Yard Machines is one of several outstanding brands manufactured by MTD Products, a company headquartered in Cleveland. Originally named Modern Tool and Die Company, MTD traces its origins to 1936, when the firm supplied grilles to the car manufacturer Graham-Paige. Transition to a focus on yard equipment began in the 1950s, when MTD first began making wheelbarrows (1954) and then rotary mowers (1958). Enthusiastic response by homeowners prompted the firm to add self-propelled lawnmowers in 1959, expanding into snow throwers, rotary tillers, and lawn tractors through various shrewd acquisitions during the 1960s. Ever broadening their range of distinctive, state-of-the-art brands, the company added Yard Machines to their $1.2 billion per year business, appealing to users seeking tough, hard-working lawn and garden equipment.
Yard Machines are instantly identifiable with their vivid red and black colors and their focus on strength, durability, and no-frills reliability. Prominent among the brand’s finest products are its riding mowers, which are designed to handle yards of two acres extent or greater. Featuring six or seven speed manual, automatic, or hydrostatic transmissions and Briggs & Stratton engines, these machines offer a deck width of 38 to 42 inches, and highly adjustable cutting width to give the user full flexibility while mowing grass in different situations. A carefully designed range of accessories extends their usefulness into aerating the soil, clearing snow, and pulling small trailers.
Yard Machines also produces single stage and two-stage snow throwers, with 21 to 28 inch clearing width and, in some cases, rapid electric starting. The single-stage throwers make clearing a snowfall easier with their augur-assist feature, while the two-stage types are self-propelled. Push lawnmowers and self-propelled lawnmowers are well suited to smaller yards or quick trimming near the house, while the brand’s trimmers, edgers, tillers, and cultivators provide burly assistance in keeping the edges of paths and driveways neat, and preparing gardens for a crop of homegrown vegetables.