A THRESHER MAN FROM TEXAS


| September/October 1963



Mobile cook shack

With my mobile cook shack in the background. Left to right, James Sharp, Mrs. R. A. Whisenhunt, Ellen Balch Cooks, Mrs. Joe Milner, Mr. Joe Milner, We were threshing for July 1939.

Part Three

The 1730 I might say I grew up with it as I was only 16 years of age when it was new and I have spent the remainder of my life with it. It is a cross mounted four cylinder4 7/8 inch bore with 7 in. stroke with a governed speed of 825 rpm, which made it an ideal tractor for belt work. It was built on the unit principal with all parts very accessible with removable sleeves. Lubrication was mechanical pump with splash. Its cooling system was tubilar radiator with fan and centrifugal pump with a capacity of 31 gal. per minute radiator capacity 8 gallons. The clutch was multiple disc in belt pulley. The ignition system was Bosch high tension Magneto. The governor was fly ball type and the most sensitive I ever saw on a tractor. I kept this tractor in the best of condition which wasn't hard to do. It never did let me down so why wouldn't I keep it.

I mentioned earlier in this article of a man I would mention later. I would not want to write without paying tribute to one of the best friends I ever had. He had a lot to do with this article as I couldn't of kept my machinery going without his help. He was the late Alfred Canutson of Clifton, Texas who operated a modern machine shop there. He had helped me when I was a kid on such projects as a power sausage mill I devised to run with a single cylinder gasoline engine and a ice cream freezer to be run with power and many other things. He was not only the best workman as a machinist and welder that I ever had the pleasure of knowing but was one of the best men I knew. He was never too busy to stop and work on a threshing machine. It seemed that it was a pleasure for him to get out of bed at night and help you.

He was of Norwegian descent and they in my opinion are the finest people in the world. He helped me with all my troubles, if I come up with an idea he would have a better one. It broke his heart when I bought the Case separator. He was a Minneapolis man. The only time I ever got ahead of him on anything was on the 1730. If it had a weakness it was its cooling system. The fan was driven off the auxiliary shaft by bevel gears by a flat belt off a pulley about 7 in diameter that drove the fan pulley which was about 3 in diameter. As long as the flat belt was tight and no grease got on it there was no slipage. It run cool. It had a good way of tightening the belt but by having a tight belt it was hard on the bearings and could cut the bevel gears out. I had the idea that if I had a double vee belt on it would stop the trouble. I went down and asked Canuteson if he could order me two double grooved pulleys that would run the fan a good bit faster. He shook his head and said he didn't think that would help. I went on but later went back and brought the subject up with him again. He still seemed to think that my idea wasn't worthwhile. I related to him that I thought to run the fan faster wouldn't hurt anything as it was on a straight shaft and with the vee belts there would be very little slippage and if he wasn't going to get them I was going to try to get them else-where. He said if I just had to have them he would just make them. He could make better ones then we could buy. They made the best pair of pulleys I ever saw. Now you wonder if they worked. There were several 1730 Minneapolis tractors in that area and it wasn't long till they all were equipped with vee fan belts.

The first thing in operating a threshing machine successful is your machine has to run as near perfect as possible. Next your crew has to be good. It makes no difference how good your machinery is if your men don't work to keep it at full capacity. I was lucky i n having some of the finest crews in the area especially before world war twol I hired the best I could get, most of them local and on the runif one give trouble he didn't stay around long.

The old saying the way to a man's heart is through his stomach is true. A working man has to eat. I was blessed with good cooks, all ladies, one chief cook and a helper. I would turn all the buying of groceries over to them. I had a Mobile cook shack, self propelled, built on a truck with a Delco Light plant trailed behind.