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Old 07-22-2013, 05:54 PM   post #1 of 11 (permalink)
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Went to an auction the other day near Garden, MI and saw this reel mower and had to have it. It's an REO Michigan Noiseless Model 75. It mows pretty nicely, but the adjusters are all stuck tight, so they're getting a regular bath of Liquid Wrench.
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:04 PM   post #2 of 11 (permalink)
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Noiseless? I hope so welcome back! And, you come bearing gifts.
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REO also made a "flying cloud" gasoline model which was fit with either an REO engine or a Continental AU8! REO made some nice items in their day. Are you planning to restore it?

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Welcome back Bruce, nice to have you back. FP and I were just talking about how it doesn't feel the same the other day.

Cool find BTW!
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For all wondering, This is a Reo "Flying Cloud"



Welcome Back Bruce, Nice find!

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It almost looks like a cloud!
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Hi guys, thanks for the welcome back, but I'm not back yet. I just popped into town where I could get wi-fi. Data service up here has been non-existent.

Any way, here's another picture of the badge.

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Plus, they give a nice proper acknowledgement to the importance of the lawn mower to the REO Motor Company and to Lansing, MI at the RE Olds museum.

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I found out a bit of information about the Model 75 Michigan Noiseless today from a person who is quite the historian about REO mowers. The Model 75 was only produced in 1946. If you look at the picture of it, you'll see two fairly large four pronged adjusters. The one on the left side of the mower adjusted the height of cut, the one on the left adjusted the bed knife.

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They discovered that the adjustment device for the bed knife with that single adjustment screw on one side, wasn't a good design, and changed it in 1947 to the Model 75-A, which had adjustment screws on both sides of the bed knife.

It's always interesting to learn about vintage mowers and their designs.
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Even a little more rarer now. Is it all freed up and working now and have you sliced any grass with it yet?
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Well, it's 500 miles away from me, so I'm hoping that the last good blast of penetrant I gave it is still working on loosening things up. It did sling some grass last time I had it out though.
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