Among many other Ransomes products was a threshing machine and you can watch video of one in action here at Hulver Farm, St Michael South Elmham near Bungay.
How the thresher boosted farming
Ransomes started making lawnmowers in 1832 and this has proved to have greater longevity.
In the mid-1970s the grounds care division (as mowing/turf management is known) overtook the agriculture division in sales.
Electric vehicles can be used as people carriers or litter trucks
At the firm's 1960s peak it had around 4000 employees in Ipswich.
"We're renowned as innovators in our industry, but it's probably only because [US multinational firm] Textron came on board in 1998 that we're still here," said Peter Driver, Ransomes' public relations man for Ipswich.
The firm, which trades under the name Ransomes-Jacobsen, employs 300 people at its site on the Ransomes Europark - an area that it used to completely cover.
"Automation's moved on, business has contracted but we're nicely sized," said Peter. "We are one of the top three manufacturers of commercial mowing equipment in the world."
The future could see the company turn full circle with a new focus on zero-emission vehicles and electric-diesel hybrids.
"We've gone back to what we did in the 1930s, because Ransomes produced the first electric truck," said Peter.
The Stowmarket museum has an array of agricultural machinery
"We've now gone back 60-70 years and are producing our Diabline machine which is a totally electric truck for use in airports and by local councils who have an environmental policy where machines are emission-free at the point of use.
"We've launched the first mower to be driven by diesel-electric. The real driver is to try and get away from the use of hydraulic motors.
"Battery technology will only get better while fuel costs will get higher.
"We've been here for 200 years and we want to stay here. Last year was a poor year for us.
"This year has started fantastically well for us and the order book's looking good."
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