Chaff cutter - Cliff & Bunting model K ('Reliance' series)

Production date
Circa 1897
Country
Australia
State/Province
Victoria
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Description
This is a late 1890s early 1900s Cliff & Bunting model K travelling, four-wheeled chaff cutter from the “Reliance” series. It has a wooden frame that is painted maroon with grey bagging cylinders and two tool boxes attached to the outside of the frame on the right hand side of the machine. The gear/mechanism cover mounted on the top portion of the frame is painted grey and the toolbox mounted on the bottom portion of the frame is painted maroon.
Classification
CH classification RURAL INDUSTRY Agriculture Harvesting chaff cutter
Production date
Circa 1897
Production place
Measurements
L6165 x W2132 x H2740mm
RPM 420
Media/Materials description
Wood
Steel
Rubber
Paint
Signature/Marks
CLIFF & BUNTING \ MAKERS \ MELBOURNE
X 1 5 A
History and use
This is a New Reliance model K chaff cutter made by Cliff and Bunting, a Victorian manufacturer.In 1921 Bert's father, Henry Thiess sold his dairy herd and bought a Titan tractor, a mobile chaff-cutter, and a corn-thresher, to enable his 5 eldest sons to increase their earnings through contract work. His chaff cutter would have been pulled by the 1921 Titan tractor owned by the family, by use of a belt system. This early lesson in the economic advantage of labour-saving machinery undoubtedly helped shape the Thiess Bros approach to business. The original Titan tractor is part of the Bert and Vera Thiess tractor collection and a similar model to the original corn husker/thresher is also part of the collection.
This chaff cutter was made by Cliff and Bunting, a Victorian manufacturer, estalished in 1897. The model K chaff cutter is the largest of the famous 'Reliance' series. It is a travelling chaff cutter and set new industry standards in Australia at the time of its release, in performance, reliability and versatility. This example is believed to be a New Reilance model first sold in 1911. Cliff and Bunting continued to innovate over subsequent decades, taking out numerous patents. This model is still produced today (2018) by Dickins Engineering in Corowa.Now manufactured by Dickins Engineers of Corowa, this machine embodies all of the features which have made it so reliable over the years, plus the strength and longevity of a modern steel frame, and self aligning ball bearings.
Registration number
R6662

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