friction pad 85 on brake disc 86 against the undersurface 130 of gear 30. Since brake shaft 88 is prevented from rotating by ears 90 in slots 92, engagement of friction pad 85 against gear 30 will bring the gear, and the connected blade 32, to a stop.

It will be appreciated that either of gears 24 or 28 may be operated through their respective motors separately or simultaneously as desired. When both motors 14, 16 are in operation, both clutch assemblies 22, 26 are in action and the cable-actuated switches 108, 116 have completed the two desired circuits. If either the A.C. or D.C. motor is disengaged while the other is left engaged, the associated clutch assembly is released and power is cut off to the respective motor. The remaining power source continues to drive mower blade 32 which is connected to the energized motor through drive gear 30. When both motors are cut off, the wheeling blade 32 is stopped by pulling actuating member 200 and withdrawing brake cable 50 to engage friction brake disc 86 against drive gear 30 to stop the blade. The gears 24, 28 and 30 are arranged such that both motors can drive the blade simultaneously, but if one motor stops the driven gear 30 will continue to rotate without reducing much of the efficiency of the other motor because the driven gear will not turn the shaft of the stopped motor.

Variations may be made in the construction and arrangement of parts or elements of the embodiment disclosed herein without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as defined in the following claims.

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An electric lawn mower including a housing, and a cutting blade, said mower comprising, an A.C. motor and a D.C. motor mounted adjacent each other within the housing, a driven gear and an engageable clutch assembly associated with each respective motor for selectively imparting rotative movement from each motor to its associated driven gear, a drive gear engaged between said driven gears for interaction therewith, the drive gear being connected to the blade for imparting cutting movement thereto, whereby upon energization of either motor and its associated clutch assembly separately its associated driven gear will impart motion to the drive gear and blade and upon energization of both motors concurrently the combined power of said motors is imparted through their associated driven gears to said drive gear and the blade.

An electric lawn mower as claimed in claim 1 in which either of said driven gears may be operated separately or concurrently to impart motion to the drive gear.

As electric lawn mower as claimed in claim 1 in which each clutch assembly includes a driving plate connected directly to its associated motor and a driven plate connected directly to its associated driven gear and means to cause said plates to engage one another to effect movement of said driven gears upon energization of one or both motors.

An electric lawn mower as claimed in claim 3 in which said means to cause said plates to engage one another include a clutch-engagement cable associated with each respective clutch assembly, said cables passing from said clutch assemblies to a handle extending from said housing, and means on said cables to actuate respective switches for each motor, whereby upon movement of said cables the associated switch will be closed to energize the associated motor and engage the plates of the associated clutch assembly.

An electric lawn mower as claimed in claim 3 or 4 in which said means to cause said plates to engage one another include a respective bell crank assembly having rollers adapted to move in a groove provided in one of said plates, said rollers being positioned on an arm member operable to press the rollers against the groove to move the associated plate and thereby engage the clutch.

An electric lawn mower as claimed in claims 1, 2 or 3 including a brake member mounted for interaction with said drive gear, the brake member including a brake disc formed on an actuation shaft passing through the drive gear, means to prevent rotation of the actuation shaft and a brake actuating cable passing from said shaft to a handle extending from said housing, whereby upon movement of said brake actuating cable the brake disc is moved into contact with the drive gear to brake the same.

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Everything You Need to Know About Recycling Old Lawn Mowers

Figuring out how to dispose of an old lawn mower is difficult, but finding a safe way to take care of lawn mower recycling can take up a Saturday that should be spent relaxing and enjoy your personal time.

Luckily you’ve come to the right place to learn about recycling old lawn mowers. From the best ways to recycle old lawn mowers and where to bring lawn mowers for recycling, to donating your lawn mower and how to dispose of the old gas, keep reading to learn everything about easily recycling your old lawn mower and other lawn equipment.

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Intro to Recycling Old Lawn Mowers

But first, can you recycle a lawn mower? It’s hard to know since recycling anything other than everyday paper, plastic, metal, and (sometimes) glass can be a bit of a mystery.

