In a quiet corner of a farm in North Lincolnshire UK lies a graveyard dedicated to one particular brand of Combine Harvesters! Massey Ferguson.
The following photos have been sent to me by New Zealand Custom Cutter Cameron Mckay, Cameron has featured several times on yellowswirl and he is a correspondent for yellowswirl seeking out any information regarding Massey combines still at work in that country.
While taking a break before his harvesting starting in Cambridgeshire Cameron took a trip out to visit this yard and photograph the current machines there.
For owner operators like ourselves these type of private collections are very handy to fall back on to supplement spares that are no longer available.
It is somewhat sad to see these once proud giants of the wheat fields languishing away, but everything in life has an end and particularly with Massey Ferguson the spares situation with the Kilmarnock and Brantford Canada models dried up many years ago.
As the years roll buy these models will be confined to collectors as ourselves or museum collections.
And this probably isn't many years away now.
For sure many past owners have gave up on even good working order combines because of the risk of breakdown and time taken to seek out a second-hand part, and with the usual unpredictable weather patterns time really is precious for a large arable grower.
But for those of us with smaller acreage it still represents a cost effective way to carry out the job.
With combines approaching 30/40 yrs old the slightest even less serious problem has resulted in them ending up in a yard as this.
One of the biggest killers of combines is indeed fire and this has ended many machines working career.
Whether the current flagships of today will still be working into their 3rd or 4th decade is probably unlikely due to the speed of the technologies that run the combines and its trend to consistently update systems and render older models financially not worth rebuilding, also the colossal amount of input and acreage that they are expected to harvest each season will mean the wear rate on all components will be much more excessive than anything built 25 yrs ago was expected to cut in their working life.
Without doubt owning and operating these veterans would be pretty much impossible without the very few breakers scattered across the UK,and as time moves on it will get increasingly harder as the models gradually meet their inevitable end of their working lives.
Also when the price of scrap metal is strong owners of these yards are tempted to reduce the amount of machines rather than wait long term for a gradual demise of customers who faced with older wore out combines opt for newer models.
So for the time being there are spares available but this luxury is very shortly about to get very difficult indeed.
My grateful thanks once again To Cameron who sent me these photos and the owner of the combines for letting me list them on Yellowswirl.
We will catch up again in the new year with Cameron and his harvest in New Zealand and his growing fleet of combines!
where is this recycling place? I have a 760 and am looking for a sheet metal grain tank cover like the one on the 860,865. However, I am from Germany, which certainly makes things more difficult
Lea Farm Sales Ltd Gordon Chichester-Miles
I have discovered a Gearbox from a MF525 Combine. I am told there is nothing wrong with it. It was fitted to a 525 that subsequently either burnt out or was to expensive to repair. Would you
Hi David can you text me your number please to my mobile 07860281755 I can help you with this!!
Regards Colin cloude
Near Ely, Cambs. Ageing father doesn't want it crushing up for scrap.....
Hello. I have an old 525 combine. Dry stored in a shed I now need to use I am looking to shift it, the engine has done only c.1300 hours and the combine cut wheat 2 years ago.
Have purchased an engine from here but lost the address can you please supply I know it is a farm in North Lincolnshire
I need an auger and tube off a Massey Ferguson 440 combine it was a built in 1982
Hello over there in the UK... Fantastic website you have. We live in Denmark, and are fans of old Massey combines... We have just added a MF400 and even a MF760 to our collection of MF892 and MF515..!
Hi Do you have a cab door or the glass for a massey ferguson 27 combine please ?
Hi, I know where there is a dry stored 525 super 2. Looks complete and is for sale
Josh can you email me your contact number please! firstname.lastname@example.org