Wegele, The Dream Mower

Wegele Lawn Mower PostcardLook what I found….another lawn mower postcard! This one advertises the Wegele riding mower, a make that I’m not familiar with. In fact, I couldn’t even begin to pronounce Wegele! Regardless, it looks like a fun way to mow. (even though your feet are right next to an exposed pulley and v-belt!) On the back:

WEGELE RIDING MOWER. Ride as you mow.
Cuts the finest of grasses and the tallest of weeds
EASY TO OPERATE – SERVICEABLE – ECONOMICAL
6 h.p. Wisconsin motor, cuts 22″, 3 speeds forward, one reverse
Mfg. by W. S. Fred & Son, Macksville, Kans.
Write Distributor Fred A. Hopley Sales, Macksville, Kans.
(Dealers inquiries welcomed)


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Wegele, The Dream Mower — 19 Comments

  1. So that being said Bill, can we put lawnmower engines on scooters now and have those folks do some community service while they are leisurely riding around? That postcard is absolutely priceless!

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  2. Its pronounced “wiggly” and they are called Wegele Scooter Mowers. I own two, a 1953 & a 1958. The one on the postcard is a late ’40s early ’50s. They are still being made. Midwest Mowers is manufacturing them. Their web address is:
    http://www.midwestmowers.com
    Thought id share some info…

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  3. I do have pictures on my yahoo group (antiquewegelescootermowers) & I have a Facebook page, wegele scooter mowers. Please look both of them up and become a member and tell anyone thats interested. Thanks.

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  4. George Albert Wegele who invented the Wegele mower was my uncle. He passed away several years ago. The Wegele mower is tough and rugged. It will cut weeds that most other mowers would choke on. It is well suited to farm yards in the midwest. And the name is not “wiggly”. It is pronounced “Way-gullee”

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    • My grandmother worked there in Macksville. She worked in the office. She was the only one in the office. It was a very small shop.

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  5. Thanks Allen Wegele.. I always wondered how Wegele was pronounced. Jeff at Midwest Mowers told me it was pronounced wiggly. If you have any info or pictures I would like to hear about it and see pics. I have two Wegele mowers from the 50s and i take them to engine shows. So the more I know about them the better. Email me with anything you have. @ s10.flipside@yahoo.com. Thanks.. Ken

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  6. The mower was invented by my grandfather and his brothers in Kansas.

    And it is most easily pronounced “way-glee” not wiggly 🙂

    Ken Ankney:
    Its pronounced “wiggly” and they are called Wegele Scooter Mowers. I own two, a 1953 & a 1958. The one on the postcard is a late ’40s early ’50s. They are still being made. Midwest Mowers is manufacturing them. Their web address is:
    http://www.midwestmowers.com
    Thought id share some info…

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  7. Sure miss Albert. My grandpa Leonard actually helped him design the front of the mower. They drove it at full speed into something with grandpa on the handle bars. It held up.

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  8. Christine:
    And I want the whole Wegele family to come over for the barbecue after I mow the lawn.

    How about this, a Wegele Mower Convention! It could be a gathering of Wegele owners/enthusiasts and serve as a combination swap meet, sale, family reunion and barbecue!!!

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  9. Macksville is getting some “Pride Projects” going and the old Wegele store is being considered. It needs some work on the front and we want to repaint the Wegele front. Do we need approval from Midwest Mowers to use the Wegele brand name?

    Larry S. (Pastor at the Macksville Free Methodist Church)

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  10. WEGELE MOWERS are now owned and built by Grainfield Supply in Grainfield Kansas. Midwest is not in business anymore.

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