Bamfords combined tedder, swathe turner and side rake

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Date:1925 - 1935 (c.)

Description:This machine combined the functions of a number of hay making processes. The tedder flipped and aereated the grass, the side rake swept it into rows to one side, and the swathe turner would turn it evenly to ensure the hay dried efficiently. Using this machine, one man could complete the work of 3 or 4 men in much less time. This tractor-drawn version was used at Haywood Farm, Great Haywood, Staffordshire.

The story of Bamfords Ltd. starts in 1871, when the company was founded by Henry Bamford and his son, Samuel. The Leighton foundry was set up in Uttoxeter to enable them to make their own castings. The Bamford range included oil cake mills, sheep racks, horse gears, haymakers, milk carriages and horse rakes. By 1881 they had expaned their business further to include lift pumps and a great range of agricultural machinery. Henry Bamford & Sons became a limited company in 1916 and were internationally renowned for the quality of their castings. Bamfords Ltd. finally closed in 1987. Bamfords is the ancestor company of JCB. Bamfords agricultural machinery was usually painted light blue and red.

This object is now part of the Staffordshire County Museum collection, and was restored in 2007 with the assistance of MLA West Midlands' Supporting Stewardship grant.

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Donor ref:77.033.0001 (37/21543)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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