Because lawn mowers are generally made of metal and rigid plastic components, they are, essentially, recyclable. But, put simply, having an old lawn mower recycled is a little more complicated than chucking it in the blue curbside bin.

⚠️ Before we go any further into lawn mower recycling, it’s important that no matter what you do with your old lawn mower, you must make sure it is completely drained of oil and gasoline.

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Recycling Old Lawn Mowers Near You

There are more ways to recycle an old lawn mower than hauling it over to Home Depot or your local recycling center. When we usually think of recycling, what comes to mind is the municipal recycling facility with all of its crushing, ripping machines and giant equipment.

The truth is, sending stuff off to someplace we equate with recycling isn’t the only way to recycle, and it’s actually usually the least effective form of recycling out there.

Instead, consider these alternative forms of lawn equipment recycling first when looking for used lawn mower recycling in your area:

  • give it to a neighbor
  • give it to a friend or family member
  • donate it to charity or a nonprofit organization
  • sell it on. Craigslist, LetGo, etc.
  • sell it for parts or scrap at a junkyard

Obviously, if your old lawn mower is pretty beat up or doesn’t work anymore, you don’t want to choose any of the first four options in that list. If you decide to donate your used lawn mower, it is important that it is still in good, working condition.

Disposing of Old Gas Oil From a Lawn Mower

As mentioned before, no matter how you decide to get rid of your old lawn mower, you have to remove the gas and oil from it before going any further.

If you’re wondering where to take old lawn mowers to be drained, visit a mechanic or a repair shop to pay them to drain the gas and oil if you don’t feel good doing it yourself.

However, this is a fairly simple process that you can do yourself if you’re handy.

Here’s how to drain oil from a lawn mower:

  • Use a siphon hose to drain the gas out of the tank and into a clean container. It’s best to use a siphon hose with a hand pump attached.
  • Next, unplug the spark plug wire and tilt the lawnmower on its side with the carburetor facing up in the air. Remove the center bolt or bolts that hold the blade in place and carefully slide the blade off the lawnmower.
  • Position an oil catch pan under the mower and remove the oil reservoir plug to drain the oil into the pan. The oil reservoir plug location can differ from mower to mower, but it’s usually found under the blade at the center of the deck on a push mower.

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If you have a riding lawn mower, the plug should be located on the side of the engine block. You can then take the used oil to an auto parts store or mechanic who can recycle the oil and do small engine disposal for you for a small fee.

However, you will need to dispose of the gas as well, so it’s probably best to take the gasoline and the oil to your municipal household hazardous waste (HHW) disposal facility.

If you don’t know where your HHW facility is, you can find out by checking your city or municipality’s website or by giving them a call.

How to Donate Your Old Lawn Mower

You can call around to different charities in your area to see if they’ll accept donations of lawn mowers, big or small, whether they offer pickup services, and what rules and restrictions they have for donating a lawn mower, such as if they accept riding lawn mowers or even old lawn tractors.

While some charities do offer pickup (for a fee) of donated items that are difficult to haul in a car, chances are you will likely need to haul your old lawn mower to a donation center to drop it off.

In fact, no matter how you decide to go about recycling your old lawn mower, it’s highly likely that there will be some hauling involved on your part.

Because most people don’t own a truck or other hauling equipment, it’s a great idea to consider having a junk removal company pick up their your lawn mower to safely dispose of it for you instead.

Selling an Old Lawn Mower

If you’re still looking for where to take old lawn mowers to you and end up bringing the mower in one piece to a scrap metal yard near you, they’ll most likely only pay you the price of aluminum breakage, or dirty aluminum that’s contaminated with steel.

The value of your used lawn mower increases greatly if you disassemble it and separate the different metal and plastic parts from the components that can’t be scrapped. This is because the scrap yard will pay more if they don’t have to spend the money buying used lawn mowers and then also the time taking it apart and cleaning it themselves.

If all else fails, you can always haul your old lawn mower to your nearest recycling facility and drop it off there for you.

