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john stones 118/09/2019 11:41:42
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scythe 001.jpgscythe 002.jpgscythe 004.jpgscythe 005.jpgSo what you reckon ? it's self drive, balances well when you use it, needs some tlc to get it running, are we on a winner ?scythe 007.jpg

paul d18/09/2019 11:59:42
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What a lovely old thing! sadly it's missing the shroud that forces cold air over the engine.

john stones 118/09/2019 12:02:12
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No, got all the bits for it, except the bit of rope to pull start. wink

Don Fry18/09/2019 12:02:57
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At least, wending and winding yer way, whistling of fair maids a swooning, when you call "excuse me" they will shift they dancing toes out of the way

Steve Houghton18/09/2019 12:08:09
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With a little development it could make a menacing opponent in Robot Wars!

john stones 118/09/2019 12:12:52
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Posted by Don Fry on 18/09/2019 12:02:57:

At least, wending and winding yer way, whistling of fair maids a swooning, when you call "excuse me" they will shift they dancing toes out of the way

Dancings not allowed when works being done, flying, sat on your backside, moaning, all ok, dancing No. face 1

john stones 118/09/2019 12:13:40
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Posted by Steve Houghton on 18/09/2019 12:08:09:

With a little development it could make a menacing opponent in Robot Wars!

Full set of teeth Steve, unlike myself. sad

Martin Dance 118/09/2019 12:41:08
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I'm not surprised members are moaning if you need an Allen Scythe to cut the strip. Its a piece of agricultural/ horticultural history designed to cut tall grass for haymaking etc. If I remember correctly it still leaves a stubble about a couple of inches long. Hardly the bowling green that most people wan to fly from, although dancing might be a possibility.

john stones 118/09/2019 12:48:59
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Posted by Martin Dance 1 on 18/09/2019 12:41:08:

I'm not surprised members are moaning if you need an Allen Scythe to cut the strip. Its a piece of agricultural/ horticultural history designed to cut tall grass for haymaking etc. If I remember correctly it still leaves a stubble about a couple of inches long. Hardly the bowling green that most people wan to fly from, although dancing might be a possibility.

Oh dear, having a bad day are we ?

I guess models ain't the only things flying over your head. thinking

Ron Gray18/09/2019 13:00:32
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Great machine for cutting a path to that model lost in the long grass / 🌾

gangster18/09/2019 13:01:35
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Ah the dear old Allen autocythe brings back great memories

john stones 118/09/2019 13:08:17
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I had never seen nor heard of em, seems a shame for it to end up with the scrap man.

Foxfan18/09/2019 13:43:15
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Needn't end up with a scrap man, but useless for close cropping. However it will be good for the pathway out from pits to patch or where you park your cars.

I restored used one once to cut the sides of a Fenland ditch, but it sideslipped in to the ditch at the same time as losing all throttle control, so off it went cutting underwater reeds until the fuel ran out as it was too heavy a slope to get it back! Lovely old machine though.

Martin

McG 696918/09/2019 13:45:45
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Absolutely, John.

You should restore the beauty to its full glory...

... and then, at least, put a couple of similar tires for maxi traction. wink

Cheers

Chris

john stones 118/09/2019 14:08:47
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Only ones I've used are these, great machine.

john stones 118/09/2019 14:10:16
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Posted by McG 6969 on 18/09/2019 13:45:45:

Absolutely, John.

You should restore the beauty to its full glory...

... and then, at least, put a couple of similar tires for maxi traction. wink

Cheers

Chris

I think Igor has one in his F1 team Chris. face 1

Don Fry18/09/2019 15:46:04
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Posted by gangster on 18/09/2019 13:01:35:

Ah the dear old Allen autocythe brings back great memories

Memories of an erotic nature? Tell more, we won't contact the Sun.

John Tee18/09/2019 15:47:17
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Used one of those in the mid sixties when I was 16. Never saw another until I went to the Pallot steam museum in Jersey about three years ago. Did a good job cutting the field grass down the drive to the manor house where we lived at the time. Didn't own the place , my dad was the gardener and I got roped in occassionaly. A bit heavy to turn if I remember correctly, for a 16 year old.

John

Tom Sharp 218/09/2019 22:03:07
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Re Foxfan the Allen motor scythe and the fenland ditch.

I remember on the M6 just before first opened they were using one of these to cut the grass on land that sloped steeply down to the carriageway. They were proceeding parerell with the road not up and down. Tractor mounted mowers were unable to manage the gradient and risked rolling over if working across the slope.

To stop the machine overcoming the operator and running down bank they had two men with a rope attached to the the machine walking along the top of the embankment.

 

 

 

Edited By Tom Sharp 2 on 18/09/2019 22:05:26

gangster19/09/2019 07:46:11
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Posted by Don Fry on 18/09/2019 15:46:04:
Posted by gangster on 18/09/2019 13:01:35:

Ah the dear old Allen autocythe brings back great memories

Memories of an erotic nature? Tell more, we won't contact the Sun.

Interesting Don ! Still trying to puzzle that out, I am wondering if your mind works like that of a chap I used to work with. One example was when we were issues with some very large and useless soldering irons for heavy wiring . They were rubbish didn’t get very hot, the bits fell out, the handles melted and the bits disintegrated. My mate after struggling then suddenly declared to the boss. “ These things are like my sex life”. A strange comment even from him We were brave enough to ask why “ cos it looks like it ought to be better than it is.

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