Re: Topeka Hiway mower
..here's some info..
An article in the February issue of Farm Collector on the Topeka Hi Way Mower jogged a memory for a Kansas man. Dean Fechter, Belleville, says his cousin, 'Shorty' Meinhardt, built 30 or 40 such mowers in the late 1930s.
"The first one they built, he took it out on the highway and mowed with it, and it tipped over and he broke his back," he recalls.
"That was the first mower blade that would stick straight up like that, for mowing banks," he says. "He also built oil well pumps, and a big break to bend heavy iron."
The builder died in 1998 at age 96, but his business lives on: Meinholt Machine and Welding is now run by Shorty's grandson in Topeka, Kan., and a great-grandson works at the shop.For information contact Dean Fechter,
this one has a 6ft-wide deck w/hydraulics, owner thinks it's from the '50s.Only one side for the deck.
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