All-New Case Steel Thresher


| July/August 1995



300 Leon Dr. Apt 4 Jonesboro, Louisiana 71251

On a trip to Peoria to the branch offices of machinery suppliers for repairs, we passed through the metropolis of Allenstown. Peoria was the capital for the industry for most brands you might wish to consider for purchasing parts, seek information, or just meet friends on a rainy or winter day, and a place to go.

We had noticed that threshing was about to commence. Dan apparently had made mental note of the location of the grove in the farm pasture, and by the time we returned, the work had begun.

The rig was a new ALL STEEL J. I. Case thresher. The Case people seem to have gotten the jump on competition again for the change from the wood thresher to all steel construction. They apparently had the desire to be number one in the industry while the competition mudded along with the wood separator.

Now the users weren't entirely sold on a steel thresher. The debates on which was the proper materials for the separator were almost ridiculous such as: 'There was no way to replace the exterior sheets without having special tools since the rivets had to be cut off and replaced in a field repair operation if either were rusted or worn. The noise factor when in use was almost unbearable for a human being to tolerate. The horses around the machine would be skittish and ready to run away whenever the slightest noise developed. They likened it to beating on a tin wash tub. The sun deflection would damage your eyes. The tin sheets could cause strange skin disorders (they had not known of AIDS at that time or skin cancer). They reasoned the wood used on the older models would absorb the sun rays, it had to be more pleasant to work around. So the dealers or company representatives had to take the new model to the users and prospects to encourage buying; this is what it was all about in those days.

The users were reluctant to purchase the new model. They could continue with the original model they had and it might have been paid for, and if not, at least wait until they could get the first purchase paid off. Then they could tolerate a pitch from a pushy salesman. We were about to see this new Case thresher, all steel machine, being demonstrated. We stumbled into an event.