Need help?


Search OutdoorKing by entering Key Words Below



Who's Online Now
1 members (QSR), 280 guests, and 70 robots.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Online Spare Parts


Online Store


Newest Topics
Husqvarna Rancher 50 Oil Vent
by MowingManiac - 18/05/24 11:23 AM
Two hardly used chains for Ozito 18 volt chainsaw.
by MowingManiac - 07/05/24 06:50 PM
Honda GX160 only runs for a few seconds
by MowingManiac - 04/05/24 05:33 PM
Victa 24 F/C crank pulleys
by NormK - 02/05/24 04:56 PM
Rover Easypush lower handle arm rhs
by Wram - 26/04/24 07:28 PM
airbox to suit b&s 193707 bne
by Wram - 25/04/24 06:54 PM
Fuel Hose for Victa
by Dandare - 14/04/24 07:35 PM
Topic Replies
Husqvarna Rancher 50 Oil Vent
by Tyler - 22/05/24 10:56 PM
Victa: The Triplets
by maxwestern - 16/05/24 09:58 AM
Honda GX160 only runs for a few seconds
by MowingManiac - 11/05/24 07:22 AM
Ogden power push mower
by maxwestern - 08/05/24 08:11 PM
Two hardly used chains for Ozito 18 volt chainsaw.
by MowingManiac - 07/05/24 06:50 PM
Victa Imperial Project
by NormK - 07/05/24 06:17 PM
Rover Easypush lower handle arm rhs
by Wram - 06/05/24 08:15 PM
Victa 24 F/C crank pulleys
by NormK - 03/05/24 04:59 PM
airbox to suit b&s 193707 bne
by Bruce - 27/04/24 11:31 AM
Scammers
by maxwestern - 25/04/24 10:58 AM
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate Thread
Hop To
Joined: Nov 2013
Posts: 6,938
Likes: 278
Forum Historian
Hello ODK history lovers,
This is a story and there are stories within stories.

This first part is the story of the Cambridge Push Reel Mower
as sold across Australia by a number of companies from the
1940s to the mid-1950s.

The Cambridge was a ‘traditional’ side-wheel mower but with
one significant difference: it had a unique feature that permitted
the direction of the reel to be quickly reversed for blade sharpening.

[Linked Image]

In advertising it was described as a “revolutionary self-sharpening mower”.
That would be somewhat true …

The mechanism permitted the reel rotation to be reversed,
enabling manual backlapping of the reel and bedknife.

The thing is that it is not clear who actually made the mower.
There is clear evidence that the Cambridge was made by the
`Cambridge Lawnmower Company’ of Sydney, but I have little
evidence of that company. There are other clues, though …

In any case, it was rewarding to identify the actual inventor
and his patents for this novel lawnmower.

TO BE CONTINUED …

Attached Images
2015_11_ebay_cambridge_02.jpg (273.24 KB, 60 downloads)
2015_11_ebay_cambridge_02a.jpg (76.53 KB, 60 downloads)
Membership information
Joined: Nov 2013
Posts: 6,938
Likes: 278
Forum Historian
PART TWO – The Inventor
It was a chance find of a quality image on a 2013 auction sale
that gave me patent numbers to research the inventor of the
Cambridge push mower.

[Linked Image]

The surprise was that the Cambridge mower was an
interwar design invented by … a New Zealand sheep farmer …
and his name should be recorded – Allan Steward Cambridge.

Patent 104118 – Accepted May, 1938.
Patent 104841 – Accepted August, 1938.
Patent 108996 – Accepted November, 1939.

The two first patents are relevant to the first Cambridge
mowers sold here. The last patent is relevant to the later
Cambridge mowers sold here.

To be continued …

Attached Images
104118_Page_4.jpg (204.5 KB, 50 downloads)
104841_Page_5.jpg (147.33 KB, 50 downloads)
104841_Page_5b.jpg (250.92 KB, 50 downloads)
108986_Page_5.jpg (216.11 KB, 50 downloads)
1938_may_104118.pdf (215.6 KB, 1 downloads)
PATENT 104118 of 1938
1938_august_104841.pdf (375.76 KB, 1 downloads)
PATENT 104841
1939_november_108986.pdf (368.93 KB, 1 downloads)
PATENT 108996
Joined: Nov 2013
Posts: 6,938
Likes: 278
Forum Historian
[Linked Image]
PART THREE - Cambridge Push Mower Images.
This 2013 auction set of images is the best photo record
of a Cambridge push mower I have found.

to be continued ...

Attached Images
2013_12_ebay_cambridge_01.jpg (217.56 KB, 46 downloads)
2013_12_ebay_cambridge_02.jpg (169.85 KB, 46 downloads)
2013_12_ebay_cambridge_03.jpg (170.5 KB, 46 downloads)
2013_12_ebay_cambridge_04.jpg (181.34 KB, 46 downloads)
2013_12_ebay_cambridge_05.jpg (222.65 KB, 46 downloads)
2013_12_ebay_cambridge_06.jpg (98.34 KB, 46 downloads)
2013_12_ebay_cambridge_07.jpg (212.64 KB, 46 downloads)
2013_12_ebay_cambridge_08.jpg (115.15 KB, 46 downloads)
2013_12_ebay_cambridge_09.jpg (136.28 KB, 46 downloads)
2013_12_ebay_cambridge_10.jpg (125.31 KB, 46 downloads)
2013_12_ebay_cambridge_11.jpg (146.62 KB, 46 downloads)
2013_12_ebay_cambridge_12.jpg (146.27 KB, 46 downloads)
2013_12_ebay_cambridge_00.jpg (70.9 KB, 46 downloads)
Joined: Nov 2013
Posts: 6,938
Likes: 278
Forum Historian
PART FOUR – The Cambridge Made in Australia
So, how did a New Zealand lawnmower design get to be
made and sold by various agencies throughout Australia?

