THRESHING RIGS AND ANTIQUES


| January/February 1967



R.R., Minnesota City, Minnesota 55959

Our old case separator was built in 1891 as a hand fed machine and with straw carrier. About 1900 a feeder and gear blower were added. The machine was increased for capacity after the feeder and blower were added by raising the deck of the machine 4 inches, also all belts and pulleys were widened for better efficiency. Heavier steel trucks were added to carry more weight which had been added.

In 1919 another new high sacker and weigher were added to allow loose grain to be loaded directly into the wagons as you see it in the picture today and it has not been changed any since 1919.

In 1926 my father estimated it had threshed over 2 million bushel. It has never missed a season threshing as we still thresh our own grain with it. It is a 36 inch separator.

My dad first owned a 16 HP Advance to run it and it did a good job of it. Being a simple, it could be heard quite a distance and being kept in good shape it always had plenty of steam on hand to run the old Case separator.

Then in 1919 he traded it for the present engine, a 26 HP Advance Compound, built, we believe, before 1908. It makes the old separator hum, seems to be idling most of the time.