Allen scyth Model T Mk 25 no. 80861 - C. Urwin at Scorton NY 09 - IMG 2136

A Typical Allen Scythe on show at Scorton North Yorkshire

The Allen Scythe, sometimes referred to as Allen Power Scythe, is a petrol-powered finger-bar mower. It was manufactured between 1935 and 1973 by John Allen of Oxford, England. A number of engine types were used, the most common being a two-stroke Villiers Engineering with magneto and rope start.


Despite its name, it does not resemble a hand scythe (except in purpose), being more like a Finger Mower. The engine drives a toothed blade sliding back and forth horizontally across stationary teeth to produce a scissor action, and also drives two large wheels for forward travel - it is necessary to disengage two ratchets to move in reverse. There are handles to allow the machine to be controlled by an operator walking behind it, controls comprise throttle and clutch.


Allen scythe sn R28375 and plough at Belvoir 09 - IMG 9360

Allen scythe and plough attachment

The Allen scythe was also designed as a power unit with interchangeable 'tools';

  • Std Cutter head
  • Single Furrow plough
  • Portable hedge cutter tools
  • add others to list.

Surviving examplesEdit

There are quite a few examples about but few have the serial number and/or exhibitor displayed when on show at events so identifying them individually to list here is not always possible. (a lot are missing the sn plate as well)

Surviving examples
Serial no.
(If known)
Photo Event seen at Owner
(if known)
R28375 Allen scythe sn R28375 and plough at Belvoir 09 - IMG 9360 Belvoir owner ? Fitted with plough
 ? Allen scyth at Sandtoft - IMG 2950 The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft  ? no sn plate
 ? Pair Allen Scythes + tools at (281) NVTC 2011 - IMG 0601 Northumbria  ? Exhibit 281
 ? Allen scythe at (284) NVTC rally 2011 - IMG 0599 Northumbria  ? Exhibit 284 - Fitted with side bar mower head
 ? Allen scythe + plough at (288) NVTC 2011 - IMG 0596 Northumbria  ? Exhibit 288 - Fitted with plough
80861 Allen scyth Model T Mk 25 no. 80861 - C. Urwin at Scorton NY 09 - IMG 2136 Scorton North Yorkshire  ? Exhibit 20
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