Sept. 13 2013 03:00 AM

The world's first riding lawn mower to feature an air-conditioned cab was unveiled in Ridgeland, Mississippi recently. In January 2011, Berle Reynolds, the inventor and patent-holder for the mower, approached Rusty Harris, a mechanic at Mitchell Outdoor Power and Equipment about building a prototype.

A cancer survivor, the inventor wanted to make a riding-mower cab that would limit his exposure to the sun; then he got the idea to cool it off as well. "The sun almost got me," he said. 

Reynolds says that many people ask him why no one has come up with the idea before. “Because it’s a lot of work, I know about 200 ways not to do it now,” he says jokingly. "We did a little research and the closest thing we could find was this thing in Great Britain. But it wasn't a zero-turn," he said. "There's one company that approached me that hasn't even seen the mower yet, who wants to manufacture it."