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Homelite Consumer Products
Products lawn tractors, lawn & garden equipment, outdoor power equipment
Parent TTI Group
John Deere (former)
Textron (former)
Website http://www.homelite.com/

Homelite is a USA-based manufacturer and marketer of outdoor power equipment, including chainsaws, power washers, lawn tractors, tillers, leaf blowers, trimmers, etc... It was founded in Port Chester, New York, USA by Charles H. Ferguson in 1921. Originally called Home Electric Lighting Company, it was later shortened to just Homelite.

Homelite logo
Homelite (Textron) logo

Textron purchased Homelite, and later combined it with their Jacobsen division, becoming Homelite Jacobsen. Textron later sold the Homelite brand to John Deere, where it was joined with their turf and lawn businesses. John Deere sold it in 2001 to the TTI Group of China.

Early Homelite lawn and garden tractors were built by the Allis-Chalmers Outdoor Power Equipment Division in South Carolina; later, after Allis restructured its Outdoor Power Equipment Division and terminated the production of its own line of lawn and garden tractors, Homelite tractors (as well as Allis-Chalmers lawn and garden tractors) were produced by Simplicity. At the time, Simplicity was a wholly owned subsidiary of Allis-Chalmers with its own separate production facilities and staff.

Homelite T16H, T13S, CT-10, T10, T8

Homelite T16H, T13S, CT-10, T10, T8 built by Simplicity

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In 1946, Homelite manufactured its first chainsaw, an electrical model, and in 1949, released another power-equipment innovation in the form of the first chainsaw that featured one-man operation (previous saws were generally too large and bulky to be operated by a single individual). By the mid-1960s Homelite had been firmly established as one of the largest manufacturers of chainsaws in the world, with models ranging from small brush cutters, to the most advanced professional logging saws. The year 1963 saw the induction of the world's first "lightweight" chainsaw, the magnesium-alloy framed Homelite XL-12; the numeral twelve denoting that the power-head weighed a mere twelve pounds.

Today Homelite is currently a subsidiary of Techtronic Industries, and has shifted its production primarily to consumer level lawn and garden equipment and light duty chainsaws. Replacement parts for the older, professional-grade, saws are generally limited to new old stock (NOS) and salvage parts. However, these saws were built to last, and a good percentage of them are still in use to this day. Homelite's parent company is headquartered in Hong Kong.

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