Follows & Bates Climax

Follows & Bate founded in 1868 by Frederick William Follows, an engineering business producing an assortment of items for horticultural, domestic and general engineering.

Since Buddings invention of the lawn mower in 1830 the drive/motion to operate the cutting cylinder of a lawn mower came from a heavy rear roller, the Climax patented in 1869 replaced this with much lighter travelling or support wheels incorporating an internal gear which  meshed with a pinion on the end of the cutting cylinder shaft.

This mower acquired in May 2020 dates from 1873, 7in cutting width

Image taken from Follows & Bates 1874 catalogue

Note the rubber tyres to give extra grip, perished but remarkably intact being 147 years old!

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Hassocks, West Sussex.

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