Thank you for welcoming me to your site. This is my first post and I'm in eastern Canada.
I was wondering if any of you might be familiar with the "Evencut Lawn Mower" name? I acquired this vintage manual push reel mower recently and I'm in the process of restoring it. I have searched the net, but have not yet found any reference to the name, so I'm not sure if it was a small manufacturer of its own, or if the name was a model manufactured by a larger company. I am presuming, only because of geography, that it was likely made in either Canada or the USA.
You folks likely have more insight into when certain components of these machines changed in materials, for example, wooden-to-rubber rollers, wrought iron-only wheels to ones being sold with tires, and when wooden handles were replaced by metal. Knowing this information would certainly help in narrowing down the date of manufacture, or at least to a range of dates. The earliest I've found rubber tires being made available is from a 1936 advertisement, but I've been advised that in the UK, the Follows & Bates "Climax" model from c. 1870 came with a type of rubber tire.
My Evencut mower came with a two-piece wooden handle, a wooden roller and 8-in. iron-only wheels (no tires). The four cutting blades are 13.5 inches long, the cutting bar is 14 inches long and the machine weighs about 28 lbs. I believe the original colours were gold (wheels and blades), red (the two support bars to the base of the handle) and the brand name letters were painted green.
As for markings, there are "ECL 47" and "ECR 47" (likely EvenCut Left and EvenCut Right) on the left and right insides of their respective sides of the frame, and the "47" may or may not refer to the year of manufacture. I've been advised, by someone with a more knowledge than me, that it may also be a part number or a casting number. In addition, there's "MA5" (see pic, highlighted with chalk for clarity) and a "5" with a symbol similar to the letter "M" beside it, located on the center support disk for the cutter axle. As well, the right pinion gear has "R E B" and the left pinion gear has "L E O" on them. I don't know what the E,O and B signify.
I've been told that it is more likely to have been manufactured closer to the 1910's-1920's. I welcome any insight you may have. Thanks.