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Image Cox Stockman lawn tractor, 2005

TLF ID M000348

This is a red and grey Cox Stockman 2005 ride-on lawn mower, manufactured from mixed materials by Cox Industries (Australia) Pty Ltd, Queensland. It features four black rubber tyres, an internal steel chassis, front-mounted engine, mid-mounted seat and driver control area and rear-drive axle. The external body is made mostly of plastics, mostly polypropylene. It has a yellow handbrake and gearstick. The mower is powered by a Briggs and Stratton 4-stroke engine and has an electrical key start.

Educational details

Educational value
  • The Cox Stockman lawn tractor is the latest product from a significant Australian lawn-care company. It was designed by Brisbane-based industrial design consultancy CMD (formerly Craig Mounsey Design) for Cox Industries in Queensland. It is an evolution of earlier products made by Cox and features an innovative heat-management system for more efficient engine ventilation and cooling. A new seat design improves driver comfort when driving on slopes. Storage features not usually incorporated into ride-on lawn mowers include a dash key and coin holder, lunch or toolbox holder, water bottle holder and a cargo net. The contemporary styling reflects recent trends in lawn mower design and helps to give the company a point of difference in the marketplace.
  • This lawn tractor was the second pre-production machine to be built by the manufacturer and was used by the designers and engineers from Cox and CMD to verify the new design. The Cox Stockman lawn tractor received an Australian Design Award and Powerhouse Museum Selection in 2005.
  • The Cox Stockman range of mowers was designed for use in all lawn- and field-care environments, from manicured putting greens and private acreages to harsh Australian grazier and crop fields. The range consists of a number of models to suit different needs - from the 13-hp 32-inch (805-mm) cut unit for small acreage lawn care to the powerful and efficient 18-hp 40-inch (1,005-mm) for contractors and councils. In 2006 the range consisted of nine models of 13-hp, 15-hp, 17-hp and 18-hp machines with 32- or 40-inch cutting decks. Flexible product architecture allowed common chassis platform and body panels to accommodate the complete Stockman range from the 13 hp to the 18.5 hp V-twin engines.
  • The external body of the mower is made mostly of plastic. The major body components are made from injection-moulded Nanopac, a high performance polypropylene nanocomposite. The chair is blow-moulded polyethylene and other parts of the body are made from pressed metal and compression-moulded rubber.
  • The injection mouldings are joined using quarter turn and plastic snap lock fastener systems while the chassis was constructed using robotic welding. Welded chassis sub-assemblies were then fastened to each other using Huck Bolt technology, a new generation of rivet often used in the construction of semitrailer and truck chassis.
Learning area
  • History
  • Studies of society and environment

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  • Contributor
  • Name: Powerhouse Museum
  • Organization: Powerhouse Museum
  • Description: Content provider
  • Address: NSW, AUSTRALIA
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  • Name: CMD Production Design and Innovation
  • Organization: CMD Production Design and Innovation
  • Description: Author
  • Address: Queensland
  • Name: Cox Industries (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • Organization: Cox Industries (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • Description: Author
  • Address: Queensland
  • Publisher
  • Name: Powerhouse Museum
  • Organization: Powerhouse Museum
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: NSW, AUSTRALIA
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
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