PANTHER

The name given to long series of Qualcast roller mowers commencing with the initial model in 1932 and continuing into the 1970s. The majority of these machines were conventional twin-handled manual chain driven mowers until the introduction of the "Powered Panther" in the 1950s with its tiny J.A.P. engine, although it was possible in the 1930s to obtain bolt-on power units of various sorts. The "Panther" continued to be made under the Suffolk name into the 1990s. The "Superlite Panther" was a lightweight post-World War 2 machine with diecast aluminium side plates, whilst the "Super Panther Electric", introduced in 1962, was a mains electric machine. Battery powered versions were also available.