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Bersham Heritage Centre & Ironworks
Wrexham LL14 4HT
United Kingdom

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Cambrian Reaper-Mower

Farmers used machines like this to cut hay or harvest wheat, barley or oats. Along the metal bar with the holes were a row of cutting blades that move backwards and forwards as the machine's wheels roll over the ground. These (missing) blades did the cutting.

You might be thinking why are there two seats on this machine. There were two seats because this machine needed two people to work it.

The man on the red seat controlled the horses pulling the mower. He had the easier job. The man on the yellow seat had a very demanding job. Using a pitchfork or a rake, he had to flick the sheaths of corn or the swathes of hay out the back, otherwise the mower would jam up. As long as the mower was moving, he would have to keep working. It must have been hard and thirsty work in hot weather!!

Did you know?
During the early twentieth century, a new machine called a 'binder' replaced the man in the yellow seat. It was able to cut the corn and tie the corn into sheaves ready for collection and threshing.

After the Second World War, combine harvesters cut and threshed the corn in the field, and a baler would pack the straw into handy bales. Bales were originally small and rectangular - ideal for stacking and lifting by hand. Nowadays they are big, round and are handled by machine.

This machine was used to cut hay or harvest corn. The man in the red seat controlled the horses and the man in the yellow seat had to toss the cut hay or straw out the back. The cutting blades were attached to the bar with the holes.
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Bersham Heritage Centre - Open Air Gallery
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