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British Industrial History

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1948. Rota Scythe.
1954. Shay Gardener. 120cc.
March 1959. RotoGardener 80.
May 1960. RotoGardener 80.

J. E. Shay Ltd, of Basingstoke, Hants.

1940 Emmanuel Kaye and a colleague, John Sharp (d. 1965), pooled their savings to buy two lathes and set up their own engineering business in rented rooms at Mortlake railway station. J. E. Shay Ltd (the name being a combination of E. Kaye and J. Sharp) made precision gauges, tools, and instruments for large companies, including Ford and Hoover.

1955 Advertised the Rotoscythe power mower[1]

1957 Advertised the Rotogardener[2]

By 1962 was a subsidiary of Lansing Bagnall[3]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Mar 07, 1955
  2. The Times Dec 02, 1957
  3. The Times Nov 19, 1962
  • Biography of Sir Emmanuel Kaye, ODNB