Tool time Tuesday and we’re puttin’ around the yard.  Over the weekend we used two of our vintage riding tractors to do some work on the driveway.  I’ve mentioned before that I have a 35 plus year old Craftsman garden tractor, but I also have an older Statesman riding lawnmower.  I also have boys, which means I don’t get to drive any of the tractors much, at least when they are home.  It got me to wondering when the first garden tractor appeared.  The Simplicity company gets credit for making miniature tractors, first a model called the Walker, which had a sulky to ride on, then in the mid 1950’s the first four wheel, riding lawn mower.  The Simplicity line had several attachments ranging from plows, sickle bar mowers, harrows and front blade.  Basically smaller versions of the same tools that were being used by farmers.  Most of these tractors were 5 to 7 horsepower.  It wasn’t long before Allis Chalmers, John Deere, Massey Ferguson and others joined the market.  Today a lot of the riding mowers are made by MTD Products.  By the way, the difference between a lawn tractor and garden tractor is how they are built.  Garden tractors are typically heavier and built to handle much more than just mowing the lawn.  Listen to the podcast here; https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/

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Fun Fact September 21, 2021.
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