Ridgeland business patents new cooling chamber
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 1:00 PM
RIDGELAND - The world's first riding lawn mower to feature an air- conditioned cab was unveiled in Ridgeland to a pleased, and no doubt envious, crowd Tuesday at Mitchell Outdoor Power and Equipment.
This air-conditioned lawnmower is a recent invention meant to help cool off those working in the summer heat.
Berle Reynolds, the inventor and patent-holder for the mower, approached Rusty Harris, a mechanic at Mitchell Outdoor about construction of the prototype in January 2011.
Reynolds says he has had many people ask him why no one has come up with the idea before.
"Because it's a lot of work. I know about 200 ways not to do it now," he says jokingly.
Reynolds says he had just gotten over beating cancer and was going to cut his yard while his wife was at work one day.
But while he was out there, "The sun almost got me," he said.
Then the idea came to him.
So he drove up to Mitchell Outdoor Power and Equipment and asked Harris had he ever heard of a mower with an air conditioned cab.
They said they had not.
"I said we're gonna have to change that. We did a little research and the closest thing we could find was this thing in Great Britain. But it wasn't a zero-turn," said Reynolds.
Harris says he did all of the A/C work, but Reynolds built the cab himself.
"It was very time-consuming. It had to be thought out," said Harris.
Reynolds says the attachment will probably cost around $2,000 in addition to the mower.
And hes already getting offers.
"There's one company that approached me that hasn't even seen the mower yet, that wants to buy to manufacture it."