Pedal power – provided by Robert Schwab – gets this McCormick-Deering chain-driven sickle bar grinder going.
A selection of grinders in Robert Schwab's rolling display. Robert exhibits his collection at 10-12 shows each year.
A selection of grinders lined up in Robert's barn. None are sickle bar grinders.
The oldest grinder in Robert's collection: This treasure was patented in 1868, and probably dates to the late 1800s. To use it, you'd brace the end of it against your hip and turn the crank to activate the Carborundum tip.
Pieces from the collection of Robert Schwab
An Ideal Lawn Mower Grinder. Patents on the piece are dated 1908 and 1910.