Allen scyth Model T Mk 25 no. 80861 - C. Urwin at Scorton NY 09 - IMG 2136

A restored Allen Scythe at Scorton North Yorkshire 2009

The company of John Allen of Oxford Ltd was originally established in 1874 as the Oxfordshire Steam Ploughing Company. John Allen takes over the firm in 1897. The Firm became John Allen & (Sons) Ltd in 1925. The firm was noted for manufacturing scarifiers for steam rollers and also re built engines. They built a few steam engines themselves and also fair ground rides. The firm was later known for the Allen Scythe, and building drainage machinery, before being taken over by Grove of America after a JV. By 1984 Grove Cranes had closed the Allen division down, after merging it with other UK operations & transferring production to Sunderland.


Allen scarifier no 483 on Fowler no 13141 at Astwood Bank 08 - P6150161

An Allen Scarifier sn 483 mounted on Fowler no. 13141 a convertible engine

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  • 1874 Oxfordshire Steam Company founded
  • 1897 John Allen takes over.
  • 1925 Company renamed John Allen & (Sons) Ltd
  • 1950's/60's Produced a range of mobile cranes and rope operated excavators under licence from The Michigan Corp. of America, using British power units.
  • 1950's/60's Produced a range of endless chain and bucket trench excavators to Parsons design,using British made engines.
  • 1950's/60's produced the Allen Tractor Operated Shovel (ATOS), a tractor driven trailed hydraulic backhoe.
  •  ? Form Joint Venture with Grove of America
  • 1984 Grove closes the Allen division down. Production had previously transferred to Sunderland ( The Coles Cranes manufacturing facility also owned by Grove)

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John Allen and Sons (Oxford) - grader no. 11052 - 14WE at Belvoir 09 - IMG 9157

John Allen and Sons towed grader on display at Belvoir Castle Steam Festival 2009


Allen 67

John Allen no. 67 at Hollycombe Steam collection

Examples of Allen Scarifier's on Steam rollers and a few Allen Scythes are on display at shows.

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