1909 Chaff Cutter

Clayton & Shuttleworth no. 763

This chaff cutter was ‘sent out’ from the Clayton & Shuttleworth Stamp End Works in Lincoln on the 29th July 1909.  It was sold to George Thurlow & Sons, Stowmarket along with three 5-knife wheels.

The George Thurlow & Sons ledgers show that on the 29 July 1910 they sold the chaff cutter with two 4-knife wheels to Mr. John Batley of Emley, Yorkshire costing £56 10s 6d.  John Batley’s occupation is shown as a ‘Thrashing Machine Owner’ in the 1911 census and his son’s occupation a ‘Traction Engine Driver’.

It was part of a larger sale consisting of a Clayton & Shuttleworth 4ft thrashing machine, no. 41645; and a Clayton & Shuttleworth single cylinder ‘new type’ traction engine, no. 43064; and also a Ruston & Hornsby trusser.  The entire order came to a total of £682 15s 6d and was delivered to the Leeds Show.

The Shuttleworth Trust purchased it September 2009 at the auction of the late Ron Vickers collection of harvesting machinery.

Restoration of the Chaff Cutter

This short interview gives some of the background to the Chaff Cutter restoration project and its place in the importance of the agricultural pieces that are part of the Collection and Shuttleworth’s heritage.

Restoration started at the end of May 2014 by a group of Shuttleworth Collection volunteers and engineers. Repairs have included replacement of one of the oak sills and other wood repairs, remaking of the metal feed web.  The wheels have had new tyres fitted to them. The salmon paint it was in was removed and revealed the original colours – the current scheme is based on what was found and closely matches a Clayton & Shuttleworth postcard of a chaff cutter from period.

Enjoy this clip of the Chaff Cutter in action!