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    Tumblebug Rotary Scraper in Australia?

    Hello All,

    Just wondering if Australia had it's own version of American's Tumblebug Rotary Scraper shown operating in this YouTube clip; accessed 31st March 2021 from Tumblebug Rotary Scraper Moving Dirt - YouTube ?

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    Yep, we've got a couple of horse drawn ones lying around, also called tumbling tommies

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    Hello Tote,

    Thank you for the information about Tumbling Tommy. Using that name I just found a link to an Australian made and patented version... accessed 31st March 2021 from, TUMBLING TOMMY (SCOOP); W. Lovelock & Co. Pty. Ltd.; T-169-0 on eHive.

    Further information found reveals that it was an Australian invention ... by Sir Samuel McCaughey, a pastoralist in New South Wales; accessed 31st March 2021 from, T is for Tumbling Tommy - Society for One-Place Studies

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    Hello Tote and All,

    I started off watching the Tumbling Tommy (Tumblebug) in action via a YouTube clip by Squatch253 of a Farmall H Pulling Tumblebug Scraper - accessed 31st March 2021 from, Farmall H Pulling Tumblebug Scraper - Field Land Clearing Project Part 3: Givin' It "H"!!! - YouTube at the 6:18 minute mark.

    I have been following Squatch Junior and Senior rebuilding Caterpillar D2 #5J1113​ and the rebuild of a Farmall M. Both Junior and Senior are qualified mechanics. They are a very informative pair and I have spent lots of hours watching their channel's content.

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    Lionel

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    Hello All,

    What is incredible is the amount of earth a Tumbling Tommy and a couple of horses could shift. In one of the Australian history links mentioned earlier there is a photograph taken at Jericho in Queensland captured in 1910. The photo shows a water storage dam being constructed. The photograph is accessed 31st of March 2021 from, Page Not Found - Society for One-Place Studies

    My paternal grandfather started off with the local Shire at the age of 13. He worked his way up to operating a horse drawn grader. This progressed right up to him operating the largest Caterpillar graders that were available until his retirement.

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    This dam just south of Lyndhust NSW was reputedly formed with horses and tumbling tommies (or so I was told as a kid)
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    Linky to Google maps streetview Google Maps


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