Threshing Tales

| January/February 1976

102 Britannia Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

There could have been more manufacturers of threshing machines located in sunny Southern Ontario, Canada's banana belt, where a temperature of twenty degrees below zero in winter is not uncommon. Then there were manufacturers in the whole of the U.S.A. As to the total number of machines built, I do not know. This would depend on whether International Harvester built all their machines in Hamilton, Ontario. I have seen John Deere Threshers being built by George White & Son's Co. Ltd., London, Ontario.

The machines built for Ontario had extra equipment necessary for barn threshing. The machines used for custom threshing that I had seen, had chaff blowers. They were located behind the shoe and in front of the straw blower. They collected the chaff that came off of the shoe and the farmer could blow it into a separate boarded up area off of the barn floor. This was a sort of a nuisance item. I only saw a chaff blower used twice. If you figured the value of the total digestable nutrients of the chaff and balanced this against the discomfort and extra dust created by the chaff blower, I doubt if it was worth using it.

The straw blower pipe had a hinge built into each side of it located before the telescopic extension. It was necessary to pull a hinge pin and break the blower pipe in order to extend it out the back door into the barnyard to build a stack. The same process had to be repeated if you want to blower back inside the barn to fill a mow with straw.

Some machines had spiral knife, lawn mower type straw cutters. More straw could be stored in a barn using these. Cut straw also made better bedding. They added about a ton of extra weight to the back of the machine and could use up to 15 horsepower to drive them.

These were replaced by straw shredders. There were quite a few makes of these, the most noteworthy being the one made by Lobsiinger Brothers of Miildmay. It consisted of a set of cast iron bruisers bolted to outer edge of the blower fan. These passed between serrated edged knives located in the perisphery of the blower housing. There were six rows of knives and one could use as many or as few knives as one desired as they were easily removed or placed in cutting position from outside the machine. The amount of weight added to the machine and also the horsepower requirements were insignificant.


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