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Lawn Mower Recycling Pickup Services

Deciding to get rid of your old lawn mower is one thing, but actually figuring out how to do it in a responsible way can be a headache.

Most people aren’t able to leave their old or broken lawn mowers on the curb for their municipal trash removal service to haul away, because most trash services won’t pick them up. Plus, not everyone has the vehicle needed to haul these items to the local recycling center if there is one.

If you just want to be done with your old lawn mower but don’t want to add it to the already overflowing waste stream, having a professional junk removal company pick it up can be a truly eco-friendly option.

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We’re also proud to offer exceptional customer service in addition to being the greenest junk haulers we can be. LoadUp is trusted by over 47,000 customers across the US, and it’s easy to see why from our customer reviews.

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Loaders are fast, friendly, professional, and incredibly efficient. If you want licensed junk removal experts who are completely insured and background checked, then you’re going to want to book your lawn mower removal appointment with LoadUp.

Other junk removal companies provide an estimate but will require you to let them come on-site and show them the mower and any other junk you want disposed of, and they quote you based on the volume of space your junk takes up on their truck.

Not only is this a waste of your time, but it also gives the junk removal service a chance to overcharge you and to increase the price even further with fees and surcharges once it’s time for them to haul your junk away.

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Took my 40 year old Yardman push mower in for sharpening and adjustment. It came back like new. Looks and cuts great. I’ve always mowed both directions for a good look. It wasn’t necessary after the repair. Call first and read his website.

Canby Rental serviced all of our equipment. it all runs great. AND when I had a big project and the contractor didn’t include all of the work in their scope, I was able to rent multiple pieces of equipment from Canby Rental. They advised on the right equipment, delivered, showed me how to use it and picked it up. They were all so nice and professional. They have my business FOR LIFE show more

I used A Plus in 5 Corners for a dozen years to repair and service my yard tools and they were great. I WILL NEVER GO BACK! Not sure if the guy with the gray beard that ran the place retired or what but there is a p named Donavon running it now and he is a complete JERK. They had my mower for 5 weeks and kept telling me a few days. I called to voice my displeasure and he told me to shut up and he did not want to hear it and did not care if I was mad. I went down the next day to pick it up and go somewhere else and it was amazingly done. But the cost had gone from 150 to 290. Even though I paid it when I got p he again told me shut up and get out of his shop. When I got home and inspected it there is now rust all over the deck and there was none when I took it in. They must have let it sit in the rain for a month show more

The lawnmower was looked at and a gasline issue was found. I had it repaired but a different company first and the lawn mower ran 30 secs before dying. They ordered new parts and installed a switch so i could turn the gas off completely and drain the line. Took a while to get the parts but it now runs perfectly show more

Aaron picked up my mower, had it for a week before he got to it, but I knew it would take a while, He fixed several problems, and it is running better now than when it was brand new (it’a about 7 years old). His work is excellent and his are very reasonable. I highly recommend him for your small engine repair needs show more

Tom was prompt and very thorough. I really appreciate the time he took to explain everything he was doing and what other preventative measures needed to be taken. I would definitely recommend his services to everyone.

Excellent. Lawn doctor was prompt and efficient. Gave my husband valuable information for future repairs. Serviced lawn tractor, sharpened blades, replaced belt, adjusted deck. Wish we would have called sooner!

He was great! It was fabulous! The price was quite fair. I don’t remember it being anything that was surprising. In fact, it was surprisingly low compared to what it would have been if I had to drag the thing down somewhere else. I have recommended him to others.

