How the lawn mower came to life

03/18/2012 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The idea of a lawn mower came from a need of British inventor Edwin Beard Budding to solve production issues in guardsmen's uniforms, according to this article. He soon realized the machine could cut grass and filed a patent for it in 1830. The lawn mower eventually reached the U.S., with a gas-powered model introduced in the 1920s and the riding mower becoming popular in the 1950s.

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