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Victa Vortex lawnmower, 1983
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Object statement
Lawnmower with grass catcher, rotary two stroke petrol 'Victa vortex', plastic/rubber/metal, designed by Design Field, 1983-1984, made by Victa, Sydney, 1984
Designed by Graeme MacDonald of Design Field in 1983-4
Made by Victa in Sydney in 1984
Released in 1984

Victa and CSIRO developed the 'Vortex action' blade disc, this principle uses swirling sucking action to lift the grass before cutting and transporting into the catcher. Because the blades are not required to fling the grass into the catcher, lower speeds are required and therefore less noise.

Reference: 'Design Field Portfolio', Design World, November 1983, p 32-53.
Used by Victa for display purposes
Retained by Victa until donated to the Museum

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Description
Lawnmower with grass catcher, rotary two stroke petrol 'Victa vortex', plastic/rubber/metal, designed by Design Field, 1983-1984, made by Victa, Sydney, 1984

Black painted metal and red plastic base with four black rubber wheels on two concealed axles. Vertically placed two-stroke petrol engine is completely concealed by a red plastic cowl in 'high tech' style with sharp edges, flat surfaces and red and black grid lines. A corrugated plastic air snorkel runs from the cowl up the rear (folding) chromed tubular steel handle. A black plastic grass catcher fits onto the rear of the base. The word Victa is embossed into the front of the cowl in black and the word Vortex is on the front of the metal base in white lettering.

Designed: Design Field Pty Ltd; Paddington, New South Wales; 1983

Made: Victa Lawncare Pty Ltd; ; 1984
97/5/4
Production date
1983
Height
1050 mm
Width
560 mm
Depth
1400 mm

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Acquisition credit line
Gift of Victa Pty Ltd, 1997
This object belongs to:
Victa Lawnmower Collection
Subjects
+ gardening
+ Domestic life
+ high-tech
+ Industrial design
+ the backyard
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{{cite web |url=http://from.ph/158741 |title=Victa Vortex lawnmower |author=Powerhouse Museum |accessdate=29 August 2014 |publisher=Powerhouse Museum, Australia}}


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