Yazoo Master Mower / YR Commercial Rider – History
More than just a mower, the Yazoo has become legend among family and friends.
Below is a brief history I have compiled on the company through a web search. If you have any other information you think should be shared about these machines, or live near the Northern Illinois area and are looking to sell your Yazoo equipment, email your information to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sometime between 1942 and 1943, James A. Kerr, Sr. began a family business called Kerr Tire and Rubber Company, . The business developed into several separate companies and divisions including, but not limited to, Yazoo Manufacturing Company, Inc. (YMCI), Yazoo Sales Company (YSC), Yazoo Sales Eastern Division2 (YSED), Kerr Enterprises, Inc. (KEI), Master Sales Company, Inc., Auto Electric and Carburetor, and Yazoo of Texas.
The Yazoo Mfg Company was founded in Jackson, Mississippi in 1945 by James A Kerr Sr and remained in the Kerr family until 1981. The YR had a unique gearbox that allowed instant forward to reverse and near zero turn capability – years before the availability of hydrostatic systems. The YR was simple to operate and maintain. Built in the factory in Jackson, Mississippi, the YR had a choice of sizes and power units.
Here is a video of the Yazoo Commercial Rider:
Yazoo was also famous for their Big Wheel line of heavy-duty push mowers. What set these mowers apart was the larger wheels and the fact that the mowing assembly was driven indirectly with a belt to absorb the shocks and protect the engine.
Here is an original dealer promo video for the Big Wheel Mower:
James Kerr, grandson of the founder, is now in Melborne Australia producing lawn equipment under the name Red Roo.
Here is a video produced by the Red Roo Company with some historical pictures, and features the Red Roo version of the Yazoo Big Wheel Mower.
Repair information for the Wisconsin AGND motor: http://www.wisconsinmotors.com/support_repair_spec/32
Yazoo Patent number: 2505377 – Rotating Disk Type Mower
Below are some pictures of my “Master Mowers” and other pictures of the other Yazoo products from the internet. More to come.