AUSTRALIAN Threshing Plant

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This threshing plant consisted of a Foden compound 8 HP steam
engine manufactured in England in about 1905. The thresher is a
Clayton and shuttle with a 5-foot wide drum, also made in England
about the same year. Judging by the belts, it was a wide belt model
and the side board was lowered to pitch the sheaves on for the band
cutters to throw into the drum. Notice the engine, front light and
mud grips hung on the side of the wood base. It must have been dry
weather as the engine has the spark catcher on the chimney. This
was a very popular engine for this job, as the wheels were higher
and there were springs on the back axle also. These engines could
pull the threshing plants at six miles an hour easily. A plant
consisted of thresher, straw elevator wagon, water cart and a
two-man travelling hut, all hooked together. The water pump on the
side of the boiler was easy to get at and those on the engine could
get a better view ahead as the steam cylinder valves were on the
side of the steam chest. This outfit in good oats would thresh a
three-bushel bag per minute. It was owned by Newman Brothers of
Terang and the chap standing beside the wheel is retired and living
in Terang.

Submitted by Jack Kirkpatrick, Warrawong, Beaufort 3373,
Victoria, Australia.

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