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Old Reel Mowers?

An old reel mower on a driveway.I have 2 old reel mowers. Was wondering if anyone had information on them?
Great American ball bearing #1102
Dille McGuife Tuft Master

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May 14, 20210 found this helpful
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It is not always possible to do research on something like this with only one picture and almost no information.
Nice to have the brand names but most older mowers are recognized by the wheels and wheels cannot be seen in your pictures.
You do not ask about value but generally this is what posters are looking for and the majority of information is gathered from 'for sale' or 'sold' listings online - usually eBay is the major source for information.

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The Great American mower appears to have been made in Pennsylvania and I have found ads showing this company made push mowers as early as 1881. There is a lot of information available online (mostly vintage ads) but It cannot have been a really notable company as there is no article posted on Wiki about the company.
I did find one vintage article about this brand:
www.historicnewengland.org/.../?refd=EP001.01.053.01.01.019
Also; do not confuse this mower with the American Mower/or/States Mower as this is an entirely different company.

You can find several of the Great American mower listed for sale and sold on eBay so check out the links and see if any mower is the same as yours. Model numbers can rarely be found on a listing and I did not see any numbers listed in the vintage ads so 'looks' is what you'll have to go by. And, as I stated earlier, wheels are generally how you find the different 'models/age'.

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This similar mower recently sold on eBay for $99:
www.ebay.com/.../233989584812?hash=item367addb7ac...

For sale listings on eBay; check out ads also; place a watch on any item to see if it sells. (I did find one same brand push mower that sold for $135 but the seller had had it listed for almost 3 years and this is not unusual.)
www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_nkw=WOW%21+GREAT+AMERICAN...

www.worthpoint.com/.../vintage-1920-30s-push-lawn-mower...
For sale:
www.ebay.com/.../202770904080

Push mowers recently sold on eBay: These prices represent 'value' for that particular mower.
Most sellers do not ship and mowers are listed as 'local pick up only'.
www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=vintage+Great...

You can check out the vintage ads on Google and eBay to see if you can find your mower.

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Your second push mower is a Dille & McGuire Reel Mower.
www.facebook.com/.../
www.worthpoint.com/.../antique-dille-mcguire-mfg-push-reel...

Most sites say the year of manufacture is printed on the frame of the mower so check on that.

Brand listed for sale on eBay: $125 - $250 and $200. Place a watch on these to see if they sell.
www.ebay.com/.../265152364823?hash=item3dbc500117...
www.ebay.com/.../193644984683?mkevt=1&mkcid=1&mkrid...
www.ebay.com/.../254501454646

Sold in 2015 for $51
www.ebth.com/.../2464231-antique-dille-mcguire-reel...

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The lawn mower was invented by Edwin Beard Budding in 1830 in Brimscombe and Thrupp, Gloucestershire, England. The first United States patent for a reel lawn mower was granted to Amariah Hills on January 12, 1868.
The history of this Pennsylvania lawn mower dates back to 1877. This paper advertisement from 1942 states that Pennsylvania is "Standard of the World Since 1877": www.ebay.com/.../152739457239

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Thus, the original Pennsylvania side wheel mower was introduced in the 19th century in the USA. The design was soon exported to other countries. In time, the phrase "Pennsylvania Quality" was used to designate that the mowers were superior to other models. More specifically, the term referred to the quality of the steel used for the blades (in much the same way that Sheffield steel was recognized in the UK).
Lloyds of Letchworth originally resold Pennsylvania sidewheel mowers imported from the USA but soon started making their own versions under license. By the 1920s the company was producing a number of different mowers with the Pennsylvania brand name, including the roller mower, various side wheels, trimmers, gang mowers and even lawn sweepers.
This advertisement describes several models of Pennsylvania side wheel mowers, in particular the Great American i.ebayimg.com/.../s-l1600.jpg This advertisement says that in 1889 the Great American won the Highest award in Paris Highest: media.gettyimages.com/.../advertisement-for-the-penylvania...

I could not find the year of manufacture using your mower number. Here is Antique PQ Great American Reel Push Mower Pat. 1918 www.worthpoint.com/.../vintage-antique-pq-great-american.... Inspect the parts of your reel mower, maybe there is year. Your lawn mower looks like a 20s reel mower, especially the handle - like this GREAT AMERICAN PQ PENNSYLVANIA Rotary Reel BALL BEARING Lawn Mower 20's, in excellent condition, sold for $ 135 picclick.com/WOW-GREAT-AMERICAN-PQ-PENIAN-SY Rotary-Reel-BALL-223036428467.html Here Antique Great American Ball Bearings Push Mower in the worst condition, the price is $ 50 www.ebay.com/.../202770904080.
The price of your Great American Pennsylvania reel mower is about $ 50-75.

Dille & McGuire Mfg. Co. started in 1870 in Richmond, Indiana, United States. Richmond, once called the "Lawn Mower Capital of the World." This company started producing push mowers in 1874. McGuire went to work improving the cutting design, and he developed a 40-pound push mower, obtaining a patent in 1875. All mowers produced between 1874-1889 were only sold in the US. Then this company was sold to Huffman Mfg, Dayton, OH in 1963.
The Turfmaster Mower bacame known as "The Worlds Standard Mower Since 1874".

Your Dille McGuife Tufmaster mower has an iron handle and is most likely made in the 50s. Here is a flyer from 1959 Dille & McGuire Company and there are similar to your hand mowers (penultimate page).
The price of these mowers with iron handles is about $ 65-100.

 
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May 13, 20210 found this helpful

Post the pictures and your questions to the blog at the Old Lawn Mower Club. www.oldlawnmowerclub.co.uk/

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Thanks for the information

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Thanks for the information.

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