LIFTING FINGERS

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414 No. Minn St., Algona, Iowa

Would like to know where J. F. Percival got his information on the separator using the lifting finger rack, as Avery never used them in either the wood or steel frame and the Aultman-Taylor had a sectional rotary rack.

In the 1870's to the early 1890's Aultman & Taylor made a separator called the Dixie and another the Globe. These had lifting fingers and in the middle 90's they brought out the Columbia without lifting fingers. I had one of these. Rumley may have had a patent on their lifting finger rack and inclined canvas apron back of cylinder at one time but a patent only runs 17 years. It can under certain conditions be renewed for another period of 17 years, but why did Rumley change after the turn of the century? Why did they take out this apron and put in a revolving rake, and again in 1928 or 1929 build an altogether different style? Straight deck and level racks lengthwise, discarding the revolving rake, used only three sets of lifting, fingers and drove the separator with a roller chain from the cylinder to the crankshaft. It does not seem likely that Nichols & Shepard would copy Rumley's discarded separating mechanism. I'm not knocking on Rumley but I don't consider the all lifting fingers rack the best. I've had a 36x60 Rumley Ideal, I still have and use a 28x44 Advance Rumley steel ball bearing machine, a 1927 model with all lifting finger rack. Russell & Port Huron and of course many others used some lifting fingers. I've had three makes besides 12 other separators and the only machine in my 51 years of threshing I ever had where the farmers would praise the work of separating the grain from the straw was a Russell. I have owned an N & S separator and they are good. A brother of mine had one also.

I have catalogs from N & S up to the last and also the latest repair books and there is no mention of an Excello separator in any of them. T would like to have someone send me a cut or picture of them.

Yesterday I had the 16 hp. Russell steamed up and son Tom had his Case 60, so you can bet we had visitors as we always do when we get the steam up. Also have an upright traction engine which I built. Tom has a 65 Case and a 16 N & S. We used Tom's N & S and my thresher to do a job this season.