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Author Topic: "Cut yer grass, guvnor?" or mowing with style  (Read 1968 times)
HAC
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« on: June 29, 2007, 05:51:47 pm »

I think I could be persuaded to do more lawn mowing with one of these...

4" to the foot scale miniature Garrett and gang reel mowers.





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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2007, 05:59:28 pm »

Want one.

Don't have a lawn, but ... want one.
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2007, 06:31:06 pm »

I'd ride it to uni Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2007, 06:34:53 pm »

Want it.

Much better than the silly ride on mowers my dads company uses.  Silly John Deere.

...I WANT THAT.
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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2007, 06:56:55 pm »

My favorite bit on old steam tractors have always been the chain-actuated steering... engineering madness Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2007, 07:27:57 pm »

If I had one of those, I'd probably pay people to let me mow their lawns!
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« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2007, 09:21:48 pm »

Now that is a really impressive way to mow a lawn, much better than any modern offering. Much more at one with the machine.
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« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2007, 10:01:22 pm »

My favorite bit on old steam tractors have always been the chain-actuated steering... engineering madness Cheesy

I wonder if there is any advantage to chain steering, other than simplicity?  I guess when you've got no power steering, solid tyres, you're driving on muddy fields and muddy tracks because there are no paved roads outside of cities, and your engine weighs 10 tons, then having some slack in the mechanism when you hit a bump is maybe a good thing.  And as you've only got 10HP so you're only doing about 5 mph, lightning fast steering response is perhaps not high on the priority list.  It must have worked well enough, or they wouldn't have used it for decades. 

The biggest problem I think would be the complete lack of any real brakes.  The only way to slow down on a steep hill was to change into reverse and use steam.  That must be entertaining Smiley

I'd still love to drive one though!
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« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2007, 10:44:25 pm »

There were brakes, but not the most effective, usually a friction brake  on an axle or tire, or gasp!, on the flywheel itself..
Still, there was usually a handy tree, or wall, or something to slow you down.. Grin   Grin

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« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2007, 10:45:11 pm »

Agreed.  I would actually mow the (far too quickly growing) grass with one of these.
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« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2007, 01:48:15 am »

Good sir, is that a traction engine?! Oh my, lovely!
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« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2007, 02:08:26 am »

That's a 1/3 scale fully functional model of a Garrett traction engine...

I can;t afford one!   Cry

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« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2007, 11:59:02 am »

My favorite bit on old steam tractors have always been the chain-actuated steering... engineering madness Cheesy

I wonder if there is any advantage to chain steering, other than simplicity?  I guess when you've got no power steering, solid tyres, you're driving on muddy fields and muddy tracks because there are no paved roads outside of cities, and your engine weighs 10 tons, then having some slack in the mechanism when you hit a bump is maybe a good thing.  And as you've only got 10HP so you're only doing about 5 mph, lightning fast steering response is perhaps not high on the priority list.  It must have worked well enough, or they wouldn't have used it for decades. 

The biggest problem I think would be the complete lack of any real brakes.  The only way to slow down on a steep hill was to change into reverse and use steam.  That must be entertaining Smiley

I'd still love to drive one though!

I think the chain steering is just the simplest way to build in a gearing system to move the heavy front axle with all the weight of the boiler on it over rough terrain.. I don't think hydraulics were in use at the time, and this was just the best they got... I could be wrong of course.. Smiley
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