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Posted November 27, 2011 - 07:12 PM

Here is a 1959 Dille and McGuire lawnmower we purchased off of e-bay. It is called the Turfmaster TR-4. Thought you guys may want to see something different. This is all original. The second one is a Dille McGuire turfmaster TR-3. The tr3 is a zero turn mower. You simply lift the handle and flip it over, spin it around turning the front wheel and it will go backward. This is front wheel drive. 1959 model also.

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Posted November 27, 2011 - 07:20 PM

Never saw those tractor before , both in very nice shape too. Thanks for posting , Al

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Posted November 27, 2011 - 07:25 PM

Never seen that brand before! You must mean the "1st" one is the zero turn, as it's got the front wheel drive. Thanks for the pics.

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Posted November 27, 2011 - 07:36 PM

Cool little mowers. The front wheel drive trike would be fun.

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Posted November 27, 2011 - 09:30 PM

For those not aware, Dille & Mcguire was one of the vendors for DB reel mowing equipment.
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Posted November 28, 2011 - 05:39 AM

Wow, thanks for the pictures
Never seen anything like that before

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Posted November 28, 2011 - 05:55 AM

Cool little mowers! Thanks for the pics, never seen those before.

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Posted November 28, 2011 - 07:44 AM

Cool littler mowers,never seen those before.

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Posted November 28, 2011 - 08:13 AM

They are great shape for there age. Cool little things.

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Posted November 28, 2011 - 05:21 PM

Never seen that brand before! You must mean the "1st" one is the zero turn, as it's got the front wheel drive. Thanks for the pics.

The 3 wheeled mower is the zero turn. I live in Indiana and 2 other guys and I have done extensive research on the Dille McGuire company. We have all kinds of historical photos and pamplets. We collect push reel mowers made by the company. We have close to 125 now. We also have some power reel mowers from the 50's. Most of the collection is geared around Richmond Indiana. There were 11 lawn mower companies in Richmond of the years. The tr-3 got us started collecting the name brand.
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Posted November 28, 2011 - 05:26 PM

Cool little mowers. The front wheel drive trike would be fun.

It is fun to drive. Can be a little scary though. I weight in at 260 and it feels like you can tip it over very easily. We have not got the tr-4 running yet. Has a 5 3/4 briggs motor.

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Posted November 28, 2011 - 06:25 PM

:wave: redcarkids Welcome to GTTalk! Those are certainly unique machines! Thanks for the introduction and the information. We have a manual section on the site where you could put copies of some of the brochures to share with others. That is of course your choice. Like everyone else in this thread, I've never seen one either. Thanks for sharing the pics of those two and we would love to see pics of the rest when you get the chance! We hope that you'll continue to enjoy the forum! Thanks for signing up!

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Posted November 29, 2011 - 02:00 AM

Man i just love people who like to do the research on their stuff.:worshippy1: This to me is one of the best parts of collecting. Knowing why is always a big step forward in keeping an informed public. I feel its really a duty of all collectors, to research and document items beening shown. Its sometime amazing how many differnt stories there are for some things, and once in a while one of them is the right one. If you can show facts on paper, or photos its like having a whole larger collection of stuff.

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Posted November 30, 2011 - 04:14 PM

I agree. Your item you are restoring or collecting always seems better when you have the history attach. Charlie was the last owner of the company till 1965 when he sold out to Huffy, who ran the company into the ground by the early 70's. Charlie invited us into his home and gave us a lot of information about the company. We also went to the Richmond Museam and copied all the information they had about his company on file. Charlie gave us a reel mower. This mower has never been sold. It went from his factory to his uncle then back to Charile when his uncle pasted. Charlie gave it to us for our collection because he thought that was the best place for it to be shown at the shows. This company started in the late 1870's and was family ran till 1965. Charlie showed us prototypes he had in his house. Sorry to say he past away a couple years ago. Since this is a garden tractor web sight I am not sure this is the place to show off reel lawn mowers but I will be sure glad to help anyone who wants to contact me about the company with questions.
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Posted December 01, 2011 - 01:49 AM

Well i cant speak for the owner of this site, but to me this is excatly the place to be talking about them. Some reel mowers are actually tractors. Now maybe they need there own catagory, but its still a great subject. Theres a whole bunch of things like reel mowers, seeders and even hand tools that are as unique to GT's as the tractors are. After all ,its all about lawns and gardening and the equipment that kept them that way.
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