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When was the lawnmower invented?

Read about the history of the first lawnmower and when it was invented.

The first lawnmower was invented by Edwin Budding. [©Jupiter Images, 2009]
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The first lawnmower was invented by Edwin Budding.

The first mechanized mower was patented in 1830 by the English inventor Edwin Budding. This device was a 19-inch (48-centimeter) roller mower that used a set of rotating cutters operating against fixed ones-an adaptation of the rotary shearing machine used to cut nap off of cotton cloth.

Improvements in Lawnmowers

Previously, grass needed to be dampened first to give it enough "body" before it could be cut with a scythe. Budding's device could be used on dry grass. By the 1880s, the popularity of hand-powered mowers increased as their cost decreased. And in 1919, an American army colonel, Edwin George, produced the first gasoline-powered lawnmower.

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