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Re: Attempting to Identify Antique Combine

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02-17-2017 07:49:27

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1923Gleaner, Paul, JMS/.MN, and Dick2:

Thank you all for your assistance and input! Knowing that what we have is a thresher/thrasher as opposed to an actual combine will make researching this machine further that much easier. I'm especially grateful for the definition of what distinguishes a thresher from a combine and the explanations of what its function was and how it worked.

Dick2, you mention that you were only allowed to work on this type of machine once before your family switched to a combine. If you don't mind me asking, around what year was that switch made? And were many other farming operations making a similar swap around that time?

Thanks again for your help,


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02-18-2017 17:39:38

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 Re: Attempting to Identify Antique Combine in reply to mkn4RR0, 02-17-2017 07:49:27  
I was born in Jan "44, and Dad bought his first combine, an AC model 60, and a Roto Baler, in 48 and 49....I"m thinking the combine came first, cuz Dad was supposed to get the first baler shipped in, but the neighbor"s son worked at the dealer, and when the baler came in, he told HIS dad that his baler had arrived so he got it. Bottom line, I do remember seeing a straw pile in the cow yard, like Dick 2 describes, so I was about 3yo then.

Regarding your pic, I see that the machine has an elevator for clean grain, maybe a paddle elevator, since it"s round? Some threshers had a grain tally, a trip mechanism, that measured and counted bushels going into the wagon. Sort of like today"s dump weigher.

Yes, the correct spelling is thresher. My uncles, with a German (Cherman) accent, just called them trash machines, but meant threshing. The word trash did not describe the output!

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02-18-2017 02:12:01

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 Re: Attempting to Identify Antique Combine in reply to mkn4RR0, 02-17-2017 07:49:27  
Dad bought a used pull type Gleaner about 1945; that machine was underpowered for taking in heavy straw windrows. Dad later bought two MM combines that were designed for use with windrows. The last year that we threshed was in 1946; we always threshed a big straw pile in the cow yard as winter shelter for the cattle. They would eat their way into the stack to get the grain kernels that were blown over - and at the same time make a cave that they could shelter in. During the winter we had to break down the cave when it got in danger of collapsing and suffocating the cattle. That system worked when we had nothing else coming out of the depression of the 1930's.

After harvest in 1946 Dad moved in an old single story house for cattle shelter and we no longer needed the straw pile. In 1950 we built a new barn and some pole sheds for cattle shelter.

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02-17-2017 15:40:44

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 Re: Attempting to Identify Antique Combine in reply to mkn4RR0, 02-17-2017 07:49:27  
Last time anyone threshed (oats) in our part of central Indiana was 1946. Dad and I were the only ones there with horses on our bundle wagon. He pitched and I loaded (placed the bundles heads in) on the wagon. Had a larger than usual crowd that year - I guess most knew it would be the last time and wanted to get in on the action.


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02-19-2017 07:37:51

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 Re: Attempting to Identify Antique Combine in reply to Stan - Florida, 02-17-2017 15:40:44  
In 1971 we were looking for our first farm to buy. One place we looked at, the owner was still using his threshing machine...and others in that neighborhood were also. This was near St. Cloud, central MN. My uncle threshed til about 1960, then bought a self-propelled combine!

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02-19-2017 10:11:17

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 Re: Attempting to Identify Antique Combine in reply to JMS/.MN, 02-19-2017 07:37:51  
We ditched the threshing machine in the mid 30s. But we still used a binder to put up oat hay all the way up to 1965. Grandpa bought a new IH binder in 1950 and we still have it inside.

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02-17-2017 15:02:37

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 Re: Attempting to Identify Antique Combine in reply to mkn4RR0, 02-17-2017 07:49:27  
Dunno if you thought of Youtube, lots of 22X36 CASE THRESHER videos there.

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