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Information About Murry Lawn Mower?

An old gas powered mower.I have a very old self propelled Murry (not Murray) gas powered push mower. I cannot find any information online. Hope someone can help me out. Anyone know the year this was made and possibly some background information, as well the value of it?

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An old gas powered mower.
 
The handle of a Murry lawn mower.
 
An identification plate on a lawn mower.
 

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June 24, 20210 found this helpful
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I could make out the name of the company that made your lawn mower in the photo with the plate: Schissel Manufacturing Co. It also says "Murry clipper ... mower". If you can make out something else, then write.
So Murry is the name of the mower. It is not quite easy to find information about this company. The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa Page 39 of May 9, 1954 says: "The Schissel Manufacturing Co. now makes more than 2,500 mowers year. The 'overseas business is growing, and orders re coming from as far away as..." www.newspapers.com/.../ (I do not want a trial period on that website, so this is the only thing I could find out about what this newspaper wrote about this company). And here, too, something was written about Schissel in October 6, 1991 www.newspapers.com/.../

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This means that this company has been producing lawn mowers for a long time.

Here someone also tried to find information about the Murry Park King lawn mower made by the Schissel Mfg - the same company www.smokstak.com/.../

I found MURRY rotary power mowers catalog & price list Briggs & Stratton Schissel Mfg Co. Cherokee Iowa 1940s www.worthpoint.com/.../lot-vintage-rotary-lawn-mowers-3789016043 So, Schissel Manufacturing Co. was in Cherokee Iowa.

Then I found the Cherokee Historic and Architectural Reconnaissance Survey Report, which says:
"Another company took roots in ca. 1935 at "Schisselville" in the midst of the Depression and was well situated to expand at the end of World War II. Along with his sons Julian, Jim, and Robert, Joseph Schissel formed Schissel Manufacturing Co. to carry out the production of Murray Power Mowers.

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During the war years, production was limited by government quotas to 1,200 mowers per year that were distributed to 13 of 48 states. After the end of the war, the mowers, which were named for production engineer Roy Murray, were shipped across the country and to South America.
The company had about 10-12 employees by then distributing the power mowers through hardware dealerships and government contracts for the Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Public Housing Administration.
In 1965, a new larger plant was built on the Highway 3 bypass on the edge of town." cherokeeiowa.net/.../Cherokee_Recon_Survey_Report_FINAL_04282017...

So, your lawn mower was made by Schissel Manufacturing Co., which was founded around 1935 in Cherokee Iowa.
I think your lawn mower was made in the early 1940s. Try to find out which engine it has and in what years it was used.

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I could not find the same lawn mower on sale, so it can be called rare. The price depends on the demand. If you manage to find a collector, then I think the price can be quite high.

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June 17, 20210 found this helpful

You can post your question on the forum at the Old Lawn Mower Club here: www.oldlawnmowerclub.co.uk/

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June 17, 20210 found this helpful

I did not find another Murry mower although there were several Murray" push mowers that sellers misspelled as 'Murry' but usually made the correction in the listing. It is difficult to find because every site will try to change your search to 'Murray'.

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It's possible this is another brand that made mowers for a store that wanted the name 'Murry' on their mowers. If that is the case, there will probably very limited information on this name.

You may be able to ask your question on these sites and someone may have information about the name.
You will have to join the sites and add pictures for sure.
www.reddit.com/.../?q=vintage%20lawn%20mowers
www.tractorforum.com/.../?q=vintage+murry+lawn+mower&o=relevance
www.mylawnmowerforum.com/.../?q=murry+push+mower&o=relevance
www.mytractorforum.com/.../

It's possible another member will find more information so keep checking for additional answers.

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