In Search of the Pull-Type Gleaner Combine

Gleaner combines have become rarer each passing year as scrap iron prices increase, but Richard Stout manages to find one once in a while.

| January 2019

  • A photo of the pull-type Gleaner combine in the author’s possession.
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  • The irons at a right angle in front of the wheel show where the Ford Model T engine sat, with radiator and crank pointing outward.
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  • This photo shows the platform where the man stood to run the header lever.
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  • The lever used to lift the header is shown at top center of this photo. At bottom left is the Model T driveshaft; at bottom center, the chain that goes to the combine jackshaft.
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  • Gleaner postcard showing Fordson-mounted unit.
    Photo courtesy of Richard Stout

In my youth, my dad talked of the Fordson-mounted Gleaner combine he used in the 1930s. Later, going to old-time farm shows and swap meets, I talked to fellows from Kansas and Nebraska, where some of this stuff was still in groves, fencerows and collectors’ hands. That lasted until the scrap iron prices got high; now, little is left.

When a couple of my daughters married in the 1980s, one in north central Kansas and the other in southwest Kansas, that gave me a good excuse to get out that way to look into what could be discovered in Fordson-mounted Gleaners and parts.

I will have to give credit to another daughter and son-in-law who lived close by, and to my wife, who put up with this and kept the home fires going and saw that the chores were done on the farm. Nothing was like coming home late at night from one of these escapades, getting into bed, and hearing my wife say to me, “Which do you want to hear first: the good news or the bad news?”

Over the years, I did get to know a lot of interesting people, hear a lot of stories, see and find some interesting machinery (although some of it I did not realize what I was seeing until a lot later).



Powered by a Model T Ford Engine

There is one type of Gleaner combine I have not come up with much information on. They were the components of the 1926 Fordson-mounted Gleaner combine, minus the Fordson, mounted on an iron frame, with a tongue and a 3-inch pipe axle with 48-inch wheels to make it into a pull-type combine.

In where the Fordson tractor would have been, there was a platform that a man stood on to run the header lever. The frame had two 5-inch channel irons across the frame corresponding to where the mounting irons on the Fordson tractor would have been.



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