GOODALL

First Rotary Mower

| March/April 1989

  • The first model
    This is the first version of the first model. Note flywheel position, Maytag carburetion and rope starter on top. This mower belongs to my good friend Jerry Nance of Odessa, MO. This is the only mower like this we know of... we would be happy to hear from
  • Prototype
    We think this is a prototype. Note the sheet steel deck. Goodall made a few mowers with a steel deck in 20 inch cut. However, this mower is only a 14 inch cut. From author's collection.
  • Maytag engine
    This is the second version of the first model. Note the change of position of flywheel. This version did not change for the duration of the production that used the Maytag engine. From the author's collection.
  • Mr. Leonard (Pat) Goodall
    Mr. Leonard (Pat) Goodall holding the first mower his father made. It now hangs proudly in his home.

  • The first model
  • Prototype
  • Maytag engine
  • Mr. Leonard (Pat) Goodall

P. O. Box 406 Oakland, Illinois 61943

Mr. Leonard Goodall was a very good mechanic, and was shop foreman for the Theodore Schock Garage in Warrenburg, MO, for several years. He was a very talented man, and was always doing other jobs to make extra money, after he got off work at the garage. With a jig-saw in his basement, he would make jig-saw puzzles. He would take these jig-saw puzzles to the college store, where they were rented for 10$ a night. He also had a lawn mower sharpening business. He had a little Ford pick-up truck that he used to pick up the mowers, and after sharpening them, would return them. He also had a cabinet shop in the early 30's, where he used his talent as a wood worker.

However, life was not always good to him. One time, while he was working on an old tractor, with open drive gears, with the engine running, the tractor vibration caused the tractor to jump into gear. One of his legs was caught in the gears and was cut off.

Another time, when he was adjusting the bearings under the car, a pan of gasoline ignited and burned him severely.



However, these unfortunate accidents did not discourage him. His determination and ingenuity is what makes this article possible. He always kept his mind busy thinking of a better way to get a job done-The result was the GOODALL ROTARY MOWER.

In 1930-31, Leonard Goodall was mowing his lawn, that had a lot of buckhorn and plantain in with the grass. When he pushed his reel-type lawn mower across his yard, he noticed that the reel mower had just pushed the buckhorn and plantain over, instead of cutting them off like the grass. He thought what a job it was going to be to have to take a hand sickle or scythe and go over his yard again to cut off those stems! He said to himself, 'There has to be a better way than this to have a neat lawn'.

steigerjk
6/13/2018 1:34:35 PM

Hello- very interesting information !!! I wonder if you could help me find out some information about a vintage Goodall lawn mower ? I just recently bought it at an auction . I don't know what year it was manufactured ??? It is rather unique because it only has three wheels. One wheel is on the front of the mower and of course two wheels support the back of the mower- deck and engine. It states on a tag that it was evidently made by Goodall Mf Corp in Winnona, Minnesota. On the front is another tag that states Model LAV30-30264 G. I do not know if this model number refers to the engine only or to the entire machine. I can't see any other tags on it anywhere. I plan to rejuvenate this machine and any information about this mower will be much appreciated ! Cheers and thank you ! Julius K Steiger


steigerjk
6/13/2018 1:31:30 PM

Hello- very interesting information !!! I wonder if you could help me find out some information about a vintage Goodall lawn mower ? I just recently bought it at an auction . I don't know what year it was manufactured ??? It is rather unique because it only has three wheels. One wheel is on the front of the mower and of course two wheels support the back of the mower- deck and engine. It states on a tag that it was evidently made by Goodall Mf Corp in Winnona, Minnesota. On the front is another tag that states Model LAV30-30264 G. I do not know if this model number refers to the engine only or to the entire machine. I can't see any other tags on it anywhere. I plan to rejuvenate this machine and any information about this mower will be much appreciated ! Cheers and thank you ! Julius K Steiger


steigerjk
6/13/2018 1:30:48 PM

Hello- very interesting information !!! I wonder if you could help me find out some information about a vintage Goodall lawn mower ? I just recently bought it at an auction . I don't know what year it was manufactured ??? It is rather unique because it only has three wheels. One wheel is on the front of the mower and of course two wheels support the back of the mower- deck and engine. It states on a tag that it was evidently made by Goodall Mf Corp in Winnona, Minnesota. On the front is another tag that states Model LAV30-30264 G. I do not know if this model number refers to the engine only or to the entire machine. I can't see any other tags on it anywhere. I plan to rejuvenate this machine and any information about this mower will be much appreciated ! Cheers and thank you ! Julius K Steiger