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Chaffcutter Model - Ransomes & Sims, England, 1859 Object Reg. No: ST 000948

Model of Biddell's patent cam chaff engine (chaffcutter) No. 3 for hand power only. By Ransomes and Sims, Ipswich, England, 1859. Used for chaff and green feed. The material to be cut is fed in via the wooden trough and two men were needed to operate the machine. This type of cutter was still widely used in poultry runs for green feed circa 1960.

The model belongs to a set of miniature working models that were exhibited at Victorian agricultural shows to promote the firm's products, before being acquired by the museum's director at the time Frederick McCoy.
Chaffcutter model made from metal featuring large rotating wheel with two blades controlled by rotating handle.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Museum of Victoria, 1871
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 300 mm (Height), 263 mm (Width), 230 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Length including handle

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Tagged with: animal husbandry, agricultural implements, chaffcutters
Themes this item is part of: Sustainable Futures Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Crop Management - Harvesting
Tertiary Classification: chaff cutters
Patentee: G. Biddell, Ipswich, Suffolk, England, Great Britain, pre 1859
Modelmaker: Ransomes & Sims, Ipswich, Suffolk, England, Great Britain, 1859

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