The Allen Scythe

The Allen Scythe does not resemble a hand scythe but serves the same purpose. The engine drives a 2-foot-wide (0.6 m) or 3-foot-wide (0.9 m) or 4ft wide toothed blade sliding back and forth horizontally across stationary teeth to produce a scissor action, and also drives two large wheels for forward travel. There are handles to allow the machine to be controlled by an operator walking behind it, controls comprise throttle and clutch. Separate ratchets allow either one or both wheels to be driven. In normal use only one is engaged so that turning is easier. The machines are extremely robust and many from the 1950s are still in regular use. They can be dangerous, as the clutch system only disengages the wheel drive from the engine: the blades cut all the time the engine runs.

YouTube video demonstrating the machine in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DDw0udcOP8 

Boyd Henderson has a machine and his contact details are:

Website: http://wildservice.net/portfolio-item/boyd-henderson/

Email.    boydhenderson@wildservice.net

Mob tel.   07977 579967


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