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Posted December 01, 2011 - 03:52 AM

Very cool machines, and great hobby you've got going there.
Is that an aluminum deck on the TR3?
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Posted December 23, 2011 - 07:24 PM

Very cool machines, and great hobby you've got going there.
Is that an aluminum deck on the TR3?

Yes they both have a pot metal aluminum deck and body. The riders tires are solid rubber. The tr-4 runs off of a 5 3/4 briggs engine. Dille and Mcguire also made a red colored model of the tr-4 and called it the Grass Groomer.
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Posted December 23, 2011 - 11:20 PM

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Well here is some more info on these mowers. The TR-4 was also call a Grass Groomer and was painted all red. The photo of Roland tilting the mower was taken at a show in Richmond Indiana. Roland work for the company and was selected to be the model for thier flyer that was put out in 1959. He came to see our collection and I had to get a photo of him tilting the mower almost 50 years later. If you look closely at the TR-4 flyer you will see Rolands original photo. He said all the men shots were of him in this flyer. It was not uncommon for them to use workers for the photos. If you guys are interested I can put more photos and info on here as time allows.

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Posted December 23, 2011 - 11:48 PM

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The photo in the middle is Charlie donating his personal mower to our collection:smile1:. This is the one that was never sold, it went straight from the factory to Charlies uncle and then was passed down to Charlie. The mower was sitting in his garage. Charlie said he started at the top when he went to work at the factory. His first job was to chase pigens off the roof. Boy he was a charator. Paul Craig is the man accepting the mower. Charlie call us "boys" alot. I am 47, Paul and Jack are 65+.
The lady in the photo is Sue King. She had dressed up for the show in 20's gear. We ask her if she would do a photo op for us. We were invited down to the McGuire mansion, by the current owners, after we donated a mower to them. Sue came along and let us take the photos of her pushing a Glen Miller reel mower made by the company. This mower may be 1 of only 25 per Charlie's opinion. This mower was made for the Glen Miller park in Richmond. This park is across from Millionaire row in Richmond. Charlies great great grandfather lived there. Charlie said the mowers were made for the park to use to mow with. How cool is that? Ok enough said for now.

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Posted December 24, 2011 - 07:25 AM

Thanks for the pictures and stories !!! Anytime someone can give pictures & information like you did we all enjoy , Al

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Posted December 24, 2011 - 08:21 AM

Thank you. Interesting reading. It's great you got some pics of folks from the company.
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Posted December 24, 2011 - 09:14 AM

Thank you very much for the info and the pictures redcarkids! We are ALWAYS interested in pictures and histories! We'd love to see anything you have and anything you can tell us. IMHO, this has the makings of a fine article when you get all that you want put up!
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Posted December 24, 2011 - 10:26 PM

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Posted December 24, 2011 - 10:51 PM

That's just great to see I love to see these kind of info being saved and brought to light
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Posted December 24, 2011 - 10:53 PM

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Here is a photo of the plant in 1904 based in Richmond Indiana, some of the original structure is still standing and being used by a plastics firm today. Charlie McGuire took us on a drive by tour and told us were the plants operations were. The next photo is of men pushing Dille McGuire mowers at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. Below the photo is a testimonial from the sup't of landscap and miscellaneous department on how well the mowers performed.

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Posted December 25, 2011 - 10:51 AM

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Here is a lawn mower we don't have called the Richmond. The company also made a grinding paste. $3.00 a dozen. Would love to find a bottle of this to add to the collection. The next add was for some edging shears designed by McGuire with the paste again. The third photo is of a horse pulled mower marketed by Dille And McGuire. This same mower was also marketed by th F & N lawn mower company in Richmond. Not sure on which one made it but we have found out that both companies were producing like items. Flyers that we have from both companies have identical items in them but with the company name in the casting. Either they were steeling each others ideas or were working together on designs. We would love to have a Horse Drawn mower to add to the collection. We had one made by the Pennsylvainia Lawn mower company but sold it off to a buyer who would not take no for a anwser. We wish we had it back. If anyone come across any Richmond made items dealing with reel mowers on steel wheels and you are wanting to sell contact me and maybe we can work a deal.

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Posted January 05, 2012 - 07:27 PM

I got out bidded on e-bay for a 1957 Dille & McGuire 23 page color flyer.:wallbanging: I have never been outbid for any Dille McGuire material on e-bay. Who did it? :mad2: lol Guess if you post information on the internet and get over 300 people to look at something new, someone might get interested? :smile1::smile1::smile1: I must say I am glad there may be some interested people out there about the company.:wave: Thanks for this web sight letting me post a little about the company.
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Posted January 07, 2012 - 07:59 PM

Got a new manual today and it showed the TR-4 with a tractor seat. This is a first for any of the 3 of us in our club. The manul matched a manual we already have word for word except the photo of the mower and the seat in the diagram. This flyer was made in 1959. Thought i would post it for you to see the same mower with a different seat. Does not list it as a option???turfmaster tractor seat 001.jpg

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Posted January 13, 2012 - 04:59 PM

Wow first for me. Very cool looking little machine.
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Posted February 15, 2012 - 07:20 AM

Got a nice piece of history off of e-bay this last week about the Dille McGuire Company. This is what they call a trade card. Salesmen would take these to the local hardware store and leave them as advertisements for the customer to pick up. These are very collectable today. They are also called victorian cards. This is the second one we have in our collection. Its dated 1890. Advertises the Diamond lawnmower made by the company with a price listing on the back.

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