For Sale: A Vintage “Mowserati” Lawn Mower
Now of course the Maserati legal department doesn’t know about this mower yet, and lawyers are famously unimpressed with intellectual property defying puns, so there’s a solid chance that this article will get deleted before the Mowserati is sold by Mecum in mid-May.
The Profound Impact Of The Lawn Mower
The invention of the lawn mower had a far more profound impact on the world than many might realize. The first mechanical lawn mower was developed and patented by Edwin Beard Budding of England in 1830, it used the forward pushing motion of the operator to spin blades on a cylinder which cut the grass.
The Mowserati has an air-cooled, rear-mounted engine powering the mower blades and the rear wheels for forward motion.
Prior to the invention of the mechanical lawn mower, manicured lawns were relatively rare as they required either grazing animals to trim them down or regular cutting by hand with a scythe – labor intensive work that didn’t provide as clean a cut as the mower invented by Budding.
Budding licensed his patent to a number of manufacturers and mass-production was underway in no time at all. Now that people had a way to quickly and easily cut grass to an even length the proliferation of lawns in private gardens took off like a rocket, and the playing fields for many sports were officially codified including cricket, association football (soccer), tennis, lawn bowls, and many others.
Today the lawn and private gardening industry is a multi-billion dollar global juggernaut, and one of the dreams held by many is to buy a house with their own lawn – which of course necessitates their own lawn mower.
The Mowserati Lawn Mower
The Mowserati Lawn Mower is a customized vintage ride-on lawn mower, it appears to be a Sears Craftsman model though we haven’t been able to nail down the specific model.
The mower uses tiller steering and it has a tractor-style seat on a curved spring to offer some semblance of suspension for the driver.
What we do know is that it has a steel frame, a fiberglass body, tiller steering, a tractor-like seat on a curved spring, and it’s powered by a Briggs Stratton-type single-cylinder motor which powers the blades which spin under the mower between the front and rear wheels.
The customization process involved repainting the fiberglass body in bright high-gloss red, adding a white spoiler to the back and a Maserati logo to the front, adding the racing number 19 to each side, and the script “Mowserati” to the rear.
If you’d like to read more about it or register to bid you can visit the listing here on Mecum. It’s due to be auctioned in mid-May.
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How to Dispose of Old Lawn Mowers
When you have an old, broken lawn mower, you know that getting rid of it can be difficult, frustrating, and time-consuming. We’re here to help! From lawn mower disposal to donation, read on for some great ideas about how to dispose of your old mower.
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Old Lawn Mower Disposal
Your old push mower or riding lawn mower has served you well over the years. Unfortunately, it’s broken down over time, or maybe you’re ready to upgrade to a newer model. If you’re like a lot of people, you may have hired someone to mow your lawn for you and just don’t need your old lawn mower anymore.
There are plenty of good reasons for upgrading your lawn mower. Most of the older mowers that people still use today are much more harmful to the environment and less efficient than current lawn mower models. So how do you get rid of an old lawn mower?
Simply throwing them on the curb or in a dumpster just isn’t an option. A riding lawn mower or push mower is too big for the garbage bin. Plus, it probably has dangerous fuel and oil residues still in it. The good news is that there are a number of bulky item disposal options available for old lawn mowers.
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Making the decision to get rid of your old lawn mower is easy enough, but finding the best way to dispose of your mower can be pretty tough.
Not everyone’s vehicle can haul an old riding lawn mower or push mower to the local dump or recycling center. Additionally, most city garbage pickup services won’t pick up an old lawn mower if you put it on the curb, and if you do put a mower on the curb, you’ll get fined for it.
Below are a few suggestions for disposal so that you can finally get rid of that old lawn mower.
Sell Your Lawn Mower
If your unwanted lawn mower is still in good working condition, you can try your hand at making a little money back on it by selling it.
Who Buys Old Lawn Mowers?
There are several options for selling your old lawn mower. Many people will buy old or broken lawn mowers at yard sales for cheap to later fix and resell. If you’re looking to get a little more for that old mower, a yard sale might not be the best bet.
Another option for selling your old lawn mower is listing it online. There are some great apps you can use, including eBay, Marketplace, OfferUp and Carousell. You can also list your old mower for sale on sites like Craigslist.
‼️ NOTE: When selling items online, always meet in a public place such as a busy parking lot.
