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Atco Mowers

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Battery powered mower. Exhibit at the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL).
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Lawnmowers developed by the Atlas Chain Co, part of Charles H. Pugh

1921 The first mass produced petrol-engined lawnmower, the Atco, was put on the market

The name "Atco" came from the Atlas Chain Co, a company owned by Charles H. Pugh Ltd. The mower had several components already manufactured by the company, including Senspray carburettor and chain drive.

1965 Charles H. Pugh Ltd was acquired by Qualcast, which had earlier acquired Suffolk Iron Foundry (1920)‎. Then the parent became Birmid Qualcast

1969 Atco became part of Birmid Qualcast (Home and Garden Equipment)

1975 Atco Mowers lawnmower production moved from the West Midlands to the Stowmarket site of Suffolk Iron Foundry (1920) Ltd

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