A new thread for the 27j Triple Gang Mower.
Old triple gang mower, but still perfectly in use.
I grew up in the countryside of the Northern Netherlands with many farms. As a child I played a lot on a farm and saw many farm machines. The Farm Equipment series is therefore one of my favorites of which I would like to have all models. Also DT 27j-323 Triple Gang Mower.
My 27j Triple Gang Mower behind 27a Massey-Harris tractor
This model is classified as a Farm model but you will absolutely not encounter it in a farm. It is unsuitable for the farmer as a lawnmower, because this model is intended to keep the grass of a lawn short. The farmer needs long grass to mow for hay and he needs another mower for that. The triple gang mower is intended for mowing lawns in public areas, such as parks, football and golf fields and the like.
I think this model is a masterpiece of Meccano Liverpool. It is a complicated model, consisting of 3 separate mowers that are linked together by a frame with large rivets, which can be turned slightly, so that it can smoothly follow the track of the tractor. The model is even equipped with a towbar.
27j Triple Gang Mower top side
Triple Gang Mower underside.
Triple Gang Mower left side
The bottom of the 3 mowers are cast marked with “Meccano Ltd” and the wheels on the outside with “Dinky Toys”. The middle frame is marked "Made in England". My model does not have a sales number and could come from a trade box of 3 pieces. It is unknown to me whether the model was ever provided with a sales number. I couldn't find any documentation or pictures of it. The 27h Disc Harrow, for example, did receive a sales number.
Job 13695 Gang Mower Assembly
The model 27j was announced in MM of October 1952.
Introduction DT 27j in MM October 1952
The 27j model did not appear in the UK 1952 catalogue, but did appear in the USA and Dutch 1952 catalogue. For the UK, it first appeared in the 1953 price list and catalogue. Another proof that Meccano Liverpool considered export more important than the UK home market.
27j Triple Gang Mower in catalogue USA 1952
27j Triple Gang Mower in Dutch catalogue October 1952
27j Triple Gang Mower in DT catalogue UK 1953
Documentation in DT&MM and GBofDT do not give any special information about this model. I therefore keep wondering whether there are models with a sales number in the base and whether there are casting variations. Shades of colour will certainly be there. I hope members can say something about this and add some information. In the PDF library is a Meccano assembly drawing of the Gang Mower Job 13695 dated 16-3-51 donated by Mike Richardson, but it doesn't provide any special information either. There is not any description of change on the Job list.
Jan Oldenhuis 14 July 2022.