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#1 earthgrinder ONLINE  

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Posted February 09, 2016 - 07:21 PM

In preparation for this year's Steam Expo at Rought & Tumble, volunteers are refurbishing a 1901 Coldwell Steam Lawn Mower that was in one of their buildings for years.  Follow the link for photos and a video of the steam engine running.

Coldwell Mower


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Posted February 09, 2016 - 08:43 PM

I find it amazing that such big, slow, fussy machines could have been used to just mow a yard. I bet you would surely need pretty flat place to use that huge iron mass on. Need a mechanic and a fireman, and others just to keep it ready to go! Ha!


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Posted February 09, 2016 - 08:56 PM

We had to start somewhere. These machines would have been used on large estates, golf courses, and the like. There were reel mowers to be pulled behind horses. Talk about upkeep and maintenance! I guess the plus side was you got the yard fertilized. They didn't consider it solid pollution back then. Coldwell played a major part in the evolution of the lawn mower.

 

 Let's see, Loyalsock, then R&T, and on to Portland. Looks like I need to shut down the month of Aug.


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Posted February 09, 2016 - 09:03 PM

If I remember the history for this particular mower, I think it was used  at the White House.  Jim Ricci wrote a story about it some time back in Lawn and Garden Tractor magazine.


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Posted February 10, 2016 - 08:51 AM

That's quite a rig


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Posted February 10, 2016 - 11:37 AM

Such a cool piece of history.


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Posted February 10, 2016 - 03:21 PM

 

 

 Let's see, Loyalsock, then R&T, and on to Portland. Looks like I need to shut down the month of Aug.

Good.  I think R&T will go all out since their main purpose is preservation of steam!



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Posted February 10, 2016 - 09:23 PM

I really don't see it being able to happen. I've always wanted to go to R&T but its always the weekend we set up in Portland. Maybe i'll get a drugstore to buy my corner between now and then and I can retire!!  ha-ha



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Posted February 11, 2016 - 08:21 AM

Well, then I will probably see you at Loyalsock.



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Posted February 11, 2016 - 02:11 PM

I've wanted to go to Rough and Tumble for a few years now, oddly enough I never went there when I lived in PA, probably not in the cards this year(sad face).



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Posted March 07, 2016 - 07:11 PM

Back when I first got into the hobby 36 years ago, I remember seeing a restored Coldwell steamer at the Connecticut Yankee Gas Engine Club`s shows in Warren, Ct. I think it was restored and painted white, but then I was more interested in finding gas engines and garden tractors, not too much into steam then. I`ve always wondered what happened to it, I`m glad to see that another one has been saved now! My oldest riding mower is a 1918-20 Milbradt that I thought was crude until I saw this one!






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