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Got this Speedway at Portland fall swap meet. Saw it three rows over and*practically ran over to see it. Looked it over and it was all complete turned over, didn't run. Talked to the guy who had it. It was his grandpas and he passed away and he hadn't used it for a long time. They just wanted to pass it on to someone who would enjoy it. So we ended up buying it after alittle bargaining for $120 and it had the original sulkey. The sulkey is missing the original seat spring, but it had the original tires and original speedway hub caps.* So we drug it across the swap grounds with a garden tractor to our spot. Then we worked on it. Filled the points and cleaned the carb. And had it running about 20 minutes later and mowed with it. Needles to say everyone around us was watching. A couple people even offered to buy it. So* I got really lucky on this deal. Keep in mind this was only like my 4th or 5th mower. Since then my collection has grown greatly.

The little yellow one is a Hahn eclipse I picked up at Portland too. Didn't realize it was an eclipse brand till I got it home. It's newer but it's still special.

The last one is a Eclipse Rocket, once again caught my eye and I had to have it. Has a little pull start lever which I really love.
 

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Love the Speedway! I think I read that you use them too.

What are your impressions mowing with the big guy?
 

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Oh yes I love to mow with them. To be honest it is too fast to me it was more of dragging me along. But was a super fun experience. And I enjoy listening to it run.
 

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Oh yes I love to mow with them. To be honest it is too fast to me it was more of dragging me along. But was a super fun experience. And I enjoy listening to it run.
I know exactly what you mean. As it states on the inactive Angelfire site "A sulky is a necessity with the Speedway" which is not hard to argue with. You almost think Eclipse should have built it with a brake of some sort, or at least a parking brake.

I agree about the sound. Just letting one of these idle and run is a great pastime in itself. There are so many moving parts going all at once which makes for a unique sound (and site).
 

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Out of curiosity, have you looked up the series no. to get an estimate of the build date?
 

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Yep, those old reel mowers will give you a work out, that's for sure. I have to ask you a favor. Could you share more pictures of each of your mowers? I just love looking at those old ones.
 

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Could you share more pictures of each of your mowers? I just love looking at those old ones.
:ditto::2th:
 

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Cool! This is exciting having folks like you guys who appreciate the vintage mowers join us here!

Here's a list of the dates of manufacture for Eclipse mowers borrowed from the old Anglefire site.
View attachment Eclipse Dates of Manufacture.pdf

Did you know that Eclipse actually had a patent on that handle design like the one on the model in the left of your picture? Eclipse was ergonomic before we knew what ergonomic was.
View attachment Eclipse Handle patent.pdf

Eclipse was once manufactured in Prophetstown, IL, but sadly, nothing remains there of the original factory. The town has turned the site into a park and this monument marks the spot.
 

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Wow, that's a nice monument they set up in that park! Too bad the factory isn't still there!
I know. The company grew our of the original building over the years, and several of the buildings they once occupied are still there, but used for other things. I was lucky enough to have met a fellow who was quite the historian and took my wife and I on a tour of Prophetstown and showed us where the factory had been. Also of their "proving ground". It was a big field where tethered mowers to a pole and set them free to run around in circles for hours on end. Interesting thing too is that at one time they employed three persons who did nothing but the pin stripping on the mowers and handles.
 

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Also of their "proving ground". It was a big field where tethered mowers to a pole and set them free to run around in circles for hours on end. Interesting thing too is that at one time they employed three persons who did nothing but the pin stripping on the mowers and handles.
Those are awesome pieces of Eclipse trivia. :ThumbUp:
 
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