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Posted March 29, 2012 - 04:28 PM

RedCarKids, do you know when the last Gill was Mfg'ed and what was the model ?
Im overwelmed and overjoyed with all the brochures you have provided, so much good stuff there.
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Posted March 29, 2012 - 08:07 PM

So would they be the only company that made a three wheeled front drive lawn mower? When I was in high school my cousin fixed up a similar mower in small engines class. Front wheel had a chain drive and you could spin it 360 to back up. I could probably find the thing back....


This sounds like a Swisher Ride King.
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Posted March 29, 2012 - 10:29 PM

RedCarKids, do you know when the last Gill was Mfg'ed and what was the model ?
Im overwelmed and overjoyed with all the brochures you have provided, so much good stuff there.

We have a hand written letter from Charlie McGuire who started in 1948 in the parts department, then to machine shop, then manufacturing, sales, and then ended up as vice president, then general manager in 1962. He wrote that in 1965 the company was sold to Huffman manufacturing of Dayton Ohio, better known as Huffey Bicycle. They merged thier lawn mower buisness with Dille's and operated up to 1971when they went out of the lawn mower buisness. I have a 1964 sales flyer and it listed the following mowers being made. Diamond by Turfmaster riding mower, Supreme riding mower, TR4 riding mower, Supreme garden tiller, plus the king, deluxe and the areolite garden tillers, the Diamond deluxe, Diamond terace, Diamond hand reel mowers. They also were making aDiaomond Trimmer and edger. There was Turfmaster professional, Turfmaster Deluxe, Bent Grass, Aerolite, and edger trimmers also. Power reel mowers were being madecalled the Turfmaster Supreme, Diamond deluxe. Under Rotary mowers they were making Turfmaster King hand propelled and self propelled 21" cut, Turfmaster Quite 20" cut, Turfmaster Aerolite 20", Turfmaster electric 18" and Diamond 18", Diamond 20 and 22" hand propelled and a Diamond 22" self propelled.
That is 26 diffeent Mowers and tillers. This was not counting the 3 and 5 gang type mowers and they also produced a Turfmaster self propelled 20" Snow thrower.
Huffy took over in 1965 and put thier name on Dille & McGuires Models. So a first year Huffey will look like a last year Dille. We do not have a 65 Flyer to show you what the model of a tractor looked like. I do have a add from a magazine showing a Turfmaster made by Huffey. I believe Huffey took the same model and put thier name on it also.

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Posted July 31, 2012 - 02:58 AM

I've been searching for information on Dille & McGuires Co. and only been coming up with fragments.

It would be much a appreciated if someone could direct to where the info seems to be hiding.

I'm not even sure if i have the date corect on when it started.

So any help would be great.

Thanks

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Posted August 01, 2012 - 09:06 PM

There is not much on the web except for this sight here. Ask any questions and i will try to help out. Welcome to the sight. Fill free to set up a avitar. What kind of mower do you own or are you just after the history of the company? I am attaching some photos of our tr3 and tr4. The tr3 has not ran for 1 year and I got it going yesterday. :dancingbanana: We had purchased the TR4 in Winsconsin off e-bay. In 3 years we have not tryed to get it running. Today I tore it down to the points and cleaned them and the flywheel. Got spark to the plug. put it back together and on the 1st pull the thing ran. :thumbs: :dancingbanana: Jack the neighbor guy came over and helped out. We both got to drive it around the yard and the deck ran also. :dancingbanana: no rear end problems. :dancingbanana: This mower is from 1959 with a 5 3/4 horse Briggs motor on it. It ran great! Both of these mowers will be going to the Portland Gas and Steam Engine show at the end of the month. We will be setting up a corral for odd pieces to drive around it to show off.

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Posted August 02, 2012 - 06:33 AM

Glad you got it running! Did a good job mowing, too. Thanks!

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Posted August 02, 2012 - 11:12 AM

I've been searching for information on Dille & McGuires Co. and only been coming up with fragments.

It would be much a appreciated if someone could direct to where the info seems to be hiding.

I'm not even sure if i have the date corect on when it started.

So any help would be great.