Well, to look at the place, it doesn’t look like much.- no fancy brick and mortar building. However, they were cordial, professional, and gave me a great business card w/the invoice number and estimated date of completion on the back. True to their word, the machines were done when committed. I did have trouble getting the weed eater to start upon getting it home. After talking w/them on the phone, they were able to make a couple of suggestions that worked fine. They were more than willing to take another look at it if it didn’t meet my expectations. We were able to get my mower started right away. But after using it once and letting it sit outside for a couple weeks, could not get it to start again. So, I took it back in this weekend for them to figure out what is wrong w/it. They will contact me this week and upon picking it up and testing it out will complete this review. Thank you show more

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I was looking for a lawn mower repair place in my area and through Angie’s list, found this wonderful fellow, Patrick. He said he’d grown up around his dad’s lawn mower business, and watched and learned. Now the business is his and my, does he do it right! I’ve read other reviews on him and it is rave reviews all the way. My job was simple. I have an electric mower, so needed only the blade sharpened. His price was very reasonable. He charged me 12 and even ground out 2 large chips in the blade. He cleaned my mower real pretty, too. I didn’t expect that. Patrick works out of his home in a workshop behind his house. I think it’s the house he grew up in. When I went to get my mower, it was kind of amazing. I was maybe 3 blocks from his house and getting off work time. There went one vehicle after another, all bearing a lawn mower! In looking for his business, I stopped at an auto painting place. and quot;Oh, he’s just down the road here. Can you see that house down there with a really huge yard?and quot; (Patrick has a double lot.) He said that every year in early Spring like this, he must give directions to at least 4 customers a day. He said it’s amazing how many cars take their mowers to him. and quot;He must be doing something right!and quot; the painter said. From the driveway of the auto paint shop, I think I counted 4 just while waiting to turn onto that street! When I arrived, there were more vehicles there, with folks picking their mower up! Clearly, this man has a reputation. I’m going on like this because this fellow, partly from reading other reviews on the internet, and partly from my own experience, strikes me as someone from another era. He doesn’t complicate things, he uses paper and pencil or ink, instead of a computer (for the things I observed), he looks at what’s needed and does it, and charges the least he can(!) (Several people have commented how very much less he has charged compared to his estimate!) He comes out, greets you, helps lift the mower down, and is just a good old nice, honest, sweet guy! That doesn’t sound so amazing, but he has a different feel about him that is very wholesome and uncorrupted. His last comment to me, and quot;I better get going. I think I hit 45 today.and quot; and quot;Forty-five?and quot; I asked. and quot;Yeh, I got 45 mowers out back! Got my work cut out! Bye now. Thanks for stopping by.and quot; show more

The History of John Deere Riding Mowers: 1960s to 2000s

With a long line of history in producing riding mowers. John Deere has introduced hundreds of models that have played a significant role in the evolution of our lawn and garden equipment today. When looking at a John Deere riding mower, many questions arise like – What year was it produced? How did the technology evolve? Is there a larger model available? Which one is right for me?

It would certainly be difficult to address all of these questions for every riding mower model that has ever existed. However, we wanted to put together this series to help you get a better understanding of the history behind John Deere riding mowers.

In this post, we’ll look at the evolution of the John Deere riding mower from the 1960’s to present time. Enjoy!

History of John Deere Riding Mowers: The 1960s

The 1960s was an exciting decade for John Deere as it laid the groundwork for years of success to come. From the creation of the original model 110 to the introduction of the model 140, there is no denying that the foundation for the history of John Deere riding mowers was a strong one.

Where It All Began

In 1963, John Deere first broke into the lawn tractor market by introducing the model 110. The John Deere 110 had a 4-stroke petrol-fueled engine with 7 horsepower.

At the time, lawn mowing was becoming a much more popular leisure activity. This prompted John Deere to dive into the marketplace by offering many similar features and implements that the bigger farming tractors incorporated. The 110 was a big hit, likely because of the impressive design and futuristic features.


After proving success with the model 110 mower, John Deere introduced the model 60 shortly after. This was particularly designed with more urban customers in mind – those who had less land and didn’t necessarily need the larger model 110.

The John Deere 60 was useful for customers who needed to conquer their lawn work with a versatile machine, as this model offered a variety of attachments, including:

Taking Things a Step Further

Continuing on the success of the 110, Deere decided to launch a larger model that carried a similar style only with a bigger motor and wider deck. For customers who needed a machine for larger jobs than the 110 and 60 were capable of, the 112 was perfect.