Of course, this is speculative but I think this is how events unfolded: -

The inventor, Allan Cambridge, formed a company with one
Alfred Hubero and that company was registered on 16 September,
1940
. The factory was located at 5 Chisholm Street, Darlinghurst.
The company would be the Cambridge Lawnmower Company.

[Linked Image]

The thing is that a Queensland company was advertising the
Cambridge mower for sale two months before company registration.
That company was Queensland Pastoral Supplies [QPS].

[Linked Image]

I mention that fact because I feel there was some special
relationship between the newly formed Cambridge company
and the Queensland agent.

This might explain why QPS was an extensive advertiser
for the Cambridge push mower, and might explain how QPS
came to make a powered version of the push reel mower and
also had a rotary mower under the Cambridge brand
[see Related Reading].

TO BE CONTINUED …

Joined: Nov 2013
Posts: 6,938
Likes: 278
Forum Historian
PART FIVE – Clyde Industries Connection
My reality is that many lawnmower makers could not make
specialised major parts like castings. That seems to be the
case here.

It was a chance find of an image from the Clyde Engineering Collection
held at MAAS [Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences] that seems significant
here. You decide.

The image depicts a component breakdown labelled as
'Cambridge Lawnmower Parts’. The date is … 1939.

[Linked Image]
LINK: https://collection.maas.museum/object/371144

Did Clyde make major components for the Cambridge Lawnmower Company?
That’s my best guess.

TO BE CONTINUED …

Joined: Nov 2013
Posts: 6,938
Likes: 278
Forum Historian
PART SIX – Sellers
The Cambridge manual push mower was sold by major
outlets in key Australian states from the early forties to
the mid-1950s.

Sellers included the great Department stores of Anthony Hordern’s
and Knock & Kirby in NSW; Sandovers in WA; and Queensland
Pastoral Supplies throughout Queensland.

TO BE CONTINUED ...

Attached Images
1941_08_couriermail_29august_p2.jpg (102.28 KB, 24 downloads)
1941_11_smh_26november_p8.jpg (55.11 KB, 24 downloads)
1948_08_westaustralian_20august_p8.jpg (80.37 KB, 24 downloads)
1949_04_qldtimes_02april_p6.jpg (121.04 KB, 24 downloads)
1949_09_bulletin_21_september.jpg (93.02 KB, 24 downloads)
1950_08_sundayherald_27august_p5s.jpg (102.03 KB, 24 downloads)
1951_01_bulletin_17_january.jpg (95.3 KB, 24 downloads)
Joined: Nov 2013
Posts: 6,938
Likes: 278
Forum Historian
PART SEVEN – The Final Years
So, what happened to the Cambridge push mower?

The answer comes in late 1954 when Queensland Pastoral Supplies
announced that it had been appointed “Sole Australian Manufacturers
of the celebrated Lawn Mower, Cultivators, Seeders and other farm
implements.”
[see Gallery]

I guess The Cambridge Lawnmower Company was coming to an end.
That was confirmed by a 1956 NSW Government Gazette entry that
said the company had been struck off the register.

The significant thing about the 1954 QPS announcement is that
QPS were free to develop the Cambridge brand … and that they did!

QPS went on to sell a powered version of the Cambridge
reel mower, and also introduce Cambridge branded rotary
mowers [see Related Reading].

The end of the Cambridge was due to history: the rotary revolution
of the 1950s and the consolidation of rotary mower makers in the
1960s gave no space for the old, catalogue company that was QPS.

Both the Cambridge Lawnmower Company and Queensland Pastoral
Supplies had run their course. The rest is history.

Attached Images
Joined: Nov 2013
Posts: 6,938
Likes: 278
Forum Historian
[Linked Image]

The Cambridge (in later advertising) was claimed as being, not
only self-sharpening, but also as self-adjusting [see last patent above]

The other AUS reel mower to offer that was the Rexmow: -
https://www.outdoorking-forum.com.au/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=61909

[Linked Image]
Simply create a new topic in the Old Soap Box HERE.


Moderated by  Alan M, CyberJack, Mr Davis 

Link Copied to Clipboard
Newest Members
DallasOnesto, dallasf, TastyFishes, Apple_Smooth, Snitta
16,796 Registered Users
Forum Statistics
Forums145
Topics12,716
Posts104,640
Members16,797
Most Online2,545
Dec 23rd, 2019
OutdoorKing Showcase
20 Bucks from FB Marketplace
20 Bucks from FB Marketplace
by Return Rider, February 20
Victa Cortina 2 Shed Find
Victa Cortina 2 Shed Find
by Return Rider, January 25
My Rover Baron 45
My Rover Baron 45
by Maxwell_Rover_Baron, April 16
SHOWCASE - Precision Mowers - 2021
SHOWCASE - Precision Mowers - 2021
by CyberJack, April 14
SHOWCASE – Atco Rotary – Paul C - 2020
SHOWCASE – Atco Rotary – Paul C - 2020
by CyberJack, December 28
HOME |CONTACT US
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.5
(Release build 20201027)
Responsive Width:

PHP: 7.4.33 Page Time: 0.024s Queries: 36 (0.018s) Memory: 0.7170 MB (Peak: 0.7945 MB) Data Comp: Zlib Server Time: 2024-05-22 14:41:04 UTC
Valid HTML 5 and Valid CSS