My Evinrude Lawn-Boy

| October/November 1993

Evinrude Lawn-Boy mower

7574 S. 74 St. Franklin, Wisconsin 53132

I was so elated to add an Evinrude Lawn-Boy mower to my collection. Research found that my mower had been built in 1937, which was the first year that the 4-cycle Iron Horse engine was used on these mowers. But let's backtrack to the story of Ole Evinrude's mower.

In 1908, Ole Evinrude invented the first (Evinrude) outboard motor, which would revolutionize the world of fishing and water recreation. Evinrude sold his company, then traveled for five years, while his wife recovered her health. In 1920 he was back in business after starting the Elto Outboard Motor Co. (for the first letters in Evinrude Light Twin

Outboard). In 1929, Elto combined with the original Evinrude Company and another firm from Michigan. The new company was called Outboard Motors Corp. and eventually became Outboard Marine Corp. This company survived the Depression.

Ole Evinrude had always looked for new products. In 1932 the company started producing powered lawn mowers. The name Lawn-Boy was given to the mower. From 1932 until 1936, these mowers were powered by a two-cycle engine, which drove the wheels and blade with a chain. There was a rope pulley for starting. The mower was unique in that it had only one handle, which had the ability to fold in half. 'One hand control' was advertised. At the end of the handle was a twist grip to engage the clutch.

In 1937, a much improved 4-cycle engine was used for the mower, called an Iron Horse. Now the mower had several improvements, one of which was a lever for starting the engine. There were now two models available. The basic Model 'S' cost $79.50; the deluxe Model 'D' cost $110.00. The Model 'D' had additional features. The reel clutch was operated by a lever that touched the ground when the mower was set down and stopped the reel from turning. On this model the cutting height could be adjusted by raising and lowering the wheels. This model did not need a roller as did the 'S.'