Isaac Boyd founded Southern Saw Works in 1890. His company specialized in manufacturing saw blades for the lumber industry in Georgia and neighboring states. Years later William R Smith purchased Southern Saw Works. Smith noticed the emerging market for lawn care equipment. He started the " Power Implement Division" within his company. In 1951 he introduced the "Snappin Turtle" His design was a self-propelled rotary mower that had a driven roller with three spaced tires at the rear . At the front was a skid pan that glided across the grass just behind the tips of the blade . It had a chain drive system with an oil bath enclosed gear case . The body was a stamped , sheet-steel shell painted green with a cast-iron snapping turtle head mounted on the front. This concept would be comical today, but at the time it was an ingenious marketing gimmick. The "Snappin Turtle" came standard as a walk behind unit, but a riding sulky was available as an option, the sulky was available with two wheels or one larger roller.
Sales of the new Snappin Turtle were so good that in 1954 the facility at East Point, Georgia was no longer able to keep up with the demand. To adjust to this market growth, the factory was moved to McDonough, Georgia and merged with the McDonough Foundry and Machine Works to become the McDonough Power Equipment Company it was after this merger that the mower was redesigned and the name was changed from Snappin Turtle to Snapper. The Snapper mower was to be one of the best Rotary mowers ever built.
Excerpts from Michael (The Snapper King ) Hodge's excellent article in the May/June 2012 edition of the Lawn & Garden Tractor magazine.
Edited by WrenchinOnIt, June 28, 2017 - 12:18 PM.