The roar of the one-of-a-kind Rosenthal husker/shredder draws a crowd
One of the Rosenthal’s original belts, in excellent condition.
The Rosenthal steel 40 corn husker/shredder. “At the time this machine was new, it was undoubtedly an upgrade from other machinery,” Sonny Smith muses, “kind of like computers have been in our lives the past 10 years.”
The Rosenthal’s belt pulley.
The Rosenthal 40 corn husker came with steel wheels; rubber tires were available as an option. “I’ve always thought I was born a little too late,” Sonny says. “But when I see how much hard work is required to farm with these old machines, I guess I’m happy where I am.”
Very good original lettering on the Rosenthal 40 corn husker/shredder. The Rosenthal was manufactured by Rosenthal Corn Husker Co., Milwaukee, starting in 1882.
Pulleys on the Rosenthal.
In operation, the square chute shown here would be pulled down and corn fed into it.
Two black steering wheels were used to adjust the large chute that tosses out chopped tailings.
Sonny Smith with a Farmall M he restored, a reminder of tractors used on the farm in his youth. His favorite restored tractors are an International Harvester H and M. “I remember running those with Dad,” he says. “Every time I see them in the shed I’m taken back in time.”