Ransomes started in 1789. They commenced producing lawnmowers from 1836, buying the
patent off Edwin Budding, who invented the lawnmower (Mr. Budding originally used
the 'mower' to remove knots of the top of cloth).
In 1867 they introduced a totally new design of Lawnmower, the Automaton, (remembering
that the chain and petrol engine had not been invented yet) which became an instant
success with over 1,000 machines being sold in the first season. This design was
to put Ransomes above the two other producers Shanks of Arbroath in Scotland and
Greens of Leeds & London at that time.
Extract from Ransomes Archive
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