Shortly after, Deere also introduced a small machine that offered a ton of power – the model 140. With 14 horsepower (compared to the 110, which offered 7 horsepower), the 140 was far ahead of its time.

For a complete list of riding mowers by model, year and serial number, check out the chart below.

History of John Deere Riding Mowers: The1970s

Despite having produced lawn tractors for nearly a decade by the time the 1970s rolled around, John Deere did not take this time to sit and rest. Instead, the 1970s were a time of advancement, resulting in 3 new series of mowers that were designed to go beyond expectations.

Improvements to Riding Mowers in the 1970s

Although a few existing models that were originally introduced in the 1960s were upgraded in the early 1970s, Deere took on some major advancements in 1975 when the 200, 300 and 400 Series riding mowers hit the market. These machines provided customers with new and exciting features, which we’ll dive into below.

200 Series

This series included some similar features to the John Deere 110 and 112, like the V-belt Variator Drive and mechanical clutch PTO. However, the new design gave customers engine options between 8-16 horsepower, a rubber Iso-mounted, a fully-shrouded engine with a low tone muffler system, and a new style hood and grill. The design of the 200 Series mowers took on the styling of full-sized Deere agriculture tractors with a back-sloped brow.

300 Series

The 300 Series was a hydrostatic model that was upgraded to a 16 horsepower Kohler K-Series engine. Most upgrades to this machine were made to the body, as it took on more of a square hood design with integral headlights, engine side panels, and a black instrument panel. One of the biggest changes included the engine being moved from under the hood to under the rear fender pan.

400 Series

Following the trend of design improvements, similar to the 300 Series, Deere continued making more visible advancements with the 400 Series. This included the wheelbase on the 400 becoming 6 inches longer than the 140, a track that was 7 inches wider, and the weight of the machine being 250 lbs more. Along with the size and style of this machine being updated, Deere also added power steering, which was a complete game changer at the time.

Check out the chart below for a complete list of riding mower by model, year and serial number.

History of John Deere Riding Mowers: The 1980s

At John Deere, the 1980s were a time for evolution and reaching milestones. In addition to introducing new designs, such as the R and S Series, John Deere also manufactured its millionth lawn and garden tractor during this decade!

Deere Goes Diesel

In 1984, Deere’s first tractor to combine a diesel engine with hydrostatic drive and power steering made quite the impression in the tractor industry. This impressive machine was the John Deere 430, which was very similar to the 420 model, but powered with a Yanmar 3-cylinder water-cooled diesel engine instead. The 430 weighed 1,170 lbs, making it the heaviest and strongest John Deere of its time.

Evolution of the 300 Series

The redesign of the 300 Series led to the introduction of the 318. What was great for customers was that many attachments of the 140 and 300 Series could still be used on the new model 318; however, many exciting features were added:

  • Rear-frame redesign from “closed” to “open” configuration
  • Annunciator lights implemented into the dash panel
  • Square-shaped fender deck
  • Reserve fuel tank for increased productivity

The best part? During this time, John Deere hit the big 1 million milestone – manufacturing its millionth lawn and garden tractor, with the 318 model outselling any other models.

The R and S Series

As we know, Deere always looked to accommodate customers managing both big and small operations, which is why the R Series and S Series were introduced.

The R Series (R70, R72, and R92) was a good fit for customers needing a solution for smaller pieces of land. Key features included 5-speed gear-drive transmission, in-line gearshift, full-length welded steel frame, and a tight turning radius of 27 inches. This provided operators with even more dependability, long equipment life, as well as on-the-go shifting.

For those with a lawn slightly bigger than what was fit for the R Series to undertake, Deere produced the S Series riding mower (S80 and S82). These machines had a 30-inch cutting width, electric start and 8 horsepower engines.

For a complete list of riding mowers by model, year and serial number, check out the charts below.

John Deere Riding Mowers in the 1990s

Not to be undermined by the previous decade, the 1990s carried on the trend of growth for John Deere lawn and garden tractors. With the introduction of several new models, including the LT, LX, GT, and GX series, John Deere hit 2 more exciting milestones before the close of the millennium.

