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Britain combine harvester ‘graveyard’ of 350 farm machines revealed in fascinating drone footage


BRITAIN’S combine harvester “graveyard” of 350 farm machines has been revealed in fascinating drone footage.

Three generations of farmers have been running the business near Alnwick, Northumberland, since the early 1970s.

Fascinating drone pictures capture the harvester ‘graveyard’ from above
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The business was set up by John Manners in 1972 in Alnwick, Northumberland,
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The firm was featured on an episode of ‘Scraps Kings’
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They take in hundreds of combine harvesters every year
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The family firm uses its fleet of trucks to transport combine harvesters
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Places in Asia like Malaysia and Pakistan are popular customers
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They take in hundreds of combine harvesters every year – and either ship them whole or in parts to farmers around the world including New Zealand and Pakistan.

The business was set up by John Manners in 1972 when he started salvaging, dismantling and reconditioning combine harvesters.

John, 75, is now retired but his sons Fraser, 41, and Richard, 45, deal with the haulage and parts sides of the business respectively.

The family firm use their fleet of trucks to transport combine harvesters and send parts such as headers, engines and gearboxes around the world.

John, 75, is now retired but his sons Fraser, 41, and Richard, 45, deal with the haulage
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The machines and parts are sent to European countries and others, including Morocco, South Africa and Thailand.

The firm was featured on an episode of ‘Scraps Kings’ – shown on Quest TV every Tuesday at 9pm.

Richard said: “We bring in 75 combines per year.


“We have customers from England and abroad and we take the combines apart and sell them for parts and scrap, no different to a car breakers.

“We also sell whole combines and strip them down and put them in shipping containers, before being rebuilt wherever they go.

“Places in Asia like Malaysia and Pakistan are popular customers.”

 

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