Be sure to write a detailed description and post good-looking photos to make it more appealing. If your lawn mower doesn’t work, you may still be able to try and sell it for parts.
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Donate Old Lawn Mower
If your old lawn mower is still in good enough condition for someone else to use, you can probably donate it to a local charity.
Some nonprofits offer pickup of donated items for a fee, but you’ll probably need to find a way to haul it to a donation center yourself. However, donating your old riding lawn mower or push mower is much more eco-friendly than just throwing it away.
Give It Away
If you have a decent lawn mower that still works and you know someone who would appreciate a functioning mower, a great way to get it off your hands is to give it away.
If you don’t know anyone who might need a lawn mower, you can ask your friends and family if they do. Another idea is to give your mower to a local church, animal shelter, or other group.
Can You Recycle Your Lawn Mower?
Since it is made of metal and plastic parts, your old lawn mower can be recycled.
Some cities and towns offer pickup of your large items for recycling, as long as you request a pickup well in advance. However, most areas require that you haul your items to a local recycling facility or drop-off event.
You can expect to pay a fee when dropping off your old lawn mower to be recycled, and you should take it to a professional to remove any gas or oil residue before it can be recycled.
However, recycling your old lawn mower and any other tools you have means keeping them out of landfills where they leach dangerous chemicals and fumes into the air, soil, and water.
Scraping Your Old Lawn Mower
If none of the above options will work for you, you might be able to sell the parts of your lawn mower to a scrap metal dealer. Lawn mowers are made with parts that often contain valuable metals such as aluminum and steel. Most scrap metal dealers buy mowers and pay out based on current market prices, which can fluctuate daily.
You won’t make as much money off of your old lawn mower at a junkyard when you sell it as one piece as you would were it broken down into individual parts and pieces.
So, unless you have the time and know-how to take apart your mower, you may want to think about trying to sell it to a local small engine mechanic instead. You’ll probably get twice as much for your old mower when you sell it for parts than you would taking it to the scrap yard.
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Old Lawn Mower Pickup Disposal
If you want to get rid of your old tools like a riding lawn mower or push mower and don’t want to add to a landfill but don’t have the time or tools to haul it yourself, having a professional junk removal service pick up and haul away your old lawn mower to be recycled or donated is the perfect solution.
LoadUp is a nationwide junk removal company that offers eco-friendly lawn mower pickup, haul away, and disposal, no matter what condition your old mower is in.
When you book a pickup with LoadUp, you can take back the space that your old lawn mower is eating up as soon as today. Why let your old lawn mower rust in the yard, tool shed, or garage when junk removal pros at LoadUp can take care of everything for you?
Having already diverted over 3 million pounds of junk from local landfills, LoadUp recycles or donates every single item they possibly can.
All of LoadUp’s independently contracted junk removal professionals are fully insured and completely background-checked. So if you’re looking for a fast, friendly, affordable, and eco-friendly way to get rid of your old lawn mower, give LoadUp a call.
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Just A Car Guy
Possibly one of the cooler things you’ve posted recently, Jesse.
It goes to show that not only have major car manufacturers erased the soul of most of the vehicles produced today, but so have lawnmower manufacturers. Like Clarkson says, if you’re going to be a true car guy (or groundskeeper) you’ll want to form a relationship with your car (or lawnmower). Every relationship has its quirks. We need more quirky relationships! Reply Delete
well thanks! click on the tag “lawnmower” under the post to see the ones I’ve posted in the past. I agree, and that’s why new stuff just doesn’t interest me, and doesn’t get posted here. old stuff was designed, not mimicked. Now most cars look like others, (I’ve posted the identical cars made by different companies) and have no visual identifiers that make it possible to tell what it is from a block away, or in the dark Delete
I believe the Victa mower in the second picture was made in Australia. A few years ago, they were still in business, making mowers. This one looks like it has one actuator to adjust the height on all four wheels.A lot of products show variety like this in the early days, before one dominant design takes over the market, and everyone else copies it. These are some great designs. Reply Delete
Merv Richardson made his first mower in the shed of his property in the Sydney suburb of Concord in 1952, using scraps of metal and a peach tin as a fuel can. Nearly 70 years later, the company is still going strong. Delete
Some of those Victa mowers have a snorkel that runs up the handle for the air intake. I wonder if that is for mowing under water?
This one has the nickname “Toe Cutter”. I think there’s a character in Mad Max named Toe Cutter. I wonder if that’s where the character’s name came from.
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