A riding mower with an air-conditioned cab was on display this summer at an outdoor power equipment dealer in Ridgeland, MS.
An article in the Madison County Journal described how inventor Berle Reynolds came to develop the air-conditioned mower. Joshua Karr, author of the article, wrote that Reynolds had recently beaten cancer when he went to mow his lawn and found the summer heat unbearable. "The sun almost got me," Reynolds said.
That sparked the idea of putting an air-conditioned cab on the mower. Reynolds recruited outdoor power equipment mechanic Rusty Harris, with Mitchell Outdoor Power and Equipment in Ridgeland, to help build a prototype.
Reynolds joked in the article that he now knows 200 ways not to air-condition a riding mower. The pair eventually developed a successful prototype, however, and Reynolds received a patent on the design. Reynolds estimated that the air-conditioned cab attachment would add some $2000 to the cost of the riding mower.
Still, Reynolds told the Journal that he's already been approached by at least one company expressing interest in producing the invention.
The prototype has been exhibited at Mitchell Outdoor Power in Ridgeland.
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