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    The History of Jacobsen Mowers

    Jacobsen isn't a big brand these days in terms of consumer (homeowner) products. They now specialize in equipment used on golf courses and similar applications.

    I found this illustrated time line (PDF) of the company's evolution from 1921 to 2007.

    One thing I'm curious about that I couldn't clarify on their website (jacobsen.com): I think they stopped making two-stroke mowers sometime in the mid-1960s. Does anybody have any details about that?
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    Re: The History of Jacobsen Mowers

    To give homeowner-type members like me an idea of what market Jacobsen is into these days check out this video [an ad produced by the company]:



    That thing cuts 16.5 acres an hour.
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    Re: The History of Jacobsen Mowers

    Here's a video of a 1947 Jacobsen Lawn King. It's a two-stroke, reel mower -- very sturdy looking but heavy as a result.

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    Re: The History of Jacobsen Mowers

    Neat old reel...
    I prefer the steel or wooden, full width roller on the back... and the weight never seemed to be too big a problem... KennyV

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    Re: The History of Jacobsen Mowers

    Quote Originally Posted by KennyV View Post
    Neat old reel...
    I prefer the steel or wooden, full width roller on the back... and the weight never seemed to be too big a problem... KennyV
    The caster is a curiosity -- I guess it makes it easier to turn but almost all reel mowers have some kind of roller. I like the wheels and tires on the sides and the overall construction of the machine.
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    Re: The History of Jacobsen Mowers

    I just found these photos of a "Jacobsen 26" Estate mower". I don't know when it was made -- can anybody help me?



    Another pic:



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    Re: The History of Jacobsen Mowers

    Here's a video of a two-stroke Jacobsen rotary mower -- it looks like it's probably 1960s vintage. I like the grease fittings on the wheels and the large tank.

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    Re: The History of Jacobsen Mowers

    This video shows a late 40s or early 50s Jacobsen Manor 21 reel mower. It seems to be in very good running order.



    I like seeing these old mowers in action.
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    Re: The History of Jacobsen Mowers

    Quote Originally Posted by Two-Stroke View Post
    This video shows a late 40s or early 50s Jacobsen Manor 21 reel mower. It seems to be in very good running order.


    I like seeing these old mowers in action.
    Now that's the type reel mower that I wish I had as a kid, back in the 50's KennyV

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    Re: The History of Jacobsen Mowers

    This video shows a circa 1937 Jacobsen rotary mower. The video was posted somewhere in another thread but it belongs here so it's worth re-posting.

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