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.

Physical Description

Chaffcutter model made from metal featuring large rotating wheel with two blades controlled by rotating handle.

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