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Posted February 07, 2014 - 07:27 PM

I am looking for information on the Johnston Lawn Mower Co.  Specifically, whether they made their own engine or not.  I know that they were bought by Jacobsen, and I know Jacobsen produced reel mowers for the homeowner market based on the Johnston line.  Those later machines made by Jacobsen were Jacobsen powered. 

 

What engine did Johnston Lawn Mower Co use before the Jacobsen purchase?  I have a motor sitting here, two stroke, off a Johnston Lawn Mower Co reel mower.  The engine has no identification.  The tag on the mower cover (all I have left) says no model, but it does give an s/n of 2320-3017. The 2320 is printed on the tag, so I assume that is something like a model.  

 

A Gas Engine magazine article: http://www.gasengine...iron-works.aspx

 

Something from Oscar Will's book: http://books.google....umwa ia&f=false

 

Yes, I know, you want pictures.  Give me a bit and I will do something about that!  :wave:

 

Ben W.

 

 

 


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Posted February 07, 2014 - 07:49 PM

I googled the Johnston mower and I found this on Smoke Stack -  johnstonmower.PNG

Other than that I can't find anything.      Good Luck.       Roger.


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Posted February 07, 2014 - 08:56 PM

Roger, that mower is painted the same as my engine and "cover" is, a sort of mustard yellow.  I believe that engine I have on it is a Jacobsen.  I'm almost 100% certain.  The main tell tale feature is a 4 bolt engine head for a two cycle, that was almost a Jacobsen only feature for that small of an engine.

 

I went out to take pictures a few minutes ago, it is too dark to really see so I will try to satisfy the picture demand tomorrow. 

 

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Posted February 08, 2014 - 06:35 PM

 

I went out to take pictures a few minutes ago, it is too dark to really see so I will try to satisfy the picture demand tomorrow. 

 

Ben W.

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Posted February 08, 2014 - 09:38 PM

Allow me to correct my forgetfulness.

 

:D

 

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It looks like a Jac to me.  It makes me wonder who began with the engine, did Johnston design it and Jacobsen buy it with the rest of the company or did Jacobsen make them before the Johnston purchase?

 

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