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Posted: 6/26/2017 9:01:18 AM
   

Massey-Harris and Massey Ferguson Combine Harvesters.

As it's getting closer to harvest time once again in both the UK and preparations getting well under way for the "Great Harvesting" event in the US I thought it was time we had a thread dedicated to Massey Combines over the years.
I am sure many of you have great stories and photographs to share of harvest time experiences (good or bad) with Massey around the world.

To start with here is a timeline presentation from one of the AGCO Show presentations here in England.


Malcolm. 

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Posted: 6/27/2017 7:44:07 AM
   

RE:Massey-Harris and Massey Ferguson Combine Harvesters.

My first experience of a M-H combine as a young boy was riding on the bagging platform seat of a M-H 780 Special watching dad bagging barley and sending the tied up sacks down the chute onto the ground, even then I questioned why send it down to the ground to pick up by hand again onto the trailer. Running on TVO or paraffin it was a lovely sound and smell from the exhaust, especially when the drum swallowed a lump.
It wasn't long after that a 780 Special tanker was at work alongside the bagger, many of them eventually getting converted to tanker models.

So the 780 Special is the M-H combine I have a soft spot for. Here are some photo's of  tanker version at last years Newark indoor tractor show, displayed with a period Ransome's of Ipswich "corn cart" as we called them here in Lincolnshire.

Malcolm.



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Posted: 6/27/2017 10:08:00 PM
   

RE:Massey-Harris and Massey Ferguson Combine Harvesters.

My first experience with combines was my Dad's M-H 60 PT which he pulled with his 1953 M-H 44 gasoline tractor.  This was also the first combine outfit that I ran as a young lad.  First in winter wheat, and then in soybeans.  

Most of you have heard me lament about the lack of photos taken of the farm equipment from my youth.  You can imagine my pleasant surprise when I discovered this old black and white photo in a box of Mom's stuff from my sister.  I did not know it existed.  I wish the photographer could have gotten the whole tractor in the picture!  Nonetheless, a treasured photo.

JB

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Posted: 6/28/2017 4:44:09 AM
   

RE:Massey-Harris and Massey Ferguson Combine Harvesters.

Very nice family photo John, keep the memories rolling in and look forward to hearing some of them from your earlier years of operating the tractor and combine.

Here is a photograph of the familiar bagging system on both the 726 and 780 models here in UK.

Malcolm.

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Posted: 6/28/2017 2:09:02 PM
   

RE:Massey-Harris and Massey Ferguson Combine Harvesters.

I never took photos when I was a boy. Something I now regret but I still have the memories. I used to go down and see this farmer every spare minute I had. I also worked for him for a time after I left school. The farmer in question,who's name was Billy had a M-H binder pulled with a Fordson N. One year the neighbouring farmer bought a second hand M-H 726 combine with a bat reel which was also a tanker model. So Billy decided to have some wheat combined which was great but we nor him had any facilities to handle bulk grain so when the tank was full we used to stand in the trailer and hold a bag under the unloading auger. If I remember correctly the bags weighed 2 1/4 cwts (252 pounds I think). Well I didn't have a photo of the operation but today at the Norfolk Show they put on a harvesting demonstration and showed how the bags were filled from the spout although it is not a very good photo. Alan


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Posted: 6/28/2017 2:22:27 PM
   

RE:Massey-Harris and Massey Ferguson Combine Harvesters.

Sorry. I didn't post the picture. Try again. There was also a nice pto driven 701 baler there. Alan

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Posted: 7/4/2017 9:29:50 AM
   

RE:Massey-Harris and Massey Ferguson Combine Harvesters.

Looks like you had some rain at the Norfolk Show Alan, nice to see M-H prominent in the display, very nice looking 701 is it being pulled with your M-F 65?

Attached are some lovely photo's of M-H combines at work harvesting barley on the large Yorkshire Estate.

I have posted these in hope and encouragement for our North American friends, you never know we may see a similar display this coming weekend from The Great Harvest in Ohio,

Malcolm.

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Posted: 7/7/2017 3:04:36 AM
   

RE:Massey-Harris and Massey Ferguson Combine Harvesters.

Hello Malcolm Yes it was a bit wet on the Wednesday at the Norfolk Show but all the same some nice M-H stuff there. Unfortunately it wasn't my M-F 65. It was a mark 1. Thanks for the photos of the combines in Yorkshire. I hadn't seen the photo of the combines going away from the camera. I am going to try to post some photos of a harvesting event I went to in 2015 and is now out on DVD. You may have seen it. Alan

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Posted: 7/7/2017 7:21:49 AM
   

RE:Massey-Harris and Massey Ferguson Combine Harvesters.

Very nice photo Alan, not often you see four No 21 combines in a field together, not seen the DVD so if you have any more photo's please post away.

Malcolm.


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Posted: 7/7/2017 11:34:31 AM
   

RE:Massey-Harris and Massey Ferguson Combine Harvesters.

Malcolm I think the idea was to have five 21's Harvesting but one didn't turn up. All the same was very nice. Alan


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