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Collection, Preservation and Display of Old Lawn Mowers


A late 19th century American sidewheel mower made by the Blair Mfg. Co. of Springfield, Massachusetts, USA. The mower appears to have had scythe-like steel blades as on the British "Flexa" and to some models a "T"-handle was fitted with the cross-piece of the "T" held above the main shaft by a "U-shaped iron bracket. The "Easy" was available in sizes from 10 to 40 inches. One of the larger machines was exhibited at the Stourbridge Show in 1881 and gave rise to the following comment - "A very flimsily constructed machine which will never come into general use". In 1888 an improved model the "New Easy" was being advertised. One agent handling these machines was Holt & Willetts of Brierley Hill. Later this was superseded by the "Newer Easy". First made in 1879 "Easy" mowers were still being listed in US catalogues after World War 2.