MTD is a powered garden tool company whose watershed year occurred in 1932, when three German immigrants, including Theo Moll, bought Modern Tool and Die Company. Initially, metal stampings were produced, including parts for automotive heaters. The massive popularity of cars ensured expanding orders for parts, enriching the firm considerably. MTD received huge orders for stamped metal mess kits in the Second World War. After the war, the company, headed by Theo Moll, branched out into garden products, selling first wheelbarrows and then, in 1958, gas rotary mowers. Self-propelled mowers followed in the next year, and smaller companies were bought steadily over the following decades, increasing product diversity.
MTD currently owns many popular brands, including MTD, MTD Pro, and MTD Gold. The line which bears the company’s name still offers many highly popular push mowers. The brand focus is on ease of use and durability, making it popular globally as well as in the United States. Heights can be readily adjusted from 1 1/4″ to 3 3/4″, while the decks include side discharge and mulching options and mowing widths up to 21 inches. Today, this successful corporation is still headquartered on the property which was once Theo Moll’s farm, its main office located beside a 350 year old white oak tree which has become a sort of mascot for the firm’s resilience over time.
MTD yard and garden tools also include self-propelled mowers, with bagging or mulching configurations. A 25 ton log splitter is part of the range, as are single stage and two-stage snow throwers. Some two-stage throwers can clear a swath up to 26 inches wide. More thrifty self-propelled models feature only a single forward speed, while top end types may have as many as 6 forward speeds and 2 reverse speeds, enabling dexterous maneuvering even amid heavy snowdrifts. MTD Pro includes useful features such as electric start, reduced noise and emissions, and rugged but notably lightweight design.