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Textron Specialized Vehicles – Legendary quality of cut around the globe

Textron Specialized Vehicles is a Textron Inc company which includes two powerful brands: Ransomes and Jacobsen. The two brands have a long heritage of manufacturing turf maintenance equipment for the golf course, sports facilities, municipal and professional lawn care markets.


Ransomes’ long history begins in 1789 when Robert Ransome invested the princely sum of £200 and started an iron-foundry business in Ipswich, Suffolk manufacturing plough shares for the local farming community.  40 years later in August 1830, Edwin Beard Budding lodged the patent for the world’s first lawnmower and in 1832, Ransomes built the ‘Budding’s Patent’ under licence from the inventor. The way grass was maintained changed forever.

More than 180 years later we are still cutting grass in the same way using a rotating cylinder and a fixed bottom blade. Budding was a true innovator and in all that time we have not found a better way of maintaining fine turf.

Thanks to our unrivalled understanding of turf maintenance equipment we are trusted to maintain some of the world’s most prestigious fine turf areas, such as royal palace lawns, legendary golf courses, cemeteries, stadia, monuments and football pitches including those at the numerous FIFA World Cups. As we look to the future of our industry, Ransomes will continue to build upon our legendary history through quality, innovation and green initiatives.


In 1921, Knud Jacobsen, a Danish immigrant who arrived in Racine, Wisconsin in 1891, demonstrated the Four Acre Mower, the first machine equipped with a motor specifically tailored to power mower components. Today, 94 years later, Jacobsen remains committed to designing, building and delivering industry-leading turf maintenance equipment. This singular focus led to the legendary quality of cut for which Jacobsen is known throughout the world.

Innovation has been at the heart of the Jacobsen brand and has resulted in numerous industry’s firsts including the riding greens mower; the lightweight fairway mower; the turf groomer; the all-electric riding greens mower and the magnetic bedknife to name but a few.

Further enhancing the operation, maintenance and ownership of Jacobsen equipment, we have expanded the capabilities of our mowers, including: all-electric and hybrid power technologies, cutting diameter, mower weight, turning capabilities, maintenance time and quality of cut.

Thanks to our unrivalled understanding of turf maintenance, Jacobsen equipment is trusted to maintain some of the world’s most prestigious and sacred areas, such as royal palace lawns, football gridirons, soccer stadiums, legendary golf courses, cemeteries and monuments, including the White House.