Massey Harris well pump & Bentall
28th June 2008.
The Massey Harris well pump was removed from the yard of a very old house that I demolished less than a kilometre from my home. I've held onto it for about 25 years and repainted it about 4 times. This is the last time as it will now be placed on a wooden base and kept indoors. The chances are very great that, if displayed outdoors, it would very soon be stolen by a "scrap iron" collector. (A complete windmill was dismantled and stolen from my neighbours one night a few months ago - to be sold as scrap iron.)
This pump has the name "Malcomess" cast into the upright tube. Malcomess Ltd. were the local agents for Massey Harris but lost the agency after the amalgamation of Massey Harris and Ferguson in 1953 so I assume this pump predates that time.
Can anyone tell me the approximate
dates that these pumps were manufactured as I'd like put some information
onto the wooden base - something to the effect of "manufactured between the
years 19XX and 19XX".
The Bentall No.3 grinder
is one of 3 that I have just restored. This one's grinding cone and plate
were broken and worn out so I just welded them together as it is only destined
to be displayed in my house - it works but is now going into retirement!
One of the others was converted, by a previous owner, to be driven of an
electric motor by the addition of an aluminium pulley - I'll drive that one
off a small Ruston & Hornsby PB at shows. The other was given to my friend,
Justin Ludewig who will also drive it off a similar Ruston PB.
I know that these were manufactured
for many years (in fact similar grinders are still made in India). Again,
can anyone tell me approximately when Bentall started making them and when
they finally stopped. My mother remembers selling them (Bentall) during the
1960's but I have no idea if these were the "Original" Bentall or not. They
were also later made in South Africa but the "cast in" Bentall logo was different
on these as well as the fact that they had "Made in South Africa" included
in the casting.
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