Cushman is a manufacturer of industrial vehicles, personal vehicles, and other custom vehicles, including parking patrol auto rickshaws.
- Haulster, small industrial multi-purpose truck.
- Bellhop Series, golf carts.
- Tug, large truck.
- Minute Miser, truck.
- Titan, larger industrial multi-purpose truck.
- Model C, patented in 1911, 4 hp (3.0 kW) engine most commonly known for driving oat binders.
- Trackster, track-based ATV.
(see G-numbers for List of G-numbers)
- motor scooter, airborne 2-wheel, model 53 (G683)
- motor scooter, package delivery 3-wheel, model 39 (G551 or G672)
- motor scooter, with side car, 3-wheel, model 34 (G679)
The Cushman company started in 1903 in Lincoln, Nebraska, by Everett and Clinton Cushman. The company officially incorporated as Cushman Motor Works in 1913. Until 1936 it produced engines for farm equipment, pumps, lawn mowers and boats. From 1936 until 1965 Cushman produced motor scooters, widely used by the US military in World War II and as alternative to automobiles before and after the war. One famous Cushman was the model 53, a military model from the World War II era. Designed to be dropped by parachute with Army Airborne troops, it became known as the Cushman Airborne. Other models were used on military bases for messenger service. The most successful model of Cushman scooter, the Eagle, was in production approximately 16 years. It resembled a motorcycle with its exposed engine and top tank. Other Cushman models used a step-through design common for scooters. The step-through design and ease of operation made it popular with men and women alike. Some late 50s Cushmans, designated Road King and Pacemaker, had jet-age body styling. Sears sold a version of these models under the Allstate brand. Cushman scooters featured an automatic centrifugal clutch, which allowed the rider to twist the right grip to accelerate. Oddly, the throttle twisted forward during acceleration, opposite the usual pattern in most other motorcycles and scooters in the world. Cushman claimed 75 miles per gallon, and advertised penny-a-mile operating cost. Cushman scooters usually weighed about 250 to 335 pounds and had as much as 9 horsepower (6.7 kW). Scooter production ended in 1965, but some remaining Eagles were sold as 1966 models. After scooter production ceased, Cushman manufactured golf carts, industrial vehicles and turf maintenance equipment.
Cushman Trucksters were produced from 1958 to 2002. Small and light duty, they have been used for ice cream sales, mall and stadium maintenance, and by police for parking patrol.
- Golf car
- G-numbers for Army G-numbers (G551, G672, G679, G683)
- TM 9-2800 military vehicles dated 1947
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