Antique Combine Questions and Answers


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Ping into the hillside combine

Attached are two pictures found in my mother-in-law’s collection of pictures. She had an older uncle who was a wheat farmer, and who lived in Washington. The pictures were most likely taken in the central/south central part of the state.

While I have seen pictures of a combine of that vintage being pulled by a tractor, I have never seen a picture of such a combine being pulled by horses. My count of the horses is five rows of six horses in each row. In addition, there are three more horses that appear to be the main leaders for all the horses. All together, it appears that a total of 33 horses are involved in pulling the combine.

You will also notice that the driver was located in back of and high above the horses so as to be able to see and drive all the horses. It appears that the lines from the driver go to the three lead horses.

I know nothing about the combine, but I assume an engine provided the power to operate the many pieces of the combine. In one picture, you can see that the horses are pulling the combine. In the other, the horses are apparently standing rather than pulling. Notice the traces and single trees are slack on the ground. It also appears that the combine is at the end of the field. You will also notice that there appears to be dust in back or at the side of the combine.

It would be interesting to know if the movement of the combine was greater than the ability of the combine to thresh the wheat. If this were true, it would require stopping the forward movement in order for the combine to complete the threshing process.


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