The building of threshing machines continued till the 1960s for some markets but by then in the UK the Combine harvester had taken over.
Ransomes started building this new technology of the Combine harvester after WWII when the marketed a trailed combine design from Bolinder-Munktell of Sweden which they built under licence, known as the Ransomes MST Combine. They then built several models of Ransomes own design of self propelled combine till the 1970s.
A Number of examples survive in various farming museums and private collections. Several have been restored to full working order and are demonstrated at Steam fairs and Working Weekends during the summer. Examples in poor condition can be occasionally bought a farm dispersal sales for a few pounds. Many have just been burned over the last 30 years as they turned into rotten wrecks if no stored under cover in a dry barn or shed.
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- 1945 Ransomes A54 Thresher of ? operating at the Bedfordshire Steam and Country Fayre 2009
- 1949 Ransomes Thresher sn 57197 H.R. Philpot & Son collection (Barleylands Farming Museum)
Several scale models of working threshers have been built in the last few years to go with model steam engines. These are quite complex machine to model and involve a lot of joinery work. Examples can fetch several thousand pounds when sold.
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References / sources
- show guides
- Example offered for sale at GDSF 2010
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