Thanks

The company started in 1870 and started producing mower in 1874 then was sold to Huffey in 1963. The 1st mower constructed had a small center wheel at the rear where the wood roller would be today. The mower wheel kept dropping into holes in the ground. Elwood Mcguire then substituted a wooden roller to help keep the mower level. He patenetd the improvment. The building was added onto in 1912, 1929, 1938, and 1950. The addition in 1950 was needed to produce the power reel mowers. This addition was a 52,000 sguare foot building. The entire warehouse was automated with the most modern conveyor system. I might add that after the second world war production of the hand push reel mowers was at 2100 mowers a day. Riding mowers came along in 1959 which also brought on a new addition again to the factory of 55,000 square feet and the building was 3 stories tall. 1961 they started to produce tillers.
Dille and McGuire had a excellant relationship with its employees. The average years of service was 25 years at one time.
The Turfmaster Mower bacame known as "The Worlds Standard Mower Since 1874".

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Posted August 18, 2012 - 06:48 AM

Thanks for the info. Quite an old company!

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Posted October 15, 2012 - 07:57 AM

I had a member contact me wanting info or identification on this mower made by Dille McGuire. Below are photos of our mower with writing on the handle to help identify his. I believe Ralphs mower to be a no.130 model sterling reel mower. the 1906 is a cutter bar part number and the number on the otherside will read a 16, 18 or bigger being the cutting width. If anyone has info about this or other reel mowers made by Dille and McGuire please post to this sight. Ralph did a exellent job of restoring this mower and saved it from the scrap yard. Anyone else wanting to post photos of your Dille Mcguire mower can also post here.

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Posted March 11, 2013 - 07:41 PM

Bought this card off of e-bay awhile back.  Has a date of 1886.  The back advertises Dille and McGuires Diamond lawn mower.  These trade cards are hard to come by today.  This one was trimmed a little around the edges. 

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Posted June 01, 2013 - 08:03 PM

I HAVE A DILLE&MCCUIRE PUSH MOWER THAT IS STAMPED MADE IN USA IN RICHMOND IND. AND BUILT IN 1931 , DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW MUCH SOMETHING IS WORTH , BEEN THINKING ABOUT SELLING IT, IT IS ALL ORIGIONAL , AND YES IT IS HANGING FROM THE CEILING IN MY SHOP FOR ALMOST 10 YEARS, AND IT OPERATED GREAT

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Posted July 01, 2013 - 09:54 PM

Thanks for all of the catelog postings and information on Dille McGuire.

 

My brother has a Dille McGuire model WMA, serial number 512693.  It is a self-propelled power mower.  He would like to know what year it is from.  Does anyone know?  He would appreciate any information.  Thanks.



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Posted September 22, 2013 - 08:29 PM

I HAVE A DILLE&MCCUIRE PUSH MOWER THAT IS STAMPED MADE IN USA IN RICHMOND IND. AND BUILT IN 1931 , DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW MUCH SOMETHING IS WORTH , BEEN THINKING ABOUT SELLING IT, IT IS ALL ORIGIONAL , AND YES IT IS HANGING FROM THE CEILING IN MY SHOP FOR ALMOST 10 YEARS, AND IT OPERATED GREAT

 

its worth whatever you can get for it.  We have found them for $5 and have seen them priced as high as $200.00.  original condition with a lot of paint, writing on the handle and non rotted wood roller will command the high end prices.  look for steel wheels,  tread lines,  the more the better.  this will tell you how much use the mower got. If your mower is rusted and the rollers and blades won't turn them you are probably sitting on the bottom end of the scale.  I would say yours would fetch $50.00 or more to the right person. 



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Posted December 13, 2013 - 11:24 PM

Just spotted this on e-bay,  This is one of the best original reel mowers I have seen.  We have one in the collection but this blows ours out of the water. I felt the photos of the mower were so good that they needed posted here for future reference. This is a child's mower.  Still has the tags and original paint.  Location was New York but shipping not allowed.

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Posted March 09, 2014 - 05:42 PM

Had a contact today who is interested in selling the TR3 listed below.  If your interested in a project feel free to contact me and I will contact him for you.  He is from the state of Oklahoma.  I put a photo of what one in original condition would look like for you to compare it against.  The owner has not come up with a price as of this entry so it sounds like a best offer deal. 

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