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Bomford Turner’s pioneering approach to power farming dates back 150 years or more to the early days of steam cultivation when Benjamin Bomford bought a set of cable ploughing equipment for his farms in Worcestershire.

Steam powered cultivation was still regarded as a high-cost novelty in the 1860s when the first cable ploughing equipment arrived on the Bomford farms, but it was evidently a success because it was soon joined by a second set and Benjamin owned at least five sets just a few years later.

As well as cultivations and drainage work on his 5,000 acres, he also used steam equipment in his contracting business and by the 1890s the Bomford business was making equipment to use with the steam engines. This included earth scoops for drainage and dredging work plus scarifiers for the steamrollers they used in a new road maintenance business, and both were so successful they were bought by other contractors.

The contracting and manufacturing business separated from the farming activities in 1904 to form a new company called Bomford & Evershed.

Threshing machines and hoes

Products included a threshing machine designed by a company they had taken over, gapping hoes for row crops and about 20 tractors powered by a Morris car engine. Contracting activity expanded and at its peak the equipment included about 50 steam and diesel rollers working on highway maintenance work, but machinery making remained small scale.

This changed in the 1950s when the contracting activity was shrinking while machinery production expanded, including a mounted reversible plough.

Expanded hedge cutter range

Scraper and snow plough blades were also available, but the major successes that took Bomford & Evershed into big league machinery making were an expanding hedge cutter range and the Superflow cultivator.

Hedgecutters were available from 1949 and, with an increased selection of toppers, verge mowers and mulchers, they form the vegetation control sector which remains easily the company’s biggest product range today.

Superflow cultivators

Production of Superflow cultivators started in 1961, developed by the company with the tine and point design based on data from the National Institute of Agricultural Engineering.

The Superflow was the start of a successful range of tillage machinery that also included the Turbotiller seed-bed cultivator and the Dyna-Drive ground driven twin-rotor cultivator.

Bomford Turner

The Turner company, which manufactured mowers and other vegetation control equipment, was taken over as part of an expansion programme and the company was renamed Bomford Turner. Another takeover followed in 1993, making Bomford Turner part of the American-based Alamo Group.

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Station Road, Salford Priors, Nr Evesham,
Worcestershire, WR11 8SW, UK
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