Five years before his death in 1884, McCormick had this ''wire-binding selfreaper'' on sale in Britain. It won the gold medal at the Royal Trials at Bristol in 1878. In North America, over 10,000 of these binders were aid to be at work that year.
Walter A. Wood's sheaf-binding reaper'' was runner-up to the McCormick binder at the 1878 trials. At the previous year's Liverpool trials observers thought that it had the edge over the McCormick, but its delivery of sheaves was ''too violent.