Traditional harvesting, the classic way!

Posted by Chris Graham on 23rd October 2020

Oz Dunning shares details of his Allis-Chalmers combine, and how this 57-year old classic is still earning its corn.

Traditional harvesting the classic way

The Allis-Chalmers Gleaner EA is powered by a Perkins 6.305 – essentially a P6 with a larger bore dimension, and a CAV DPA injection pump.

My 1963 Allis-Chalmers Gleaner EA is fitted with a Perkins 6.305 engine, and originally worked on a farm near Bourne, in Lincolnshire. I obtained it from a friend in 2016, who bought it at a farm sale somewhere near Wisbech, I think.

Oz Dunning and his Gleaner EA working with a Massey Ferguson 788 Special and Ransomes 601, in 2019.

I have a small collection of tractors in Gosberton, Lincolnshire, and a few people in the area are fanatical about Fordson E27Ns. Between us, we have quite a fleet! This comes in handy, as my friend, Trevor Kerfoot, has a small farm and still does everything the old-fashioned way. Last year, we had nine E27Ns lifting beet and, later, four of them spreading manure.

Traditional harvesting the classic way

This year saw Oz’s combine harvest four acres of oats, working in tandem with Trevor’s Fordson E27N tractor.

We also combined spring barley with my Gleaner, Trevor’s Ransomes 601 and a friend’s MF 788 Special. This year, I combined Trevor’s four acres of oats with the EA. Hopefully, next year we’ll have all three out again in 13 acres of cereals.

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