YE OLD TIME HORSE POWER THRESHING DAYS


| July/August 1952



Rare little Springfield

The rare little Springfield at the Rough and Tumble Engineers Reunion, 1951. Mr. Vic Winter mantel of Bellevue, Pa., found this engine and Mr. Arthur S. Young bought it and restored it. It is a very interesting piece of machinery

22,23 B Avenue N. E., Cedar Rapids, Iowa

THE SET UP

Before pulling the separator in between four conical beehive shaped stocks of grain, the separator man tosses a handful of chaff into the air to see which way the wind blows. It is preferable to have the wind from the side or front to coming from the straw carrier end. A tail wind blows the chaff and dust back over the separator, the workmen the wag-on of threshed grain and is an all around disagreeable position to be avoided is possible.

The separator is now pulled in between the beehive stacks of grain. A hasty survey of the lay of the land shows the experienced eye what wheels must be lowered to make the separator stand level. This is quite necessary in order for smooth operation of the machine and to avoid the threshed grain from blowing; by the fan over into the straw carrier. The dirt is removed in front of the high wheels and the team eases the separator forward into position. A hasty chock is made by using the level to verify workmanship of setting her level the separator is feminine gender.

The straw carrier that is hinged about the middle and bent back over the rear of the separator, is straightened out; the rear end elevated about six feet, the well of slats that carries the straw are buckled up to the 'right position; the belts are all put on their respective pulleys; the sieves changed if need be, and likewise the concaves.

In front, the tables on which the bundles are to be tossed, and the plat form on which the feeder and two band cutters stand are put in their respective positions; the feeding board is set at proper slant, the cylinders turned by hand to see there is no collision between its teeth aid those in the concaves below; the talley tox is set at naught and the half bushel measure put under the the same. The oil can then goes into action with special care to fill the oil cup on each side of the cylinder for here is where you may expect 'a hot box'.

While this was going on the trap-wagon was being unloaded of tumbling rods, knuckles, a jack, sweeps, equalizing rods, stakers, sledge hammers, and braces for the horse power. The tumbling rods are lined up with the gear on the cylinder and connected by the flexible knuckles with the gears of the horse power that has been pulled into position.