Old Tool - What is it?

sweebyFebruary 2, 2011

My brother-in-law found this cool antique tool while cleaning out a shed. Anyone know what it is?

To me, it looks like some type of gardening implement, but that's just a guess...

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colleenoz

My guess would be it's for aerating a lawn that's got all thatchy, but that's just a guess.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2011 at 8:51PM
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sweeby

Good guess -- But I don't think the 'teeth' on the vertical gears are long enough to do much good. Plus, they're squared off on the ends. Also, why would there be more-complicated gears on the top (why anything?) if it were the vertical pieces on the bottom that did the work?

I was thinking something along the lines of a sod lifter-cutter? Maybe something to remove a layer of turf grass with a certain amount of root?

Not that I know diddly about gardening...

    Bookmark   February 2, 2011 at 10:58PM
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calliope

You've got yourself an old Montamower. They were particulary loved by greenskeepers. It's a style of old push lawn mower. Produced from the early part of the 1900s. I'm a tool nerd and a professional gardener. Trust me on this one. LOL.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2011 at 12:31AM
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sweeby

You rock Calliope! That's exactly what it is ;-)

    Bookmark   February 3, 2011 at 9:20AM
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