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Bumsted and Chandler

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1891. Chandler Engine and Crompton Dynamo made jointly with Crompton and Co.
January 1902.
1914. Tractor and plough.
c.1920 vertical high speed steam engine at Kew Bridge Steam Museum
Two cylinder steam engine at the Cambridge Museum of Technology

Bumsted and Chandler of Cannock Chase Foundry and Engine Works, Hednesford, makers of high speed single-acting steam engines, colliery fans, and paper bag machines.

Francis Dixon Bumsted and Noel Chandler

formerly Bradley and Bumsted

1892 Constructed electric lighting plant with Crompton and Co

1894 Compound three-crank Yacht Engine. Article and illustration.[1]

1905 The Hastings Borough Electrical Engineer recommended installing a Bumsted & Chandler engine to replace the troublesome Gwynne engine at the electric light works. [2]

1912-21. Manufactured the Ideal tractor. The tractor had a 24 HP engine and had a number of features which made the tractor complicated to use and expensive to purchase. It had a manually controlled differential lock that allowed the driver to direct the power through the left or right wheel only according to soil conditions and traction requirements. The driving wheels were fitted with spade lugs which were attached to a cam which retracted them automatically, thereby preventing a build-up of mud in resistant soil conditions. The tractor had a frame attached to the rear on which implements were mounted. and this acted as a hinge point and allowed the implement to be raised about the ground during transportation or during headland turns. The lift mechanism, powered by the tractor engine, consisted of a cable attached to the frame of the implement.

1920 April. Issued catalogue on the 'ideal' agricultural motor.[3]

1929 Sale of stores stock, including spares for high speed engines and paper bag machines.[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1894/07/13 p30
  2. Hastings and St Leonards Observer - Saturday 18 March 1905
  3. The Engineer 1920/04/30 p438]]
  4. Staffordshire Advertiser - Saturday 28 September 1929