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Allis-Chalmers Co

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January 1902. Mechanical Roasters.
1937. Allis-Chalmers Model A.
1939. Model WC. Reg No: CMJ 420.
July 1938.
July 1938. Reg No. DRO 147.
1947. Model HD7.
1948. Model G.
1948. Model G.
1942. Model WF.
HD-15. Diesel tracked.
1951. All-crop Harvester.
1952. Locomotive Gas Turbine Power Plant -Dunkirk.
1964. Allis Chalmers Gleaner Super A Combine.
Reg No: OYB 332.
Reg No: DUE 56.

Allis-Chalmers of Totton, Southampton

Subsidiary of Allis-Chalmers (American)


1903 John W. Young appointed General European Manger.[1]

1914 Machinery manufacturers. Specialities: mining, milling and smelting equipment, engines, cement-making machinery, rock-crushing plants, flour mill, saw mill and electrical machinery. Employees 16,000. [2]

1947 Opened a factory in the United Kingdom. The first tractor manufactured in the United Kingdom was the Model B which was made at Totton, Southampton, using components imported from the United States. Later the Model B was produced entirely in the United Kingdom.

Company moved to Essendine, Lincolshire

1953 Became private company.

1955 Introduced the Model D270. The D270 and later models featured live power take off operated by a hand lever. This was especially useful when using another Allis-Chalmers' machine - the Roto-Baler - which was used for making hay bales. The live power take off reduced by half the amount of clutch pedal movements required to make each bale.

The ED-40 tractor, built from 1960 to 1968, ended Allis-Chalmers' British production. This tractor featured a 37 HP diesel engine originally and later a 41 HP engine with a better hydraulic system.

1961 Manufacturers of tractors, combine harvesters and agricultural machinery. 400 employees. [3]

1968 New combine harvester with a Perkins engine shown at the Smithfield Show

1968 Production ceased in the UK

List of Models produced in the UK

See Also


Sources of Information

  • From 1890 to the Present Day Farm Tractors by Michael Williams published in 2005 by Silverdale Books ISBN 978-1-84509-251-1
  • The Complete Encylopedia of Tractors by Mirco de Cet published in 2006 by Rebo International ISBN 978-90-366-1893-9
  • The Engineer of 13th December 1968 p896