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Quality products and services since 1908

Our mission is to provide the Lawnmower Dealer Network, Golf Courses and Turf Maintenance Industry with a "go to" company that takes care of all the sourcing of parts & equipment, even the hard-to-find items.

We have worked on large scale projects including retaining the Pretoria City Council contract for more than 20 years.

Following demand we now specialize in the import & distribution of replacement spares for ride on & zero turn mowers. We concentrate on after-market Ride on & Zero Turn mower parts for most brands.

Our Directing member Donovan Ritchie has designed & patented a reversible bottom blade for golf greens mowers that fits all the major brands & adds to this a blade for sports fields such as bowling greens.

Industrial Lawn Equipment now offers weekly air freight service for emergency Ride On Mower & Zero Turn Spares.

We hold the agencies in South Africa for:

  • Hydro-Gear
  • Rotary
  • BCS
  • Deutscher
  • Idech
  • Turfpride
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1908

Industrial Lawn Equipment is a 4th generation family business dating all the way back to 1908, when Robert John Fernihough opened a General Dealer (including a filling station) & Butchery known as Fernihoughs.

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1950

Vincent Ritchie (son-in-law) joined the family business around 1950.

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1962

This family business continued & in 1962 James Arthur Ritchie (son of Vincent) opened a vehicle repair business which became renowned in the Pretoria North area. Known as Fernihoughs Garage. As the clientele base grew from strength to strength, requests we made by customers to have their lawnmowers repaired.

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1978

In 1978 the lawnmower spares & repair business was opened.

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1984

In 1984, after his 2 year military service Donovan James Ritchie (son of James) started working for the family business & as his father was more interested in the motor industry he allocated the running of the Lawnmower Business to his son Donovan.
The Name was changed & Lawnmower City cc was born.
Within 10 years Lawnmower City expanded to include 3 branches in : Pretoria North, Pretoria East & Midrand.

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1996

In 1996 we acquired the Distribution of SNAPPER for South Africa & introduced the Ride on Tractor Mowers & Zero Turn Mowers.
Donovan Ritchie decided to concentrate solely on the commercial lawn mower market & distribution of Snapper Mowers. Lawnmower City started trading as Industrial Lawn Equipment. We moved to Centurion where we owned a factory for 26 years, that included a fully functional workshop, showroom & stock from agencies all over the world.
Industrial Lawn Equipment became importers & distributors of Industrial & Commercial Lawn Mowers, supplying country wide.