Harvester, Forage, Megmengele SF300; Megmengele; 1983


Harvester, Forage, Megmengele SF300

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This is a Megmengele SF300 Forage Harvester, which is one of only two that were imported into New Zealand by Tulloch Machinery in the 1980s. Purchased by the McNab Family of Lochindorb in Owaka Valley in 1983, it is now the only remaining Megmengele SF300 in New Zealand.

In the 1980s, this harvester was unique in that it was self-propelled while most other harvesters were pulled by a tractor. Powered by a 6 cylinder Deutz air-cooled engine, the engine has no radiator and with 152hp, it is reputed to have only done 14-15 hours work. As a consequence, it has all original tyres on it. This is because of the rapid advance in harvester development. For a few years, the McNab's used it to cut their silage, however, it took three weeks to do the job and so it was replaced with a Clarc self-propelled harvester which took five days to do the same job.

While still working on Lochindorb, a tooth off a digger bucket went through the harvester and wrecked a lot of the interior. This damage was repaired at the time.

This harvester was 20-years before its time, which is probably one of the contributing factors as to why Tullochs only imported two of them. They were a new technology and to import a heap of them would really have been taking a punt. At this time, bigger tractors were coming into the country and, therefore, people were more interested in the towing power of these tractors than that of self-propelled machinery. Additionally, there wasn't so much silage being made back then, which meant that the price vs need ratio didn’t balance for most farmers, however, McNab's were fattening cattle for the works at the time and silage was an essential component of their operation.

It is possible that the modern Claas harvester is modelled on the Megmengele SF300 Forage Harvester.


112kilo watts and 152hp. Displacement of 6.1 litres. Running speed 23,000 revs.



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Place Made

Europe, Germany

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed material, metal, cast iron
inorganic, processed material, metal, alloy, steel
inorganic, processed material, metal, copper
inorganic, processed material, metal, alloy, copper alloy, brass
inorganic, processed material, synthetic, plastic
inorganic, processed material, glass
organic, processed material, vegetal, plant extract, latex, rubber


h 3740 mm x w 2700 mm x l 5240 mm

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

Machinery and Tools

Object Type

occupation-based equipment


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