Exponential Growth

The 90s were known for many things but for Deere specifically, this was a time for exponential growth in both numbers and technology. In the 1990s John Deere hit both the 2 million and 3 million milestones, manufacturing its 2 millionth lawn tractor with the LX188 model and its 3 millionth tractor with the LT133 in 1998.

This is certainly a sentiment to how the company increased sales during this time; however, it’s not the only thing Deere was working on during this time. Let’s look through a few landmark models that were critical to the history of the John Deere riding mower.

LT Series

In the late 1990s, the LT Series (133, 155, and 166) became one of the most popular John Deere mowers ever. With this series, operators could experience high-quality wide cuts and a greater amount of fuel compared to competitive models in its class. An emphasis was put on comfort with the adjustable operator seat for those who spent long hours on their equipment The new Xenoy material instead of steel-hood also kept this machine in better condition.

LX Series

The LX Series was first introduced in the 90s and remained for 16 years to follow. Customers remember this series for its versatility, as each model was compatible with several sizes of mower decks to meet operators’ needs. The LX Series was also great for a variety of other projects around the yard. For example, owners could latch a snow blower attachment to the machine to help fight off winter storms.

GT and GX Series

The GT and GX Series were very similar to one another when it comes to style and uses. For customers with plots of land around 4 acres in size, both machines can hook up to other implements like snow blowers, baggers, carts, front blades and a variety of rear attachments like aerators, and utility carts. These machines were best fit for owners who needed a little more power and size for their weekend activities.

Check out the charts below for a complete list of riding mowers by model, year and serial number.

John Deere Riding Mowers in the 2000s

Last but certainly not least, Deere made a few noteworthy updates to existing models in the 2000s. The FOCUS here has largely been around offering more power to customers thanks to models in the LA and X Series.

LA Series

This model combines power and versatility to make a perfect fit for medium-large-sized lawn owners. Key features include the full-length steel welded frame, full pressed lubrication, cast iron front axles, headlights, translucent fuel tank including a sight gauge, comfortable operator station, Edge Cutting system, and option for Reverse Implement. Backed with plenty of power, this series also incorporates John Deere’s trademarked CargO Mount system, allowing for a large bagger or other heavy rear-mounted equipment to be easily attached. Other attachments like lawn sweepers, front blades, tractor shovels, mid-mount blades, carts, snow blowers, sprayers, and aerators can be easily added to the LA.

X Series

What’s unique about this series of John Deere riding mowers? The technology is what sets this machine apart, as it transfers power to the wheels through the use of the hydrostatic transmission to save time during operations and eliminate unnecessary gear-changing to speed up or slow down. The X Series also incorporates the Edge Cutting System and tight turning radius. This all helps improve convenience, performance, and reliability.

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The charts below provide a full list of these riding mowers by model, year and serial number.

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We hope this historical breakdown helped you get a better idea of how riding mowers got to where they are today. Still interested in learning more about the history of John Deere riding mowers? Be sure to check out some of the related articles listed below.

History of John Deere Riding Mowers FAQs

When did John Deere produce their first lawn tractor?

In 1963, John Deere entered into the lawn tractor market by introducing the model 110. The John Deere 110 had a 4-stroke petrol-fueled engine with 7 horsepower.

When was the first John Deere diesel lawn mower created?

In 1984, Deere created their first tractor to combine a diesel engine with hydrostatic drive and power steering.

What riding mower series were released in the 1970s?

3 new series of mowers that were designed in the 1970s including the 200 Series, 300 Series, and the 400 Series.

What decade did John Deere produce their millionth lawn and garden tractor?

John Deere manufactured its millionth lawn and garden tractor in the 1980’s.

What’s unique about the X series of John Deere riding mowers?

The technology of the X series is what sets this machine apart. It transfers power to the wheels through the use of the hydrostatic transmission to save time during operations and eliminate unnecessary gear-changing to speed up or slow down.

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