Due to the poor performance of modern pushmowers, we have a huge demand for our proper pushmowers, examples of British engineering at its best from a time when the vast majority of people used pushmowers, demanded performance and recognised quality when they saw it.. A classic example of this is the Ransomes Ajax, a mower that was in production for nearly 40 years and Ransomes, along with Webb, JP and Qualcast, cut the majority of the nation's lawns for many decades.
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The Ajax was one of the most popular hand mowers ever made and was manufactured by Ransomes, Sims and Jeffries of Ipswich, the first producers of push mowers in the 1830s; it was introduced in 1933 and remained in production until 1972. During this time the Ajax was produced in five different versions, each being a small progression on its predecessor, and over 250,000 were sold. The Mark I and Mark II Ajax was produced during the 1930s. The remaining three marks were produced in the period after the Second World War. A distinctive feature of the Ajax is that it has cast aluminium alloy sides giving it easy manoeuvrability. The one in the picture is a Mk.5 and dates from the 1960s.
H.C. Webb were a traditional engineering company who produced lawnmowers at their Birmingham works from the 1920s until the 1980s when they were absorbed into the Qualcast Group. The 8-bladed Webb Witch is a traditionally made push mower with ribbed split rear-rollers and gives a very fine cut, with little effort to the user.
The JP Maxees is a design classic from the 1950/60s. The mower was made by a company formed by two engineers named Jerram and Pearson (hence the name) in Leicester. The company prided itself on the quality of its design and engineering and JP mowers were known as the 'Rolls Royce of Lawnmowers'. In fact, the two companies did have links through other engineering interests. The mower in the photo is a Mark 3 JP Maxees, dating from the 1960s, and is in very good condition.
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