Restoring Old Farm Equipment for Maryland Museums

Volunteer restorer gives helping hand to Maryland museums by restoring old farm equipment

John Deere grain binder, powered by a three-horse team, cut cereal crops such as wheat and oats
This John Deere grain binder, powered by a three-horse team, cut cereal crops such as wheat and oats. It then delivered the cut grain to a mechanism that compacted the stems and tied a string around the center of the bundle before dropping it into a basket-like bundle carrier. “I spent many hours on a grain binder in the 1950s,” Howard recalls. “When six to 10 bundles were loaded onto the carrier, the operator dropped them in the field as a group, where they were later stood up as shocks to finish drying before they were hauled to a threshing machine.”